Check out our most recent SEARCH Center paper on the effects of building efficiency scenarios on indoor air quality

Hats off to PhD student Colby Buehler for his indoor air quality analysis under future building energy efficiency scenarios, out now in Science Advances. Was great to collaborate with Economics Prof. Ken Gillingham from Yale School of the Environment on this multidisciplinary EPA SEARCH Center paper, along with Pei Huang (now at the Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research) and Prof. Jordan Peccia (Yale Chemical & Environmental Engineering).

Article: https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/7/34/eabg0947

Press release: https://environment.yale.edu/news/article/efficient-buildings-could-save-thousands-of-lives-in-us-every-year/

Mask testing paper out in JESEE

Our new paper from the Yale CEID on mask testing during the COVID-19 shutdown is out in Nature’s JESEE. Still testing in the CEID (Center for Engineering Innovation & Design) today with over 100 masks tested now!

https://www.nature.com/articles/s41370-020-0258-7

Additional info on our accessible mask testing setup and PPE results are posted at covid.yale.edu/innovation/med& papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cf Proud to have worked on this with Kate, Larry, & the CEID to support frontline healthcare workers.

Mask testing to support frontline healthcare workers: Not all masks are created equal!

Our survey of an actual hospital PPE inventory shows that with the influx of non-certified masks, not all “real” masks function properly. These aren’t just alternative/homemade masks, but masks that purportedly function as an N95 mask.

Info on our accessible mask testing setup and PPE results are posted at https://covid.yale.edu/innovation/medtech/n95/ & https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3592485

Proud to have worked on this with Kate Schilling, Larry Wilen, all our other awesome co-authors, & the CEID to support frontline healthcare workers. We hope communities with limited testing resources around the globe can use this for data-driven PPE decision-making.

The increasing influence of non-combustion sources on urban air quality via gas-phase organic compound emissions

Check out our paper showing that the future of urban air quality requires consideration of non-combustion emissions, a highly diverse mix of sources like consumer/commercial products and materials. It published as a highlight paper in ACP (https://www.atmos-chem-phys.net/18/5391/2018/)(ACPD in August 2017). See more at Yale News: https://seas.yale.edu/news-events/news/study-shows-need-broaden-focus-sources-air-pollution.

For VOCs and less-volatile gas-phase organics, it shows that a more holistic approach that also considers non-combustion emissions is warranted moving forward. The open access paper can be directly downloaded at: https://www.atmos-chem-phys.net/18/5391/2018/acp-18-5391-2018.pdf

Congrats Peeyush!