Antibacterial LEDs

This solution was shared by PRE-LAUNCH RESEARCH TEAM , 14 May 2021

Print date: 14 April 2024 10:22

Description of the innovative solution

Packaging Preservation Waste Food safety

Food hygiene remains a serious public health issue. There is an urgent need for cheaper and safer disinfectant alternatives to ultraviolet (UV) light and chemicals. The innovation proposes to make use of antimicrobial Light-emitting diode (LED) lights whose LEDs utilize light energy with wavelengths ranging from 200 to 780 nm. These can be at work 24/7, delivering continuous protection and creating an inhospitable environment for microbes. LED lights are cheap, easy to use and offer a longer operational life. LEDs produce an antibacterial effect by photodynamic inactivation due to photosensitization of light absorbing compounds in the presence of oxygen and DNA damage.

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Food quality Food safety Reducing pollution

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SDG 2: Zero Hunger SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being SDG 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure



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Study on efficacy of LEDs
Scientific paper
Scientific paper testing the efficacy of specific wavelengths of LEDs , suggesting their potential in the food industry.
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