University of Wolverhampton begins large scale production of sanitiser

The University of Wolverhampton’s School of Pharmacy and School of Engineering are working to assist local NHS Trusts and the local authority during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Academics and technicians have been producing surface and hand sanitiser in their laboratory facilities at the city centre campus in Wolverhampton, helping to combat the short supplies of the anti-viral cleaner.

Dr Matthew Palframan and Dr Mark Hewitt from the School of Pharmacy made a trial batch of the sanitiser for use in the University before the lockdown was imposed. Since then, they have been working alongside Dr Amin Dhir of the School of Engineering’s Chemical Engineering department to upscale the quantities being produced, as well as adopting the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s methodology for making sanitiser, made available to laboratories around the world via their website.

The WHO recipe uses Ethanol, Isopropyl, Glycerol and Hydrogen Peroxide to make an effective anti-viral agent and the University team has been using its existing supplies of materials to manufacture a simple sanitising liquid strong enough to effectively kill the COVID-19 virus on both hard surfaces and on hands.

The team has produced over 100 litres of sanitiser in 24 hours which are ready for transport, and will need decanting once they reach their new homes to be used effectively.