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A meniscus of plastic

An implant of porous polymer helps damaged cartilage in a meniscus to recover.

Precision system destroys potato plants in beet field

A smart sprayer that controls unwanted crops with high precision.

Using nematodes to measure soil health

A rapid, accurate and efficient analysis method to determine soil quality based on nematode numbers and species.

PARSAX radar examines development and lifespan of water droplets in clouds

The PARSAX radar has a far higher resolution than standard radar systems and can therefore be used to study small particles such as water droplets in clouds.

Measuring skin circulation with fast cameras

A high-speed camera measures the reflection of laser light from under the skin. This provides information about the health of the blood vessels.

Mini-laboratory measures lithium in blood for manic depressives

With a disposable “lab-on-a-chip” a patient can determine the lithium level in his or her own blood to check if the medication is still adequate.

Rearing eels

Rearing fish is difficult because they often fail to become sexually mature. Then they cannot reproduce. STW research has laid the basis for the successful rearing of eels.

Sustainable windmills

Windmills suffer from vibrations caused by unpredictable winds and wind gusts. Flaps on the rotor blades can neutralise the effects of such vibrations.

Rheumatism test detects rheumatism at an early stage

STW research has resulted in the CCP2 rheumatism tests that allow rheumatism to be detected quickly at an early stage. That helps to prevent the irreversible joint damage that occurs if rheumatism is detected too late.

Producing economic solar cells with thin-film technique

The world record for the most efficient thin-film solar cell is held by the group of John Schermer at Radboud University Nijmegen. With support from STW he developed ultralight solar cells with a high yield. His group will produce the cells together with the British company Circadian Solar.

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