New Antimicrobial Polymer Could Protect Untreated Damp Surfaces

From Purdue Exponent

Antimicrobial polymers developed with use of Purdue research facilities

Researchers in Purdue’s Research Park of Southeast Indiana have developed an antimicrobial polymer that has the capability to eliminate biofilms, a thin layer of bacteria that forms on untreated surfaces in damp environments.

According to a press release from the Purdue News Service, the development of this polymer was undertaken by Poly Group LLC, a technology company based in New Albany, Indiana. This polymer, named Nouvex by Poly Group, has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency in 49 of the 50 states.

Nouvex’s application as a way of combatting the formation of biofilm stands as a technological breakthrough.

“Safely removing biofilm from plastics such as thermosets and thermoplastics and other non-food products is a real challenge, and we are excited about the results of this testing,” Poly Group chief operating officer Craig Kalmer said in the release.

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