An environmentally friendly alternative for the prevention of mould
Unwanted growth of mould and bacteria causes significant economic damage to building structures and crops, as well as generally being damaging to human health. Unfortunately, many of the methods and products currently used to slow the growth of these organisms are quite toxic.
GreenCentre is developing a class of highly active antimicrobial additives invented at the University of Victoria. These additives can be formulated into a variety of coating materials that can be easily applied to a range of surfaces, using existing application techniques, to prevent the growth of these unwanted microorganisms. Invented by Prof. Thomas Fyles and recently in-licensed by GreenCentre, the coatings have already shown considerable potential to be a safe, effective, and environmentally friendly alternative for use in marine anti-fouling applications as well as being effective against mould, bacteria and algae. The additives also have the potential to function as biocides in oil-based formulations and that could be used in biofilms and microbial corrosion inhibitors in pipelines.
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