Jagiellonian University researchers created a device that helps fight smog

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At the Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Applied Informatics of the Jagiellonian University (UJ) in Kraków, under the direction of Dr Zenon Nieckarz, Prof. UJ, an innovative project is underway to build a distributed network of low-cost and easy-to-install automatic measuring stations equipped with sensors measuring the concentration of particulate matter in three particle sizes: PM1 (particles with a diameter of 1 μm or less), PM2.5 (particles with a diameter of 2.5 μm or less), PM10 (particles with a diameter of 10 μm or less).

The system also allows real-time measurement of temperature, humidity and air pressure. The results can be observed on the website tymoddycham.uj.edu.pl.

It is also being used to study the rate of deposition of airborne particles in the airways of runners, the health risks of children exercising in a polluted environment, the effects of air pollution on animals in zoos, and the concentration of particles in the air in a barn and its effect on the heavy metal content of milk.