University of Bath

Discovery Series

Inspiring and remarkable research showcases brought to you by the University of Bath.

13 Nov 20187.00pm
13 Nov 20189.00pm
Discovery Series
The Discovery Series, 13 November 2018

Ocean-friendly microbeads to keep you and your planet clean. Fake faeces to tackle poor sanitation. Using 3D printing technology to make medical diagnosis cheaper.

Three remarkable discoveries made by researchers at the University of Bath. They'll share how they did it, and how it could make a world of difference.

Tickets include drinks and canapés.

Turning plants into plastic

Professor Janet Scott, Department of Chemistry

It’s estimated that a single shower can result in 100,000 tiny spheres of plastic washed into the ocean, where they are ingested by birds, fish and other marine life. This year, the government issued a UK-wide ban on plastic microbeads found in cosmetic products. The industry must clean up its act, and scientists at Bath have found an ocean-friendly alternative to these polluting plastics.

Printing microscopes to detect disease

Dr Richard Bowman, Prize Fellow & Royal Commission 1851 Research Fellow, Department of Physics

Optical microscopes are normally prohibitively expensive, but can be used to identify deadly parasites, such as malaria, in blood and water samples. Dr Richard Bowman is working with the University of Cambridge and Tanzanian STICLab, using revolutionary technologies like 3D printing to create low-cost devices – such as microscopes – for disease diagnosis and scientific research in some of the poorest areas of the world.

Making poo in the lab to improve sanitation

Naomi Deering, PhD Researcher in the Department of Civil Engineering

2.7 billion people worldwide do not have access to a flushing toilet. In places where basic sewerage and waste water treatment are non-existent, communities need to find safe ways to dispose of waste and reduce the spread of deadly diseases like E.coli. Naomi’s specially formulated lab-created poo enables her to carry out these kind of experiments safely.