Yearbooks of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry

All yearbook reports of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry can be found on the pages of the Max Planck Society by following this link.

Research report 2020

Fighting the coronavirus with fabrics and paper towels

Author: Drewnick, Frank

Department: Partikelchemie, Gruppe „Instrumentelle Aerosolanalytik“

In spring 2020, group leader Frank Drewnick started a research series at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, which was spontaneously initiated during the Covid-19 pandemic. In this series, they investigated everyday materials for their suitability for face masks to support the selection of materials and to better understand which factors influence their efficacy. The group repurposed measuring instruments which they normally use to analyze the properties of atmospheric aerosol particles to measure the filter efficiency and pressure drop of household materials.
For the full text, see the German version.

For the full text, see the German version.

Research report 2019

Air pollution shortens Europeans' lives by around two years

Author: Lelieveld, Jos

Department: Atmospheric Chemistry 

Air pollution has been significantly underestimated as a health hazard. Calculations of the global health study Global Burden of Disease (GBD) indicated that the global mortality rate due to air pollution was around 4.5 million people a year. In a new study, we show that this number is much higher: 8.8 million per year. In Europe alone, nearly 800,000 people die prematurely every year as a result of air pollution.

For the full text, see the German version.

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