Antimicrobial coating

Coating products that kill microorganisms or inhibits their growth when applied on a surface are called antimicrobial coating.

  • Lubricant for Oil Tankers

    The aquatic fern Salvinia molesta traps underwater in a thin layer of air, which it can hold for many weeks. © Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Barthlott/Uni Bonn

    If ship hulls were coated with special high-tech air trapping materials, up to one percent of global CO2 emissions could be avoided. This is the conclusion reached by scientists from the University of Bonn together with colleagues from St. Augustin and Rostock in a recent study. According to the study, ships could save up to 20 percent of fuel as a result of reduced drag. If so-called antifouling effects are also considered, such as the reduced growth of organisms on the hull, the reduction can even be doubled. The study has now been published in the journal “Philosophical Transactions A”.

  • New process for combating germs: tailored antimicrobial coatings

    Antibacterial coatings from Fraunhofer FEP.

    The Fraunhofer Institute for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP is one of the leading institutions for collaborative research and development in thin-film technologies and electron-beam applications. The developed technologies are being effectively successfully employed in the fight against germs.

    Just recently the World Health Organization (WHO) published a list with twelve families of bacteria that are resistant to conventional antibiotics. But dangerous germs are not only found in hospitals – they are lurking everywhere. The German publication Testbild tested ten hotel rooms in Berlin and found an “exceptionally high concentration of multi-resistant Staphylococci” in eight of them. That sounds alarming.

  • Safer Food – Less Waste

    Biobased film for sustainable packaging. © Fraunhofer IGB

    At ICE 2019, the Fraunhofer Institutes for Applied Polymer Research IAP, for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB and for Organic Electronics, Electron Beam and Plasma Technology FEP will present innovative technologies for sustainable food packaging. They each have extensive expertise in processing, process development and control, the development of special polymer films and the deposition of ultra-thin layers for the packaging industry.