A tiny fraction of a millimetre in size, nanoparticles in the environment are made naturally by volcanos, sea-spray and chemical reactions in the atmosphere.
Nanoparticles can also come from welding and grinding, power plants and vehicle exhausts. In the centre of London, 50% of the nanoparticles in the air are made by human activity.
Kent-based Naneum make portable miniaturised instruments to sniff out and identify nanoparticles.
Naneum instruments are being used to investigate climate change, assess workplace air-quality, and study health implications of breathing in nanoparticles.
“We feel very proud that Naneum Instruments are a very good example of how leading-edge physics can have practical and beneficial applications for society,” says Dr Robert Muir, Naneum CEO.
Naneum is the winner of a 2012 Innovation Award from the Institute of Physics celebrating companies that make the most of applying physics in a commercial environment.
Shot on RED Epic.
Filmed on location at Naneum, Canterbury Innovation Centre, Canterbury, UK. September 2012.
Read more about the IOP Innovation Awards at: http://bit.ly/14VVANa