Auburn researchers helping prevent disease

A team of researchers in Auburn University's Samuel Ginn College of Engineering has produced new antimicrobial coatings with potential to prevent diseases from spreading on contaminated surfaces possibly solving a growing problem not only in hospitals but also in schools, offices, airplanes and elsewhere.

The group was led by Virgina Davis, assistant professor in the department of chemical engineering, and Aleksandr Simonian, professor of materials engineering in the department of mechanical engineering.

"Disinfection generally requires rigorous cleaning with solvent that must remain wet for for a given period of time to ensure that surface germs are killed," said Davis in a press release. "In contrast, we have created a surface that is inherently antimicrobial so how long it is wet is not an issue."