Developers from the University of Leeds (UK) for seven years was engaged in the development of innovative fabrics that are able to disinfect itself. A new material called Surfaceskin destroys about 90% of bacteria and is intended for use in hospitals, hospital wards and in public buildings.
In British hospitals instead of the door handles are installed of a flat plate of aluminum. When you open the door people push plate arms and leave on the surface of pathogenic bacteria. One sick person can infect a lot of people that have passed through the doors after him. A possible threat to the developers propose to eliminate large-scale implementation of innovative coating Surfaceskin.
The principle of operation Surfaceskin the following: while touching the fabric of it is gel-like substance containing alcohol. The surface is disinfected and pathogenic bacteria are killed. Material Surfaceskin is a reservoir for the gel, three-layer fabric, each layer of which should be changed after 1000 taps, between the layers of fabric and the membrane tank is installed, feeding the gel to the surface.
Practical tests have shown high efficiency of the material when dealing with such types of bacteria as Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and fecal enterococci. The company Surfaceskins Ltd has also developed a special self-disinfecting handle for doors on similar technology.
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