Coating for inactivation of viruses and bacteria

Summary of the technology

Coating for inactivation of viruses and bacteria

CSIC and the University of Alcala have developed a novel photocatalytic coating with biocide effect. The material is a nanocomposite that can be applied in different surfaces and is able to reduce the bacterial adhesion in dark conditions and shows a high photocatalytic inactivation of viruses and bacteria after being irradiated, preventing the spread and transmission of pathogens.

Industrial partners from new materials area are being sought to collaborate through a patent licence

An offer for Patent Licensing

CSIC - Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

Photocatalytic material for disinfection and self-cleaning

Inactivation results for the photocatalytic coating. Plaque-forming units (PFU) of SARS-CoV-2 under dark conditions: L (violet) or illumination conditions: L (yellow). The World Health Organization insists that preventive actions must be taken against pathogenic microorganisms and European legislation requires the development of more efficient products, more ecological and without toxicity for preventing microorganism proliferation. In this context, this coating has a high potential.
This material is made up of nanoparticles of two semiconductors. The heterojunction or composite is activated under lighting conditions and produces high oxidative stress on the lipid envelope and membrane proteins of the microorganism, cancelling its ability to infect cells or causing their death (in the case of bacteria). Furthermore, surfaces remain free from bacterial colonization and biofilm formation. This gives them very efficient biocidal properties, preventing the proliferation of microorganisms on surfaces and their subsequent transmission.
Several viruses and bacteria relevant to human health were tested with the material reaching inactivation higher than 99% for viruses, under lighting, conditions and inactivation of 100% for gram negative bacteria (E. coli) and a decrease of mora than five logarithmic colony forming units for gram positive Bacteria (S. aureus) under lighting conditions too. Under dark conditions inactivation results are lower, especially for viruses.

Main innovations and advantages

· The material can be used as a coating for different surfaces: metals, ceramics, textiles, work surfaces, instruments, swimming pools, etc…

· The composite is very stable, easy to synthetize and low cost.

· The material shows low toxicity, being biocompatible in contact with the skin.

· The coating is stable and resistant to abrasion and washing without losing its activity or releasing material.

Intellectual property status

  • Granted Patent
  • Patent application number :-

Related Keywords

  • Coatings
  • Composite materials
  • Micro- and Nanotechnology
  • nanocomposite

About CSIC - Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

The Spanish National Research Council (in Spanish 'Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)') is a government agency for basic and applied scientific research.

It is the largest public research organization in Spain, with presence in all the Autonomous Communities through 126 centers and 145 associated units.

CSIC - Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

Never miss an update from CSIC - Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

Create your free account to connect with CSIC - Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas and thousands of other innovative organizations and professionals worldwide

CSIC - Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

Send a request for information
to CSIC - Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas

About Technology Offers

Technology Offers on Innoget are directly posted
and managed by its members as well as evaluation of requests for information. Innoget is the trusted open innovation and science network aimed at directly connect industry needs with professionals online.


Need help requesting additional information or have questions regarding this Technology Offer?
Contact Innoget support