Guinness World Records pipetting

News - 08 June 2023 - Communication TNW

On Saturday 3 June 2023, 276 participants took part in the attempt to set the Guinness World Records pipetting, organised by Nanobiology students from Delft University of Technology and Erasmus MC. Within only 5 minutes the volunteers managed to simultaneously suck up and displace fluids with a pipette. With this world record attempt, the students from student association S.V.N.B. Hooke wish to raise awareness about the impact that Nanobiology has on pivotal areas of research.

Jesse Poort, board member of the study association of Nanobiology, emphasises the importance of this vital research area: “No one has a grandparent that was a nanobiologist, since the programme is only 10 years old. Nanobiology is relatively unknown to the greater public, meaning its social impact is not being recognised. Companies often do not understand what nanobiologists can offer. However, much research work within the field has advanced the earlier detection of cardiac failures and insights into diseases such as Alzheimer and Parkinson’s disease. We wish to show everyone the impact of our beautiful discipline!”

Nanobiology aims to unravel the complexity of the smallest scale of life: cells and molecules. To investigate this, principles from physics, mathematics, biology and medicine are brought together. By combining these disciplines, Nanobiology has the potential to change society for the better, mostly within the areas of medicine, energy and nutrition.

Within a matter of weeks Guinness World Records will communicate whether the attempt has officially succeeded.