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Professor Zhanfeng Cui elected Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering

Many congratulations to Professor Zhanfeng Cui (the Department’s Donald Pollock Professor of Chemical Engineering, Director of the Oxford Centre for Tissue Engineering and Bioprocessing, and Fellow of Hertford College) who has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE). This is a richly deserved recognition of Professor Cui’s contributions to engineering.

Professor Zhanfeng CuiThe Oxford Centre for Tissue Engineering and Bioprocessing is a world leader in the development of bioreactor technologies for the growth of bone, cartilage, tendon and neuron cells, and the longer term aim is bulky tissue growth from stem cell cultures. Professor Cui also has research interests in the technologies that will monitor and regulate tissue growth, including micro membrane probes and micro sensors, and in cryo-preservation techniques. A further related area of research is into membrane filtration processes.

Professor Cui’s first degree and doctorate were gained in China, and he has been very active in promoting engineering and scientific collaborations between the UK and China. He has also founded a spinout company, Zyoxel, which was set up in 2009 to commercialise the development of TissueFlex, a microbioreactor for 3D perfused cell culture, which has attracted funding from a Hong Kong engineering company.

About the RAE

Fellows of the UK's national academy of engineering, which was founded in 1976, include leading industrialists, pioneering inventors and top academics. HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh is the RAE’s Senior Fellow. HRH The Princess Royal and HRH The Duke of Kent are Royal Fellows.

As the UK’s national academy for engineering, the RAE brings together the most successful and talented engineers from across the engineering sectors for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering.

It provides analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place from which to do business. It takes a lead on engineering education and it invests in the UK’s world class research base to underpin innovation. It is a national academy with a global outlook and uses its international partnerships to ensure that the UK benefits from international networks, expertise and investment.

Election to The Academy is by invitation only; up to 60 Fellows are elected each year from nominations made by existing Fellows. They are distinguished by the title 'Fellow of The Royal Academy of Engineering' and the designatory letters 'FREng'.

Acknowledgement: The Royal Academy of Engineering