Scientists began to understand the connection between germs and disease in the mid to late 1800s. While more potent cleaning agents and technologies have been developed since that time, the approach to battling germs has not changed in well over a hundred years: we periodically clean the things we want to be free of germs. The problem is that, no matter how powerful cleanings agents are, germs accumulate between these periodic cleanings.
We at AIONX are working to modernize how things are cleaned.
We have developed a novel technology that continuously releases silver and copper ions from the surfaces of treated products. Silver and copper ions have been shown to be effective against most known human pathogens and, in fact, are the active agent used in many medical devices designed to reduce bacteria and infections.
- Developing an engineered antimicrobial/prophylactic system using electrically activated bactericidal metals., Fuller, T., Wysk, R., Charumani, C., Kennett, M., Sebastianelli, W., Abrahams, R., Shirwaiker, R., Voigt, R., & Royer, P. (2010). Journal of Material Science: Materials in Medicine, 21(7), 2103-2114.
- Micro-scale fabrication and characterization of a silver-polymer-based electrically activated antibacterial surface., Shirwaiker, R., Wysk, R., Kariyawasam, S., Carrion, H. & Voigt, R. (2011). Biofabrication, 3(1).
- Prophylactic Bactericidal Orthopedic Implants – Animal Testing Study., Wysk, R., Sebastianelli, W., Shirwaiker, R., Bailey, G., Charumani, C., Kennett, M., Kaucher, A., Abrahams, R., Fuller, T., Royer, P., Voigt, R. and Cohen, P. (2010). Journal of Biomedical Science and Engineering, 3, 917-926. doi: 10.4236/jbise.2010.39122.
- Biocompatibility analysis of an electrically-activated silver-based antibacterial surface system for medical device applications., Samberg, M., Tan, Z., Monteiro-Riviere, N., Orndorff, P., and Shirwaiker, R., Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine, December 2012. .doi: 10.1007/s10856-012-4838-5.
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