Iranian Scientists Produce Nano-Based Self-Sterilizer Liquid to Fight against Coronavirus
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian researchers at Sharif University of Technology used nanotechnology to produce a self-sterilizer liquid which can keep surface clean from any virus and bacteria, including coronavirus, for at least 14 days.
“We have managed to produce a nano-based surface coating that inhibited the growth of bacteria on the surface; the product depended on visible light to become active. It both sterilizes itself and eliminates infections in the air in the presence of light. Over time, the product loses its dependence on light, and other capabilities have been added to it so that it could turn the surface into bacteria-fighting agents,” Ashkan Seza, the inventor of the product, told FNA.
“This product has 2 features; first, it normally destroys the outer protein membrane of the virus. The second property of the product is photocatalysis and the virus is damaged in contact with the surface when exposed to visible light,” he added.
Seza noted that only 4 to 5 countries in the world enjoy the know-how to produce a self-sterilizing liquid, and said he has received proposals from different foreign states, including the US, to export the product.
In a relevant development in May, Head of Iran Nanotechnology Initiative Council (INIC) Saeed Sarkar said that the country’s researchers had produced a highly-efficient disinfecting solution which remains on the surface for 7 days to kill coronavirus and any other germs.
“Fortunately, at present, nearly 10 to 12 companies are producing nano-based disinfecting solutions which enjoy high durability and they remain on the surface from 12 hours to 7 days, depending on the company which produces them,” Sarkar told FNA.