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'Wipe-on Glass' offers permanent hygiene and protection from infection
The spin-off from the Leibniz-Institute for New Materials (INM) in Saarbrucken, Nano-Care Deutschland AG, has launched the third generation of ultra-thin coatings. 'Wipe-on Glass', it says, provides any kind of hard surface with a self-disinfecting performance for a period of from several months, to several years.
Simply wiped onto the surface, this robust and effective barrier against hospital germs, odour-causing bacteria, mould, fungi and yeast provides protection against the most substantial problem the 21st century faces: pathogen microorganisms.
Nano-Care's self-disinfecting 'Wipe-on Glass'transforms any kind of substrate into an interception point for pathogen microorganisms with anti-microbial effect: After curing, the surface is slightly rough on the microscopic scale, thus destroying the cell wall of the colonising microorganism - without leaving any visible or touchable (haptic) traces.
A key point is that the wipe application needs no training and is easily achieved by the user.
"Besides medical application which requires intensive examination, we focus on use in everyday life," states Oliver Sonntag, CEO of Nano-Care AG. "Everything touched by hand in daily life, constitutes a potential source of infection.
"We expect a broad take-up of application on items such as smartphones, touchscreens, keyboards, the computer mouse, steering wheels, door pulls, toilet lids, in wet rooms, on fitness products, shoes or hand rails."
Additionally, critical areas such as public toilets, motorway service areas, gambling machines, fitness studios, saunas and swimming pools are useful areas of application for the product.
"Following the development of invisible non-stick coatings such as 9H ceramic coatings and self-cleaning or superhydrophobic coatings, self-disinfecting coatings constitute the logical and consequential next step, heralding a new era of invisible coatings," says Oliver Sonntag.
Nano-Care Deutschland AG has distribution partners in more than 70 countries.
22nd November 2018