What Is Antimicrobial Technology

Antimicrobial Technology

What is Antimicrobial Technology?

Antimicrobial Technology describes the collective knowledge, expertise and methods of using additives to create products that are permanently protected against microbes.

What does antimicrobial mean?
Antimicrobial is used to describe substances which demonstrate the ability to reduce the presence of microbes, such as bacteria and mould.

What types of antimicrobial are there?
Many substances can be described as antimicrobial; such as disinfectants, antibiotics and of course antimicrobial additives.

What types of antimicrobial additive are there?
There are four mains types of antimicrobial additive that are based on Silver Ion, Copper, Zinc and Organic technologies:

  • Silver Ion Antimicrobial Additives: suitable for deployment in a broad range of materials and applications, including paints, coatings, textiles, polymers and other material types.
  • Zinc Antimicrobial Additives: a well-known antibacterial and antifungal compound.
  • Copper Antimicrobial Additives: can provide antimicrobial protection in preservative and hygienic applications, with substrates such as paints, coatings and polymers being most suitable.
  • Organic Antimicrobial Additives: including phenolic biocides, quaternary ammonium compounds (QAC or QUAT) and fungicides (Thiabendazole)

Are all antimicrobials the same?
Whilst many substances are antimicrobial, the way they function, perform or last is not universal. Anything that is ‘antimicrobial’ has an effect on microbes, but the term antimicrobial is not a measure of performance.

What’s the difference between antimicrobial and antibacterial?
An antimicrobial is effective against a wide spectrum of microbes: this includes bacteria, mould, fungi and even viruses. An antibacterial, on the other hand, is only effective against bacteria.

BioCote® Antimicrobial Technology can be manufactured into a wide range of materials, including plastics, paints, textiles, ceramics and paper. Take a look at our treatable materials page to find out more.

How Antimicrobial Technology Works

Antimicrobial additives are extremely diverse and control microbes via many different means. When used in the manufacture of products they create surfaces and materials inhospitable to microbes such as bacteria and mould. Find out more about how BioCote® additives work.

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