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Micro-swimmers that remove disease-causing bacteria from water

IBEC researchers, together with their collaborators from the Max Planck for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, have engineered tiny robots that can remove disease-causing bacteria, such as E. coli, from water.

Contaminated drinking water is a persistent public health problem that can cause potentially life-threatening illnesses when proper treatment isn’t available, as in many areas of the world. It can be disinfected with chlorine or other disinfectants, but some hardy bacteria and other microorganisms stick around and can be hard to remove. Sometimes, the byproducts of these disinfectants can be harmful to human health as well.

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IBEC researcher in Barcelona Global science session

IBEC’s Biomaterials for Regenerative Therapies group leader Elisabeth Engel was one of five scientific guests to take part in a round table session at yesterday’s annual general assembly of Barcelona Global at the PRBB.

Moderated by Barcelona Supercomputing Centre’s associated director Josep Maria Martorell, the session, “Barcelona on the Frontiers of Science”, looked at how Barcelona research is pushing global science forward, discussing advances and collaboration initiatives in emerging areas such as 3D printing.

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