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Disinfecting Light

Dear Sir or Madam,

Disinfection has been an important topic in the medical technology sector not only since Corona; other viruses and bacteria also make life difficult for patients. At the Ulm University of Applied Sciences (TH Ulm) in Germany, research is currently being carried out on a tube for intensive care patients that is intended to prevent infections with MRSA through light.

Corona is also playing a role in a project. Here, too, light is being used to combat the viruses that are present in aerosols in rooms. Common air purifiers are being tested here. In the interview with Prof. Martin Hessling, we found out exactly how both projects are set up.

Enjoy reading and stay healthy!

Simone Ernst
Editorial team


Interview: Disinfecting Light
Special: Bionics
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Farther than the eye can see: disinfecting light

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Light illuminates darkness…but it can do so much more. In healthcare and medical technology, light therapy has long been used to treat a variety of skin conditions or to disinfect rooms. Two new projects at the Ulm University of Applied Sciences (TH Ulm), led by Professor Martin Hessling, now study how light can effectively kill germs like viruses and bacteria.
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Bionics: Turning biological models into technical systems


Image: Two men, one at a microscope; Copyright: Barbara Laaser
Does nature have the solution to every problem? Bionics experts conclude that this is the case. They consider nature a fount of knowledge that may hold the key to solving technical problems. Medical technology is one of the many areas that reaps the benefits. We wanted to know more about this exciting field of research and asked Professor Tobias Seidl, an expert in this discipline.
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