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Posted: February 29, 2008
Bioni CS 2008 Frost & Sullivan European Anti-microbial Nanocoatings Excellence in Research Award
(Nanowerk News) The 2008 Frost & Sullivan European Anti-microbial Nanocoatings Excellence in Research Award is presented to Germany-based Bioni CS GmbH and the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology, for their joint effort in developing an environmentally friendly, volatile organic compound (VOC)-free coating system based on nanotechnology - Bioni Hygienic.
“This anti-microbial nanocoating not only permanently prevents the formation of mould and fungal growth on walls, but also reduces germs that are resistant to antibiotics in hospitals,” notes Frost & Sullivan Senior Research Analyst Archana Jayarajah. ”This innovative nanocoating is set to have a profound impact on the medical sector.”
Conventionally used coatings in hospitals such as anti-mould and anti-mildew coatings provide only short-term solutions. They have a number of drawbacks including a very limited life span and are harmful to the occupants and also to the environment.
“To offer a more long-term solution against bacteria and germs without contaminating the air inside the building, Bioni and the Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology have developed intelligent coatings that have been modified with silver nanoparticles (about 13 nm average diameter),” says Jayarajah. “Bioni Hygenic coatings are environmentally friendly, resistant to disinfectants, acid and solvents, permeable to water vapour, are nonflammable, possess excellent washability, have very good flow, are almost odourless and come in a wide range of colours.“
In comparison to conventional coatings that employ volatile biocides, the anti-microbiological efficacy of the Bioni Hygenic coating is permanent since the nano formula on which it is based consists of chemically stable constituents.
Although the Bioni Hygienic was specially developed to improve hygiene in medical facilities, it finds applications in other sensitive building applications such as children's bedrooms, schools, kindergartens, bathrooms, showers and toilets, the food industry, and retirement homes for the elderly.
There are also plans to introduce the Bioni coatings technology in other potential applications besides building coatings. These areas include dental implants, synthetic bones, catheters, artificial heart valves, food packages, and toys.
Frost & Sullivan’s Excellence in Research Award is bestowed upon the company that has carried out new disruptive research and has, in general, a strong commitment to research and development. This Award recognises a company’s research and development programme that has or is expected to bring significant contributions to the industry in terms of adoption, change, and competitive posture. The fruits of this research may already have or will potentially impact certain market sectors. The Award also recognises the overall research excellence of a company as well as its commitment towards differentiating itself based on science-backed services or solutions.