Bengaluru student develops Polymer that can help filter viruses
A class XII student from Bengaluru has built up a novel polymer segment with nano particles that can channel infections and ingest air contaminations. The product built by Nikhil Ramachandran, an understudy of Canadian International School, contains antimicrobial and antiviral operators which make it reasonable for application in air channels, dispensable and non-expendable covers and different textures.
Nikhil, who wants to seek an advanced degree in chemical or bio-chemical sciences, has applied for a patent for the item, which is savvy and is counseling producers to take it to the market. He is taking a gander at getting legal approvals just as a dispersion arrange, and has begun an exclusive organization called NOVIC.“The news about disruption of life due to atmospheric fog in Delhi and surrounding areas bothered me especially due to adverse effects on respiratory health. I found that the disposable mask was not a solution as most pollutants pass through the mask and hence I was looking for a compound which could absorb fog causing chemical agents and this search led me to the work I undertook. The recent Covid 19 pandemic has further prompted me to scale up my research,” says the 17-year-old.Nikhil went through a few hours in his dad’s chemical plant in Peenya to take a shot at his research. He would visit the industrial facility after school hours as he was profoundly intrigued by polymers, mixes and the need to battle infections. As indicated by Nikhil, the product’s emulsion is steady and has great wetting and spreading properties that enables the development of a far covering.
How it worksThe product can be utilized as a spray or an answer in which a mask or handkerchief can be plunged. The chemical at that point ingests all the oxides – nitrogen, sulphur and carbon and takes out infections, which is the need of great importance. Since masks and handkerchiefs are being utilized widely by individuals, the item would go about as a channel of neatness and improve the cleanliness factor by its ingestion limits. The product gives protection from infection, fungi and different pathogens and contains an antiviral specialist which is viable against SARS COVID 19. It very well may be utilized via air filter, mask, and sanitizer makers.“The initial results excited me and the more I discussed with my mentors, the more they encouraged me to pursue development of the product. The availability of time along with school assignments were challenges I had to overcome while working on the product,” added Nikhil.