Trojan Horse Award 2019

23rd ETH-Conference on Combustion Generated Nanoparticles

June 17th - 20th, 2019 at ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Trojan Horse Award 2019 of the Swiss Association "Doctors for Environmental Protection" "Ärztinnen und Ärzte für Umweltschutz" (AefU)

During all combustion processes, especially motor and industrial ones, toxic, partly carcinogenic molecules are released. Their adsorption on the surface of soot particles (especially in the nano range), transport mechanisms and (photo)chemical changes of the loaded soot in the atmosphere, translocation of the soot through the lungs into the human organism as well as into other living beings and effects on cells and the entire organism are summarized as the so-called Trojan Horse phenomenon.
Only a pluri-disciplinary approach, as offered by the "ETH Conference for Combustion Generated Nanoparticles", provides a scientifically sound understanding of such complex processes, which is indispensable for correct information of the authorities and the general public and enables targeted technical and regulatory measures.
In order to promote this understanding, the association "Ärztinnen und Ärzte für Umweltschutz" (AefU) presents the "Trojan Horse Award" of CHF 2000 for excellent publications on this topic.
The AefU is dedicated to protecting human health and the basis of life for future generations. Air pollution control is one of its most important preventive measures, which it has pursued tirelessly since it was founded in 1987.
This year, the prize will be divided between two winners:

Trojan Horse Award Winners 2019:

Trojan Horse Award 2019

Katsumi Saitoh, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan); Nobuyuki Takegawa (Tokyo Metropolitan University, Japan

Coauthors: Akihiro Fushimi; Yuji Fujitani

For the poster presentation of the pilot project: "Characteristics of chemical composition for ultrafine particle collected at Narita International Airport"

Jet engine aircraft is a significant source of atmospheric ultrafine particle with aerodynamic diameter < 100 nm) with local and global impact. A range of ions and molecules emitted were identified.


Trojan Horse Award 2019

Dumitru Duca, University of Lille - Physique des Lasers, Atomes et Molécules, Lille, France

Coauthors: Yvain Carpentier; Marin Vojkovic; Claire Pirim; Christian Fosca

For the presentation: "A novel methodology for the analysis of the particulate/gas phase partitioning in combustion emissions"

To fully understand the formation mechanism of soot particles, predict their ageing process and assess the overall impact of such combustion generated emissions, their full chemical characterization (i.e. the composition of both their particulate and gas phases) is required.