A new way to image the brain with unprecedented resolution and speed

A novel method to make food stabilizers and probiotics using durian seeds

Controlling neurons with light - but without wires or batteries

Green catalysts with Earth-abundant metals accelerate production of bio-based plastic

It should be no surprise to most readers that finding an alternative to non-renewable natural resources is a key topic in current research. Some of the raw materials required for manufacturing many of today's plastics involve non-renewable fossil resources, coal, and natural gas, and a lot of effort has been devoted to finding sustainable alternatives. 2,5-Furandicarboxylic acid (FDCA) is an attractive raw material that can be used to create polyethylene furanoate, which is a bio-polyester with many applications. Scientists at the Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) have developed and analyzed a novel catalyst for the oxidation of 5-hydroxymethyl furfural, which is crucial for generating new raw materials that replace the classic non-renewable ones used for making many plastics.

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A novel approach to fighting tumors

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UniAlB) and two partner institutions received a European patent for their novel approach to fighting cancer (lat. Carcinoma), an approach that is led by the UAB spinoff biopharmaceutical company Incysus Ltd. The company is focused on delivering innovative cellular therapy to treat solid tumor cancers. The European patent is owned by the academic collaborators of Incysus - UAB, Emory University and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta - and it is licensed exclusively to Incysus for all therapeutic purposes. U.S. Patent applications are pending. The novel cellular therapy is called drug-resistant immunotherapy, or DRI. It is in its preclinical phase, and Incysus is moving toward an investigational new drug application filing with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to begin tests of safety and efficacy in patients with the brain tumor glioblastoma.

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An affordable and easy to upscale electrocatalyst for hydrogen production from water

The imminent threat of global warming and climate change brought by carbon dioxide associated with the extensive use of fossil fuels has turned academic and industrial attention towards hydrogen, known as a clean fuel and could function as an excellent alternative to traditional fossil fuels. Water electrolysis is one of the most important non-polluting methods to obtain hydrogen from water. The water electrolysis technology is based on the generation of hydrogen at cathode and oxygen at the anode by passing an electric current through water. One of the biggest problems in the electrocatalytic water splitting process is the sluggish kinetics frequently observed for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) on the anode. However, a researchers' team at the University of Oulu (UniOulu) in collaboration with the Umea University, Abo Akademi, and University of Danang, developed a novel robust and efficient catalyst nanomaterial for electrochemical water splitting, which is easy to apply and feasible to produce in large quantities at low cost.

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TurboClaw delivers the low flow rate characteristics

Time-resolved Raman spectroscopy for more applications for research and industrial use

Meoline provides a technology to measure metal concentrations in water

Cost-efficient material drying with new technology

SFTec's product, ModHeat, is a modular and mobile industrial dryer, which enables economical and efficient utilization of unused industrial waste heat to dry bioenergy materials. SFTec was founded as a spinoff company from the University of Oulu (UniOulu). The idea for main product ModHeat stems from the metallurgical industries’ need for more cost-efficient material dryer. The solutions before were either too large and expensive or too small and inefficient. Scientists started developing the dryer in close project cooperation with research institutes and Universities. The first step was to build a small pilot device to test the technology. This very device is still operational and used to test new materials. Finally, after many different events, scientists ended up developing the full-scale device in a marine container. 

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Kipuriihi assesses the effectiveness of treatments for lower back pain

Low back pain is the most common global health problem. There are a massive number of treatment methods available for this massive problem. That these have not all been assessed is an acute problem. Randomised studies are published on medical treatments for back pain of course, but they do not cover alternative treatments or the general public's tricks for treating pain. However, a researchers group at the University of Oulu (UniOulu) developed Kipuriihi tool that assesses the effectiveness of treatments for lower back pain using the wisdom of the crowds. Kipuriihi has already been accepted to the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI).

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Real-time analysis of process and environmental water samples

Sensmet develops micro-plasma optical emission spectroscopy technology for real-time multi-element analysis of process and environmental water samples. The company is the University of Oulu (UniOulu) spinoff. Sensmet was launched in 2017 spinning off from several years' university research on the micro-discharge analyser technology and related application development. The Sensmet team has extensive industrial and academic background in the measurement science and technology and R&D. Scientists are currently building strategic partnerships in selected industrial sectors to develop the first real-time multi-element measurement applications.

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