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Prof Mohan Edirisinghe
Roberts (Engineering Building)
Torrington Place
Tel: 00442076793942
Fax: 00442073880180
  • Bonfield Chair of Biomaterials
  • Dept of Mechanical Engineering
  • Faculty of Engineering Science

Mohan Edirisinghe was awarded his first degree in Materials Science & Engineering with first class honours from the University of Moratuwa in Sri Lanka, subsequently he gained his masters (with distinction), doctorate and a DSc from the University of Leeds. He has held academic positions in several universities (Sri Lanka, Leeds, Open University, Brunel, New South Wales - Australia, Loughborough and Queen Mary, University of London where he held a Chair in Materials). 

Mohan Edirisinghe was appointed to the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University College London in December 2005 and he has actively pursued novel advanced materials processing and forming research, publishing over 350 journal papers. His current H-index is 54 supported by over 9500 citations. He has given over 100 keynote/invited lectures. He has supervised over a 100 researchers and has been awarded grants to the value of over £25 million, with 42 EPSRC grants including two Platform Grants, enabling him to explore novel avenues for forming biomaterials and biostructures mainly for medical engineering applications. Since joining UCL, in the last eight years, 30 researchers have already gained their UCL PhD with his supervision. A team of 10-15 researchers support his research laboratory on (Bio)Materials Processing, Forming and Manufacturing.

Professor Edirisinghe has been a University of London professor for over 15 years now. He was appointed a Guest Professor of Sichuan University in China, the National Engineering Research Centre for Biomaterials in 2008. In 2015 he was elected as a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering. 

In 2005, 2009 and 2013 he was the recipient of a Royal Society Brian Mercer (Innovation) Feasibility Award, an unprecedented three times. He was awarded the 2009 Institute of Materials Kroll Medal & Prize for his research on inorganic materials, 2009 (Inaugural) EPSRC-Royal Society Interface Journal prize for the best paper published from the start of the journal to 2009, the 2010 Venture Prize and the 2012 UK Biomaterials Society President’s Prize for his outstanding contributions to the biomaterials field. In 2017, he was the recipient of The Royal Academy of Engineering Armourers and Brasiers Company Prize for excellence in materials engineering and The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining Chapman Medal for distinguished research in the field of biomedical materials.

He is a member of many journal editorial boards including the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.

Research Themes
Research Summary

My research activities address global materials processing, forming, manufacturing and healthcare challenges. Major themes of current investigation include:

(i) Novel materials processing and forming techniques with manufacturing as the focus

(ii) Generation and Encapsulation of biostructures for prevention (e.g. food engineering) and cure (e.g. drug delivery) therapeutics, e.g. contrast agents, magnetic vesicles, carriers for active pharmaceutical ingredients and fibrous structures 

(iii) Preparation of coatings (for implants), inserts, scaffolds and new biomaterials for various biomedical engineering sectors

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Teaching Summary

Current teaching is mainly to do with the MSc course on Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering which Professor Edirisinghe designed and initiated in 2007. Each year, up to six masters students and up to six undergraduates do their research projects in his laboratory.

01-SEP-1999 – 30-NOV-2005 Professor of Materials Materials Queen Mary, University of London, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2000 DSC Doctor of Science – Materials Science University of Leeds
1983 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Materials Science University of Leeds
1980 MSc Master of Science – Materials Engineering University of Leeds
1978 BAppSc Bachelor of Applied Science – Materials Science University of Moratuwa
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