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Villanova Chemistry Researchers Develop Disinfectant With More than 10 Times the Power of Lysol


Villanova, Pa. - “Superbugs,” including bacteria such as MRSA, have become resistant to antibiotics and are a public danger. They have grown prevalent in the past few years and continue to spread. The most common compound currently used to disinfect and combat infectious diseases and superbugs is benzalkonium chloride, found in Lysol and other cleaning agents. First introduced in the 1920s, Lysol is still used in hospitals and nursing homes today, destroying most bacteria, except for MRSA. 

Villanova University Chemistry Professor Kevin Minbiole and a team of Villanova undergraduate students have developed new disinfectant compounds, based on similar chemical components of Lysol, but delivering at least 10 times stronger disinfectant power. Unlike Lysol, the compounds are equally effective against MRSA.

For more information, view the recent published paper.

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