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Published on : Apr 26, 2016

Research activities in the field of nanotechnology have continued to push the boundaries of the potential applications of nanotechnology principles and nanomaterials across several industries. While several such applications have already started to show their benefits in actual use in the past few years, a plethora of potent new applications are unearthed every now and then, thanks to the excellent research activities the nanotechnology field has seen over the years.

A new discovery in the nanotechnology world signifies how nanotechnology can help in bringing newfound benefits to any application. Recently, scientists have discovered a nanotechnology coating that could help in controlling the spread of antibiotic-resistant superbugs, which are potentially deadly and are very difficult to kill and are becoming resistant to almost all varieties of antibiotics known to the mankind.

Researchers state that the breakthrough will protect ordinary, daily-use items such as door handles, smartphones, and telephones from the rampant antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which are projected to kill about 10 mn people across the globe by 2050. The team of researchers from the Institute of Technology Sligo, who is behind the discovery, states that the discovery can also help stem the spread of superbugs.

In clinical studies, the nanotechnology has demonstrated a 99.9% kill rate of deadly superbugs. The solution contains a potent antimicrobial solution, strong enough to kill bacteria and even stop their growth.

The coating can be used on a variety of items that are made from glass, ceramic, or metal. It is projected that the nanocoating will prove to be of immense benefit in setting such as hospitals, clinics, laboratories, and other medical facilities that face the issue of superbug infections or nosocomial infections.

One of the most hazardous and rampant nosocomial bacteria that the nanocoating is targeting is Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). This group of bacteria develops and spreads in hospitals and can survive on hospital surfaces for a duration of upto five months.

The nanocoating, unlike traditional hygiene coatings that rely on ultraviolet lights to be active against bacteria, is said to effectively and entirely kill superbugs from surfaces. The water-based solution can be sprayed on during the manufacturing of metals, glass or ceramic materials.