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.
17 Oct 2014 - Smallest hand force sensor in the world on its way
It is the smallest hand force sensor of its kind in the world. This sensor can be used to measure motor functions in patients undergoing rehabilitation. It can also be used to measure the actual loads involved when performing physical labour. Alternatively, it can monitor the performance of athletes, such as javelin throwers or shot putters, to help them improve their technique. The prototype is complete and Robert Brookhuis, a PhD student at the University of Twente, is in talks with industry to bring the product to market. He will be awarded his PhD on 17 October.
15 Oct 2014 - Tide Microfluidics grote winnaar COMS 2014
Tide Microfluidics, spin-off van het MESA+ instituut voor nanotechnologie van de Universiteit Twente, is tijdens COMS 2014 in Salt Lake City (VS) in de prijzen gevallen. Het jonge, innovatieve bedrijfje won tijdens de grote, internationale conferentie over commercialisatie van nanotechnologie zowel de publieksprijs als de Young Technology Award van 5.000 dollar.
15 Oct 2014 - FOM Valorization Award for Dave Blank and Guus Rijnders
The prestigious “Valorization Award 2014” of the Dutch FOM Foundation will be awarded to top scientists Prof Dave Blank and Prof Guus Rijnders of UT’s MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology. “They successfully build bridges between various scientific disciplines, between science and business and between science and society”, according to the jury. The award, involving 250,000 euros, will be handed out during the annual Physics@FOM conference in Veldhoven, January 2015.
9 Oct 2014 - Please vote for UT scientists in VIVA400
Every year, the glossy VIVA, a weekly magazine for women, composes a list of the 400 most inspiring and successful women under 45 of The Netherlands. 7 scientists from the UT are nominated for the 2014 edition. The UT nominees are: Angele Reinders, Anne Leferink, Heidi Witteveen, Kitty Nijmeijer, Marieke Martens, Renske van Wijk en Sophie van Baalen. Now the game has begun and people can vote for their favourite. The person with the highest number of votes will be awarded the VIVA 400 award 2014. It would be great if someone from the MESA+ will receive that award.