SBIR Phase I: Room Temperature Medical Waste Treatment

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 0610808
Agency Tracking Number: 0610808
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2005
Solicitation Topic Code: CT
Solicitation Number: NSF 05-605
Small Business Information
1452 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, NY, 14850
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Czeslaw Golkowski
 (607) 272-1251
Business Contact
 Czeslaw Golkowski
Title: Dr
Phone: (607) 272-1251
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project proposes to research and develop a novel, reliable, affordable, technology for effective decontamination/ sterilization of medical waste. The technology is based on an air/gas sterilant produced in a non-thermal plasma source powered by a standard microwave oven magnetron. During preliminary tests, an air stream containing free radicals produced in the plasma effluent effectively inactivated 100% of highly concentrated microorganisms (107/ml) deposited on a Petri dish and killed 106 spores imbedded in a small paper disk with the temperature of the sterilization process maintained at ~30oC. During Phase I of the program tests of sterilizing efficacy of wide range medical waste will be validated. According to the Environmental Protection Agency hospitals and clinics in the United States generate up to one million ton of medical waste, and as much as 15% of it poses a potential infection hazard. New emerging decontamination technologies are on demand, especially those, which do not produce harmful byproducts. Our technology is environmentally friendly and should be relatively easy to market.

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