Nanozen Environmental is dedicated to ensuring safe air quality for British Columbia workers. In her early research at UBC, Winnie Chu realized that there is an unmet need for real-time, wearable and accurate airborne particle (PM2.5) sensors .

DustCount is Nanozen’s premier product to track unhealthy chemicals prevalent in diverse spaces such as food processing facilities and mines. To tailor DustCount to meet industrial safety needs, Nanozen is working with mining companies, B.C. Ministry of Environment, B.C. Energy and Mines, Metro Vancouver and Chinese and Taiwanese environment regulators.

Beyond the immediate commercial markets, the technology could be integrated into electronics as common as cellphones in the future. This would mean parents who have kids with lung sensitivities could pick the best spot for a picnic.

This project also provides practical working experience to young students – particularly, young female engineers and scientists.

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