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Self-cleaning, plastic, surface material designed by researchers

17th December 2019

A new plastic, self-cleaning surface material, designed to prevent the cross contamination of all dangerous bacteria and super bugs, has been developed by research led engineers Tohid Didar and Leyla Soleymani, in cooperation with researchers from the McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada. The state-of-the-art material, acts like a water repellent lotus leaf through its textured minuscule wrinkle surface that exclude all external particles. It’s a conventional translucent wrap that has been chemically treated, and can be shrink wrapped onto surfaces such as railings and door handles to prevent the transmission of super bugs. Moreover it could also be used as food packaging to eliminate the transmission of bacteria’s such as Salmonella from raw chicken.

A test was conducted on the revolutionary surface by taking electron microscope pictures to evaluate how effective it would be against bacteria’s including Pseudomonas and MRSA. The researchers soon discovered that no deadly bacteria was cross contaminated onto the surface.

An Engineering Physicist, Soleymani, stated: “We’re structurally tuning that plastic. This material gives us something that can be applied to all kinds of things.”

Research lead, Tohid Didar, stated: “We can see this technology being used in all kinds of institutional and domestic settings. As the world confronts the crisis of antimicrobial resistance, we hope it will become an important part of the antibacterial toolbox.”

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