Transitioning academic research to higher Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) and commercial applications is a key focus of our centre, which we support through training as well as a one-year Translational Prize Fellowship to selected PhD students.

The NanoDTC Translational Prize Fellowship is awarded to exceptional NanoDTC Students and Associates to carry out projects which enable the translation of cutting edge nanoscience research to higher TRLs. Awardees interact strongly with industry during the award, to help the development of technologies that are commercially viable and relevant.

Selection of awardees for the Translational Prize is done through a 2-stage competitive process involving a presentation to NanoDTC community at the first stage, and a written application at the final stage. Each application is assessed by a multidisciplinary panel comprising of academics and individuals with business experience.  Awardees are provided with mentoring and additional training through the NanoDTC as well as through the Impulse programme at the Maxwell Centre. Several startups have emerged from the work done by the Translational Prize awardees.

Recent NanoDTC Translational Prize awardees

Philipp Braeuninger-Weimer

Translational Prize Fellow 2017-18

Scientific Projects Lead at Intellectual Ventures
NanoDTC Associate
Hofmann Group
Translational Prize Topic: A Ubiquitous Graphene Sensor Platform
1%

Jean de la Verpilliere

Translational Prize Fellow 2017-18

Founder and CEO at Echion Technologies
PhD Student c2013
Boies Research Group
Translational Prize Topic: Conversion Li-ion battery anodes for electric vehicles
1%

Niklas Ermann

Translational Prize Fellow, 2020-21

Data Scientist / Engineer - Transition Bio
NanoDTC Associate, a2016
KeyserLab
Translational Prize Topic: A point-of-care cancer diagnostic device based on the amplification-free quantification of microRNAs
1%

Dr. Oliver James Burton

Translational Prize Fellow, 2020-21

NanoDTC Associate a2017
Hofmann Group
Translational Prize Topic: 2D Materials - A Template for Transferring Research to Production
90%

Tommaso Busolo

Translational Prize Fellow, 2021-22

Co-Founder - ALMA
PhD Student, c2016
Kar-Narayan Group
Translational Prize Topic: Wearable and reusable pH sensor integrated with a fluidic system for continuous vaginal infection monitoring
75%

Tiarnan Doherty

Translational Prize Fellow (Honorary), 2021-22

StranksLab
Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology
Translational Prize Topic: Metal Halide Perovskites for X-Ray Detection
1%

Dr. Jeroen Verheyen

NanoDTC Translational Prize Fellow 2016-17

Co-founder and CEO at Semarion Ltd.
NanoDTC Associate a2014
Pluchino Lab
Translational Prize Topic: Magnetically actuated on-chip microfluidic mixers
1%

Ryo Mizuta

Translational Prize Fellow, 2021-22

Co-Founder, ALMA
PhD Student, c2016
Hofmann Group
Translational Prize Topic: Wearable and reusable pH sensor integrated with a fluidic system for continuous vaginal infection monitoring
90%

Katherine Sanders

Translational Prize Fellow, 2020-21

PhD Student, c2016
Nanomanufacturing
Translational Prize Topic: Structured nanomaterials for efficient removal of organic pollutants in water
90%

Dr. Richard Howe

Translational Prize Fellow 2016-17

Trainee Patent Attorney in Engineering at Mewburn Ellis LLP
PhD Student c2011
Hybrid Nanomaterials Engineering Group
Translational Prize Topic: Highly conducting, low-cost graphene inks for roll-to-roll printing using a standard graphics press
1%

Dr. Tarun Vemulkar

NanoDTC Translational Prize Fellow 2016-17

Co-founder and CTO at Semarion Ltd.
PhD Student c2012
Thin Film Magnetism Group
Translational Prize Topic: Magnetically actuated on-chip microfluidic mixers
1%

Michael Stanton

Translational Prize Fellow, 2020-21

NanoDTC Student, c2015
Thin Film Magnetism
Translational Prize Topic: Plastics Recycling by Photoreforming
1%

Benjamin Droguet

NanoDTC Sustainability Prize Fellow, 2021-22

Bio-Inspired Photonics Lab
Department of Chemistry
Translational Prize Topic: Cellulose photonic pigments
1%