IIT Guwahati has developed low-cost UVC light-based disinfectant box:

Guwahati, May 22: IIT Guwahati (Indian Institute of Technology) research team has developed a low-cost UVC light-based disinfectant box for disinfecting disposable medical accessories like gloves, masks, etc. along with disinfecting the household wastes before going to the community bins.

The innovation is uniquely designed to sanitize floors and prevent direct exposure to individuals.

IIT Guwahati faculty members, Dr. Harsh Chaturvedi, Assistant Professor, Centre for Energy, and Dr. Charu Monga, Assistant Professor, Department of Design, along with Shashaanka Ashili, Director, SmartDriv Inc (US), has formed the group, ‘Scientists Beyond Borders’.

The group comprises of entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, researchers, and faculties from across the globe – India, Australia, UK, France, and the USA, is working on addressing the ongoing pandemic. It is collecting, analyzing, disseminating data and awareness, based on this pandemic, globally.

Under the group, IIT Guwahati is leading the projects including Development of low-cost UVC light-based disinfectant box, Development of masks and sanitizers, Curation and generation of scientific content, Translation of scientific content in different languages (Assamese, Manipuri, Hindi, Gujarati, Marathi, Bengali, etc)

IIT Guwahati team has also developed a low-cost UVC light-based smart portable appliances to disinfect disposable medical accessories along with sanitization of rooms, and floors.

The UVC light-based box is uniquely designed to be used at hospitals and public spaces for disinfecting used masks, gloves, etc.

The innovation is developed by Dr. Harsh Chaturvedi and Ms. Priyadevi, a Ph.D. student. UVC box has been donated to the government office in Manipur. The team is working with the Propelis group, Pune, for commercial manufacturing of UVC based disinfectant system.

Dr. Harsh Chaturvedi said that – “Along with the necessary precautions to avoid direct exposure, UV based systems offer a fast and convenient low-cost disinfecting solutions for efficient sanitization of public spaces, hospitals, and household goods and disposable wastes.”

Ashutosh Muglikar, Director of Propelis said that – “We are very satisfied with the range of UV based sanitization products developed by IIT Guwahati and are working on commercializing the technology. Since all the products are designed and made in India using available technology and components, there are very few hindrances in the commercialization of these much-needed products.”

On the other hand, Dr. Charu Monga, Assistant Professor, Department of Design, IIT Guwahati, has designed the low-cost reusable mask which can be used multiple times with changeable filters. Dr. Charu Monga has designed this along with the scientific team of Dr. Harsh Chaturvedi and sample manufacturing by Global Plastics, Delhi.

 “We are in the process to produce low-cost, mask with a swappable filter which will be beneficial for ground-level people and staff. It can be used just by replacing the filter multiple times,” Dr. Charu Monga said.

Sanitizers were also developed by IIT Guwahati students and alumni from Manipur.