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Nation’s Largest Indoor Air Quality Experiment

This summer, a fleet of experts from CIRES/University of Colorado Boulder, University of Texas, and more have set up trailers around a house testing facility, equipped with a slew of sophisticated instruments. The team will replicate household activities like cleaning with bleach, spritzing hairspray, even gathering a dozen people to cook a holiday dinner—and measure the resulting spectrum of air and surface chemistry in an unprecedented initiative to identify the key causes of indoor air pollution.

Date Published: June 18, 2018

Publication: CIRES News

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Nation’s largest, most comprehensive indoor chemistry study now underway

“HOMEChem is a deep, multifaceted field study into how indoor chemical compounds may interact and transform throughout a normal day of activities like cooking, cleaning and even during family gatherings” says Marina Vance, PhD, principal investigator.

Date Published: June 12, 2018

Publication: EurekAlert!

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Nation’s Largest-Ever Indoor Air Quality Experiment Coming to ‘UTest House’

The study has obvious implications for the indoor air quality research community, but its findings could also have implications for other fields, such as medicine.

Date Published: June 7, 2018

Publication: UT News

Author: Johnny Holden

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Understanding the chemistry of the indoor environment

Sarah also interviews Jon Abbatt of the University of Toronto in Canada about indoor chemistry. What is going on in the air inside buildings—how different is it from the outside? Researchers are bringing together the tools of outdoor chemistry and building sciences to understand what is happening in the air and on surfaces inside—where some of us spend 90% of our time.

Date Published: February 8, 2018

Publication: Science

Author: David Grimm, Sarah Crespi

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Will research be our happily ever after?

In 2013, the Sloan Foundation began funding preliminary research in indoor chemistry. Paula Olsiewski, a Ph.D. in chemistry and her “passion”, called on researchers Paul Ziemann of the University of Colorado Boulder, Barbara Turpin of University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Bill Nazaroff of University of California Berkeley, and Jonathan Abbatt of University of Toronto, to study how chemistry affects people, aerosols, surfaces and air, and moisture indoors.

Date Published: January 1, 2018

Publication: Healthy Indoors Magazine

Author: Susan Valenti Corliss

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Vance Earns $1.25 Million Sloan Foundation Air Quality Grant

Marina Vance, an assistant professor in Mechanical Engineering and core faculty of the Environmental Engineering program at the University of Colorado Boulder has been awarded a $1.25 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to study the chemistry of indoor environments, where people spend at least 90% of their time.

Date Published: December 18, 2017

Publication: University of Colorado, Boulder

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Bringing Chemistry HOME with $1.1 Million Sloan Foundation Grant

An unprecedented scientific inquiry into the chemistry of the indoor environment is being launched by Colorado State University researchers. Delphine Farmer, associate professor of chemistry, is co-leading a two-year, $1.1 million Sloan Foundation-backed project to examine various aspects of indoor air, surfaces and microbes in a typical U.S. home.

Date Published: November 29, 2017

Publication: EurekAlert!

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Every Breath You Take

A common misconception is that indoor air largely mirrors the outdoor air that surrounds it, because of the constant flow of air between the two environments. Not so, says Morrison: ‘Indoor air is very different in composition from the air outdoors.’

Date Published: November 24, 2017

Publication: Chemistry World - Royal Society of Chemistry

Author: Nina Notman

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