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Novel device to fight fungal, pollen allergy

Press Trust of India  |  London 

Scientists are developing an innovative device that uses cold technology to tackle the problem of airborne allergens in the home such as mites, fungal spores and

Cold is a form of where energetic electrons and ions coexist alongside a wide variety of highly

The technology developed by researchers at the University of in the UK only requires air and to operate, typically using ten times less power than a household light bulb.

It is an emerging technology and its application is being explored across a number of sectors including food industry, manufacturing and biomedicine.

Recently it has been discovered that when cold comes in to contact with contamination in the air around us, such as an causing fungus or household chemical, it has a very powerful decontamination effect.

This project will develop a device that will harness the power of cold plasma to destroy airborne allergens on contact.

To develop the researchers will first construct an ultra-efficient pulsed air plasma source that creates a plasma rich in highly

Obtaining the right mix of to destroy the contamination is the key to success, researchers said.

To guide development, state of the art diagnostic measurements will be made on common household allergens passing through the to reveal the underpinning breakdown pathways, they said.

A unique engineering solution will be developed to simultaneously target multiple allergens (such as mites, fungal spores and pollen) whilst overcoming many of the drawbacks associated with current devices on the market that can be expensive and inefficient, the researchers said.

"This is an exciting and innovative research project which has real-life impact," said from the

"We will use our expertise in plasma science here at to ultimately produce a low-cost, efficient and effective technology that reduces the concentration of allergens from within the household environment," said Walsh.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, February 12 2018. 13:05 IST