Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Is your house feeling a bit gray and dreary? Redecorate with broad-spectrum anti-microbial paint!!!

Scientists at the University of South Dakota's Biomedical Research Program have recently incorporated a new N-halamine monomer (N-chloro-2,2,6,6-tetramethyl-4-piperidinyl methacrylate) into a polymer which can easily be used in paints.  This new isoform of N-halamine, a compound which has already been used as a disinfectant to a limited extent, shows signs of being able to kill off the dreaded “superbugs,” or drug-resistant bacteria.  This polymer also demonstrates the ability to destroy some viruses and fungi.  Other advantages to this polymer include its retained potency for a relatively long duration, ease of monitoring with a simple potassium iodine/starch test, and it’s “rechargeable” with a straightforward chlorination process.  Plus, it doesn’t interfere with the quality of latex paints, so hospitals can finally get fun, colorful paint schemes instead of that morbid, death-inducing white they always use.  



Source: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/am800157a

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