Improving the world for animals, plants and people by developing miniaturizable sensors for fine and ultrafine airborne particulate matter detection
Based on commercially proven MEMS FBAR technology - Funded by NASA, NSF, NIH and others.
Air pollution is a fundamental problem for animals, humans and plants.
According to the World Health Organization 7 million people die from related symptoms each year. Worldwide, poor air quality is responsible for almost as many deaths as cancer and an order of magnitude more deaths than HIV and malaria combined.
In East Asia and the Pacific alone, the World Health Organization estimates that 1.3 billion people - almost a quarter of the world population is breathing unsafe air each day. Particulate pollution is linked to heart disease, some cancers and early death. Children, the elderly and the sick are especially vulnerable.
AirSpeQ is commercializing sensors for airborne particulate matter (PM). The technology is based on patent pending proprietary MEMS thin-film bulk acoustic resonator (FBAR) technology, and leverages more than 12 years of R&D at the University of California at Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Consumer sensors available today monitor superficial, visual and or olfactory air pollution because that is all they are able to measure. AirSpeQ's prosumer grade technologies leapfrog existing consumer solutions by allowing the accurate measurement of the most pernicious small particulate matter that can not only penetrate the lungs but also the brain and blood system. In contrast to consumer sensors, AirSpeQ’s prosumer technologies accurately measure PM across the full range of concentrations, are reliable across a range of environmental operating conditions, have a smaller form factor, consume less power, work longer without preventative maintenance and cost substantially less.
2019 Red Herring Top 100 North America
NASA Earth & Space Air Finalist
Shanghai/Yangpu Cutting Edge Award