• ITA RWTH Aachen

Proven to deactivate >99.9% of SARS-CoV-2

Together we identify and develop new technologies that make our everyday lives safer and easier through self-disinfecting materials and products. We currently run tests in a high security lab on a regular basis to understand the effectiveness of materials against SARS-CoV-2 virus and other pathogens.

Antiviral and antimicrobial materials

Textiles are known to be conducive to microorganisms' growth due to their large surface area and ability to retain moisture. Bacteria, fungi and viruses which can be found nearly everywhere are able to quickly multiply on textile surfaces. This can cause a range of unpleasant effects such as smear infections, unpleasant odor, stains, discoloration and wear out of fabrics. Over the last few years extensive research and development have been done to minimize or even eliminate microbe's growth on textiles. [1; 2] We work closely together with researchers and technology providers to make sure that you get the best materials for a more hygienic and safe environment.

Self-disinfecting properties make materials extremely interesting for consumer products and protective equipment. And that’s why we integrate them into Upper Hand products.

We currently focus on materials that are equipped with quaternary ammonium compounds. These are very effective disinfectants which are significantly less harmful to the environment and our health than disinfectants based on heavy metals or leaching substances like Triclosan. Our textile treatments deactivate SARS-CoV-2 virus within 2 hours and shorter time intervals.

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