Natural Resources and Pollutants

Every society requires natural resources and energy to cover its basic needs, such as heated or cooled buildings, individual mobility, food and goods for daily life, as well as its dreams. At Empa we want to pave the way for a society that uses fewer natural resources and produces fewer pollutants than we do today by providing the basis for a deeper understanding of the underlying physical and chemical processes and by developing innovative technical solutions.

We, therefore, investigate key processes like individual mobility and industrial production. These processes are accompanied by the release of numerous pollutants: greenhouse gases, volatile organic compounds, (nano-)particles and others. Many of those pollutants find their way into the Earth's at-mosphere, which is an important transport media. We investigate the distribution of these pollutants on different scales, from the flow around individual buildings all the way up to the global transport over various continents. And we explore new ways and means to clean exhaust gases to lower the pollution of our environment. Our goal is a future society that uses less natural resources and produces less pollutants.

 

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