SCI Technical Paper: The prospects for antiviral coatings

The below is an extract taken from the August edition of the Surface Coatings International (SCI) Journal.

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By Peter Collins (Peter Collins Coatings Consultancy) & Richard Kennedy (Editor of Surface Coatings International)

Introduction: The current COVID-19 pandemic has had a dramatic effect on societies worldwide. Within a matter of weeks, normal day to-day life changed to something more akin to a horror film as many nations introduced draconian measures in order to reduce the spread of the virus and prevent the numbers of patients requiring hospital treatment overwhelming their intensive care facilities. In light of the perceived high infectivity of the virus, members of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Surface Coatings Special Interest Group, in collaboration with the British Coatings Federation, organised a virtual gathering of more than 130 academics, industry specialists and representatives of healthcare and transport organisations to share knowledge about antiviral coatings and express views on what needs to be done to accelerate research output in this field. One of the aims of the meeting was to review hygienic coatings technology and its prospects for fighting viruses.

For Full Technical Paper – See SCI Volume 103.3 May-June 2020