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Prof Wenhui Song
9th Floor, Royal Free Campus
UCL Centre for Biomaterials in Surgical Reconstruction and Regeneration
Division of Surgery and Interventional Science
Tel: 020 8016 8130 (ext. 68130)
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  • Professor of Biomaterials and Medical Engineering
  • Department of Surgical Biotechnology
  • Div of Surgery & Interventional Sci
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

Dr Wenhui Song has extensive expertise in science and engineering of biomaterials, polymers, nanomaterials and nanocomposites, as well as polymer/composite manufacturing technology from traditional extrusion, injection moulding, laminating to electrospinning and 3D printing etc. Her pioneering work on the liquid crystalline phase of carbon nanotubes and mesophase of liquid crystalline polymers has contributed to the fundamental understanding of the self-organising behaviour of such nanoparticles and macromolecules. In parallel to basic research, she leads a research group working closely with industry on the development of real-world biomedical and engineering applications of nanomaterials and nanotechnology, such as 3D printing human organs, piezoelectric nanofibre-based cochlea implants, controlled self-assembling nanostructured block-copolymer blends for pressure sensitive adhesives for personal care products, implantable carbon nanotube fibre biosensors, high performance carbon nanotube-based field-emission devices, continuous flow processes of carbon nanomaterials and nanomedinces and electrospining-coating implantable glucose biosensor.


She has over 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals including lead and corresponding author papers in the top quality journals, Science, Advanced Materials, Biomaterials, Small, Nano Energy etc., 4 book chapters, and 70 conference proceedings, and a number of invited lectures. Her original research has won 15 awards/prizes. She is a principal investigator/co-investigator in projects funded by EPSRC, BBSRC, Welcome Trust, TSB, DEFRA, Royal Society, LDA PARK Fund, UKIERI-DST and a number of industries. She is a member/panel member of the EPSRC College/TSB, member of Institute of Physics and Society of Chemical Industries, and a Fellow of the Nanotechnology Institute.

Research Summary

 Dr Song’s Group focuses on Science and Engineering of Biomaterials, Tissue Engineering, Implantable Medical Sensors/Devices:

1. Synthesis and functionalization of polymers, nanomaterials and nanocomposites for regenerative medicines;

2. Design, fabrication and evaluation of artificial organs, tissue engineering scaffolds, implantable biosensors and devices in vitro and in vivo;

3. Bio-manufacturing including 3D printing, electrospinning, flow-processing in combination with self-assembly of biomaterials;

4. Understanding of self-assembling, hierarchical structure and physical-chemical properties of biomaterials and nanocomposites;

5. Understanding of in vitro and in vivo biological interaction with biometerials and devices.

Teaching Summary

Module leader of SURG GN05 Biomaterials in Regenerative Medincine, Nanotechnology and Regenerative Nanomedicine MSc

Supervisor of major projects of BSc, MSc and PhD

  Professor, Director for Biomaterials in SRR Division of Surgery & Interventional Science University College London, United Kingdom
  Senior lecturer and Reader Division of Surgery & Interventional Science University College London, United Kingdom
  Research Associate Metallurgy and Materials Science University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
  Senior Lecturer and Lecturer School of Engineering and Design Brunel University, United Kingdom
  Assistant Professor State Key Laboratory of Polymer Chemistry and Physics Insitute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Academic Background
    Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) Beihang University (formerly Beijing Institute of Aeronautics), China
    ATQ07 - Holder of a PGCE in higher education, secondary edu, further edu, life long lear  
    Master of Science (Honours) Beihang University (formerly Beijing Institute of Aeronautics), China
    Doctor of Philosophy University of Cambridge
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