Lassonde professor’s research leads Canada in ozone measurement tools

York University Professor Ebrahim Ghafar-Zadeh, in the Lassonde School of Engineering, is collaborating with industry partners to enhance environment and climate change studies.

Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science Professor Ghafar-Zadeh is using a Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Engage Grant to improve the accuracy of ozone concentration measurement.

Ozone is a key trace gas in atmosphere. The accurate measurement of ozone gas’s concentration is crucial for environment and climate change studies.

An ozonesonde system is a measurement tool carried by a balloon to altitudes of 35 kilometres through the atmosphere.

The original ozone-sensor technology suffers from high power consumption that affects how much data it can collect. The proposed technology will increase the performance of ozonesonde using microfluidics.

Ghafar-Zadeh has collaborated with Felix Technology Inc. to begin to meet this need with developing an alternative – a microfluidic-based, low-power consumption technique for reading out the ozone concentrations in an extended period.

His research will put a Canadian company on the world stage as a leader in this technology.