Published: Jan 25, 2007 7:34:22 AM
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Dong-Joo (Daniel) Kim, assistant professor in materials engineering, has received an industrial grant from LG Electronics, a global leader in innovative products and services. Kim's research will evaluate the application of plasma ion technology to the biological disinfection of air conditioners and purifiers. The budget for the first year is $50,000.
Kim's research will address how a variety of everyday health risks, such as driving in cars, flying in planes, engaging in various activities, and being exposed to biological contaminants such as bacteria, molds, mildew, viruses, house dust mites, cockroaches, animal dander and pollen, pose varying degrees of danger. These issues could be avoided through the use of emerging technologies that will improve air quality, such as active carbon adsorption, photocatalytic oxidation and plasma ion technology.
"Many times, we are unaware of the hazards in our everyday lives," Kim says. "I am looking forward to continuing my research in air purification and towards finding new ways to protect individuals from these preventable risks."