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Natick’s Handheld Sprayer with Liquid Chlorine Dioxide Disinfectant

Laboratory: U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) 

Technology: Handheld sprayer with liquid chlorine dioxide disinfectant

Opportunity: NSRDEC seeks a partner to license and commercialize a patent-pending method for the controlled generation of aqueous chlorine dioxide without the use of power. 

Details: The U.S. Army has the primary responsibility for food safety for the U.S. military. As such, it seeks to protect the warfighter from bio-warfare agents and the spread of foodborne illnesses mainly through preventive techniques aimed at improving the sanitation of food, food processing equipment, and food preparation surfaces. The present invention generates an aqueous solution of chlorine dioxide for the decontamination of microorganisms on surfaces. Chlorine dioxide controls common food pathogens as well as spores while minimizing hazards to the user and without altering the quality of the food.

Benefits: Among the many features of this novel NSRDEC technology, the most notable benefits include:

  • - Controlled generation of aqueous solution
  • - Rapid chemical production method
  • - Surface treatment by spraying, pouring or immersion
  • - No unpleasant odor
  • - Safe for human use and does not alter food
  • - Reusable dispenser.

Applications: In addition to food service applications, this technology can be used to disinfect bathrooms, clean rooms, and medical surfaces. This aqueous solution can be applied with a mixer-sprayer or as part of a continuous flow system. The product requires daily mixing.

Contact: For more information about this technology, contact NSRDEC laboratory representative Jeffrey Ditullio at