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Royal Society in conversation event with Professor Helen Storey, Professor Tony Ryan and Professor John Shepherd FRS at the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

Pollution and air quality have been linked to increases in respiratory problems worldwide, so wouldn’t it be brilliant if we could clean the air around us as we go about our daily lives? Artist and designer Professor Helen Storey MBE and polymer chemist Professor Tony Ryan OBE believe that catalytic clothing offers just such a solution, using textiles as a catalytic surface to purify air. Here they discuss with Professor John Shepherd CBE FRS the motivation behind their collaboration, the technology they have developed and the benefits it could bring.

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