"We are delighted to have been invited and are enthusiastic about becoming a part of the ACER CoE's prestigious team," said Daniel R. Dwight, president and chief executive officer. "We believe Kronos' expertise developing decontamination, purification, and sterilization technologies and solutions that prevent the spread of airborne viruses will substantially contribute to the Center of Excellence's progress in this arena."
The ACER CoE was formed to examine cabin air quality and study chemical and biological threats in airliners. Auburn University heads the ACER CoE and partners include the Air Force Research Laboratory, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory, Purdue University, Harvard University, Boise State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Kansas State University, and Ohio Aerospace Institute among others, and includes industry leaders such as Boeing, General Electric, and Steris.
ACER's current decontamination projects focus on on-the-ground cleanup of aircraft following a chemical or biological incident (be it unintentional or the result of deliberate terrorist action). The organization plans to expand efforts to include real-time decontamination solutions in the near future. With 30 industrial partners, ACER also works to develop projects with individual partners, provides objective and independent evaluation of these companies' products, and opportunities for the end users of technologies to work with the industrial partners.
Details on ACER's research programs including the decontamination project may be found at http://acer-coe.org/research.html.
Publication date: 07/03/2006