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Biomimicy & Indoor Air Quality(29179)

Research Foundation of SUNY


Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the air we breathe and the effects it has on our health and productivity. In trying to manage IAQ, the HVAC industry employs various means to limit or eliminate pollutants in the indoor air. Ultra-filtration, UV lights, charcoal or chemical absorption filtration, humidification and outside air ventilation are just some of the techniques available to control IAQ. All of these techniques require additional energy to improve IAQ, generally in the form of higher electrical power consumption for motors, fans or energy to condition outside air for ventilation.

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Project Description

This feasibility study will focus on improving the energy efficiency of HVAC systems at removing particulates and gaseous compounds from the air by improved biomimetic filtration means.


This feasibility study is intended to lead to improved energy efficiency and indoor air quality through biomimetic coatings in HVAC systems.

Project Results


Research Foundation of SUNY
P.O. Box 9 Attn: John Loonan
Albany, NY 12207

Principle Investigator

Nathaniel Cady

Universities Involved

SUNY at Albany


Project Type:

Research Study

Technologies Types:

Building Systems
Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning
Cooling & Ventilation

NYSERDA Contact Information

Miriam Pye


R&D - Mfg Tech & On-Site Pwr

Contract Details

Start Date: 12/31/2012
Project Status: Active
Contract Number: 29179

Last Updated: 12/3/2012