New method of Coronavirus Decontamination

Prof. Thomas Lion, MD, PhD, MSc, and collaborators investigate a new technology to decontaminate and reuse highly effective face masks and other sensitive objects.

(Vienna, 17.12.2020) Prof. Thomas Lion, MD, PhD, MSc, of St. Anna Children’s Cancer Research Institute in Vienna and Doc. Ing. Vladimir Scholtz, PhD, of the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, are selected for the first international FWF corona urgent funding. The focus of their research project is on the reuse of highly effective face masks as well as the decontamination of other sensitive objects. Thereby a cost-effective and safe alternative to conventional means of virus decontamination will be created.

In an international study, funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF and the Czech Science Foundation GACR, Prof. Lion and Doc. Ing. Scholtz aim to investigate the effectiveness of the Cold Atmospheric Plasma (CAP) technology. This technology will be adapted, so that heat or liquid-sensitive objects can be reused after decontamination. In their project, the researchers are using selected human respiratory viruses with different properties, such as SARS-CoV-2, influenza A, adenovirus, and rhinovirus.

An understanding of the mechanisms underlying CAP-induced virus inactivation will enable Prof. Lion and Doc. Ing. Scholtz to identify the strengths of the approach and to address any potential weaknesses as the basis for its widespread use.

Read the full FWF press release: Press Release_First International FWF corona urgent funding project_Thomas Lion.

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