Institute of Technology Tralee student, Jennifer Kisssane secured an exclusive interview with Dr Christopher Doona recently. Dr Doona is the lead inventor of a potent disinfectant which kills the Ebola virus on surfaces. This revolutionary field portable system could save millions of lives. After hearing about Dr Doona’s breakthrough discovery Jennifer sought out the Massachusetts based scientist for an exclusive Irish interview. The scientist who serves as Senior Research Chemist for the US Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) agreed to speak with the Creative Media student. “It is such an amazing discovery. The system is now being used to sterilise medical equipment and electronic items which are used in the treatment of patients on the front lines of the war against Ebola in West Africa.,” said Jennifer. During the interview Dr Doona explained that the disinfectant is “a very effective anti-microbial compound which is light weight, potable, does not require electricity to be generated and does not require a large volume of water.” He went on to explain that “We have worked on these for a number of years so when this came out, we were ready. It is nice to be ahead of the curve.”
There is a Kerry connection to this story, explained Jennifer “I heard that Dr Doona had visited Kerry during his honeymoon fifteen years ago, I also wanted to explore this Kerry link further. He spoke very fondly of Kerry and Ireland and said that he would come back to visit again soon.”
Jennifer thanked College’s Lecturers and Technical staff from the Creative Media Department who ensured that the recording went smoothly on the day.