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NanoSeptic Surface Effective Against a Variety of Pathogens

By HospiMedica International staff writers
Posted on 02 Apr 2014
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Image: A door handle coated with a NanoSeptic Surface (Photo courtesy of NanoTouch Materials).
Image: A door handle coated with a NanoSeptic Surface (Photo courtesy of NanoTouch Materials).
An innovative disruptive technology provides a new tool in the fight against infection and illness of even the most dangerous pathogens.

The NanoSeptic surface, developed in the Center for Advanced Engineering and Research (CAER; Forest, VA, USA) and manufactured by NanoTouch Materials (Forest, VA, USA), is composed of antimicrobial components that are molecularly bonded on a nanoscale, providing a nonleaching, self-cleaning surface that constantly traps and kills bacteria, viruses, and fungi through a catalytic oxidation process using available light. The surfaces also eventually degrade the endotoxins the are the result of bacterial death.

The surfaces work constantly kill pathogens utilizing nanotechnology rather than chemicals, diluted poisons, or heavy metals, and for a period that lasts 6-12 months, as long as he surface is not worn. Possible applications and targets include facility touch points such as door push-pads and handle wraps, as well as portable mats for counters, tray tables, and bathroom vanities. The surfaces were tested at King Abdul-Aziz University Hospital (KSU; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) against several types of Gram positive, Gram negative, and Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria.

“After receiving the initial test results, we started calling the NanoSeptic products 'Magical Paper' because of their ability to kill bacteria,” said Amr Saeb, PhD, head of biotechnology at KSU. “This product was able to Kill 100% of E. coli and P. aeruginosa and 88% of MRSA germs after only one hour. As a microbial geneticist, I am really excited by the latest approaches to kill pathogens in a safe and environmentally conscious way without generating resistant microbes which are difficult to treat.”

“At NanoTouch, we're so excited that research centers across the globe are validating our ongoing mission—to change the world.” said Dennis Hackemeyer, cofounder of NanoTouch Materials. “Another exciting aspect of NanoSeptic products is the visual communication which has the potential to change behavior. Visitors gravitate toward touching the NanoSeptic surface which keeps other surfaces cleaner.”

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Center for Advanced Engineering and Research
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