‘Aan de borreltafel’ is een rubriek over wetenschap. Wetenschapsjournalist Enith Vlooswijk praat met én tekent over UT-onderzoekers, die vertellen over hun vakgebied en de misvattingen die hierover bestaan. In deze zevende aflevering: Dominik Krug, UT-onderzoeker bij Physics of Fluids.
‘Over a pint’ is a series about science. UT researchers talk to science journalist Enith Vlooswijk about their field and the misconceptions that exist about it. Enith turns their input into writing and drawings. This seventh episode: Dominik Krug, a researcher of Physics of Fluids.
At the beginning of the Covid crisis, medical face masks were difficult to source. Now test scarcity is becoming increasingly common. What lessons can the Netherlands learn from this? Researchers from the Public Procurement Research Centre, UT and Erasmus received 380,000 euros from ZonMw for an international comparative study into the procurement of critical materials during the corona crisis.
‘In my research I focus on how universities collaborate with regional stakeholders,’ says Lisa Nieth. Her PhD thesis, which she defended last week, also includes the UT. ‘If academics know they can and should work on regional projects, it will empower the UT as a whole.’
Using a newly developed nano-size biosensor, UT scientists Pepijn Beekman and Dilu Mathew can detect small tumor cell fragments in blood at very low concentrations. These so-called tumor-derived extracellular vesicles (tdEVs) are effective biomarkers for the presence and activity of a tumor.
Door een samenwerking met de opleiding Technische Geneeskunde print de Hengelose Orthopedische Kliniek OCON patiënt-specifieke zaag- en boormallen in eigen huis. Dit gebeurt na een 3D-analyse van de CT-beelden waardoor een standscorrectie van de pols op maat uitgevoerd wordt.
For most of us, the term virtual reality (VR) sparks excitement. While the use of VR for entertainment has surely found its place in our world, the technology has much larger potential: for training, therapy and research. Many scientists at the University of Twente are exploring these serious applications. In their hands, VR becomes a tool to overcome addiction, to conduct experimental research in criminology and to treat psychiatric patients.
PhD researcher Piet Driest from the Department of Material Sciences changed an existing gel-like biomedical material into a tougher version. With some additional modifications, the new material can be used in many other medical applications. ‘The chemical principles used open the way to endless possibilities.’
MIT Technology Review has selected UT scientist Rebecca Saive for its annual list of ‘Innovators Under 35’, a list that has included people such as Mark Zuckerberg. The assistant professor in the Inorganic Materials Science group was chosen thanks to her invention which makes solar cells more efficient.
University of Twente scientist Vincent Groenhuis, from the department of Robotics and Mechatronics, designs robots to take more accurate biopsies from breast tissue. This contributes to a more reliable detection of breast tumors. The scientist finished his PhD cum laude last January and has several patents on his name.
‘Over a pint’ is a series about science. UT researchers talk to science journalist Enith Vlooswijk about their field and the misconceptions that exist about it. Enith turns their input into writing and drawings. This sixth episode: Sarthak Misra, professor of Surgical Robotics.
‘Aan de borreltafel’ is een rubriek over wetenschap. Wetenschapsjournalist Enith Vlooswijk praat met én tekent over UT-onderzoekers, die vertellen over hun vakgebied en de misvattingen die hierover bestaan. In deze zesde aflevering: Sarthak Misra, hoogleraar Surgical Robotics.
The lockdown and months of limited physical contact have led many people to experience so called ‘skin hunger’. This touch starvation is no trivial matter, explains UT professor Jan van Erp. ‘Many people didn’t realize how important social touch is. It is embedded in our bodies.’
‘Everyone has focused on treating COVID-19, not its collateral damage - which includes delay in cancer diagnosis and treatment,’ says UT professor Maarten IJzerman. He and UT alumnus Koen Degeling have developed a model to show the impact of the pandemic on cancer patients.
Many UT scientists have paused existing projects to focus on coronavirus related research. Such as Ruud Verdaasdonk and Frans de Jongh from the TechMed Center. After dedicating their time to new types of ventilators and masks for COVID-19 patients, they now created a ‘beekeeper hat’, a facemask alternative to protect us against coronavirus.
In the midst of the lockdown, we talk to UT scientists who have paused existing projects to focus on coronavirus related research. Pepijn Beekman and Dilu Mathew just received a grant to develop a fast (corona)virus detection system. ‘Our goal is to have a small device that can be easily used anywhere. You put a sample in and within minutes you know if you have coronavirus.’