Anti-microbial coating tested on the International Space Station


An antimicrobial surface coating developed by an international team including researchers from the University of Queensland is now being tested on the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory.

Teams led by Boeing’s Jason Armstrong and UQ’s Professor Michael Monteiro have collaborated on an antimicrobial coating designed to help fight bacteria and viruses, including the virus that causes Covid-19.

Armstrong said: “We are testing the technology now in space after extensive ground testing.

“We will see firstly what the anti-microbial coating does to suppress microbial growth.”

Ground testing took place last year as part of Boeing’s Confident Travel Initiative.

Professor Monteiro said the development was of a platform technology that could be adopted for any microbe or virus.

“This makes it quite versatile.”

Picture: Boeing

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