The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) announced on Thursday that its research team has successfully developed “anti-virus 3D printing material” that can kill the COVID-19 virus on surfaces as well as most common viruses and bacteria.
The main component of the material is resin, added with anti-viral agents such as cationic compounds, to pierce the cell membrane of the virus and destroy its structure to kill the virus and bacteria, according to PolyU researchers.
Chris Lo, associate professor at PolyU’s Institute of Textiles and Clothing, who led the research team, said that laboratory tests confirmed the material can eliminate over 90 percent of viruses within 10 minutes and terminate almost all viruses and bacteria on a surface in 20 minutes. Lo said that the material was a resin material with high anti-virus performance. By using 3D printing technology, it can be produced in different forms catering to different needs. – Xinhua