• Airborne Transmission of SARS Coronavirus

The Helmholtz CORAERO project aims at broad interdisciplinary contributions to understanding virus spreading through aerosols and designing technical and administrative measures for mitigation and virus control. We propose research and technology transfer for novel technologies that inactivate SARS-CoV-2 and other virus, in the air and on surfaces. Therefore, CORAERO joins scientists from virus biology, medicine, applied physics, chemistry, material science, engineering as well as technology assessment and develops knowledge about virus propagation and novel inactivation technologies important for schools, factories, passenger transport systems and public places.

Scientific and engineering progress in the field requires a collaborative approach that combines new knowledge about virus survival under different conditions and treatments with knowledge from material sciences, fluid dynamics and thermodynamics. Knowledge generation has to go hand in hand with engineering to develop and assess appropriate technologies in strong collaboration between academia and industry. Therefore, CORAERO addresses the following important questions:

  • How does virus load in aerosol drops correlate with drop size and infection status?
  • How long does the virus persist on surfaces and in aerosols under different environmental conditions (temperature, humidity, solar flux, ozone concentration)?
  • How fast do droplets evaporate in a given environment and how does this affect virus inactivation?
  • When is ventilation optimal in a given space and for dynamic situations?
  • What are the most efficient, safe and cost-effective technologies to inactivate virus-containing aerosols and how can they be safely deployed in public spaces?

We you are interested in joining us please contact us under coraeronoSp@m@helmholtz-muenchen.de and look at our job advertisements on this website.