Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Hertfordshire researchers named as finalists in international research & innovation award

Researchers from the University of Hertfordshire’s Centre for Atmospheric and Instrumentation Research (CAIR) have been named finalists in the 2013 Research & Innovation Awards sponsored by Edmund Optics, a multinational optical components manufacturer.

‘Alert’ portable concept - the proposed design for the future commercialised portable asbestos detector. It is about 8” by 5” by 2” in size and was designed by researchers at the Instituto de Biomechánica de Valencia (IBV), Spain. Credit: Clara Solves, Instituto de Biomechánica de Valencia (IBV), Spain.
The accolade is in recognition of the innovative use of optics in CAIR’s development of the world’s first real-time detector for airborne asbestos fibres. This technology, due to go into production in 2014, will warn tradespeople such as builders, electricians or plumbers of the presence of airborne asbestos in their workplace and therefore help to reduce the current 100,000 global death-toll caused by inadvertent inhalation of these deadly fibres by the workers.

The new detection method was developed as part of the FP7 project “ALERT”, with funding from the European Commission ‘Research for SMEs’ grant FP7-SME-2008-2.

The competition recognises outstanding undergraduate and graduate optics programmes in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at colleges and universities. This innovative work places the University in the company of institutions such as UCLA and Pennsylvania State University in the USA, Nangyang Technological University in Singapore, Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China, and Cambridge University in the UK.

The competition winners will be announced in September - Good luck to Professor Paul Kaye and his team!

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