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Photoactive Silicones for Self-Cleaning and Antimicrobial Sanitary Units

Henry K. Malak of American Environmental Systems, Inc. in the U.S. seeks to develop low-cost durable silicones with self-cleaning and antimicrobial properties for use as a coating on sanitary units. These silicones will contain embedded metal nanoparticles which react to light by creating electromagnetic fields which kill microbes and produce water repellant properties.

More information about Create the Next Generation of Sanitation Technologies (Round 7)

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