RADICAL is an EU-funded research project to develop a brand-new way of detecting atmospheric radicals in real-time. This will be a small, low-cost electronic sensor that will ‘sniff’ out short-lived radicals such as hydroxyl and nitrate, which play a key intermediary role in day- and night-time air quality.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has described air pollution as the ‘single biggest environmental health risk’, with an estimated 400,000 premature deaths in Europe attributable to poor air quality every year.
Breakthrough technology emerging from the project will lead to the development of highly accurate mass-produced self-powered sensors that could supply real-time data on the distribution of radicals in the atmosphere.
Readily available data on the local, regional and global concentration of atmospheric radicals would significantly enhance scientists’ ability to monitor and control air quality, allowing for more accurate climate change predictions and a better quality of life for citizens.
Good luck to the team!
Keep up with the project research at radical-air.eu.
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