Research Programmes

The BIODESIGN LAB conducts research in the following areas:

  1. Pressurised breathing. Applied in either spontaneously breathing or anaesthesia patients
  2. Nasal olfaction. Using CFD modelling of spatial and temporal variance of delivering volatile species delivered via orthonasal and retronasal paths under differing conditions.
  3. The relationship between breathing and ultradian cycles within the body. Investigating the influence breathing has on physiological/neurological systems.
  4. Nasal delivery systems. Investigations into a better delivery of solution for the difficult to reach sinuses to enhance post-surgical recovery or treat Chronic Rhinosinusitis.
  5. Orthopaedic surgical tool redesign. Surgical tools commonly experience high wear rate and cross-contamination issues.
  6. Stirling cycle ultra-low-temperature cooler. Hardware development for improved efficiency and implementation into new medical and laboratory applications such as lab freezers.
  7. Tissue/Organ transportation. Design of new, low-cost systems that maintain the correct temperature of tissue and organ samples during transportation.


Contours of Molar Concentration 

Image of ANSYS simulation of retronasal volatile diffusion concentration distribution within anatomically accurate human oral and nasal cavities at specific time interval.


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