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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
UCL Principal Supervisor,UCL Subsidiary Supervisor

Professor Mohan Edirisinghe FREng holds the established Bonfield Chair of Biomaterials in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at University College London (UCL) and has served as a University of London professor for over 20 years. He was appointed to this UCL chair in December 2005 and prior to this he was Professor of Materials at Queen Mary University of London. He has actively pursued advanced materials processing, forming and manufacturing research, for over 25 years publishing over 450 journal papers with a H-index of 61 and over 12,600 citations (Source: Google Scholar, September 2019). In addition, his research has led to many inventions and patents and he has also delivered over a 100 keynote/invited lectures at many different international conferences and meetings worldwide, particularly in the USA (major recent meetings include: TMS, MS&T and MRS). He has supervised over 200 researchers, graduating 100 doctoral students (39 to date at UCL), and has been awarded grants to the value of over £25 million, with 43 UK Research Council grants including two Platform Grants which have given him the opportunity to adventurously explore novel avenues of forming and manufacture of advanced materials for application in key areas such as healthcare. His research has won many prizes including the Royal Society Brian Mercer (Innovation) Feasibility Award an unprecedented three times (2005, 2009 and 2013), the 2010 Materials Science Venture Prize and the 2012 Presidents Prize of the UK Biomaterials Society to recognise outstanding contributions to the biomaterials field. In 2017 he was the recipient of The Royal Academy of Engineering Armourers & Brasiers prize for excellence in Materials Engineering and the Premier IOM3 Chapman Medal for his distinguished research in the field of biomedical materials.
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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

Further details are given in my personal pages at:


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   Doctor of Science University of Leeds
1983   Doctor of Philosophy University of Leeds
1980   Master of Science University of Leeds
1978   Bachelor of Applied Science University of Moratuwa
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