Innovative Plastics Materials for Mitigation of COVID‑19 Spread

Charles, Trevor | $50,000

Ontario University of Waterloo 2020 NSERC Alliance COVID-19 Grant

This research project has the goal of determining the appropriate concentration of a proprietary additive to plastic resins that will yield antimicrobial (including antiviral) activity. Such activity would reduce the ability to transfer viable SARS-CoV-2 particles by touching surfaces, thus potentially reducing surface-mediated transmission of COVID-19. The material containing the additive would have multiple use in consumer and industrial goods, and would be of most interest for high touch surfaces. This would be a full collaboration between the industry partner and the academic partner, where the industry partner prepares the material to be tested, containing a range of additive, and the academic partner performs testing using proxy bacterial cultures and bacteriophage (bacterial virus) lysates. The results would support future manufacturing and commercializaiton.

With funding from the Government of Canada

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