CSU Engineers and Researchers Working Towards COVID-19 Disinfectant
Somewhere on Colorado State University's campus, there are teams of researchers working towards defeating COVID-19 once and for all.
That 'somewhere' is the Rapid Prototyping Lab at the Energy Institute's Powerhouse Energy Campus, where a team is working around the clock for a "fast-mobilization project launched in direct response to the daily-changing pandemic", according to a press release from CSU.
A Fort Collins design firm, Czero, is working with the department to create a spraying disinfectant that will kill SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19. So what, exactly, does that mean for us?
It means that there may be a solution to disinfecting large-scale surfaces like classrooms, stadiums, and auditoriums in the coming weeks.
This research team is led by Raymond Goodrich, a professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology and the executive director of the Infectious Disease Research Center. The disinfectant would work like this:
The technology deactivates the virus by rendering it incapable of replicating through a combination of specific wavelengths of light and targeted nucleic acid chemistry.
Thank you to all of the researchers, engineers, and scientists working towards making our lives easier with COVID-19, and we'll update you in the coming weeks on this disinfectant and how soon we can see it used in our community.