Soot: the invisible culprit


About the research

To measure is to know. That certainly applies to soot, an invisible but harmful substance that we all breathe in every day. The impact of all that soot on our health is still unclear at the moment. For that purpose, we need to know how many soot particles we inhale. Well, that is exactly what the technique developed by Hannelore Bové allows to determine.

Hannelore Bové
FWO - KU Leuven - UHasselt

Hannelore Bové is a post-doc researcher, funded by the Fund for Scientific Research – Flanders (FWO). In 2013, she acquired a master in Biomedical Sciences with specialisation in Bioelectronics and Nanotechnology. In 2017, she received her PhD in Biomedical Sciences at Hasselt University and in Bioengineering Sciences at the KU Leuven. During this period, she developed two novel, patented techniques that allowed for the first time to visualise soot particles originating from air pollution and determine their impact on our body.

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