UT researcher Boelo Schuur works closely with industry on green solutions for separation processes. "Almost everything we see around us today is still made from oil. We need to change that. We will need to derive our raw materials directly from nature, without having to wait millions of years for them to become fossils. That’s an essential part of making our economy more sustainable."
Extremely accurate cancer detection? Treatment of inoperable patients? The robot-controlled flexible needles being developed by UT scientist Sarthak Misra are making all that and more possible.
At the NanoLab of the University of Twente’s MESA+ Institute for Nanotechnology, Mark Huijben and other scientists and students look for technological breakthroughs by studying and designing new materials at nanoscale.
‘The key question in the development of social robots,’ says Vanessa Evers, ‘is this: can a robot respond sensibly and helpfully in situations in which people find themselves, such as overcoming addiction, learning new skills, recognizing and analysing behaviour, or engaging in interaction.’
With the grant of up to 1.5 million euros that Pelizza won, she and her team are now conducting research in different countries. ‘We interview civil servants who register migrants, IT developers who design and work with the registration systems, and migrants themselves,’ she explains.
Making the world a safer, healthier, and more sustainable place, Twente has a perfect ecosystem for pioneers devising smart solutions to society’s greatest challenges. Twente is also ‘the good work-life region’, an attractive area that combines an entrepreneurial work ethic with pleasant living.