Nissan’s anti-virus technology claims to work against the Covid-19 virus.
Nissan announced the invention of a new technology capable of inactivating viruses and bacteria. The technology claims to have been developed in conjunction with Tohoku University’s Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. This technology uses an organic nitroxyl radical oxidation catalyst, also known as a radical catalyst, which acts as an additive in polymer-based materials of automotive paints, as well as in fibers and organic polymeric materials. Used in cabin and car exterior.
In Nissan cars, the original catalysts prevent photodegradation reactions such as cracking, settling and fading for a long time. The automaker claims to have researched and developed other applications of the base catalysts in an attempt to make the most of their catalytic activity. In the case of viruses, radical catalysts inactivate viruses by oxidizing organic compounds, or more specifically, inactivating mutant proteins to prevent binding to human cells. The Japanese automaker said in a statement: “Nissan technologies and expertise in automotive development and Tohoku University faculty technologies related to drug development, drug evaluation, and other pharmaceutical sciences, catalyst preparation and catalyst performance evaluation”.
Nissan also claims that the technology works on the SARS-CoV2 virus. The technology is said to work in the dark at room temperature without the need for light irradiation, as is often the case with oxidation. The automaker also says the technology can also inactivate pathogens such as fungi and bacteria. While the technology is still in its infancy, Nissan is working on a more comprehensive range of applications for the system in the future.
This is not the first time a car company has deployed such technology. Before, Honda’s motobike technology development to prevent viruses from entering the car cabin through the cabin air filter. The Japanese auto giant calls this technology Kurumask, which is an anti-virus product.
First published date: September 22, 2022, 09:39 AM IST