Loughborough Alumni


20 Nov 2018

Sonobex claims second national award

Three alumni are celebrating their second award in the space of a month after their company took home an Institute of Engineering and Technology Award.

Dr Luke Chalmers, Dr Daniel Elford and Dr Richard Wilson are behind Sonobex, a spin off company from the Loughborough University Department of Physics. The company has won the IET’s Emerging Technology Design Award, beating five other entrants shortlisted for the award.

The award caps off a brilliant month for the company, which won one of the Institute of Physics’ Business Innovation Awards in October. The company won the awards thanks to their development of Noisetrap® Technology, which reduces noise pollution using acoustic metamaterials.

The IET is an international, inter-disciplinary engineering institution, which covers all aspects of engineering from energy to communications. It has over 168,000 members across 150 countries.

The annual awards, hosted in London last week, celebrated innovation across 14 awards, with 78 finalists shortlisted from over 350 entries.

Upon accepting the award at the ceremony, Dr Elford said: “Sonobex are extremely honoured to receive the prestigious IET Innovation Award. It is a great recognition of the team’s hard work and dedication.”

Dr Chalmers and Dr Elford both graduated in 2007 with a BSc in Engineering Physics, with both then earning a PhD in Physics in 2010. They are co-founders of the company along with their PhD supervisors, Prof. Feodor Kusmartsev (Physics) and Dr Gerry Swallowe (Physics – retired).

Dr Wilson, who joined the Sonobex team in 2014, graduated in 2008 with an MPhys, also in Engineering Physics, before also gaining a PhD in Physics in 2011.

Congratulations to Dr Chalmers, Dr Elford, and Dr Wilson on their success.


+44(0)1509 228497

Hazlerigg Building
Loughborough University
LE11 3TU  UK