It is well known that viruses can be electrically charged. Coronaviruses rely on electrostatic interactions to be able to attach to their host and assemble themselves into an infective form. Their structure must remain stable to spread infection. The IU researchers sought to exploit the coronaviruses' electrokinetic characteristics to try to dismantle their infectivity.
The Sen and his team at IU School of Medicine have been heavily involved in the generation of foundational evidence of the electroceutical fabric's mechanism of action and use during the last six years. The research results demonstrate that the ability of the virus to infect is fully eliminated after contact with the fabric, which disrupts the electrostatic forces the virus needs.
Professor Chandan K. Sen: Electroceutical Management of Pathogens
Dr. Chandan K. Sen's lab has shown the potential of an electroceutical fabric to be utilized as PPE in the fight against coronaviruses. This fabric manipulates the electrokinetic properties of coronaviruses to reduce potential for infection.
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Marco Gutierrez is a communications coordinator for the Indiana University School of Medicine, where he supports the Department of Surgery and the Office of Strategic Communications. Before joining the Office of Strategic Communications, Marco worked for...