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New technologies in the air by NTU Singapore and Camfil to improve indoor air quality

March 20, 2017

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and Swedish company Camfil, a global leader in the air filtration industry, are collaborating to develop innovative solutions to improve air filtration efficiency and indoor air quality.

The partnership will see the testing of various air filter technologies on NTU's buildings, focussing on their performance in tropical weather. These will be tested on NTU's 200-hectare campus which is already a living lab for many environment-friendly research projects ranging from sustainability solutions to electromobility.

Leading NTU's efforts will be the Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N), who together with Camfil's experts will investigate the impact of indoor air quality on the cognitive performance of adults, which includes assessing their learning performance, memory abilities and reaction time.

Findings from the joint research projects are expected to shed light on the optimal indoor environment for improved cognitive health and general well-being of building occupants.

NTU Chief of Staff and Vice President (Research), Professor Lam Khin Yong said, "The research partnership between NTU and Camfil is highly relevant in today's urban cities as people spend more than 90 per cent of their time indoors, whether at home or at work. In urban centres, assessments on indoor air quality are also central in determining the well-being of workplaces. It is our aim that the collaboration will result in innovative solutions that can help improve the general well-being and productivity of building occupants."

Camfil, headquartered in Sweden, is a global leader in the air filtration industry with more than half a century of experience.

Mr Alain Bérard, Executive Vice President - Marketing and Products, Camfil said, "Camfil's mission has been to develop and deliver innovative clean air solutions combined with optimised energy efficiency. We share these objectives with NTU Singapore, and our collaboration will lead to significant breakthroughs in our field of activity."

Research to focus on tropical climate

In urban areas, people who spend a lot of time in enclosed buildings are susceptible to pollutants from sources such as furniture, paints, carpets and electronics.

The levels of indoor pollutants such as particulate matter, volatile organic compounds, nitrogen dioxide, carbon dioxide and allergens will determine the air quality. Exposure to a high concentration of indoor air pollutants may affect productivity in the short term and damage one's health in the long term.

Through field studies, the researchers aim to find out the efficiency of general ventilation devices and systems.

Investigations on different air filter solutions will also provide a good platform for the development of a filtration standard for tropical climates.
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Media contact:

Ang Hui Min
Assistant Manager
Corporate Communications Office
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Tel: +65 6592 3557
Email: huimin@ntu.edu.sg

Jayant Kaushal
Director Product and Project Management Office
Comfort and Air Cleaner - Asia Pacific and Middle East
Camfil Singapore
Tel: +65 6460 0450
Email: Jayant.Kaushal@camfil.com

About Nanyang Technological University

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It also has a medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes - the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering - and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU (ERI@N) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).

Ranked 13th in the world, NTU has also been ranked the world's top young university for the last three years running. The University's main campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore's medical district.

For more information, visit http://www.ntu.edu.sg

About Camfil

Camfil is a global leader in the air filtration industry with more than half a century of experience in developing and manufacturing sustainable clean air solutions that protect people, processes and the environment against harmful airborne particles, gases and emissions. These solutions are used globally to benefit human health, increase performance and reduce energy consumption in a wide range of air filtration applications.

Our 26 manufacturing plants, six R&D sites, local sales offices and 3,800 employees provide service and support to our customers around the world. Camfil is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden. Group sales total more than SEK 6 billion per year.

For more information, visit http://www.camfil.com

Nanyang Technological University

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