Advancing multilayer surface disinfection technologies for modern pandemic protection
Large surface disinfection will be the norm for post-pandemic recovery. The challenges are to have a reliable disinfection process that can be applied to a large number of high-touch surfaces, how they can withstand wear and tear and would be a sustainable technology. Similarly, such disinfection technology could be used for PPE.
The purpose of the Advancing multilayer surface disinfection technologies for modern pandemic protection research study is to integrate two existing surface disinfection technologies to create a more effective and broader spectrum protection multilayer surface disinfection strategy. We will test this integrated approach under lab conditions using model viruses and bacteria, as well as inside healthcare facilities to better understand its effectiveness in real-world settings. This partnership among industry, healthcare, and academia will help advance these technologies so that they can be adopted on a wide scale.
Advanced surface disinfection will become the new norm in Canada going forward. Such multilayer approaches will prevent outbreaks and associated lockdowns, which will in turn help strengthen the Canadian economy, increase societal resiliency, and safeguard Canadians against future pandemics.
George Shaker, PhD
- Dr. Sushanta K Mitra, University of Waterloo
- Mathew Buchanan, SiO2 Innovation Labs
- Steve Cox, SiO2 Innovation Labs
- Andrew Amiri, Econse Water Purification Systems
- Derek Davy, Econse Water Purification Systems
- Neil Sosebee, Econse Water Purification Systems
Funding provided by NSERC
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