Antimicrobial coatings are already being utilized in many fields. For instance, all ships (ranging from commercial vessels to small yachts are coated with anti-fouling. In many bathrooms, homes, hotels and institutions, anti-microbial paints and coatings are used to provide a range of benefits ranging from antibacterial properties to antialgae and antimould paints extending the lifetime of coatings and building materials or providing cosmetic benefits.
There are still many opportunities for use in places where, for reasons of safety or biocidal regulation, antimicrobial cannot currently be used safely. The UK-based chemical company is seeking new safer, durable antimicrobial technologies for coatings, textiles, polymers, adhesives and elastomers that potentially could be used in a variety of these applications. They are looking to source this technology from universities, research institutes as well as companies. It is envisaged that this partnership will take the form of a licensing agreement or a technical cooperation.