Students delve into the world of lab-on-a-chip technology
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Hundreds of students have been delving into the miniaturised
world of lab-on-a-chip technology at an international conference
chaired by a University of Hull professor.
The pupils attended a lecture by one of the
world’s leading experts in the field and took part in a series of
hands-on activities when they attended the 20th International Conference on
Miniaturized Systems for Chemistry and Life Sciences
This was the first time that the conference
has staged an outreach event for students.
The aim of the event was to showcase research
in the field of micro-fluidics and enthuse the next generation of
Professor Nicole Pamme, joint chair of the conference and
Professor in Analytical Chemistry and the University of Hull,
Within our research community, a lot of people have
developed some really cool demonstrations.
I thought it would be a good idea to bring them
together and give something back to the young people in the city
hosting the conference.
Hopefully, the students found it fun and developed a
greater appreciation of what people are doing at the cutting edge
of modern science.
We hope the event will convince more students to study
science at school, especially if they hadn’t considered it
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This year, the conference was held at the
Convention Centre Dublin, with more than 1100 scientists and
professionals from around the world taking part.
Professor Sabeth Verpoorte, from the
University of Groningen in Holland, delivered the outreach lecture
to local students.
Lab on a chip is an innovative technology that
enables scientists to shrink a whole laboratory, and all basic
functions carried out there, to chip size.
The University of
Hull is at the forefront of research in the field and is currently
looking into ways to mass produce the technology.
Lab-on-a-chip technology can be used to
produce individualised treatment plans for patients with cancer,
heart or lung disease by studying living tissues on the chip.
It is also being developed to test for
pathogens in water in resource-poor countries where water
monitoring facilities are scarce.
The multi-disciplinary research is carried out
by academic staff from the areas of chemistry, engineering,
physics, biology and medicine.
Professor Pamme joined the University of Hull
as a lecturer in Analytical Chemistry in 2005. She was promoted to
senior lecturer in 2011, reader in 2013 and Professor in 2014.
Professor Pamme is also the Director of Research for the School of
Mathematics and Physical Sciences at the University.