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ISSN (Print): 2665-9980
ISSN (Online): 2665-9999

Review Article

Disinfection of Electrical Hand Dryer Using Plasma and Ozone

Author(s): Andrew Y.T. Leung*

Volume 2, Issue 1, 2022

Published on: 26 March, 2022

Article ID: e280122200668 Pages: 8

DOI: 10.2174/2665998002666220128154727

Price: $65


Electric hand dryers are more environmentally friendly than hand towels to eliminate solid waste and reduce maintenance of refilling. Hand dryers can attract microbes from the floor or wall. Likewise, hand towel attracts microbes from the environment. We present a two-stage (ozone and plasma) disinfection electric hand dryer to dry hands through viral free air. Ozone can disinfect dryers’ wet internal surfaces and air but can be dangerous in high concentrations. We use it for two seconds to disable microbes by 90%. In air exhaust, there are a pair of plasma generators deactivating the remaining microbes and ozone at the air outlet. With the combination use of ozone and plasma, 99.9% of microbes were disabled. Plasma accelerates the neutralization of ozone to oxygen at the outlet.

Keywords: Hand dryer disinfection, plasma, ozone, bacteria, viruses, environment.

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