Aerodyne GC detects chemicals in the air that come from cleaning products reacting with sweat

Monday 22nd of March 2021 03:00:00 PM

It’s estimated that people spend up to 90% of their time indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants can be up to 10 times higher than levels typically found outside. But only in the last few years has the advanced instrumentation of atmospheric chemistry been brought to bear on inside environments.

Atmospheric researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) are engaged in this very task, turning their expertise and state-of-the-art air monitoring equipment inward to examine their institution’s own indoor spaces. After studying the air in a classroom and then a museum on campus, the scientists moved on to a student athletic centre and have made some fascinating discoveries.

An image showing cheerleaders working out

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