For many people, the word ‘cryogenics’ prompts sci-fi movie flashbacks and images of human bodies being frozen just to be brought back to life hundreds of years later. While that might not be possible, cryogenic engineering relates to many useful and often groundbreaking applications. UT scientist Srinivas Vanapalli, who leads the only cryogenics research group in the Netherlands, is working on some of them. Including a method to ‘freeze and destroy’ tumor cells.
PneuAct is a pneumatic stepper motor developed by UT researcher Foad Sojoodi Farimani. It’s one of a kind – it is fully 3D printed, very fast, highly precise and it’s the cheapest of all similar motors out there. It can improve cancer diagnosis, be used in radioactive environments and even for space exploration.
Cancer is the second main cause of death in the world. This is partly due to issues in cancer treatment, specifically the late detection of the disease. It is therefore paramount to develop novel detection methods and PhD researcher Agustin Enciso-Martinez is working on precisely that.
Researchers from the University of Twente are making great strides in the field of cancer treatment. Their novel method has recently been tested on animals and it successfully killed over 80% of pancreatic tumor cells. ‘We can kill cancer much faster and easier,’ says the project’s lead scientist Jai Prakash.
His aspiration was to save lives, and so he decided to switch from engineering to nanotechnology. The place to do that was the UT, where Dilu George Mathew now works on ‘Early Stage Cancer Detection Sensor’, a device able to detect cancer from patients’ urine. ‘This technique could not only save lives, but also a lot of money.’