New Bleach Paint Could Actually Make Hospitals Sterile

The world's first broad-spectrum antimicrobial paint has been developed by scientists from South Dakota. It kills mold, fungi, viruses and even "superbug" bacteria.

The new polymer is a mixture of normal latex paint and bleach-like N-halamines. It's capable of wiping out even tough, antibiotic-resistant microbes—the source of 88,000 hospital-induced deaths a year according to the researchers. Plus, the paint is good for more than a year of use, can be tested through simple means and requires only a simple chlorination process to be recharged (which we assume means a touch-up coat every once in a while).

Hopefully the technology works as well as advertised and it enters mass production soon. [ACS via Lab Spaces]

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