Antiviral coating may help fight epidemics

2019-03-02 04:04:10

By BANKNOTES, vending machines and photocopiers could help fight off future epidemics if a novel antiviral coating can be made to work safely. Materials researcher Guagang Ren at Queen Mary, University of London, has discovered a raft of metal, metal oxide and ceramic nanoparticles that have strong antiviral properties. He hopes to create a face mask impregnated with the particles to destroy certain airborne viruses before people breathe them in. Ren has joined forces with UK-based Qinetiq Nanomaterials and London research firm Retroscreen Virology. Qinetiq’s technology chief Paul Reip says that applying the coatings to buttons on vending machines,