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The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) publishes a workshop report on indoor air quality

    The Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) publishes “Indoor Air Quality: A workshop report on the contribution chemical sciences can make to improving indoor air quality in the UK

    This detailed and comprehensive report is the output of a workshop held by RSC (Royal Society of Chemistry’s Analytical Science Community (ASC), the Environment, Sustainability and Energy Community (ESEC) and the Faraday Community for Physical Chemistry (FCPC) ) which brought together experts and stakeholders from industry, academia, research institutes, funding bodies, policymakers and government departments and agencies.

    Focusing specifically on the contribution of chemical sciences to IAQ, the findings identified a lack of long-term and connected research projects and proposed more coordinated policy and regulation along with stable, longer-term funding for continued multidisciplinary research and monitoring, leveraging new technology such as low-cost sensors which are widely available to help establish reliable measurement approaches, datasets, and models.

    Key learnings from this report include:

    • Research suggests that the health impacts of indoor air pollution are unequally distributed, particularly related to socioeconomic status, geological areas and vulnerable groups
    • Improved understanding of indoor pollutants is required, with the following areas identified for further research: time-evolution of pollutants, complex chemical interactions and reactions, surface chemistry and ventilation and air exchange rates
    • The rise of smart homes and smart technology will likely enable citizen science approaches to build larger datasets with useful IAQ measurements and information

    Download the full report here

    About Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC)

    Chemistry is at the centre of everything you can see, smell, touch and taste.

    Whether studying the chemistry of life, or developing the advanced science behind modern technology, chemical scientists use their expertise to improve our health, our environment and our daily lives.

    Collaboration is essential. RSC connects scientists with each other and society as a whole, so they can do their best work and make discoveries and innovation happen.

    Find out more information about RSC here: https://www.rsc.org/.

    Author

    Dr Gráinne Cunniffe, Science Lead with Allergy Standards Ltd and a Principal Investigator with the iAIR Institute.

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