Patrick Murphy, who graduated from the BE (Mechanical) degree programme in July 2009 has won the Orthofix Prize for Best Medical Engineering Project at the 21st Annual Medical Engineering Student Project Competition organised by the Engineering in Medicine and Health Division of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) in London.
Patrick’s project, which was conducted under the supervision of Dr Denis Dowling of the UCD School of Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering, was entitled “Evaluating ellipsometry as a method of detecting protein adhesion”. The project evaluated how ellipsometry, which is an optical measurement technique, can be used to quantify the level of protein adhesion on surfaces. Patrick successfully constructed an apparatus which enabled protein adhesion measurements to be carried out while a protein (Bovine Serum Albumin) was passed over silicon wafer surfaces. In addition to the Best Project prize, Patrick was also a runner-up for the Best Presentation award at the event.