IMSE seed-funded projects (2016–2017)

Our seed-funded research has now developed into multiple projects and I view this work as a core part of my research programme as an independent principal investigator."

Dr Kyra Sedransk Campbell

Department of Chemical Engineering

Within IMSE’s first full year of operations, the Institute received funds from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) that were used to catalyse bottom-up investigator-led research within College.

IMSE held a successful ‘sandpit’ event in September 2016, which brought together Imperial researchers from 10 departments to share and explore the challenges faced in their research. The sandpit facilitated new encounters among Imperial academics, and inspired many innovative and multidisciplinary research ideas.

Stemming from the event, IMSE was able to support seven four-month transdisciplinary ‘seed-funded’ research projects with the EPSRC grant.

List of projects

List of projects

Project titlePrincipal investigators
High-pressure investigation of aza-polycyclic aromatic heterocycles and their role in cosmology and origins of life  

Professor Mark Sephton (Deparment of Earth Science and Engineering)

Dr Matthew Fuchter (Department of Chemistry)

Can novel solar cell polymer technology be used to detect cancer cells in the blood  

Professor Eric Lam (Department of Surgery and Cancer)

Dr Ali Salehi-Reyhani (Department of Chemistry)

Professor Mustafa Djamgoz (Department of Life Sciences)

Elablorating molecular design rules for organic spintronics  

Professor Martin Heeney (Department of Chemistry)

Dr Sandrine Heutz (Department of Materials)

Towards industrial scale-up of ionic liquids: understanding the reaction of ionic liquids with metal infrastructure

Dr Kyra Sedransk Campbell (Department of Chemical Engineering)

Professor Mary Ryan (Department of Materials)

Dr Jason Hallett (Department of Chemical Engineering)

Impact of inorganic ions on the development of antimicrobial resistance  

Dr Gerald Larrouy-Maumus (Department of Life Sciences)

Professor Mark Rehkämper (Department of Earth Sciences and Engineering)

Dr Valeria Garbin (Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

Engineering a scalable sensing platform for biomolecular detection   

Professor Martyn Boutelle (Department of Bioengineering)

Dr Pantelis Georgiou (Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering)

Advanced ionic-selective membranes in aqueous redox flow batteries for energy-storage applications  

Dr Qilei Song (Department of Chemical Engineering)

Professor Nigel Brandon (Department of Earth Science and Engineering)

Summary of the table's contents

IMSE Sandpit eventEach led by at least two principal investigators in different Imperial departments, the projects addressed a range of topics that fall within IMSE’s remit. In this way, the projects fostered productive new collaborations at the molecular science/engineering interface that were aligned with EPSRC’s Prosperity Outcomes.

Although this programme was small-scale in nature, the IMSE projects helped to cement the new collaborations and provide proof-of-concept results upon which larger funding proposals have been based. For instance, several PhD projects have already been funded on the basis of the seed-funding work.

"The outstanding success of IMSE’s seed funding research highlights the valuable place that this kind of transdisciplinary programme has in the wider funding landscape… we were able to support high-risk high-gain projects, with fantastic results." - Dr Claire Adjiman, IMSE Co-Director