University of Malta researchers, at the Department of Food Sciences and Nutrition (Faculty of Health Sciences) and at the Metamaterials Unit (Faculty of Science), are working on project SANITAS - infectiouS diseAse preventioN usIng plasma acTivAted solutions - as part of the Maltese national effort to address the emerging challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
"The project proposes a novel method of manufacturing disinfectant by utilising cold atmospheric plasma to generate sterile plasma-activated solutions," said Professor Vasilis Valdramidis, one of the core team members.
"The effective plasma-activated solutions formulations will be certified to allow for their use as a disinfectant in a domestic and medical setting against bacteria, fungi and viruses," he continued.
Professor Vladramidis highlighted the fact that SANITAS will contribute towards developing an R&I ecosystem and steer Malta and the EU towards the utilisation of more sustainable solutions by conducting world-class and world-leading research in this field.
Project SANITAS was launched at the end of December 2020 and will run for 18 months.