Ultra-durable coating kills viruses and bacteria in minutes 99.9% antimicrobial after six months

Latest: In humanity’s centuries-long battle against bacteria, a new weapon may soon emerge: the first durable coating that can kill bacteria and viruses quickly and last for months Floor. Research published in the journal Matter by a team of engineers and immunologists at the University of Michigan in the United States proves that the new coating is deadly against the new coronavirus, E. coli, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and a variety of other pathogens. Even on surfaces like keyboards, phone screens and chicken-coated cutting boards, it kills 99.9 percent of microbes after months of repeated cleaning and wear.

Anish Tutja, a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Michigan, said the coating could be a game-changer in public places such as airports and hospitals that are traditionally full of bacteria. “We’ve never had a good way to keep frequently touched surfaces like airport touchscreens clean. Sanitizers kill germs in a minute or two, but they dissipate quickly, leaving the surface vulnerable to recontamination. And the new coating provides The best of both worlds solution.”

This clear coat can be brushed or sprayed for durability and germicidal power. It uses antibacterial molecules extracted from tea tree oil and cinnamon oil. Both oils have been used for hundreds of years as safe and effective fungicides that work within two minutes. The durability of the coating comes from polyurethane, a tough, varnish-like sealant commonly used on surfaces like floors and furniture.

Durability test results showed that the coating continued to kill bacteria for at least 6 months before its oil began to evaporate and reduce its ability to disinfect. After wiping with new oil, it can be re-provided for a new round of protection.

The key challenge of the new technology is to combine the oil and the polyurethane, allowing the oil molecules to exert their germicidal effect while preventing them from evaporating quickly. The research team discovered a solution for cross-linking, which links materials together at the molecular level through heat. Smaller oil molecules readily combine with cross-linked polymer molecules to form a stable matrix.

The researchers then set out to find a combination of active ingredients that would kill a variety of the bacteria that most plague humans. Ultimately, they discovered the precise balance of effective, safe, and inexpensive antimicrobial molecules. The researchers stress that the formulations are not set in stone and can be adjusted for specific applications or rebalanced antimicrobials to kill specific bacteria.