A technology based on an invention developed at the University of Tennessee was selected by the 2010 Better World Report as a top example of academic innovations.

UT-LogoA technology based on an invention developed at the University of Tennessee was selected by the 2010 Better World Report as a top example of academic innovations.

The featured technology is a plasma that can be created from ordinary air at standard pressure and ambient temperatures and can be used to purify air and sterilize equipment and textiles.

According to a news release from the university, it is more versatile than prior plasmas used for sterilization because it does not require expensive specialty gasses or extreme heat, nor a vacuum.

The Better World Project, sponsored by the Association of University Technology Managers, is designed to increase public understanding of how academic research and technology are beneficial.

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Source: The Associated Press
Photo: University of Tennessee