Fast, cost-efficient and permanent treatment
Through the use of simple UV irradiation, parts of the polymer react with the plastic surface, so that a permanent attachment of the coating is ensured.
“The process is fast, cost-efficient and not detrimental to the used material,” confirms Anita Luxenhofer.
The hydrophilic surface finishing is suitable for various plastic substrates and renders the surface antibacterial through anti-adherence activity, thus significantly reducing biofilm formation.
Numerous applications – starting with healthcare
The applications of the innovation are numerous, starting with healthcare: Antibacterial coating of medical devices, application devices and hospital equipment could reduce healthcare-associated infections considerably.
Luxenhofer and Schramm refer to the medical industry as the “Holy Grail” for their company – knowing full well that their solution could do a lot of good in the healthcare sector. Still, there are challenges involved:
“The healthcare sector is so heavily regulated, that it’s probably easier to make an entry to another market first,” Luxenhofer says.