Engineering Innovation in India
IISC-Bangalore Develops ‘Green’ Tech to Rid Air Filters of Germs
A newly developed air filtering technique that uses ingredients commonly found in green tea can deactivate germs that find refuge inside air filters. A research team led by Prof Suryasarathi Bose and Prof Kaushik Chatterjee at Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, has developed a germ-destroying air filter that can inactivate germs using ingredients like polyphenols and polycationic polymers commonly found in green tea. With a prolonged use, air filters become a breeding ground for captured germs. The growth of these germs clog the pores of the filter, reducing their life. Re-suspension of these germs can infect people in the vicinity. The novel antimicrobial air filters were tested at an NABL accredited laboratory and were found to be 99.24 per cent effective against SARS-CoV-2 (delta variant). The technology was transferred to AIRTH, a start-up that is replacing the existing germ-growing air filters with these germ-destroying air filters for commercial purposes. The deployment of these novel antimicrobial filters in ACs, central ducts, and air purifiers can play a crucial role in fight against air pollution and mitigate the spread of air-borne pathogens such as several coronaviruses.
Source : https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/technology/iisc-bangalore-develops-green-tech-to-rid-air-filters-of-germs/articleshow/96370862.cms
Note: Fellows are requested to forward their achievements/achievements of their organziation to be featured under the heading “Engineering Innovation in India”.