A self-cleaning, thin film able to repel bacteria could have important applications ranging from hospitals to the food industry.
Inspired by the self-cleaning lotus leaf, the transparent plastic film developed by researchers from McMaster University features a hydrophobic surface textured with microscopic wrinkles that prevent liquids and bacteria from attaching. The team also treated the film with a fluorine-based chemical to further enhance its repellant qualities, resulting in thin material able to repel even antibiotic-resistant bacteria. According to the team, the film could be shrink-wrapped onto objects such as door handles or IV poles, as well as used to package food.
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