Smart Response sELf-desInfected biobAsed NanoCoatEd surfaces for healthier environments
RELIANCE aims to design and develop smart response self-disinfectant antimicrobial nanocoatings based on a new range of smart antimicrobial nanoparticles. Such nanoparticles will consist of mesoporous silica nanoparticles with metallic copper in their structure, modified with biobased bioactive compounds: Antimicrobial peptides (AMP’s) based on protein containing waste streams, and essential oils (EOs) coming from non-edible plants.
RELIANCE combines contact killing and leachable antibacterial actions ascribed to the additive with the non sticking action due to the coatings formulation, thus providing an integral holistic solution to antimicrobial problems on different surfaces. The nature of the coatings, their characteristics and their application methods will be specifically designed to allow not only the microbial repelling action, but also the adhesion of the coatings to different substrates commonly found in our living environments, such as metals, plastics or textiles, and to maximize their durability.
Beyond the present-day possibilities of conventional chemicals, sustainability and eco design criteria will be considered in the selection of the bioactives, and on the development of the nanocoatings.
EP is a partner within the project responsible for communication, dissemination and exploitation activities.