To find out more about the genesis of cardiac diseases, PhD candidate Ariane van Spreeuwel engineered pieces of cardiac tissue which she stretched between minuscule anchoring points. Under the microscope she could see the mini-tissues ‘beating’.
The production of plastic in fluidized bed reactors generates heat. This causes local hotspots which can disturb the production process or may even pose a danger to the reactor. Graduating student Tom Janssen (Chemical Engineering and Chemistry) uses an infrared as well as a high-speed camera to see how that heat spreads in a small-scale copy of a fluidized bed.
In principle, a two-cubic-meter block of salt can hold enough energy to heat your house during the whole winter: if you add water to a dry salt, heat is generated. Doctoral candidate Pim Donkers researched in the Darcy Lab how that process works exactly, and which salt is the best one to be used for this thermochemical heat storage.
Plasmas can be used to remove polluting particles from ambient air. In his search for the most economical and efficient air-purifying plasma, PhD candidate Tom Huiskamp developed a unique voltage source which releases unparalleled short and steep high-voltage pulses.
Braking with the gas pedal. In electric cars this is the way to save energy. Regenerative braking means you can give brake energy back to the battery. Newly graduated engineer Joost van Boekel searched for the optimal combination of efficiency and brake feel for that one pedal on which everything hinges.
Many diseases result from some kind of miscommunication in the complex interplay between genes, proteins and other molecules in the human body. This complexity often makes it difficult for biologists to see the wood for the trees. Computer scientist Kasper Dinkla helps them with his visualization software. It took the former havo pupil to the Mecca for modern science: Harvard University.
After a myocardial infarction patients often have permanent damage due to necrotized heart tissue. BME student Maaike van den Boomen graduated this summer on research into an injectable gel that may reduce this damage.