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Nanosystems - the Outlaws of Nature
The laws and rules of nature are tools that we have developed in order to better understand and explore the world. But unfortunately, these tools can’t always help us when we want to understand the behavior of things on the nanoscale. The world of nanosystems has a huge potential for applications in science and daily life, but in order for the nanosystems to reach their full potential, we need new rules that apply on such a small scale.
Frida Paulsen Danmo
Ceramic membranes - an oxygen revolution
Each year, 100 million tonnes of pure oxygen gas is used to make steel, many different chemicals, and for medicinal purposes. Most of this oxygen is made through a process called cryogenic distillation, which is both extremely energy demanding and complicated. My research focuses on making a material for ceramic membranes, which can filter out oxygen from air in a much more energy efficient way than the conventional method. The material I am researching is brand new in the ceramic membrane world, and my job is to discover its properties, and improve them.
Using the tumor to destroy the tumor
Chemotherapy is a critical part of many cancer patients treatment regimes, but as of today there exists few methods of selecting which patient should have what drug, other than general guidelines and clinical experience. Due to this not everyone will receive effective treatment the first time around, thus experiencing only the side effects. Organoid technology represents a new way of growing cells, both sick and healthy, in a way that accurately resembles the tissue it originates from. How can this technology be applied to ensure more effective anti-cancer treatment?
Baar Cristoffer Sakshaug
In deep water: the emerging threat of deep sea mining
The oceans are facing more threats now than at any time in history. Yet this emerging industry is ramping up to exert yet more pressure on marine life. Opening up a new industrial frontier in the largest ecosystem on Earth and undermining an important carbon sink carries significant environmental risks, especially in light of the biodiversity and climate crises facing the natural world and specifically our ocean.