Cambridge triumphs at chemical awards

Researchers from CambridgeUniversity spinout BioBullets won the top prize Entect Medal at the annual Institution of Chemical Engineers awards.

The awards are held to recognise and promote organisations which make an outstanding contribution to the chemical and bioprocess industries.

BioBullets pioneered a way of dealing with the problem of zebra mussels, which 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 CambridgeUniversity‘s Department of Zoology and director/co-founder of BioBullets 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.’

Prof Malcolm Mackley, Dr Bart Hallmark, Christian Hornung and Dora Medina from the Department of Chemical Engineering, were highly commended in the Sellafield Award for Engineering Excellence.

FormerCambridge 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.