Researchers at a university in Hong Kong claims that they have developed an antiviral coating which can protect surfaces for up to 90 days from bacteria and viruses such as the one causing COVID-19.
The coating, named MAP-1, took a decade time to develop, said the researchers at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).
It can be sprayed on frequently used surfaces by the public, such as handrails and elevator buttons, places where is diseases can easily be transmitted to another.Photo source: The Straits Times
The MAP-1 sprays will form a coating with millions of nano-capsules containing disinfectants, which will remain effective in eliminating bacteria, viruses, and spores even after the coating has dried off, said the HKUST Adjunct Professor Joseph Kwan, one of the chief researchers in the team that developed the product.
He added that MAP-1 is different from other disinfecting methods, such as diluted bleach and alcohol, as it is further enhanced with heat-sensitive polymers that are able to encapsulate and release disinfectants upon human contact.
What’s better than that? The researchers also say that it is non-toxic and safe for both human skin and the environment.
It has gone through several clinical tests earlier this year at a hospital in Hong Kong and a home for the elderly and has gained its approval for official and mass consumers to use un February.
The coating will soon be available for commercial purchase starting from next month, with the support from Germagic, a unit of the university’s industrial partner, Chiaphua Industries Ltd.Photo source: The Standard
News source from The Star.