Air pollution is a global health concern and is estimated to cause up to 6.5 million premature deaths a year around the world. It consists of harmful gases and fine particulates, which are not adequately filtered out by the wide variety of fibrous masks that are currently in use by urban inhabitants. Prof Hugh Montgomery from the UCL Institute for Human Health and Performance is currently developing a novel technology that could result in a superior particulate filtering device.
A UCLTF PoC is supporting the optimisation of this technology through iterative parametric in silico modelling and physical testing. Functional verification of this device will support the case for further UTF funding and enable the development of a facemask product with proven efficacy.