Some of the Research Triangle’s most innovative minds were named winners of the Triangle Impact Challenge 2021: FlyRDU on Wednesday. During the challenge, Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) worked with Duke University, North Carolina Central University, N.C. State University, UNC-Chapel Hill and RTI International to improve the air travel experience by finding more ways to keep passengers safe and healthy during the parking, ticketing, screening, waiting, shopping, dining and boarding processes.
1st place: “Deactivate Airborne Pathogens” from Duke University, N.C. State University, Stitch Partners and Johnson Controls. The team demonstrated the rapid effectiveness of aerosolized particle removal using an electrostaticly charged textile filter that was created at the N.C. State Wilson College of Textiles. The technology is under consideration for a patent and possible future product development.
January 14, 2021
By: Suzanne Blake
“It’s the smoke that kills you,” McCarthy said. “Having a device that can help suppress the smoke long enough to get somebody out of a burning building would be huge. And it is taking a different approach, a disruptive approach, to a problem that’s been around for a long time… It’s exciting to be part of the solution.”