The UK Catalysis Hub -'Core'

  • Funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • Total publications:53 publications

Grant number: EP/R026939/1

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Key facts

  • Disease

  • Funder

    UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)
  • Principle Investigator

  • Research Location

    United Kingdom, Europe
  • Lead Research Institution

    Cardiff University
  • Research Category

    Infection prevention and control

  • Research Subcategory

    Barriers, PPE, environmental, animal and vector control measures

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  • Study Subject


  • Clinical Trial Details


  • Broad Policy Alignment


  • Age Group

    Not Applicable

  • Vulnerable Population

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  • Occupations of Interest

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Cardiff University and Selden Research have a patented novel catalytic method of making long lived reactive oxygen species effective for pathogen kill and surface disinfection. The method involves passing a solution containing dilute hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) through a catalyst (a copper salt on alumina matrix) using a spray bottle with the catalyst in the nozzle. We have tested this with a range of microorganisms including Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans yeast and have achieved >5 log10 reduction in minutes. To date we have not examined virucidal activity but given the effect of our method on other microorganisms we anticipate it will be effective against enveloped viruses. Our work until now focussed on developing the method for use in the food preparation and agricultural industries and the key point is that no toxic residues remain on the surfaces that are treated, while also offering exceptional kill efficacy. The research programme will initially test the virucidal activity of our existing formulation on viruses including coronavirus standard test strain as a surrogate for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID- 19). We will then aim to modify and simplify the formulation to determine if we can replace hydrogen peroxide by air whilst maintaining the virucidal activity. We will also develop the use of aerosols so that the new method can be used to treat large spaces which could be applied in the disinfection of PPE for reuse or the environmentally non-toxic disinfection of transportation such as the internal spaces of ambulances, buses, trains and planes.

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Enhancing Hydrogen Production from the Photoreforming of Lignin.

Free energy along drug-protein binding pathways interactively sampled in virtual reality.

A High Pressure Operando Spectroscopy Examination of Bimetal Interactions in 'Metal Efficient' Palladium/In2 O3 /Al2 O3 Catalysts for CO2 Hydrogenation.

Potassium-Promoted Limestone for Preferential Direct Hydrogenation of Carbonates in Integrated CO2 Capture and Utilization.

A Facile Synthesis Route to AuPd Alloys for the Selective Oxidation of 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural to 2,5-Furandicarboxylic Acid.

Direct Conversion of Methane to Ethylene and Acetylene over an Iron-Based Metal-Organic Framework.

Methanol diffusion and dynamics in zeolite H-ZSM-5 probed by quasi-elastic neutron scattering and classical molecular dynamics simulations.

Mechanistic Study of Glucose Photoreforming over TiO2-Based Catalysts for H2 Production.

Highly selective CO2 photoreduction to CO on MOF-derived TiO2.