Helping People Understand and Mitigate the Spread of Aerosol-Born Infections

 

Monday, 28 February, 2022


Dr Kevin Nolan

Dr Kevin Nolan of the UCD School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Photo by Ste Murray.

A request in April 2020 to deploy a long-established optical technique to identify gas flows and the spread of aerosols in surgery opened up an entirely new avenue of research for Dr Kevin Nolan, whose primary interest is in studying the flow of liquids and gases – fluid dynamics. Initially the new research focused on identifying the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus in clinical procedures and therapy settings. More recently, still related to the spread of viral infection, it has expanded to encompass collaboration with manufacturers of air filtration equipment on how it can be used in various settings and has also led to his involvement in the development of new European standards for face coverings used in community settings.

“We’re talking about using IOT to measure air quality, using sensors almost like a real time indoor weather prediction”

You can read the full case study here: Helping People Understand and Mitigate the Spread of Aerosol-Born Infections