Scanwel Join Antimicrobacterial Coating Research Collaboration

As part of a new collaborative project funded by Innovate UK, Scanwel will work in partnership with University of Liverpool’s Open Innovation Hub for Antimicrobial Surfaces, and multinational speciality chemicals company, Croda Ltd.

The project focusses on the use of different characterisation tools to optimise new anti-biofilm technology, developed by Croda and take this forward in a number of market sectors.

A biofilm is formed when microorganisms, such as bacteria, attach to a surface and proliferate. Biofilms cost the UK economy billions of pounds in damage per annum and are implicated in 65% of all infections.

Erwin Honcoop, Research and Technology Specialist at Croda, said:

“Croda is excited to get more in-depth knowledge on bacterial interaction with a newly developed antimicrobial technology and the surfaces it is applied upon. The expertise of the University on advanced surface characterisation and new analytical equipment of Scanwel form a good combination to tackle the challenges.”

Professor Rasmita Raval Director of the Open Innovation Hub for Antimicrobial Surfaces and the University’s Surface Science Research Centre said:

“We are very happy to welcome Croda and Scanwel to the Open Innovation Hub for Antimicrobial Surfaces. We continue to build a vibrant network of companies and researchers developing new technologies, products and IP contributing to the battle against damaging biofilms in industry and healthcare applications”.

Rupert Smith, Product Manager at Scanwel, said:

“Scanwel is excited to participate with University of Liverpool and Croda in the project. It will give us the opportunity to broaden the range of proven applications for the AFM-IR analytical technique and will assist us to grow our sales of these instruments in the future.”

Scanwel has expertise in a number of surface analytical techniques including photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS/UPS), , scanning probe microscopy (SPM) Time of Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (TOF-SIMS), Low Energy Ion Scattering (LEIS) and Nanoindentation.

In order to complement the surface analytical techniques already based at University of Liverpool, Scanwel will primarily focus on nanoscale infrared spectroscopy and imaging (AFM-IR) for the purposes of this project. We believe that the AFM-IR technique will deliver unique high-resolution information to improve our understanding of these polymer-based coatings. We hope that testing the applicability of the technique in this area, will open a new market sector for the sales of AFM-IR instruments.

Video showing the operation principle of the AFM-IR technique