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Fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals are traditionally produced in batches. Switching to a flow process that generates a steady stream of such substances could offer huge benefits, notably in terms of sustainability, but this is not an easy task. Technical advances delivered by EU-funded researchers are facilitating the transition and opening up new possibilities.
Published: 27 January 2016
Nanotechnology has become part of daily life - be it in stain-repellent fabrics, sunscreens or hundreds of other applications. But what do people actually know about nanotech? And how do they feel about it? The EU-funded project NanOpinion found people to be positive in principle and used its findings to formulate policy recommendations.
Published: 26 October 2015
EU-funded researchers have used advanced nanomaterials to engineer heart tissue, and have explored the development of innovative stem cell-based therapies that could greatly improve the recovery rates of people who have suffered heart attacks. The researchers have made some preliminary tests on rats, the basis for further study. An automated microscope and software developed in the project are currently being commercialised.
Published: 3 December 2014
Composite materials have become increasingly important in improving our quality of life as they are widely used in flight vehicles, cars, boats, pipelines, buildings, roads, bridges, and dozens of other products. More and more, researchers are finding new ways to improve the numerous qualities of composites so they may be strong, lightweight, durable and cheap to produce.
Published: 2 December 2014
As far as medical research has come towards treating illness and injury, doctors and technicians have yet to develop an artificial hand that can give amputees the sensation of having a natural hand. This could be on the verge of changing. A team of EU-funded researchers has invented a prosthetic hand that has all the basic features of a real hand, and that amputees can actually feel.
Published: 28 November 2014
Published: 20 November 2014
Chemists can help create a wide range of plastics from polymers, which are large molecule strings made of repeated sub-units. When chemists come up with a new idea for a plastic, it can sometimes involve a trial-and-error process of mixing elements in the laboratory. To assist with this, the European Union (EU)-funded NANOPOLY research fellows have developed a new software tool to model the polymer molecules on a nano-scale.
Published: 17 November 2014
Neural stem cells master cells that can develop into any type of nerve cell-are able to generate mini 'first aid kits' and transfer them to immune cells. This is the result of a study published today in Molecular Cell, and led by ERC grantee Prof. Stefano Pluchino, based at the University of Cambridge (UK).
Published: 14 November 2014
Published: 11 November 2014
Today, we might take it for granted that mobile-phone cameras, desktop printers, medical equipment, automobile parts and other everyday items will continue to get smaller, lighter and more reliable.These enhancements seem so natural and gradual that we might not even realise it on a day-to-day basis.
Published: 9 September 2014