A team of researchers from Laboratory of Integrated Nanophotonics and Biomaterials at IIT Roorkee has come up with a disinfecting box used for sterilization.
A team of researchers from Laboratory of Integrated Nanophotonics and Biomaterials at IIT Roorkee has come up with a disinfecting box which can be used to disinfect things such as personal protection equipments, apparels, and a wide variety of personal belongings. The team is led by Prof. Soumitra Satapathi.
Named as Unisaviour, this box comprises of a metal coating with highly reflective geometry that allows the calibrated passage of UVC light to disinfect personal belongings. The box is coated with an indigenously-developed metal oxide. It also consists of anti-viral and anti-bacterial layers to curb the growth of microorganisms when UVC light is not acting.
Prof. Satapathi, Associate Professor of Physics, IIT Roorkee told, “The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the significance of maintaining overall hygiene to reduce the transmission risk of disease. The sterilizing system will aid disinfection of various personal belongings and can be easily deployed at public places such as malls, cinema halls among others to maintain the highest standard of hygiene.”
The Unisaviour box is equipped with an Arduino-programmed system that controls time, intensity, and exposure of UVC light. This strongly acts against microbes and hence sterilizes various personal belongings.
“As the world strives to return to normalcy amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, this device will be a step forward in ensuring safety. It is easy to use and will be useful for disinfecting items in public places” said Prof. Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee
Other team members of this research initiative included Ph.D. students, Tejasvini Sharma, Prathul Nath, Anshu Kumar, and Naveen Kumar Tailor from Department of Physics and Prof. Partha Roy and Neeladri Singh Das from Department of Biotechnology.