Nanotechnology, the Noble Prize winning tech, can it offer something for the Global War against , COVID-19?

What is Nanotechnology?

Nanotechnology is science, engineering, and technology conducted at the nano scale, which is about 1 to 100 nano meters.

Physicist Richard Feynman, the father of nanotechnology.

NANOTECHNOLOGY IN BATTLE AGAINST CORONA VIRUS

The rapidly increasing death tolls of COVID-19 have been a wake-up call for global health. Many researchers have recently turned their focus to this growing threat and a global effort is underway to halt its spread. Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment available for COVID-19, but a wide range of pharmaceutical agents are being investigated. Meanwhile, among various fields of science and technology, nanotechnology has great potential to be of enormous help in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of COVID-19.

Virus Capture and Destruction by Label-Free Graphene Oxide for Detection and Disinfection Applications

Currently the most widely used chemical disinfection protocols, halogenated disinfection or solvent/detergent strategies, suffer from a variety of limitations for suppression of environmental virus, such as the production of toxic by products as well as the low disinfect efficiency.Within this context, it is in urgent need to develop a novel strategy to guard against the environmental virus with high efficiency,low cost and minimized contamination.We are especially intrigued by the naturally occurring minerals that possess unique structure, facilitate large-scale production and affect the biological responses of viruses.

Graphene as the Virus Detector

Graphene sheet(Top:Left)

Conclusion

The world is at war indeed and if we don’t work together with all out potential then this pandemic could actually be the sign of “The Great Filter”.

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Aayushi Vaish

Aayushi Vaish

An Explorer of the Infinite Multiverse . MS - Physics , Northeastern University.