Image of the year winner announced

The winning image, PolyHIPE 

The MCN wishes to congratulate Dr. Florian Lapierre for his winning image in last year’s Image of the Year Competition, PolyHIPE. Reminiscent of a lunar landscape, Florian’s image shows a highly porous polymer bead, which was generated using an easy-to-manufacture microfluidic device and cross-linked under UV irradiation.

This PolyHIPE material with 80% porosity shows potential for use in a range of applications including tissue engineering, 3D cell culturing, bio-catalysis and hydrogen storage.

Dr Florian Lapierre is a Postdoctoral Fellow at CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering under the supervision of Drs Yonggang Zhu, Thomas Peat and John Oakeshott. The work was completed in collaboration with Prof. Neil Cameron from Durham University, UK.

A big thank you to all participants for their many wonderful entries.