Synexis was formed to bring Dry Hydrogen Peroxide (DHP) technology into the commercial market. Our patented system is the only technology that produces DHP from the humidity in the air to reduce bacteria, mold, and viruses in an environment. The Synexis Biodefense system effectively and safely reduces microbial threats in occupied spaces without disrupting day to day operations. DHP treats both the air and surfaces continuously.
How did Synexis get started?
Jim Lee, the Founder of Synexis, is a West Point graduate and served as an officer in the Army Chemical Corps. As an expert in Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear defense, Jim was recruited and remained at West Point to serve as faculty in West Point’s Chemistry Department, directing the Academy’s largest course. Jim simultaneously obtained a MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia. After leaving the Army as a Major, Jim served as an anti-terrorism consultant for several Fortune 500 companies, including AIG. While establishing the first sensor networks in New York City’s financial district, Jim determined that, unlike chemical and radiological sensors, no viable technology existed to detect biological agents in real time. Jim sought to fill this capability gap by developing a prophylactic means for reducing biological risks. His goal was to develop a technology that would work safely 24/7/365 in occupied spaces to reduce biological threats from the moment of their introduction, even if their introduction was unnoticed. This is how the Synexis technology known as Dry Hydrogen Peroxide came to be.
What is Dry Hydrogen Peroxide (DHP)?
DHP is a safe, non-aqueous, dry gas produced directly from the humidity and oxygen in the air. DHP gives customers peace of mind knowing they are less subject to microbial threats due to the continuous nature of DHP.
How do you create Dry Hydrogen Peroxide?
DHP is created from ambient oxygen and humidity already present in the air. The oxygen and humidity are broken apart by a photocatalytic reaction and put back together as hydrogen peroxide in its gas phase.
What is the sail made of?
Our sail is composed of a plastic frame with a polyester fiber mesh that is coated with our patented catalyst.
What makes our technology different?
The Synexis Microbial Reduction System offers a paradigm-shifting capability for microbial reduction in occupied spaces because it is continuous, comprehensive, and automated. Synexis DHP allows facilities to achieve the ongoing reduction of microbial threats by addressing the bioburden present in the air and on surfaces continuously-during and after environmental services cleaning.
Is it safe?
Yes! DHP is deployed at 5-25 parts per billion. This produces extremely effective microbial reduction at incredibly safe levels of H2O2. A single Synexis unit would have to run continuously for 2.5 years to reach the concentration of 1 droplet of a 3% aqueous solution of H2O2. DHP concentrations fall far below acceptable safety limits for human exposure established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
At 5 to 25 parts per billion, how does DHP kill anything?
Microbes require water to survive and will naturally attract water molecules from the environment. Hydrogen peroxide molecules are very similar in structure to water molecules and thus are also attracted to the same receptor sites on a microbe; however, unlike water molecules, hydrogen peroxide oxidizes the microbes’ cell membrane and disrupts their chemical structure. Liquid hydrogen peroxide must compete with water molecules for access to these points on a microbe’s cell membrane. DHP is effective at lower concentrations because it is in a gaseous state and non-aqueous.
Does Synexis have studies with controlled environments?
Yes, Synexis has studies with controlled environments. Connect with your Synexis representative these studies and further documentation.
Does DHP kill fleas, flies, bedbugs and other insects?
Yes, DHP has proven effective in killing house flies, fleas, spider mites, aphids, cockroaches, and fruit flies. DHP has also proven effective in remediation of bedbugs. Insects breath via tracheal tubes which become irritated by DHP gas so they respond by either going into hibernation and dying, or they flee the DHP environment all together.
Does DHP technology work for spore-formingand vegetative bacteria?
Yes, DHP technology works for both spore-forming and vegetative bacteria.
Where can Synexis’ technology be installed?
The Blade device installs in-line with the HVAC system of a building. The Blade is generally installed in a manner that it is out of the view of customers, adding a discreet element to microbial reduction. This model is practical in buildings with HVAC systems that cover the entire area of treatment.
The Sentry is the portable or mountable option. It is practical for industrial environments or areas where an in-line device would not be possible. The Sentry device is free-standing and often referred to as a 'standalone'. The Sentry's versatility makes it the best option for environments in which the areas of constant concern are always evolving.
Depending on the space that needs to be treated, a combination of Blade and Sentry devices are generally used. The square feet covered per device varies depending on the area being treated and its inhibitors
Do you have a portable unit?
Yes, our Sentry or ‘standalone’ unit is portable and can also be mounted to walls and/or ceilings.
Do the units come in a variety of sizes?
No, we only have one size for our HVAC device and one size for our standalone device, but we have the capability to use adapters and can orient our devices to accommodate many different environments.
Does room size determine how many devices are needed?
We look at each building layout on an individual basis. Room size, configuration, and ceiling height all factor in to the number of devices required to reach the proper equilibrium concentration. There is no hard and fast rule for the number of devices required to treat a space. This is why it’s important to assess how your building ‘breathes’ and its configuration.
Does the system require a unit in every room in order to be effective?
Not necessarily. Before deploying a Synexis system we conduct an assessment of your facility either in person or virtually using floor plans and/or mechanical drawings. This process allows us to determine the best configuration and quantity of devices needed for your environment.
Does your product work in areas of low humidity?
We can adjust based on the environment, but our best efficiency is in areas of 20% -80% humidity.
How does Dry Hydrogen Peroxide get behind the drywall, ceiling, and other unseen places?
DHP travels wherever the air goes because it is a near ideal gas that continuously occupies a space. DHP will impact all the air and surfaces it comes into contact with.
Is DHP corrosive or does it degrade equipment?
Oxidation and degrading of materials are not a problem with Dry Hydrogen Peroxide technology. This is because there is no water associated with our product. DHP is a true dry gas.
Does Dry Hydrogen Peroxide cause problems with HEPA filters?
DHP does not cause problems with HEPA filters. Some clients have expressed that Synexis technology may lengthen the life of these filters because contaminants that would typically be caught by the HEPA filters are significantly reduced prior to arriving at the filter.
Would construction affect this technology’s efficiency?
Yes, construction could affect the efficiency of Dry Hydrogen Peroxide, but there are ways to adjust our technology to compensate. We suggest you let your Synexis representative know if you are planning on performing construction and they will adjust your maintenance plan accordingly.
How much does it cost to install the Synexis technology in my business?
The cost of our technology varies on the design, layout, and environmental needs of the facility and client. We are happy to schedule a virtual assessment or send a Synexis representative to assess your facility free of charge.
How do you maintain Synexis devices? Do they require servicing?
Yes, our devices require a maintenance plan. Sail changes are required on all devices on a quarterly basis. In addition, the Sentry (standalone) device needs pre-filter changes in conjunction with Sail changes.