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3. Heart valve of a pig by Jacob Brubert

This image is from research into novel prosthetic heart valves. Over 300,000 prosthetic heart valves are implanted worldwide each year, however current prosthetics only last up to 15 years or require lifelong anti-clotting therapy.

This image shows the heart valve of a pig, stained to highlight the collagen fibres. These fibres are integral to the durability of healthy native valves. This feature is used as inspiration for a new and improved polymer based prosthetic heart valve, ensuring broken hearts all over the world can get pumping again!

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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.