Chapman Medal 2017

The Chapman Medal is presented annually for distinguished research in the field of biomedical materials, particularly with respect to biomaterials innovation, which has produced benefits for patients and/or contributed to associated opportunities for industry. Nominations will be made in particular by the Biomedical Applications Division but any individual can also make nominations by the standard procedure.

In 2017, the Chapman Medal was awarded to Professor Mohan Edirisinghe FREng. Mohan's internationally leading research has created numerous seminal outcomes generating an enormous impact on the global status quo of biomaterials and biomedical engineering, causing a paradigm shift in areas crucial to the betterment of life, particularly healthcare. He was the first to use electrohydrodynamic (EHD) for materials forming and invented two key methods: (i) EHD-printing to pattern bioactive microstructures an order of magnitude finer than those of ink-jet printing, (ii) EHD-jet spraying to produce graded porous/foam structures for tissue engineering. More recently, he pioneered template-assisted EHD-jet forming to create unique nano- and micro-scale structures of bioactive materials (patents granted worldwide) and was the first to demonstrate that such discontinuous coatings offer cellular texturing and huge commercial advantages. Recent work has also included the creation of a family of novel gyratory forming methods for polymeric fibres and microbubbles with industrially attractive yields gaining advancement in key areas such as antimicrobial resistance, tissue engineering.