Center for Advanced Virus Experimentation Deactivates SARS-CoV-2

From right to left, Rich Spontak, Reza Ghiladi, and Frank Scholle-NC State University Faculty & CMI Members.

The Center for Advanced Virus Experimentation (CAVE) is a group of interdisciplinary researchers within the Comparative Medicine Institute. CAVE is dedicated to the discovery of novel ways to combat pandemic virus infections; both those of today and tomorrow.
CMI Center for Advanced Virus Experimentation

Imagine finding a way to inactivate SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19.

One team of researchers at NC State University has done just that.

Rich Spontak, Frank Scholle and Reza Ghiladi are all faculty at NC State, working in the university’s Center for Advanced Virus Experimentation. They demonstrated that when substances called anionic polymers absorb water, protons can travel through nanoscale channels to the surface of the engineered material. This creates a highly acidic environment capable of inactivating viruses and killing bacteria and mold.

“If we want to coat high-contact surfaces such as textiles, countertops or walls, it’s possible,” says Scholle. “Virus inactivation will occur as long as there is sufficient humidity.”

Collaborators in the private sector are already in the process of evaluating applications for how some of these polymers might be used in a variety of settings.

 

This story was featured as part of the UNC System article Essential UNC.

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