University team wins prestigious chemical engineering award


Scientists at Cambridge University were honoured at the annual Institution of Chemical Engineers awards in London last week.

The gala dinner for over 400 people, at the Hilton Metropole hotel in London, was held to recognise and promote organisations which make an outstanding contribution to chemical and bioprocess industries.

University spin out company BioBullets claimed the top prize of the Entec Medal having been singled out as the best of all 32 short-listed entries for the awards.

BioBullets have pioneered a way of dealing with the problem of zebra mussels. The mussels attach themselves to and block water in-take pipes and water cooling systems costing water and power companies millions of pounds each year.

The previous technique of pumping chlorine through the pipes has proved costly and environmentally damaging. The company's solution involves using a concentrated toxin that targets only the mussels, reducing costs and damage to the environment.

Dr David Aldridge, lecturer at Cambridge University's Department of Zoology and director/co-founder of BioBullets Ltd said: “We are delighted to be recognised with this award. We are currently looking at how our invention can be applied to control some of the world's other major pests”.

Professor Malcolm R. Mackley, Dr Bart Hallmark, Christian Hornung and Dora Medina, also received recognition. The team, all members of the Department of Chemical Engineering, were highly commended in the Sellafield Ltd Award for Engineering Excellence.

Former University student Rachel Cooke, currently working for Cadbury Trebor Bassett, won the GSK Young Engineer of the Year award for her work encouraging children to pursue careers in science.

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