Applications of Antimicrobial Glass

Business using antimicrobial glass on their window

Hygiene has become very important nowadays to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. The most common medium of spreading these infectious germs is the human touch. Humans touch hundreds of surfaces on a daily basis, and one of the most common surfaces is the “Glass”. You find it almost everywhere. Now, we all have it in our hands 24/7 in our mobiles. You don’t know that the glass surface is a home of millions of microbes and bacteria not visible to the human eye. Hence, scientists and researchers have come up with a new glass surface called “antimicrobial glass.”

What is Antimicrobial glass?

Antimicrobial glass is a glass that has the surface with the ability to fight microbes. The glass is treated with a special coating that fights and suppresses the growth of microbes on it.  The coating is special, durable and lasts long to give the needed results. The glass surface is treated with nano-material that sticks on it. The chemical coating is usually the silver ions that are active enough to kill and suppress the growth of microbes. These silver ions are positively charged, whereas the microbes carry a negative charge.  Hence the chemical reaction starts between the oppositely charged ions and therefore, the bacteria and microbes lose the battle of life.

Other than the active element silver, metals like copper and zinc are also used to coat the glass to make it antimicrobial. Often a combination of these elements is used, all with a single purpose to disrupt microorganisms.

Applications of Antimicrobial glass

Antimicrobial glass has wide applications in different industries. It is recommended for areas that are humid and warm; as such areas are more favourable for the growth of bacteria, fungi and other microbes. Let us look at various sectors where this glass is being used to promote health and hygiene.

Healthcare industry

It has its major application in hospitals and medical care units where hygiene is very critical. This glass is used in windows, doors, ICU’s, maternity wards, and everywhere in the hospital to curb the spread of microbes and infectious diseases. Healthcare units use this glass to ensure a high level of sanitization in their facility.

Food and beverage industry

Consumer safety is very important, so food and beverage industries are moving towards using this coated glass to prevent their product and users from contamination.

Electronics industry

This glass is now also being used in the electronics industry, such as TV, laptop screens, and mobile screens as these are the most touched and used. It is said there are more microbes and germs on the mobile screen as compared to the toilet seat. Hence this glass has really arrived as a great innovation ensuring the safety of its users. The glass coating automatically fights with the microorganisms.

Other applications

This glass has its applications in other sectors as well where hygiene is very critical. The military is used in residential and commercial projects, laboratories, schools, restaurants, etc.

The bottom line

Since it’s the arrival in the market, there has been acknowledgement and wide use of antimicrobial glass as every industry keeps hygiene priority. Even the architects of the modern era understand the crucial need to fight microbes and hence prefer to use this glass in their projects. With the increase in infectious diseases, it is expected that in future you will see this glass being used everywhere, especially in public places where there are chances of getting the infection from microbe increases. Thanks to the researchers and scientists who have come up with the type of glass to help human fight these invisible yet dangerous organisms.

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