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Antimicrobial Coatings Used to Reduce the Presence of Surface Germs are Monitored for Efficacy with Portable XRF Technology

Release time:2020-06-10Visit:95

Allied BioScience of Plano, Texas, develops innovative solutions to create cleaner human environments. They specialize in revolutionary, always-on antimicrobial coatings that provide continuous and long-lasting surface protection across public spaces. Their specialized coatings are used in a variety of industries, including healthcare, cleaning & sanitation, government & military, sports & fitness, as well as mobile housing & facilities.

They began using Bruker's Handheld XRF in 2018 to develop methods and presented their findings to predict the efficacy of an antimicrobial surface coating utilizing X-ray Fluorescence Spectroscopy (XRF) at IDWeek 2019. This is the joint annual meeting of the infectious Diseases Society of America (ISA), Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the HIV Medical Association (HIVMA), the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS), and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists (SIDP). Allied BioScience's presentation illustrated the high value of using Bruker's handheld XRF technology is that it enables validation of their coating's activity at any point - day 23, day, 65 or day 90.

According to Alllied BioScience: "Research shows that germs in public spaces are a constant presence -invisible and unnoticed, but often at the root of infection and illness. As facilities are used, surfaces are exposed to accidental cross-contamination and constant recontamination." Dr. Parham Asgari, Research Scientists at Allied BioScience, along with his colleagues are using XRF methods to ensure anti-microbial coatings are properly applied to a given substrate and to monitor degradation of coatings already applied. Dr Asgari stated: "With the rapidly developing global concern about Covid-19 transmission, hospitals need to be as vigilant as possible to minimize exposure to these highly contagious germs. We have purchased additional handheld XRF's to increase our efforts in monitoring the presence and efficacy of our anti-microbial coatings during this very critical time."

The non-destructive XRF technology of the TRACER 5i enables reliable identification of elements present in solids, powders or liquid samples, and precise determination of their amounts with appropriate calibrations. The nose of the analyzer can be touched directly to a solid surface of interest for immediate results to act on.

 

 

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