29 Oct 2014 - 'Swiss cheese' membrane with variable holes
A new membrane, developed by University of Twente scientists, can be made more or less porous ‘on demand’. In this way, smart switching between ‘open’ and ‘closed’ is possible, which opens the way to innovative applications in biosensors, chemical analysis and katalysis. The researchers of the MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology present their results in ‘Angewandte Chemie’. Their paper is designated ‘very important’ by the journal.
28 Oct 2014 - TST biomimetic research awarded
Harmen Droogendijk was selected by an international jury for
a 3rd place in the Bionic-Award
2014. The biannual award is made possible by the Schauenburg foundation and
selection and ceremony are carried out under auspices of the VDI (“Verein
Deutscher Ingenieure” or “Association of German Engineers”). The price was
awarded for the quality of the biomimetic work carried out in the framework of
the NWO/STW VICI project BioEARS
(Bioinspired Engineering of Array Sensors) on the analysis, understanding
and technical implementation of hair-based flow-sensors as inspired by the
flow-sensitive hairs found on the cerci of crickets.
23 Oct 2014 - University of Twente develops new chip for testing medicines
UT doctoral degree candidate Verena Stimberg has developed a chip that can improve research into diseases, medicines and the possible toxicity of nanoparticles. The chip contains a man-made version of a cell membrane, on which you can examine diseases where ion channels in cell membranes play a role. With the chip you can test drugs against cystic fibrosis or conduct research into diseases such as Parkinson's, cancer, depression, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and diabetes. The chip means that fewer trials on animals and people will probably be required in the future. Stimberg conducted her research within the MIRA and MESA+ research institutes at the University of Twente.
21 Oct 2014 - BP invests 2 million in fundamental research UT
In the next five years, BP will invest two million euros in fundamental research by the department of Physics of Complex Fluids of the UT research institute MESA+. The purpose of the research is to obtain a better understanding of how oil is attached to the porous bedrock of an oil field at the molecular level. Application of this knowledge ought to make it possible to extract increased quantities of oil from existing fields.