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Fundamental Breakthrough in Detection of Atmospheric Free Radicals

Project description

A radically easy way to detect short-lived atmospheric threats

Free radicals are an area of intensive research given their impact on our health, the climate and the ozone layer. Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms with an unpaired electron in an outer shell. Since an atom's behaviour is directly related to its electrons, an unpaired electron makes an atom highly reactive and eager to 'steal' an electron from a neighbouring molecule to stabilise itself. Of course, this makes its neighbour unstable and the cascade continues, potentially wreaking havoc. The measurement of atmospheric free radicals is currently quite complicated, and only a few labs worldwide can do it. The EU-funded RADICAL project is developing a simple, low-cost method to detect important atmospheric free radicals, improving the monitoring of air quality and leading to better predictions of climate change.

Call for proposal

H2020-FETOPEN-2018-2019-2020-01
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK - NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, CORK
Address
Western Road
T12 YN60 Cork
Ireland
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 993 080

Participants (5)

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM DRESDEN-ROSSENDORF EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 856 925
Address
Bautzner Landstrasse 400
01328 Dresden
Activity type
Research Organisations
SMARTCOM BULGARIA AD
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 258 000
Address
Ulica Lozenets 20 Floor 6
1784 Sofia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITY OF YORK
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 606 876,25
Address
Heslington
YO10 5DD York North Yorkshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS - NTUA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 136 870
Address
Heroon Polytechniou 9 Zographou Campus
15780 Athina
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UCC ACADEMY DESIGNATED ACTIVITY COMPANY
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 368 357,50
Address
University College Cork National University Of Ireland Western Road
T12 Cork
Activity type
Other