New Materials
Total Costs of Thuringian Project Partners
439.377 €
Total Funding of Thuringian Project Partners
328.970 €
Total Costs of International Cooperation Partners
134.062 €
Project Description
The AVIRO project will focus on the development of antiviral surfaces for the healthcare sector. Many of the diseases, which received extensive medial coverage recently, were caused by viruses, which are transferred by smear or droplet infection (influenza, bird flu, swine flu, HIV, SARS, avian influenza, measles). In highly frequented and densely populated environments, viruses are transferred when infected persons touch furniture, handles, sanitary parts, pushbars etc. The British company Intrinsiq Materials Ltd. and the Technical University of Riga, Latvia have discovered plasma processes for the production of tungsten-carbide-nanoparticles. Intrinsiq discovered, that these particles have a lethal effect on viruses touching a TC-coated surface. The Hermsdorf Institute for Technical Ceramics (HITK) has competencies in material sciences and coating technologies, e.g. sol-gel-procedures and flame spray processes. In this joint project, the knowledge of Intrinsiq and the TU Riga will be united with the research and development competencies of HITK to integrate tungsten-carbide nanoparticles in surface coatings to enhance durability and optimize the antiviral effect of these innovative surfaces. Some demonstrators were elaborated during the project.
Thuringian Project Partners
Fraunhofer-Institut für Keramische Technologien und Systeme IKTS, Institutsteil Hermsdorf
International Cooperation Partners
TU Riga, Institut für Anorganische Chemie

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