Dr Christopher Wright
Reader
Engineering
Telephone: (01792) 295200
Room: Academic Office - A_025
Ground Floor
Engineering Central
Bay Campus

Awarded Advanced Research Fellowship from the UK’s Engineering and Physical Research Council (EPSRC) in recognition of innovative research applying atomic force microscopy (AFM) to the characterisation of separation membranes and biological surfaces. This five year award allowed Dr Chris Wright to establish an internationally recognised research group exploiting the capabilities of AFM, on completion the research of the fellowship was reviewed as internationally leading.

Research focuses on the characterisation and control of the biological interface and now includes the control of polymer surfaces for improved membrane separation and tissue engineering, the control of bacterial biofouling

The underlying themes of this research are the application of nanotechnology to process engineering and health care.

Research has been sustained through major grants from EPSRC, NERC, MRC, TSB, Europe (FP7), charity and industry including Pfizer, GSK and numerous SMEs.

Over 90 peer reviewed international communications, a book on membrane modification and 15 invited book chapters and review articles.

Areas of Expertise

  • Atomic force microscopy
  • Bionanotechnology
  • Biomanufacturing
  • Membrane Separation
  • Biofilms
  • Scaffolds for tissue engineering
  • Electrospinning

Publications

  1. & Robust superhydrophobic electrospun membrane fabricated by combination of electrospinning and electrospraying techniques for air gap membrane distillation. Desalination 446, 70-82.
  2. & Comparison between dual-layer (superhydrophobic–hydrophobic) and single superhydrophobic layer electrospun membranes for heavy metal recovery by air-gap membrane distillation. Desalination 439, 31-45.
  3. & Exploring the current state of play for cost-effective water treatment by membranes. npj Clean Water 1(1)
  4. & Investigation of UF membranes fouling and potentials as pre-treatment step in desalination and surface water applications. Desalination 432, 115-127.
  5. & Electrospinning of Functional Nanofibers for Regenerative Medicine - From Bench to Commercial Scale. In Nanofibers - Advanced Preparation and Emerging Applications.

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Teaching

  • EG-3055 Tissue Engineering

    Modern medicine is looking to tissue engineering to solve many disease states through the harnessing of the body¿s own repair mechanisms. Every day in the news we are seeing exciting glimpses into the application of tissue engineering for the replacement of tissues and eventually organs within the human body. Thus, the aim of the module is to provide the students with a rigorous understanding of the underlying themes of tissue engineering and equip them for the future developments that will impact significantly on their career as biomedical engineers. The module starts with an examination of how cells grow and differentiate into tissues, this is from an engineering prospective looking at the cell interactions, adhesion and mechanics. The importance of stem cells in regenerative medicine will also be discussed. In order to engineer tissue the cells environment must be controlled so the module features a comprehensive examination on the design and production of scaffolding to guide cell growth and differentiation. This is accompanied by a similar assessment on the use of specialist bioreactors to amplify cell numbers, entrap cells in scaffolds and condition them so that they will survive implantation. In the latter part of the module case studies are used to reinforce the processes involved in tissue engineering. Thus, the module finishes with a consideration of the current state of the art of tissue engineering with applications including cartilage, bone, skin and artificial organ engineering.

  • EGA308 Implant and prosthetic Technology

    This module looks at medical devices implanted within the human body and prosthetics, from two perspectives; i) how to engineer devices/implants to best deliver the required biological function and ii) the impact of implants on the human body.

  • EGA325 Medical Engineering Group Design Project

    Students will carry out a medical engineering design project in groups of up to 6 people.

  • EGM403 Implant Engineering 2

    This module is an advanced look at the design, fabrication and optimisation of medical implants and prosthetics. Case studies will be used to bring together engineering concepts and apply them to key devices that are used to treat disease and assist patients.

  • EGNM01 Probing at the Nanoscale

    This module provides an introduction to the analysis techniques used in nanotechnology, and general surface science, including scanning probe microscopy, electron and diffraction techniques.

  • EGNM05 Bio-nanotechnology

    The module aims to equip the student with an understanding of the concepts behind bionanotechnology. To achieve this the student is introduced to the relevant biological processes that control life with nanoscale systems. This knowledge is established from the perspective of nanoscale engineering.

Supervision

  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Rowan Brown
  • Advanced Chemical Engineering to provide innovative solutions to water treatment issues (current)

    Student name:
    EngD
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Williams
  • Improvement and Optimisation of Erwinase Fermentation (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Darren Oatley-Radcliffe
  • The Production and Electrospinning Application of Novel Collagen Materials (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Owen Guy
  • Analysing the RBC adhesion to the dialysis membrane (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Kenith Meissner
  • Optimising the software settings and conditions for 3D bioprinting and analysing the printed scaffolds. (current)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Dr Davide Deganello
  • The development of nano/polymer biopesticide formulations for improved control of western flower thrips (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Jesus Ojeda Ledo
  • 'Production of Novel Nanofibrous Materials Using the Free-Surface Electrospinning Technique' (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Nidal Hilal
  • The Extraction, Characterisation and Application of Novel Collagen-Based Bio-Materials Derived From Rhizostoma pulmo For Tissue Engineering Applications (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Karl Hawkins
  • Antimicrobial Electrospun Nanofibrous Materials: Their Fabrication, Scalability and Functionality (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Williams
  • Optimisation of forward osmosis system (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Nidal Hilal
  • The development of novel electrospun membranes (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Nidal Hilal
  • modification of pyrolysis of tires to obtain high value chemicals (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Paolo Bertoncello
  • Investigating the feasibility of bioremediation of sinter plant emissions. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Cameron Pleydell-Pearce
  • '''Atomic force microscopy study of the interactions between colloids and surfaces- membranes and cells''' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Yon Ju-Nam
    Other supervisor: Dr Lewis Francis
  • ''Fabrication and modification of PGLA microspheres for the production of 3D cell models '' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Zhidao Xia
  • 'The effect of growth factor supplements on in-vitro cartilage pellet formation for tissue engineering purposes' (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    MSc
    Other supervisor: Prof Iain Whitaker
  • Engineering nanocomposite membranes; fabrication, modification and application (awarded 2018)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Nidal Hilal
  • 'Assessing the fate of microplastics derived from industrial and domestic products in the water treatment process ' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Jesus Ojeda Ledo
  • ''Nanotechnology Centre Success: The Development of a Practical Nanotechnology Centre Strategy Framework (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Prof Steve Wilks
  • '''The Fabrication of microscale structures for improved characterisation of cellular systems''' (awarded 2017)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Paul Holland

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Director of PhD studies - Systems and Process Engineering Centre

    2012 - Present

  • Executive Member - Centre for NanoHealth (CNH)

    2012 - Present

  • Associate Director - Centre for Complex Fluids Processing (CCFP)

    2012 - Present

  • Portfolio Director - Chemical and Biological Process Engineering

    2006 - 2011

External Responsibilities

  • Editorial board , Journal of Nanoengineering and Nanosystems

    2012 - Present

  • Member, EPSRC College

    2012 - Present