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.