Environmental Air Quality Program
The Environmental Air Quality Lab is a nationally recognized interdisciplinary air quality research program which encompasses the areas of chemistry, biology, physics, toxicology and engineering. The lab evaluates both indoor and outdoor air quality including physical, chemical, and biological characterization of particulate matter, and the development of innovative processes to remove gases and particulates from air. To achieve our goals we utilize the talents of faculty from K-State, University of Kansas, Wichita State University and University of Nebraska.
Kansas and Nebraska industries such as production agriculture, aircraft manufacturing, grain handling and processing, building systems, bioprocessing, and microelectronics depend on advances in air quality control technology to remain competitive while still being compliant with government regulations.
The IER’s research assists these industries by developing new processes for the removal of dissolved compounds and particulates from air, and reducing contaminant generation in aircraft engines and the production process.
Facilities and Equipment
Our research is carried out in a variety of different locations on the Kansas State University campus.
- The Environmental Air Quality Lab is housed at the Institute for Environmental Research which has several environmental chambers and a 737 section of aircraft cabin with instrumentation and control systems.
- Both Kansas State University and University of Nebraska have confined animal feeding operations where air quality research can be carried out.
- Microbiological laboratories and equipment are available in biology and animal sciences for characterization of bioaerosols.
- Equipment to characterize insects and insect parts is in entomology and biology.
- Equipment and laboratories for chemical characterization of air and particulates is in animal sciences and chemistry.
- Laboratories and equipment for physical characterization of particulates is in physics and biological and agricultural engineering.
- Toxicological studies will be conducted in the College of Veterinary Medicine where needed space and equipment are available.