could prove vital in reducing food waste, with one possible end-use including refrigeration – both commercial and domestic – to prevent fresh produce spoiling across the food supply chain. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, an estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of food, or one third of all food produced for human consumption, is wasted globally each year, at an annual cost of US$ 2.6 trillion.
A further possible application for Furuya’s platinum FT-eco catalyst is in the area of public hygiene, with the elimination of volatile organic compounds (VCOs) that cause allergies and offensive odours. It also has anti-bacterial properties.
In time, it is envisaged that FT-eco catalysts will be used in a wide range of ways, ranging from home appliances such as air conditioners, air purifiers and refrigerators to industrial uses, for example in shipping containers serving the food services sector.