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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 (, 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. 

We hope you enjoy the newsletter and if you want to know more about RADICAL then please follow us on Twitter or LinkedIn, or get in touch by sending an email to”

Download our first RADICAL project newsletter for updates on our progress in the first year, as well as recent blogs, team profiles, and events.

The RADICAL newsletter is issued annually in October between 2021 and 2024.

The newsletter was designed by the Creative Services team at UCC Academy.

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