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UV-C Grants

The OSA Foundation is providing grants to organizations so that they can build UV-C decontamination chambers for n95 respirators in developing nations.

Thomas Baer, University of Stanford and 2009 OSA President spearheaded an effort to address the high demand for personal protection equipment (PPE) including n95 respirators during the COVID-19 pandemic. His concept was to leverage OSA’s global network of student chapters, specifically those in low-income countries, to assist their local communities by leveraging optical technology to extend the life of PPE’s.

Baer, along with colleagues Manu Prakash, Jeffery Wilde, Bert Hesselink all of Stanford University, developed a UV-C decontamination chamber (wavelength between 200 nm and 280 nm) using readily accessible low-cost commercial components with the potential to expose over 5,000 n95 respirators per day at the generally accepted fluence levels necessary for decontamination of corona viruses. These chambers are easily constructed with parts sourced locally and deployed to hospitals. They do, however, require optical knowledge and technical ability to ensure proper illumination and safety protocols. 



Read Tom Baer’s article in OPN on optics and photonics and COVID-19.

View the list of recipients:

  • Brac University, Bangladesh
  • Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh
  • Universidade Federal do ABC, Brazil
  • Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • University for International Integration of the Afro-Brazilian Lusophony, Brazil
  • Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie, Brazil
  • Universidad de Santiago de Chile, Chile
  • Addis Ababa Institute of Technology (AAiT), Ethiopia
  • University of Energy & Natural Resources, Ghana
  • SRM Institute of Science and Technology, India
  • School of Optics, India
  • Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India
  • National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, India
  • Bharati Vidyapeeth College of Engineering at Navi Mumbai, India
  • Indira Gandhi Delhi Technical University for Women, India
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, India
  • Muhammed Abdurahiman Memorial Orphanage College, India
  • Mody University of Science & Technology, India
  • OTPAK Network, Kenya
  • Centro de Investigaciones en Optica, AC, Mexico
  • Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Optica y Electronica, Mexico
  • Centro de Investigacion Cientifica y de Educacion Superior de Ensenada, Mexico
  • Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca, Mexico
  • Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, Mexico
  • Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria, Peru
  • Université Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal