The COVID-19 pandemic has caused more than 6 million deaths globally as of March 16, 2022. While a huge effort was, and still is, being made to develop efficient vaccines, strategies to prevent the spread of viruses are equally importantA variety of alcohol and acid-based disinfectants are used regularly in office premises and hospital areas to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Still, this process cannot be applied in drinking water and air.
That’s where the sun comes in! Join C2ST and WorldChicago host, Dr. Nimai Pathak, to learn about Dr. Pathak’s research on the process of harnessing UV light directly from the sun to kill germs.
Resources to explore
- M. Buonanno, D. Welch, I. Shuryak and D. J. Brenner, Far-UVC light (222 nm) efficiently and safely inactivates airborne human coronaviruses, Sci. Rep., 2020, 10, 10285. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-67211-2
- M. Biasin, A. Bianco, G. Pareschi, et al., UV-C irradiation is highly effective in inactivating SARS-CoV-2 replication. Sci Rep.,2021, 11, 6260. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-85425-w
- E. L. Cates, M. Cho, and J-H. Kim, Converting visible light into UVC: Microbial inactivation by Pr3+-activated upconversion materials, Environ. Sci. Technol., 2011, 45(8), 3680-3686. https://doi.org/10.1021/es200196c
Join us as we host our first STEM Speakeasy since 2020! Register early as space is limited. The food is amazing, consider dinner at Alulu
Thursday, April 14th, 2022 from 7:00 – 7:45 pm CT, C2ST Facebook Live & C2ST YouTube TV.
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