November 20, 2013

Lungu receives grant to improve air sampling techniques

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Claudiu Lungu, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department for Environmental Health Sciences in the UAB School of Public Health and director of the Deep South Center for Occupational Health and Safety, has received an R21 grant totaling $275,000 from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

The goal of the grant, titled “A novel desorption technique for improved sensitivity in sampling for gases,” is to develop a new technique based on nanomaterial sorbents that allows accurate sampling of gases and vapors at low levels for measuring workers’ exposure.

“We are looking at improving the sensitivity of air sampling techniques, which could be a real issue when sampling for toxic vapors or gases present in a very small concentration in the workplace or ambient environment,” Lungu explained.

Lungu says a new process his team is employing could also help decrease the time and cost of analysis. Additionally, the hope is it will lead to fewer exposures and, consequently, a healthier workforce.

The grant period is two years.
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