University of Arkansas professor Jamie Hestekin and UA doctoral candidate John Moore have developed a spray disinfectant designed to more effectively eliminate bacterial and viral transmission.
This spray, according to Hestekin and Moore, is more long-lasting than standard cleaning solutions and is capable of withstanding 50 touches on metal surfaces.
“The product is simple: it is a long-term, hard surface disinfectant that allows for prolonged sterilization of an area to fight against infectious disease. This could be something that would give us the ability to protect and defend our transit areas, our high-traffic locations, our high-contact areas in a way that we haven’t been able to do before,” Moore said in a UA video.
According to Hestekin, he and Moore began collaborating on a way to combat COVID-19. Moore already had sprays set up, and the team performed modifications to their existing materials, which yielded quick results.
“This product is existing because we might be able to help with COVID,” Moore said. “But I think that the really exciting part is that the way John is developing this product, it will be useful long after COVID.”
Hestekin and Moore received a $194,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for the product. The patent is pending on the disinfectant spray technology.
“The University of Arkansas has taken my education and really brought it to the application level, as you would expect with engineering. With that being said, they’ve not only provided a foundation for me to do my research and facilities that will allow me to do the growth in the lab that I need. But they’ve also provided me the opportunity to reach out to these entrepreneurial networks to give me the resources that I need to get the funding I will need to have a job and company after I graduate,” Moore said.
The researchers also partnered with professor Peter Crooks and UAMSpostdoctoral fellow Soma Shekar Dachavaram. The technology builds on work developed by UA professor of mechanical engineering Min Zou and Steve Stanley of the Arknasas Economic Development Commission.