Bioactive Coating Systems for Protection Against Bio-Threats: Antimicrobial Coatings for Medical Shelters
Final rept. 1 Oct 2010-30 Sep 2013
NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIV FARGO
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Over the course of this program, the Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering CNSE at North Dakota State University NDSU in partnership with Triton Systems, Inc. augmented its core materials science research capabilities to foster the development of next generation, antimicrobial coating technologies aimed at protecting US military personnel from exposure to hazardous biological agents in the battlefield. A key element to the success of this project was the development, early on, of a high-throughput biological screening workflow to enable combinatorial exploration of novel antimicrobial coatingtreatment concepts. A number of different strategies based on reactive, functional oligomers containing quaternary ammonium salts QAS were investigated for their ability to impart antimicrobial properties to both fabrics i.e., nylon and polyester and other rigid materials i.e., glass and metals of relevance to the US military. One approach in particular, based on QAS-functional acrylates, was shown to be highly effective at generating broad-spectrum, antimicrobial treatments for polyester fabric using Triton Systems novel atmospheric pressure plasma deposition process Invexus . It is envisioned that these new antimicrobial technologies developed at NDSU will be harnessed by Triton Systems to produce efficacious and operationally functional products for the US military via their industrial scale, textile treatment line RC1000 .
- Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
- Coatings, Colorants and Finishes