A new air quality measurement device has been licensed for commercial development by Droplet Measurement Technologies of Boulder, Co. The new instrument was invented by Pat Arnott and Ian Arnold of the University of Nevada, Reno. The device is not only more cost-effective, but also more portable and more accurate than the existing technology.
“This machine will be much more ubiquitous for measuring air quality, or more precisely, black carbon in the air, or a number of other uses,” Arnott said. “Key component cost and instrument weight have dropped from $2,000 and 180 pounds to $40 and 20 pounds. This will make it more accessible to researchers, businesses and government agencies; and much easier when traveling around the world to gather data.”
This has been a long time in the making; the first version of this instrument was developed in 2005 with Droplet Measurement Technologies.
“We’re pleased to have entered into the licensing agreement,” John Lovett, CEO of Droplet said. “Pat is a leading scientist in applying photo-acoustic technology to aerosols and has partnered with DMT on developing research-grade scientific instruments for air quality assessment.”
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