H2O Insights LLC (dba H2Optic Insights), in conjunction with Arizona State University was awarded a Phase I Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) contract from NASA titled “Side-Emitting Optical Fibers for Delivery of UV-C Light to Disinfect Key Bacteria in Space Station Water and Conveyance Systems”. Bacteria and biofilms pose health and operational challenges in human support systems. Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) in the UV-C range can be used to disinfect these systems, however, a crucial technology barrier of LED disinfection is the small surface area that emits irradiation, which necessitates arrays of many LEDs within even the smallest reactor. The side-emitting optical fiber can increase the irradiation area of LEDs by >100x creating a flexible “germicidal glowstick” that can be used to disinfect narrow tubing, irregular spaces, and other applications of interest to NASA.
H2O Insights LLC, located in Scottsdale Arizona, is excited to join the NEWT ERC as a small business/industrial partner. NEWT, a joint effort by Rice University, Arizona State University, University of Texas at El Paso and Yale University is the first national center to develop next-generation water treatment systems enabled by nanotechnology.