School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Research

Pulsed Electric Field Applications in Biomedicine

Pulsed Electric Field Applications in Biomedicine

Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) is relevant to a broad range of pulsed power applications including medicine, food, agriculture, energy and defence. Loughborough’s research into the generation of pulsed electromagnetic radiation spans all these domains.

Our Aim

For some medical treatments, such as cancer, were penetration is necessary, the human body frequency must be much higher than that usually used in successful invasive PEF treatment. For such applications picosecond (ps) PEF techniques must be used. Loughborough is the first to demonstrate the generation of very intense PEF in water (water has a permittivity close to that of human body) and therefore at the cutting-edge of non-invasive treatment.

Our Research

The non-invasive ps PEF technique is extremely demanding, with very few centres worldwide being able to perform research in the domain, as it requires dedicated extremely fast high-power systems to generate peak voltage gradients in excess of 2 MV/ns.

Our Outcomes

The final aim of this research is to find a convenient and efficient replacement for the most successful, but expensive, medical cancer treatment: the proton beam cancer therapy which requires a proton accelerator that can cost in excess of £200,000,000! 

Bucur Novac - Professor of Pulsed Power

“This is modern and demanding research that is being undertaken collaboratively with Pau University (France). If implemented in hospitals, the revolutionary novel non-invasive PEF treatment could be a game changer.”

Bucur Novac - Professor of Pulsed Power

Athena Swan Bronze award

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The Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Loughborough University
Loughborough
Leicestershire
LE11 3TU