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Students turn salad spinner into centrifuge Answered

Two students from Rice University, Lauren Theis and Lila Kerr, have transformed an everyday salad spinner into an electricity-free centrifuge that can help diagnose diseases for cheap. It was made with a few other scrap materials and a glue gun.

Now the next step is to go testing which will be happening in Ecuador, Swaziland, and Malawi. Great going!

Students Transform Salad Spinner Into Life-Saving Centrifuge


every time my mum used a salad spinner i thought of centrifuges !!

dam students reading my brainwaves again !

Effectively a replacement for one of these:

Nice, good posting.


So cheap! So electricity free! I love it!


8 years ago

Congratulations for this application.
Last year I made a similar centrifuge to spin 96 well microplates for molecular biology  lab (PCR analysis of DNA samples). It works well.
It was not my own idea. I saw the centrifuge in another lab.
I will try to publish an Instructable to share this useful and simple instrument.