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Dr Derrick Boampong
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  • Laboratory Manager
  • Dept of Civil, Environ &Geomatic Eng
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Derrick Boampong completed his PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Durham University. Prior to that, he completed a BEng (Hons) in Materials Science and Engineering, at Queen Mary’s and Westfield College, University of London.

He currently manages the Pedestrian Accessibility and Movement Environment Laboratory (PAMELA) where undertaken research involves people. PAMELA is a multisensory real-world-scale laboratory where floor surface, lighting and sounds of the environment can be controlled. It provides flexible facility, allowing full scale pedestrian infrastructure to be built and tested, to enable thorough assessment and evaluation of the interaction between subjects and close-to-real-life environment. It is a major component of the Accessibility Research Group (ARG) within the Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering Department (CEGE) at UCL. 

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PhD research work centred on the Evaluation of Biomaterials (Ti6Al4V, 316L Stainless Steel, Co-Cr-Mo and UHMWPE) and their Applications in Total Joint Replacement. The tribological performance of surface modified (using ion implantation) and unmodified biomaterials were quantitatively assessed using simulators. The experimental studies, was a fascinating blend of multi-disciplines involving Materials Science, Biomedical Engineering, Surface Science, Mechanical Engineering and Chemistry.


Current research work at the PAMELA facility interfaces with researchers in Biomedical Engineering, Cognitive Neuroscience and Neurology, Architecture, Ophthalmology, Audiology, UCL Hospitals, and industrial clients such as Transport for London and UK Department for Transport.  

Academic Background
2004   Doctor of Philosophy University of Durham
1999   Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Queen Mary and Westfield College
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