Probiotic Reduction of Biofilm and Viral and Microbial Spread in Built Environments through Air Purification and Humidity Control

Origen Air and the University of Victoria (UVic) will construct a controlled test environment inside a seven-meter shipping container with a greenhouse bio filter installed on the roof. It will connect to a heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system servicing the interior of the shipping container. The system will include anti-viral surfactants and air purification/humidity control technologies, including probiotic fogging to destroy biofilms, genetically engineered pothos ivy biofiltration, activated carbon filtration, ultraviolet disinfection, and HEPA particle filtration. This experimental research initiative will focus on the reduction of viral transmission through controlled humidity, air purification, and surface sanitation to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other viruses.

Faculty Supervisor:

Phalguni Mukhopadhyaya


Bohan Shao;Sarah Wenqin Qi


Origen Air


Engineering - mechanical




University of Victoria



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