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Students from UAB and UPC will experiment under microgravity conditions at the ESA
Date:1/21/2009

aut Centre in Cologne, Germany and is currently working as resident doctor at the UAB-affiliated Parc Taul Hospital in Sabadell and as researcher at the Municipal Institute for Medical Research (IMIM) at Hospital del Mar, Barcelon a. Arnau Rabadn studies Industrial Engineering (specialising in Mechanics) at the UPC University School of Industrial Engineering (EUETIB) and will base his thesis on the scientific equipment used in this experiment. He is currently working under a research grant at CIM Foundation.

The other three projects selected by ESA are: Complex, presented by four students from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, in Trondheim, Norway. They will study the flow birefringence of a solution of clay particles in salty water, allowing them to have a deeper understanding of the self-organisation of those small particles. The Dust Side of the Force, presented by a team of four students from the Institute of Planetology at University of Mnster, Germany. The experiment is about the greenhouse and thermophoretic effect, which can lift particles off the ground in low gravity conditions. This effect is thought to be important in planet formation and the formation of dust storms on Mars. And AstEx, presented by two British students from the Open University in the United Kingdom and the University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, France. Their experiment will investigate the behaviour of granular material under shear stress, with the possibility of using their results in the design of future asteroid sample return missions.


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