Lehigh University Researchers Developing Long-Lasting Disinfectant

Written by on August 6, 2020

Lehigh University Researchers Developing Long-Lasting Disinfectant

By K.C. Lopez

August 6, 2020

Credit: Lehigh University

While the race for a COVID-19 vaccine is on, researchers in the Lehigh Valley are zeroing in on how to stop the virus from spreading.

As WLVR’s K.C. Lopez reports, a team at Lehigh University is examining how COVID-19 clings to surfaces.

With the help of a twenty-five thousand dollar grant, the scientists are developing a disinfectant that lasts longer and better prevents the spread of the virus.

Frank Zhang is an associate professor of bio-engineering at Lehigh working on the project.

“People have done a lot of research on how long viruses will stay on surfaces and the longest ones are like stainless steel or plastic. Based on those studies, coronavirus will stay for three days on those surfaces. So the idea is, can we come up with an approach that can destroy the virus but lasts much longer on the surfaces?”

Zhang says most disinfectants are alcohol-based and because they evaporate quickly, are only effective for a short time. So they’re hoping their liquid polymer spray will have longer-lasting results.

The team is partnering with chemicals company, Solvay USA and is planning to make their disinfectant spray available for purchase in the near future. 

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