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An established Slovak research institute has developed a novel antibacterial materials with controllable antibacterial effect and is looking for licensees or investors

The main problem of current methods used in antibacterial treatment is the use of costly materials which are additionally cytotoxic. Therefore, there is a need for new materials that will have controllable antibacterial activity to prevent bacterial resistance. These materials should be furthermore inexpensive, should not have side effects, and should require minimal maintenance.
Recently, a new class of carbon nanoparticles has been prepared, and denoted as carbon quantum dots, which are an effective source of active oxygen. This form of oxygen can disrupt bacteria membranes in a very short time.
A team of inventors from the Slovak research institute has achieved to mix this unique material into a polymer, creating a polymer composite with special properties. Antibacterial properties have been observed at very low content of carbon quantum dots which significantly reduces the cost of the composite material (as plastics themselves are inexpensive).
The wide range of use of current polymer materials predestines this material for use as flooring material, wall and window covering, fibers for antibacterial sutures on the body surface and other applications where antibacterial effect is required, particularly in medical applications and in industries, such as production of foods and pharmaceutical production. This material also offers another important feature ? the possibility of controlling the antibacterial effect which is (e.g. when used for floors and wall coverings in hospitals) controlled by the number of turned on blue LED diodes on the ceilings or walls for example only during working hours. In addition, the antibacterial effect of the composite material does not decrease with time, and thus its lifetime is the same as the length of use of the polymer.
The research institute is looking for partners to cooperate with via license agreement (the Slovak research institute is looking for licensees) or via financial agreement (an investor is sought).

» Reference: TOSK20170929001/

» Sector: Ciencias de la vida

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This project has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n [310187].