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Disastrous performance of NanoCote/Aqua Based antimicrobial paint in a hospital setting

Ramsden, J.J.; Reid, M.; Whatley, V.; Dancer, S.J.


J.J. Ramsden

M. Reid

V. Whatley


Attempts are being made to incorporate copper into clear varnish in order to coat environmental surfaces in hospitals with the long-term goal of reducing healthcare-acquired infections (HAI). The performance of a nanocopper-containing polyacrylic emulsion, NanoCote HD-WR, on bedrails, footboards, control panels, tables and lockers was evaluated. The paint was applied in four coats using conventional spraying technology according to the manufacturer’s instructions to give a total thickness of c. 30 μm. After overnight curing the “clear” coat appeared rough, with uneven mottling, and remained clearly visible on all surfaces to which it had been applied. The coating demonstrated an unpleasant rubbery feel, engendering complaints from patients. Even the merest contact with water, such as light touching with a damp cloth, caused immediate blanching of the coating and the surface became extremely slippery. Contact with a lightly soiled cloth caused irreversible discoloration of the coating. The physical properties of this coating render it unacceptable for
application in hospitals.


Ramsden, J., Reid, M., Whatley, V., & Dancer, S. (2016). Disastrous performance of NanoCote/Aqua Based antimicrobial paint in a hospital setting. Journal of Biological Physics and Chemistry, 16(3), 131-136.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 30, 2016
Publication Date Sep 30, 2016
Deposit Date Jul 5, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jul 28, 2017
Journal Journal of Biological Physics and Chemistry
Print ISSN 1512-0856
Publisher Collegium Basilea
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 16
Issue 3
Pages 131-136
Keywords Adhesion, cohesion, nanocopper, water resistance,
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