Antimicrobial Polymers

Antimicrobial Polymers

A novel family of antimicrobial polymers that exhibit anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-oxidant properties, while supporting growth of mammalian cells, can be utilised in a wide variety of applications. The polymers are: Insoluble in water; heat stable to ~300°C, hence compatible with conventional thermoplastic melt processing; and based on readily available industrial chemicals.
The versatility of the polymers enables them to be utilised in the form of powders, aqueous dispersions (as nano-particles), coatings on a wide variety of substrates, or as dispersions in liquid or solid resins; and therefore can be selected as appropriate for target applications. The addition of the antimicrobial polymers in various substrates can reduce infection rates in hospitals, facilitate wound healing and increase shelf life of food and beverage products.

Objective

UniServices is seeking investment and partnerships with industry to take its product to market.

Unique Selling Propositions
  • Non-toxic to mammalian cells
  • Activity against wide range of both gram positive and gram negative bacteria as well as antiviral activity
  • Multi-functionality: Antimicrobial agents with antioxidant properties and electrical conductivity
  • Non-leaching
  • Versatility: can be tailored to the application and substrate
Applications
  • Plastics
  • Surface coatings
  • Packaging for food, beverage, cosmetics etc;
  • Electrospun fibres, eg filters, woundcare
  • Paper, textiles
IP Strategy

Patent has been filed in multiple territories.

Project Status

Proof of Concept - Early prototype built