'Airlabs' is Harnessing Natural Processes to Clean the Atmosphere

By: Katherine Pendrill - Apr 21, 2016
References: chem.ku.dk & psfk
Researchers from the University of Copenhagen recently launched an initiative called 'Airlabs' that harnesses natural process to clean the earth's atmosphere. With air pollution becoming a growing concern worldwide, companies have proposed initiatives such as packaged oxygen and specially designed breathing masks as different means of combating the issue. These researchers are taking a different approach by opting for a more natural method.

Airlabs is an initiative that involves using a cleaning method known as Gas Phase Advanced Oxidation to improve indoor and outdoor air quality. The method involves harnessing naturally occurring processes to clean the earth's atmosphere. As the researchers explain on the Airlabs website, "Ozone is injected into a polluted airstream which is then irradiated with UV-light. This triggers a chemical reaction where polluting molecules start to form particles." As a result, the air can be cleaned without the use of filters and with less energy than it takes to use existing technologies.

The new air filtration system offers an easier way to improve air quality with a method that can easily be adapted to different spaces.