Matera developed durable antifungal coatings that can modify any material surface in a uniform fashion regardless of the nature of the bulk material. The coatings are designed to present adequate mechanical properties and allow extensive manipulation of the coated materials. All coating materials can be produced in industrial scale.
Antimicrobial coating technology might have potential use in different areas including biomedical, pharmaceutical, biotechnology, environment, textiles, paints, food and shoe industries, reaching a worldwide market of several billion dollars.
Matera is willing to establish partnerships with companies who wish to confer antimicrobial properties to their products.
Furthermore, Matera can provide services related to the evaluation of antimicrobial activity of materials available in the market.
Matera coatings also have antiviral activity, being able to rapidly inactivate influenza virus (H1N1). Graph on the left shows antiviral assay on glass coverslips. After coating, the surface was washed and the washing medium (“washing”) was tested against the virus. No antiviral activity was detected in the washing medium, showing that the antiviral activity requires direct contact of the viral particle with the coating. The coated surfaces (“coverslips”) were tested against the virus. Matera coating rapidly inactivated 100% of the virus particles. Black bar: uncoated glass, Grey bar: Glass with control coating (no antimicrobial agent), White bar: Glass with Matera coating.