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Flexible Self-Powered Fabric for On-Demand Generation of Chemicals such as Hydrogen Peroxide

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Researchers
Co, Anne
Kiourti, Asimina
Thio, Wesley
Licensing Manager
Aanstoos, Megan
614-292-4946
aanstoos.1@osu.edu

TS-040408 — Catalytic material and batteries are printed within a fabric as a system, able to generate hydrogen peroxide when activated by the addition of saltwater.

Hydrogen Peroxide is used in the medical and dental fields for a number of applications, including disinfecting wounds and whitening teeth. However, hydrogen peroxide is prone to decompose and lose its disinfectant and stain remover characteristics. Currently, reapplication of hydrogen peroxide is…

The Need

Hydrogen Peroxide is used in the medical and dental fields for a number of applications, including disinfecting wounds and whitening teeth. However, hydrogen peroxide is prone to decompose and lose its disinfectant and stain remover characteristics. Currently, reapplication of hydrogen peroxide is the only solution to maintain the disinfecting and stain removing characteristics of hydrogen peroxide over an extended period. There is a need for a solution that more effectively administers hydrogen peroxide for a set time period without need for reapplication.

The Technology

Researchers at The Ohio State University, led by Dr. Anne Co, have developed a printed set of catalytic material on fabric that generates hydrogen peroxide using electric current supplied by batteries that are also printed on the fabric. To generate the hydrogen peroxide, an aqueous fluid with a salinty of 0.6 pph or greater, which serves a dual-purpose as a conductor and reactant, must first saturate the entire fabric. The catalyst then uses the current to convert the available liquid into hydrogen peroxide.

Commercial Applications

  • Teeth whitening
  • Dermatology
  • Wound treatment
  • Contact solution generation

Benefits/Advantages

  • The integrated array of catalyst and battery is made of a known safe, ingestible material
  • Ease of use (only requires the addition of salinated aqueous fluid)
  • Small and portable, can be packaged like a Band-Aid
  • Applicable for a variety of industries