In a world-first, Pilkington has developed glazing with an antimicrobial coating.
Using this glass for frequently-touched surfaces reduces the risk of viruses or bacteria being transferred between people.
The ‘photocatalytic’ coating on the glass is activated when exposed to natural daylight (or artificial UV radiation). This causes it to break down any organic species (such as enveloped viruses) on the surface of the glass.
Similar antimicrobial surfaces are already available on metal, for example to reduce germ transmission from door handles. But this is the first time a similar coating has been successfully applied to glass.
Clearly there are a large number of applications for this glass in public settings. Touch-screens, glazing in hospital doors, office partition walls, bus windows… SaniTise has the potential to make our world that little bit safer.
There are also domestic applications for this glass. It can, for example, be used to make kitchen worktops or table tops.
Visit the Pilkington website to find out more about this latest innovation.