Innovative air filter wins Horizon Prize "Materials for Clean Air"
On 30 October 2018, the European Commission announced the winner of the €3 million "Materials for Clean Air" award, a ceramic honeycomb air filter developed by a research team from Corning SAS, France. Led by Dr Jean-Jacques Theron, the team developed a filter that can remove up to 95% of fine particulate matter from the air and maintain it below the World Health Organisation air quality guidelines. Their invention can reduce the concentration of particulate matter in cities, both indoors and outdoors. For indoor treatment, the solution can be combined with existing air ventilation systems. Outdoors, a modular kiosk-sized system can be placed in highly polluted areas, or close to schools or hospitals.
Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission, presented the award at the Industrial Technologies Conference in Vienna.