By Jimmy Mattila, a graduate student in the Farmer Group at Colorado State University (Twitter: @JimmyMattila) Bleach, an aqueous solution consisting of sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl) and other oxidizers/surfactants, is a commonly used cleaning product in household and workplace environments. The efficacy of bleach stems from its potent antimicrobial and oxidizing properties. Bleach cleaning emits […]
Mechanistic studies of idealized model surfaces as well as work on surfaces of samples derived from real-world indoor environments, including actual homes, will help us better quantify sources and sinks of indoor air pollutants, improve the prediction of dynamic changes in indoor air chemistry, and open the door for the design of smart coatings or paints for controlling, mitigating, or preventing negative outcomes of indoor air chemistry.
By: Delphine Farmer (@ChemDelphine) and Marina Vance (@marinavance) With growing concerns over Coronavirus, more people are turning to the power of disinfectants to clean surfaces – and that is giving rise to a new set of indoor chemistry. While ordinary soap is surprisingly effective at breaking down the Coronavirus, bleach, alcohol, and ammonia are all […]