New Delhi: Amid fears of coronavirus, people across the country have resorted to panic buying ‘essential goods’, leading to an unprecedented demand for hand sanitizers and masks. Well, as the supplies run dry, IIT Delhi found their own solution to the problem by making their own sanitizer! Also Read - Sanitary Pads Made From Banana Fibers? IIT Delhi Incubated Startup Launches The Reusable Product
In a Facebook post, the director of the IIT Delhi, V. Ramgopal Rao, informed how the institute was facing a shortage of hand disinfectants in the campus.
“Even when they were available, vendors were charging exorbitant amounts and quality was suspect,” he says in his post.
Rao then reached out to his chemistry professors to prepare the hand sanitizers in the campus itself and in just two days, 50 litres of hand sanitizers were prepared.
“The Department of Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi has prepared alcohol based hand sanitizer, which has been prescribed by WHO for destroying coronavirus and its spores from surfaces and hand for use by the campus community.”
Calling it the “spirit” to combat coronavirus, Rao added: “Head, Chemistry sent an email to all other departments saying anyone who needs them, can come and collect.”
Sharing details about the sanitizers, Dr Anil Elias, HoD, Chemistry said, “Formulation contains 3 chemicals along with Aloe Vera & major component is isopropyl alcohol (around 75%). Alcohol rub sanitizers containing at least 70% alcohol are known to kill micro-organisms on hands within 30s to one minute after application”.
Meanwhile, a few days back, IIT Hyderabad has also reported producing a sanitizer made from their laboratories in line with the standards said by the WHO and Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).