Sunday, April 11, 2021

UP develops low-cost, air-quality monitor


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RESEARCHERS from the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DoST-PCIEERD), has developed low-cost, high-quality aerosol monitors to help find ways in minimizing air pollution in cities.

Spearheaded by Dr. Len Herald Lim, Project Robust Optical Aerosol Monitor (ROAM) was initiated to measure particulate matter concentration in the air. It provides crucial information to create policies and programs for environmental protection.

“ROAM units use a different method in detecting particles that does not require the manufacture/fabrication of specialized parts typical of contemporary commercial instrumentation. This allows a much lower production cost, smaller maintenance requirement and an exclusive research chain,” said Lim.

The team has already produced 10 optical aerosol monitors. Four of these have been verified for performance through collocation experiments with aerosol equipment used by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental management Bureau while the remaining six are being tested for performance and will be subject to stricter collocation experiments when conditions permit.

The ROAM team is now exploring the creation of a spin-off company through DoST-PCIEERD’s Funding Assistance for Spin-off and Translation of Research in Advancing Commercialization or Fastrac program to help advance the commercialization of its technology and bring this citizen science project to the community.

Dr. Enrico Paringit, DoST-PCIEERD executive director, expressed hope that the technology can be adopted by local government units.



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