PHOTOCATALYTIC DISINFECTION PROPERTIES OF SIVER BASED HYBRID NANOPARTICLES AGAINST SARS-COV-2
NanoBrand Inc. and the UQTR research team headed by Prof. Nguyen-Tri successfully developed silver-nanoparticle-based coatings with an exceptional antiviral activity towards human coronavirus to treat various textiles used as base materials for the fabrication of medical coats. The company would like to develop more advanced nanoparticle types to fabricate antiviral coatings, which possess more efficacy and more extended durability towards a wide range of pathogenic viruses. In this context, the research team made up of chemists, polymerists, biologists from Université du Québec à Trois-Rivieres (UQTR), Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) in collaborating with NanoBrand Inc. and Innofibre in Trois-Rivières proposes a project of synthesizing and assessing photocatalytic disinfection activity of coatings made of Ag-based hybrid nanoparticles to treat different surfaces for the protection against coronaviruses (i.e., SARS-CoV-2) and other enveloped viruses. The project offers compelling solutions which can be transferable to an application for public places (i.e., bus and metro stations) in the fight against short-term and medium-term biological risks.