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Air purification company Molekule releases its newest product

The Molekule Air Mini is a scaled-down version of its original purifier.
Yogi Goswami
Published Oct. 17

Molekule announced the release of a smaller air purifier on Thursday to go along with its original version released two years ago.

The Molekule Air Mini purifier. [Molekule]

The company, which has strong ties to Tampa, said the Molekule Air Mini will cost $399 and is suited for rooms up to 250-square-feet like a studio apartment or kid’s bedroom. The larger Molekule retails for $799 and purifies air in rooms up to 600-square-feet.

Molekule boasts that its purifiers destroy pollutants at microscopic levels, something traditional filters can’t do. University of South Florida engineering professor Yogi Goswami invented the purifier, which uses a process called photo electrochemical oxidation.

An LED light inside the purifier simulates sunlight to create a chemical reaction in a replaceable filter that breaks down harmful molecules like allergens and chemicals. The Molekule can trap pollutants up to 1,000 times smaller than what a high-efficiency particulate air filter (HEPA) catches, according to the company.

The larger purifier has two filters and stands almost two feet. The Air Mini combines the filters into one and is a foot tall. It will begin shipping in early November.

“We’ve ... heard directly from our customers that they are looking for a device specifically for smaller rooms in their home,” said Molekule CEO Dilip Goswami, who is the inventor’s son.

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Molekule is based in San Francisco, but the company’s research and development arm is on USF’s Tampa campus. Earlier this year, the company consolidated its manufacturing at a facility in Lakeland. Up until then, the company had used contractors around the country to make its air purifiers.


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