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IIT Ropar develops alcohol-based disinfectant alternative

Electrolyzed water can be used as “a powerful natural tool” to deal with COVID-19

IIT Ropar said on Tuesday that it has developed a low-cost device to produce electrolyteated water that can be used as an alternative to alcohol-based disinfectants.

Dr. Vishwajit Mehandia, Assistant Professor, Dr. s. Manigandan of the Chemical Engineering Department, and the head of the Central Research Facility, Professor CR Suri have developed the instrument. An official statement stated that electrolyte water can be used to counter COVID-19.

Acidic electrolyzed water has a pH of 5.0–6.5 and a high concentration of free available chlorine (FAC). It has recently been reported that freely available chlorine can inactivate viruses. The statement said that electrolyzed water also shows strong killing activity against bacteria, fungi and many other types of viruses.

Unlike the traditional process of cleaning water with chlorine treatment, electrolyde water does not harm humans. It shows strong activity against food-borne pathogens that may be beneficial for the food and agricultural industries, it said.

“We have successfully developed electrolyte water from tap water with a pH of 5.0–6.5 and high concentration of FAC in our laboratory. It can be prepared within five minutes and remains stable for up to a week. We have tested the stability of electrolyte water for 48 hours, ”Dr. Mehndia said.

Pro. “It can be used in health care, food security, water treatment and general hygiene,” Suri said.

Dr. Manigandan said that electrolyzed water can be used as “a powerful natural tool” in the fight against COVID-19 virus. It is non-toxic and non-flammable and therefore does not require hazardous or chemical storage or precautions. Nor are there any special shipping or export requirements. “

He said that the team is also in touch with some industrial partners to commercialize the technology.

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