08 October 2010
Chemistry researchers represent University of Copenhagen at climate conference
Industry representatives find climate solutions in Copenhagen
While politicians are still discussing the problems of climate change, industry and research are busy coming up with solution. At the conference “World Climate Solutions” in Bella Center near Copenhagen, industry, finance and research had been invited to show their suggestions to the world and each other.
Six groups and researchers represented the University of Copenhagen. Two of these were associate professors Matthew Johnson and Matthias Arenz from the Department of Chemistry. Arenz develops fuel cell catalysts with less platinum. He participated in the hope of attracting funding for further research.
Johnson took part to show his “CleanAir” invention to the general public for the first time. CleanAir was patented by Johnson in early 2010, and it is a photochemical air cleaning technology. One of many perspectives of the invention is that clean air can be recycled in buildings. This allows building owners to save on energy while at the same time creating a healthier indoor climate.
Matthew Johnson is a researcher in atmospheric chemistry at the University of Copenhagen, and he is just in the process of creating a spin-off company based on his invention. He found the conference interesting, because it gave him an opportunity to meet “The Building people”."As a university researcher you spend most of your time talking to other academics. The unique thing about this conference was to meet people from "the real world", says the inventor and researcher Matthew Johnson.