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Anti-microbial, self-cleaning copper composite coatings applied in metallic objects against infections transmission

Objective

Infection prevention measures aim to ensure the protection of people who might be vulnerable to acquiring an infection both in the general community and while receiving care due to health problems. The basic principle of infection prevention and control is hygiene. Hygiene could be divided in personal hygiene (e.g. hand washing) and inanimate object disinfection (e.g. use of chemicals for cleaning and sanitizing). However, hygiene practices is not enough to fight against infections. Indeed, the estimated annual cost of medical care for treating infectious diseases in Europe is about €120 billion while HealthCare Acquired Infections are directly responsible for approximately 37,000 deaths annually and contribute to a further 110,000 across the EU. This is because, every person comes in contact several times per day with bacteria via touching inanimate objects such as handrails, shopping carts, door knobs etc and thus, the hazard of infections is more than evident. In order to overcome this important social problem, the SMEs participants propose a novel solution to be used against diseases transmission: The application of new copper based coatings in metallic objects with photo-catalytic imposed anti-microbial and self cleaning activity. These new composite coatings will consist of a copper matrix and chemically modified TiO2 nano-particles as reinforcing mean, and will present enhanced photo-catalytic activity under visible light irradiation. They will be applied in various metallic objects such as handles, door knobs or rails, which can potentially be reservoirs of communicable viruses, and thus will lead to a decrease of the risk of getting infected by a factor of >50%.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/coating and films
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/infectious disease

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS
Address
Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki
Greece
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 54 000
Administrative Contact
Georgia Pahlitzanaki (Ms.)

Participants (7)

AXON ENGINEERING SA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 248 223,71
Address
Inofyta Viotia
32011 Inofyta Viotia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Nikolaos Halkoussis (Mr.)
CERAMIC POWDER TECHNOLOGY AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 245 839,80
Address
Kvenildmyra 6
7093 Tiller
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Arve Solheim (Mr.)
TECNOCHIMICA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 248 581,04
Address
Via Della Liberazione 29 Ab
20098 San Giuliano Milanese Mi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Valerio Criscuolo (Mr.)
ELECTROLITICOS LOFRAN SA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 241 990,43
Address
Calle Yesos Sector 5 Poligono Industrial La Torrecilla 1
45220 Yeles Toledo
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lorenzo Cruz Jimenez (Mr.)
METROPOLITIKO THERAPEFTIRIO PERSEYSYGEIONOMIKIS MERIMNAS
Greece
EU contribution
€ 23 040
Address
Ethn. Makariou 9 & El. Venizelou 1
18547 Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sergios Stamboulos (Mr.)
BRUNEL UNIVERSITY LONDON
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 24 824
Address
Kingston Lane
UB8 3PH Uxbridge
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Hari-Babu Nadendla (Prof.)
FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION
Spain
EU contribution
€ 24 501,02
Address
Parque Cientifico Y Tecnologico De Gipuzkoa Paseo Mikeletegi 2
20009 Donostia/san Sebastian (Gipuzkoa)
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Pablo Benguria (Mr.)