System for on-site detection of virus-loaded aerosol

Domitilla Del Vecchio, Hsin-Ho Huang, Carlos Barajas, Simone Bruno, Kalon Overholt, Krishna Manoj & Ben Gross

With major medical epidemics happening every 2-6 years, the spread of infectious disease poses a continuous risk. The global medical community advocates taking steps to reduce the possibility of airborne transmission of viruses.
This project focuses on making a device to sample the air of an indoor environment and detect the presence and concentration of a target virus on-site. This device will serve for early detection of high-risk biological threats and for everyday assessment of common pathogen levels.  It will guide facility managers on the optimum operation of HVAC systems to save energy and maintain occupant safety.