ASU team building ‘UV BBQ’ to sanitize masks
Fulton Schools Professor Paul Westerhoff, has refocused his research team’s efforts from sanitizing water to sanitizing medical equipment to help combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The team is developing a device that uses a type of ultraviolet light capable of providing a level of radiation sufficient to kill the COVID-19 virus. Applied in the right dosage, the UV light can disinfect medical equipment without damaging it — including protective face masks, says Westerhoff, an environmental engineer. ASU is working to provide the devices, which researchers are called the “UV-BBQ,” (as in barbecue) to facilities across Arizona that have a critical need for them.