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KazInMetr and KEBS participate in the BIPM Metrology for Clean Air Programme with sponsorship from NPL (UK)

KEBS (Kenya) will be the next institute to send a visiting scientist to undertake a knowledge transfer secondment on Metrology for Clean Air at the BIPM in 2019. The BIPM programme is supported by voluntary funds, and in the period 2016-2018, the National Physical Laboratory (UK), via its International programme, has allowed three visiting scientists from India, South Africa and Kazakhstan to undertake 6-month secondments at the BIPM, and also provided NPL Primary Reference Gas Mixtures for the training programmes. NPL is extending its sponsorship to the period 2019-2021, allowing three further visiting scientists to gain skills in gas metrology whilst at the BIPM.

The Metrology for Clean Air programme at the BIPM, enables knowledge transfer to National Metrology Institutes (NMIs) developing their national metrology infrastructure in support of their air quality and emissions measurement communities. The programme enables NMI scientists to undertake a six-month knowledge transfer secondment in the BIPM's laboratories, where they gain skills in accurate gas analysis and the operation of Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectrometers and analysis of FTIR spectra. The visiting scientists master and apply these measurement techniques for key air quality/emission gases and are able introduce them into their own national laboratories, where they can be used in the verification and value assignments of gas standards developed to meet needs within their own countries.

Currently, A. Nassibulina from the Kazakh Institute of Metrology (KazInMetr), is two months through her six month secondment at the BIPM, and has been studying the application of FTIR methods for quantitative analysis of NO, NO2 and CO2 standards. Her intention is to implement these measurement techniques for the characterization of carbon monoxide (CO), carbon dioxide (CO2), sulfur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen oxide (NO), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), ammonia (NH3) standards in support of industrial emission and air quality monitoring requirements within Kazakhstan.

Further information on descriptions of the outcomes of the programme to date and a full programme description are available.

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