Biocide-coated polymers to fight hospital superbugs

Researchers at the University of Nottingham have used a common disinfectant and antiseptic to create a new antimicrobial coating material that effectively kills bacteria and viruses, including MRSA and SARS-COV-2. The scientists coated the plastic polymer acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) with chlorhexidine, a disinfectant often used by dentists, to create an antimicrobial coating that can be applied to a range of plastic products. The material was effective at killing bacteria within 30 minutes and did not spread into the environment or leach from the surface. The researchers believe this technology is widely applicable to prevent the spread of fomite infection.


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