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A Disruptive AntimicrobialSmart Photocatalytic Glass: A Disruptive Antimicrobial Coating for the Protection of Glass Surfaces & Designed to Tackle the Emergent Crisis of Resistant Microbes and Viruses

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - SPYGLASS (A Disruptive AntimicrobialSmart Photocatalytic Glass: A Disruptive Antimicrobial Coating for the Protection of Glass Surfaces & Designed to Tackle the Emergent Crisis of Resistant Microbes and Viruses)

Reporting period: 2020-08-01 to 2021-07-31

Interactive modern lifestyles mean we touch more surfaces than ever before, thus exposing ourselves and our loved ones to a range of infectious germs or viruses. This has never been truer and with the onset of the Covid -19 pandemic, the need is even greater to protect our society and economy, both locally and globally, against the next outbreak when it arrives. Today we can’t always choose where we touch, but now, Kastus® offers a smarter choice for better protection.

Kastus® patented coating technology is sprayed onto glass or ceramic surfaces during manufacturing. The result is an enhanced surface that provides antimicrobial and virus protection. As light falls on the coated surface, it activates the unique Kastus® Intelligent Surface technology™. Once activated, this technology reacts with moisture in the air to form reactive oxygen species. These agents constantly attack and destroy the harmful bacteria and viruses they encounter, leaving a super hygienic, germ free surface. The solution is offered across multiple glass formats from touchscreens to devices to architectural glass.

The objectives are as follows:
• To protect society by developing an effective multifunctional antimicrobial coating.
• To expedite scale-up to meet market demand at this challenging time (Covid-19).
• To create an Irish and European company to create jobs, drive innovation and to compete globally.
The project is arriving at its first 12 months and within this time we needed to make substantial changes to how we run the company to adapt to the impact of the pandemic. Through a process of global integration, via working remotely, we scaled up the formulation and then focused on our own branded antimicrobial screen protectors (see images). Once passed validation, we began a stringent round of antibacterial and antiviral testing on our products, achieving over 99% kill rate on the Human corona virus.

Here are some of the links to our technology.

https://youtu.be/9BOiPy7fVaI


https://kastus.com/2020/06/09/kastus-delighted-to-receive-grant-funding/

https://kastus.com/our-story/#awards

https://youtu.be/CguKk9uQCIc
Kastus coating technology is a robust antimicrobial barrier designed to prevent the spread of pathogens. Through rigorous testing, the antimicrobial and durability functionalities of the coating have been proved to be effective in challenging environments. Work is still ongoing to optimise the true potential of the technology and new applications are being introduced into the company with commercial partners willing to adopt the Kastus experience. The results generated are very promising and a dossier of bacteria and viruses testing continues to be built. With reference to the societal impact, a technology now exists which is both antimicrobial and antiviral and has added functionality to allow itself to be future proof.
None of the above would have happened without the support from EU H2020 and thankfully we were able to employ more staff and accelerate the development of the technology and now we are in the process of commercialization.
This is an infographic of market research we carried out
This shows how Kastus works on a surface
This shows the packaging for the Kastus screen protectors