Antimicrobial polymers developed by Purdue Research

Researchers in Purdue’s Research Park of Southeast Indiana have developed an antimicrobial polymer that has the capability to eliminate biofilms, a thin layer of bacteria that forms on untreated surfaces in damp environments.

According to a press release from the Purdue News Service, the development of this polymer was undertaken by Poly Group LLC, a technology company based in New Albany, Indiana. The polymer in question is called Nouvex by Poly Group and reports state that it has been approved by the Environmental Protection Agency in 49 of the 50 states.

Nouvex’s application as a way of combatting the formation of biofilm stands as a technological breakthrough.

“Safely removing biofilm from plastics such as thermosets and thermoplastics and other non-food products is a real challenge, and we are excited about the results of this testing,” Poly Group chief operating officer Craig Kalmer said in the release.

The release states that, to date, EPA’s approval of Nouvex is constrained to non-food contact coatings, papers, textiles and plastics such as thermoset and thermoplastics and synthetics; injection molding; and extrusions and powder coatings to control microorganisms that cause deterioration, discoloration and odor.

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