Armed Forces News

An Air Force invention that kills toxins on contact will soon become available commercially. The invention, which was patented in 2013, could greatly enhance protection against airborne illnesses – including COVID-19.

“The patented technology is essentially an additive that can be incorporated into coatings for surfaces and textiles to protect against bioaerosols like viruses, bacteria and molds,” said Jeff Owens, the inventor, who is a senior chemist with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. The licensing agreement will allow Theriax, a Florida-based company, to produce commercially available products. Owens and his team developed the invention with the intent of mitigating mold issues that frequently occur in hot and humid climate typical of the Florida panhandle.

“If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that reducing exposure pathways an lowering the concentration of infectious aerosols inside a room is critical to controlling disease spread,” Owens said. “This paint isn’t a magic bullet, but it could be one tool that helps make a difference in the fight to protect human health.”