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Volume 3, 2014

Volume 3, 2014

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MESA+ provides room for ideas. This is also apparent in this issue. The company Ostendum is developing a lab-on-a-chip that enables paramedics to perform blood tests on the spot. Researcher Enver Güler is building a pilot plant that generates power from saltwater and freshwater. And the Italian Master’s student Francesca Rivello does not know exactly what she wants yet. But, she says, “In any case, here in Twente you can go in all directions. Research, business world, everything is possible.” And that’s exactly how it is.

Room for wild ideas Alexander Brinkman examines how electrons interact with each other and thus lead to new properties of materials. As professor within a larger research group, MESA+ gives him the room to focus entirely on research and teaching. nano interface Séverine Le Gac is programme director of the multidisciplinary Nanotechnology for Innovative Medicine research programme. In addition, she leads her own research group, Microfluidics for Nanomedicine. What is a Frenchwoman doing in Enschede? And how does she bring together researchers from different disciplines? SEM Nano technologists build such small structures that they cannot be seen with the naked eye. In order to see whether the researcher has actually made what he had conceived, an electron microscope is required. The electron microscope in the photo is a scanning electron microscope. This microscope not only makes the shape of the nanoparticles visible, it also says something about the chemistry. The microscope scans a fine beam of electrons over the sample surface to be examined. The sample produces a variety of electrons and x-rays. The radiation emitted is analyzed. This creates a detailed picture of the shape of the sample, including height differences and chemical composition. Super-fast analysis of blood The Twente company Ostendum is developing a lab-on-a-chip that will allow doctors and parame¬dics to quickly perform on-the-spot analyses of, for example, blood, urine or saliva. An interview with managing director Paul Nederkoorn about the technology, the market and society. Out of balance During the interview, the young researcher Sven Krabbenborg, who has a wide range of interests, comes across as thoughtful and balanced. Work, private life, hobbies: everything in moderation and balanced. And that is in contrast with his research about pushing systems out of balance. “We make things possible that were initially impossible.” Italian study fanatic The Italian student Francesca Rivello sent admission letters to five universities. All five accepted her. She chose Twente and MESA+. “Here you can already specialize in the first year and in the second year you can conduct your own research.” Manufacturer of thin layers TSST has already existed for fifteen years. It is one of the most successful spin-offs of what is now called MESA+. Twente Solid State Technology designs and manufactures equipment with which universities and institutes can create and examine thin layers. The equipment is used all over the world. aquarian Water forms the common thread in Enver Güler’s research. In Turkey, he extracted heavy metals from water. In Israel, he worked on the production of drinking water from seawater (reverse osmosis technology). And in Twente, he generated energy from seawater and river water. High Troughput Cell Analysis System One of the showpieces of the BioNanoLab is the High Throughput Cell
Analysis system. With a type of robotic line, researchers can perform several
measurements in succession and simultaneously.