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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology


Green Chemistry by Eric Rees

Using bacteria as low-cost, environmentally-friendly bioreactors to manufacture commercial polymers is an idea that falls within the topic of "Green Chemistry." Here, a colony of E Coli are supposed to be producing a polymer. Fluorescence microscopy reveals that an enzyme is at work in a few of the Coli, but the scale of features involved in the process is too small to resolve by optical imaging, due to diffraction (features much smaller than the wavelength of light are blurred beyond recognition). In the Laser Analytics group we use localisation microscopy to detect individual fluorophores - and hence we produce a "super-resolved" (dSTORM) image in which the macromolecular processes involved in biosynthesis can be seen much more clearly.

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September paper of the month: flexible production of micro and nanofluidic devices

22 October 2019

Researchers from our Laser Analytics group have developed a laser-based manufacturing process that can produce combined nanofluidic and microfluidic devices in a fast and scalable manner.

Collaborative air pollution project wins Vice-Chancellor's Research Impact and Engagement Award

15 October 2019

Student-led initiative Open-Seneca, which aims to create a global low-cost mobile air pollution sensor network driven by citizen science, was a winner in the collaboration category of the annual awards from the University's Vice-Chancellor

Sensor CDT highlights key role of sensing in sustainability at annual Sensors Day conference

15 October 2019

We celebrated the work of our EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sensor Technologies for a Healthy and Sustainable Future in two events last week, showcasing contributions from students and academic and industrial partners.