Professor Ponisserril Somasundaran, Lavon Duddleson Krumb Professor of Mineral Engineering in the department of Earth and Environmental Engineering, has received an NSF RAPID grant.
June 10, 2020
Professor receives NSF RAPID grant to fight COVID-19
The six-month $100,000 grant is for the development of a set of decontamination foam formulations that are significantly more effective for application across a variety of surfaces while providing uniform deposition of the decontaminant, thus reducing the amount and frequency of applications. Somasundaran’s group, led by Associate Research Scientist Partha Patra, aims to add a special class of molecules—surfactin—to the foam formulation, which functions both as soap molecules promoting the formation of foam and as a disinfectant that enables the reduction of the bleach content. By manipulating the surfactant-to-water ratio and surfactant type and content, the team will tune the foam texture to enable complete coverage of the disinfectant on surfaces.
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