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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology


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.

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Nanoparticles used to transport anti-cancer agent to cells

16 September 2019

Researchers from our Adsorption and Advanced Materials group have developed a platform that uses nanoparticles known as metal-organic frameworks to deliver a promising anti-cancer agent to cells.

August paper of the month: Ultralow-field nuclear magnetic resonance of liquids confined in ferromagnetic and paramagnetic materials

16 September 2019

Researchers from our department’s magnetic resonance research centre show new insight provided by ultra-low-field techniques.

Our MPhil in Biotechnology wraps up a successful first year

4 September 2019

Our MPhil in Biotechnology 2018-19 course came to an official close last week with their first student cohort presenting their work at the course symposium.