IIT Delhi start-up develops technology to disinfect, reuse N95 masks

IIT Delhi start-up develops technology to disinfect, reuse N95 masks

Realizing high reliability on N95 masks by the healthcare workers to fight against the coronavirus, IIT Delhi incubated cleantech startup, Chakr Innovation, has developed Chakr DeCoV, an ozone-based decontamination device to enable safe reuse of N95 masks.

Shri Ashwini Kumar Choubey, Hon’ble Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, launched the decontamination device ‘Chakr DeCoV’ on Friday. While praising the device, the MoS congratulated the IIT Delhi incubated startup Chakr Innovation.Moreover, the increase in biomedical waste could cause additional infection and environmental risk. Determined to solve these problems, IAN Fund backed IIT Delhi incubated startup Chakr Innovation, has come up with this unique, cost-effective technology that helps decontaminate N95 masks in only 90 minutes for safe reuse
Designed in the shape of a cabinet, Chakr DeCoV is built with an innovative decontamination mechanism, which utilizes the high penetrability of Ozone gas for cleaning the pores of the N95 mask, ensuring complete decontamination of its intricate layers.
Proper dosage and exposure of Ozone can result in inactivation of SARS CoV-2 and a 99.9999% reduction in bacterial load, after which an N95 mask can be reused for up to 10 times without any impact on the filtration efficiency (as tested by SITRA).
The team at Chakr Innovation, led by Mr. Tushar Batham, V-P, Engineering, has developed this product under the close guidance of professors and researchers at IIT Delhi. The technology has been tested at IIT Delhi’s Centre for Biomedical Engineering and has undergone rigorous in-house testing for safety and reliability.

The veridical effectiveness has also been tested by ICMR-NIV showing virus inactivation in desired material (permeable material including N95 masks). The system is designed with a biosafety door and a catalytic reduction system to ensure the utmost safety against any human exposure to ozone.

The startup is running successful pilots for this product in Pune and is now ready to scale this well-tested and reliable product.

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