Game changers

The Royal Academy of Engineering has announcedthe projects it is backing as part of its Enterprise Hub and three of them make novel use of materials. Dare we say it – they could be game-changing.

Dr Matthew Murray – Advanced anti-counterfeiting implants

Ultramatis | University of Leeds

Dr Murray was given the RAEng ERA Foundation Entrepreneurs’ Award for the patented Ultrafast Laser Plasma Implantation (ULPI) process he calls Alpin. The ultrafast laser is used to implant glass with plasma, which is a highly charged and energetic gas that can contain optically active elements. This will allow manufacturers of products that are stored in glass bottles to label them as an anti-counterfeiting measure. His process uses a mask, or stencil, to label the bottles with a barcode or other identifying element that can be seen using a hand-held scanner.

Dr George Frodsham – Magnetic Haemofiltration to treat Malaria

MediSieve | University College London

Malaria is the scourge of the developing world, with one child dying of the disease every minute. Dr Frodsham has reimagined treatment of the disease, moving it away from drugs and towards blood filtration. His 3D-printed machine, MediSieve, uses haemofilter technology to sieve the blood using magnetism, reducing a patient’s parasite burden. The technology requires no drugs or chemicals, and can be used to treat any malaria patient, including drug-resistant and other untreatable cases, keeping patients alive and symptom-free. The process is similar to that used in dialysis. MediSieve products are expected to be commercially available in the next couple of years, following clinical trials.

Dr Peiman Hosseini – New materials for wearable technologies

University of Oxford

Dr Hosseini has created the first reported nano-display device that uses both optical and electronic property modulation in phase change materials – a material that can store and release large amounts of energy when it freezes and thaws. His team is developing a new class of ultra-thin, ultra-high-resolution displays with nanosecond access speed and no power consumption in static mode. This display will initially target the rapidly growing microdisplay market of compact, projection-based displays used in emerging near-eye applications such as Google Glass. The first prototypes are under development, with a small working device set to be ready in the next 12 months.

 By James Perkins 

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