Nanoparticles with antibacterial propertiesCANdot Series D: Bacteriostatic and fungicidal

By antimicrobial nanoparticles, large surfaces, like in hospitals, can be provided with a coating on which bacteria cannot proliferate. In that way, the number of nosocomial or hospital-acquired infections will be reduced.

But also in other areas where dangerous biofilms play a relevant role, e.g. pipelines in food industry, these nanoparticles can be useful.
Micororganisms and biofilm are a serious problem in many fields. Germs like Staphylococcus areus or Pseudomonas aeruginosa are responsible for 3 mio. nosocomial infections in Europe every year, 50.000 of which are deadly (status of 2005). A big problem is the increasing resistance against antibiotics. Coating surfaces with products that hinder or prevent bacterial adhesion, the number of infections can be dramatically reduced.
A further problem is biofilm formation of microorganisms (bacteria, algae, fungi, protozoa and others). These biofilms form at the interface between water and air or solid phases. The so-called biofouling is a problem in pipelines of food industry, in heat exchangers and on bodies of ships or boats.
CAN GmbH is currently testing the application of antimicrobial nanoparticles in these application fields.

Dr. Christoph Gimmler

Dr. Christoph Gimmler