Exploiting the gap by Claudia Loechel and Jamie Walters
The image “EXPLOITING THE GAP” depicts a scanning electron micrograph of a dried, hollow organosilica microcapsule. These multifunctional capsule structures can serve as both quantitative ion sensing probes and also as intelligent delivery vehicles for ultrasound mediated delivery of active (eg drug) compounds. As a reflection of the multidisciplinary nature of research at CEB, a superimposed discontinuity in the capsule is filled with departmental research themes. By embracing the research diversity, new opportunities open up, bridging the interface between the different fields within the department. This is exemplified by the concept of the microcapsules where the design, synthesis, characterisation and future applications needed a truly interdisciplinary approach.