Iranian Researchers Produce Eco-Friendly Disinfectants Based on Natural Resources

Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 10:13
Eco-Friendly Disinfectants

A team of chemists of Amirkabir University of Technology has produced eco-friendly disinfectants based on natural resources to address the health hazards and pollution risks of synthetic disinfectants amid COVID-19.

Mehran Javanbakht, Faculty of Chemistry at Amirkabir University stated that with the onset of COVID-19 pandemic, demand for disinfectants has increased dramatically; the novel coronavirus has prompted many people to use more cleansers and disinfectants in their daily lives to keep themselves safe, ISNA reported.

He went on to note that while effective at killing germs, disinfectants can build up levels of toxic chemicals over time that will reduce indoor air quality; when they contain anthropogenic substances, they can irritate the eyes and skin, and increase the risk of respiratory and central nervous system disorders and cancer. “Washing these accumulated toxins away can pollute groundwater and soil,” he added.

According to Javanbakht, these disinfectants do not leave any harmful substances after use. An eco-friendly disinfectant based on silver dihydrogen citrate (SDC) technology, which, unlike other disinfectants, stabilizes silver ions along with citric acid, has a double effect on antiseptic properties.

This green technology is monopolized by only 3 countries in the world and due to the high global demand for green disinfectants, which has also been approved by EPA and FDA, the country can benefit from the export opportunity, he highlighted.

As he noted, SDC-based disinfectant kills the coronavirus within two minutes and has a protective effect on the spot for up to 24 hours.

While green products are more expensive in the world than similar products, with the domestic production of 3 eco-friendly disinfectants, we are able to offer these products at a price even lower than similar products in the world, he concluded.

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