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IIT Ropar Professors developed low-cost device to produce electrolyzed water to combat viruses and bacteria – Times of India

PATIALA: A workforce of professors IIT Ropar has developed a Low-cost device to produce electrolyzed water that might be used in its place to alcohol-based mostly disinfectant led to combat Coronavirus pandemic.

The researchers stated that the acidic electrolyzed water with a pH of 5.0-6.5 and excessive focus of Free Available Chlorine (FAC) might be used in its place. Recently, freely accessible chlorine has been reported to potently inactivate the coronavirus. The electrolyzed water additionally exhibits robust killing exercise towards bacteria, fungi and many different varieties of viruses.

The researchers’ workforce included Professor Vishwajeet Mehandia, Assistant Professor, S. Manigandan, Department of Chemical Engineering, IIT Ropar and Prof. C. R. Suri, Head, Central Research Facility, IIT Ropar. They revealed that electrolyzed water has been used within the medical area for over a century. Electrolyzed water was used to irrigate and disinfect wounds in World War I earlier than antibiotics had been accessible.

They stated that in contrast to the normal process of cleansing water with chlorine remedy, electrolysed water doesn’t hurt people. It additionally exhibits robust exercise towards meals borne pathogens that might be useful for meals and agricultural industries.

Prof. Mehandia stated that, “We have successfully developed the electrolyzed water from the tap water in our laboratory with a pH of 5.0-6.5 and a high concentration of FAC (Freely available Chlorine). It can be prepared within 5 minutes and stable up to 1 week. We have tested the stability of electrolyzed water for upto 48 hrs.”

Prof. Suri added that, “It can be used in healthcare, food safety, water treatment, and general sanitation.”

Manigandan added that on the battle towards the Covid-19 virus Electrolyzed Water can be utilized as “a Powerful Natural Tool for Killing Bacteria and Viruses. Electrolyzed water is non-toxic and non-flammable and therefore does not require hazardous or chemical storage or handling precautions. Nor any special shipping or export requirements.”

The workforce can also be in contact with few industrial companions to commercialize this expertise.

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