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Special scanner developed by UWE and Bristol firm Intercede Ventures can reduce airline fuel bills by 1%

Getting dirty can be a real drag, especially if you are an aircraft wing. This is because as dirt accumulates on the outside of an aircraft the extra friction causes increased fuel consumption. Up until now it’s been hard to easily detect when this build-up of dirt has become a problem, so often planes are not at their most aerodynamically efficient between routine washes.

To solve this, a partnership between the University of the West of England and Bristol-based concept design firm Intercede Ventures has developed a sensor using lasers, light beams and mirrors that can detect how clean an aeroplane is and therefore help major airlines reduce their carbon footprints.

Sensing success: Richard Luxton, Director of the Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology
at UWE, and Graham Mimms, Managing Director of Intercede Ventures Limited

“If we can prove a clean aircraft is a more efficient aircraft, airlines would keep them clean and as a result more environmentally friendly”

Graham Mimms, Director of Intercede, said: “A clean aircraft is a more efficient aircraft but that’s not always been too easy to prove. We thought ‘If we can prove it, airlines would keep them clean and efficient’ and as a result more environmentally friendly.” And that proof is here: it is estimated that airlines using the instrument to direct cleaning crews to problem areas could cut their fuel bills by as much as 1%. This may not sound like much, but across a major fleet will be a considerable saving.

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11 January 2016

   
 

Prof Norman Ratcliffe

New milestone for prostate cancer urine diagnostic test

A research team from the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) and the University of Liverpool has reached an important milestone towards creating a urine diagnostic test for prostate cancer that could mean that invasive diagnostic procedures that men currently undergo eventually become a thing of the past.

'The use of a gas chromatography (GC)-sensor system combined with advanced statistical methods towards the diagnosis of urological malignancies', published today in the Journal of Breath Research describes a diagnostic test using a special tool to 'smell' the cancer in men's urine.

Working in collaboration with the Bristol Urological Institute team atSouthmead Hospital and Bristol Royal Infirmary the pilot study included 155 men presenting to urology clinics. 58 were diagnosed with prostate cancer, 24 with bladder cancer and 73 with haematuria or poor stream without cancer. The results of the pilot study using the GC sensor system indicate that it is able to successfully identify different patterns of volatile compounds that allow classification of urine samples from patients with urological cancers.

The research team used a gas chromatography sensor system called Odoreader® that was developed by a team led by Professor Norman Ratcliffe at UWE Bristol and by Professor Probert at Liverpool. The test involves inserting urine samples into the Odoreader® that are then measured using algorithms developed by the research team at the University of Liverpool and UWE Bristol.

Read the full press release here

11 February 2016

 

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Professor Richard Luxton, Guest Editor of Biosensors Special Issue: Magnetic Biosensors

magnetic particlesThe Institute of Bio-Sensing Technology is delighted to announce that Professor Richard Luxton is the Guest Editor of the Biosensors Special Issue journal, 'Magnetic Biosensors'. This is an Open Access journal allowing unlimited and free access to readers.

This Special Issue will be dedicated to promoting the wide range of technologies and devices that employ magnetic detection of magneto-optical effects to detect and quantitate biological targets in a sample or targets in a biological sample. Applications areas include biomedical, diagnostics, environmental analysis, food safety and biosecurity.

View the Magnetic Biosensors Special Issue website 31/01/14
 

Innovation 4 Growth grant scheme relaunched

South West businesses will benefit from £4m of new funding that will lead to new prodInnovation 4 Growthucts, services and jobs, as the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) relaunches its highly successful Innovation 4 Growth (I4G) programme on 7th September.

The scheme part funds research and development projects with grants of between £25,000 and £150,000 (covering up to 35% of total project costs) and is aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in any sector, with a presence in Bristol, Bath, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset or Wiltshire.

Financed through the Regional Growth Fund, the I4G programme aims to support businesses to create new, and safeguard existing, jobs through the development of innovative products, technologies, processes and services.

Completed applications must be received no later that 12pm (midday) on Wednesday, 14th October 2015.

For more information contact the I4G Team on: innovation4growth@uwe.ac.uk.

Visit the Innovation 4 Growth website 24/01/14