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Nano-coating created against COVID-19 particles
- August 3, 2020
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
Today, quite promising and even inspiring news came from the fields of the fight against the new type of coronavirus COVID-19 – as part of a special research project, a team of chemical engineers from Virginia Tech in the United States, they managed to synthesize a special nanochemical coating that almost completely destroys COVID-19 viral particles – and more precisely, actually deactivating them. This seems really impressive compared to many current and previous studies, but the team prefers not to get ahead of ourselves with the ultimate share of these benefits.
The fact is that despite the obvious positive effect of such a nanochemical coating against a new type of coronavirus, it still cannot be called final within the framework of its own chemical structure – previously, experts noted that the coating achieves the greatest efficiency when applied through an emulsion to various metal surfaces but does not work as well and quickly when applied similarly to plastic and other materials. In the case of metal, it takes about an hour for the coating to deactivate the COVID-19 viral particles, thus effectively dealing with the potential threat from them.
In addition, experts conducted some additional testing and found that their nanocoating does not decrease its properties even when immersed in water or when interacting with most of the third-party chemical elements that are most often found at the household level. Of course, there were some third-party configurations of such testing, which also showed a positive result.
At this point in time, such an experimental nanocoating is a really promising tool for combating a new type of coronavirus, but so far the development scientists are in no hurry to implement its commercial version. Mainly because they need to find the cheapest and most profitable version of some chemical elements that are somehow present in the composition