We’re delighted to share the first annual newsletter for RADICAL, one year on from our project start.
Our coordinator, Professor Justin Holmes from University College Cork (UCC), shares this welcome:
“Welcome to the first RADICAL project newsletter!
Our project aims to develop electrical sensors for detecting atmospheric radicals. Radicals are important for controlling the quality of the air we breathe. Currently, only a few labs world-wide can detect atmospheric radicals at low concentrations and the equipment used by these groups is often expensive, complex and immobile. In contrast, the sensors we are developing in RADICAL will be simple and portable.
Despite delays due to the Covid pandemic, the RADICAL team has made good progress over the last 12 months.
Some of these research highlights include the fabrication of junctionless transistors (JNTs) by HZDR, that will act as the ‘electronic nose’ of our sensors, the creation of the RADICAL website (https://radical-air.eu/), led by our SME partner Smartcom and the development of new approaches for trapping radicals on surfaces led by the University of York and the National Technical University of Athens.
At UCC we have been busy setting up an atmospheric chamber and plan to conduct our first sensor ‘test’ experiments over the coming months. Our achievements over the last year have been made possible by the great admin and management support provided by UCC Academy.