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There is an urgent need to develop antiviral coatings that would be applied to functional surfaces such as personal protection equipment (PPE) and others to arrest the spreading of COVID-19. In this project, the University of Waterloo researchers will work with industry partner, SiO2 Innovation Labs, to develop an optimal composition of such antiviral coating by characterizing the wetting and associated properties along with the efficacy of the coating against different viral loads. Once successfully achieved, the desired coating material will propel the industry partner in marketing their coating to large number of end-users and would eventually save millions of lives worldwide.
Kiran Raj Melayil
SiO2 Innovation Labs
Engineering - mechanical
University of Waterloo
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