A nanotechnology coating could control the spread of potentially deadly antibiotic-resistant superbugs that are very difficult to kill, a new study found.
This new breakthrough will allow ordinary items like smartphones, door handles and telephones to be protected against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which are expected to kill about 10 million people around the world by 2050.
A team of researchers from Institute of Technology Sligo found a way that could stem the spread of deadly and hard-to-treat superbugs. The nanotechnology has a 99.9 percent kill rate of potentially fatal bacteria, the researchers found.
Existing hygiene coatings used today have two drawbacks – it relies on ultraviolet lights to generate electrons and reactive species and a purely photocatalytic hygiene coating is inactive when in the dark.
The nanotechnology will effectively and completely kill superbugs from the surface of items.
The transparent coating will be baked into the material, forming a hard surface that is resistant to superbugs including MRSA, some fungi and Escherichia coli.