Innovator Profile

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John Volckens, PhD

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering

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Innovator Bio

“Research is an exercise in failure and an exercise in creative energy. Companies can only do so much research. Most companies want to take something that has been well de-risked. I love to de-risk things. They are [often] high risk ideas, and I think academia is the best place to de-risk things. We have the freedom to think freely, try new things, and try ideas that might seem dumb at the time, but which turn out to be great.

I study air pollution, everything from the tailpipe to the windpipe and beyond. I am interested in human exposures to those pollution emissions and the health effects of air pollution. I focus on fine particle air pollution (2.5 ppm) called soot.”

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Innovator Patents

US 9,618,439 B2: Thermophoretic Sampler.

US 9.482,620 B2: Portable Particle Spectrometer.

US 8,973,447 B2: Thermophoretic Sampler.

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