Runny nose

Professor of bioprocess engineering Luuk van der Wielen (Applied Sciences), is collaborating with neurologist Stuart Firestein of Columbia University to develop an artificial nose, in order to investigate the importance of nasal mucus to our sense of smell. The TU Delft scientist, who usually focuses primarily on the pharmaceutical and petrochemical industries, considers it important to do something different every now and then. ‘A while ago, we investigated the viscosity of wine gum. This eventually helped me to understand the behaviour of pellets in a gas chromatograph.’

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