Checking In #4: Dr. Jennifer Pagan & Dr. Rich Simons on UV-C LED for PPE Disinfection
In this episode of Checking In: A Video Series With WQP, WQP Managing Editor Lauren Del Ciello checks in with Dr. Jennifer Pagan, CTO/co-founder for AquiSense Technologies, and Dr. Rich Simons, head of application science for AquiSense Technologies, on adapting UV-C LED technology for PPE disinfection amidst COVID-19 concerns. The conversation covers challenges associated with developing and bringing to market a new technology in a matter of weeks during shelter-in-place orders. Jennifer and Rich also offer key advice on thinking outside the box.
UV represents wavelengths that fall between visible light and x-ray on the electromagnetic spectrum. The UV range can be further divided into UV-A, UV-B, UV-C, and Vacuum-UV. The UV-C portion represents wavelengths from 200 nm - 280 nm, the wavelength used in our LED disinfection products.
UV-C photons penetrate cells and damage the nucleic acid, rendering them incapable of reproduction, or microbiologically inactive. This process occurs in nature; the sun emits UV rays that perform this way.