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Nanotechnology powers self-sanitizing surfaces

March 25, 2014
by Richard R. Rogoski
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Researchers in the United States, Saudi Arabia, South Korea and elsewhere are getting promising results from tests on a new kind of surface that uses nanotechnology to disinfect itself.

According to a press release, the latest test by an independent FDA compliant U.S. laboratory showed the NanoSeptic surface is effective in killing pathogens, including completely eradicated the human Coronavirus in less than 30 minutes.

Studies done at the King Abdul-Aziz University Hospital in Saudi Arabia had similar results. "We tested the product against several types of Gram positive, Gram negative, and MRSA bacteria which are responsible for many nosocomial infections," said  Dr. Amr Saeb, head of biotechnology in King Abdul-Aziz University Research Center at King Saud University, in a press release. "This product was able to Kill 100 percent of E. coli and Ps. aeruginosa and 88 percent 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."

Manufactured by NanoTouch Materials in Forest, Va., the NanoSeptic self-cleaning surface products—which include portable mats for counters, bathroom vanities, door push pads and handle wraps—use nanotechnology to constantly kill the bacteria, viruses and fungi that typically cause infections and illnesses.

Dr. Ahmed Elawadi of Safe Life FZC, NanoTouch’s exclusive distributor for several Middle Eastern countries, noted in the release: "Because NanoSeptic surfaces are 'always on,' they are a perfect complement to the one-time kill approaches facilities use such as chemical, UV and fogging disinfection. These surfaces strengthen cleaning efforts by working to eliminate hard-to-kill microbes 24 hours a day, seven days a week. And products like travel mats and snack mats are portable surfaces, which are great for our clients since they can extend their brand and healthcare mission beyond their facility."