Researchers developed a self-cleaning surface that repel all forms of bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant superbugs, inspired by the water-repellent lotus leaf. A new study found it successfully repelled MRSA and Pseudomonas. It can be shrink-wrapped onto surfaces and used for food packaging.

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Food packaging? Public buttons, door handles and toilet seats please!


Non-science person here: I thought copper did a similar thing and that’s why they were popular options for door handles? Sorry for being dumb, but what more does this do that copper doesn’t?


If you wrapped all of the surfaces in an area with this, wouldn’t it create a bacateria bouncey castle?


surgery rooms and hospitals seem more important than food for this application


I like the premise, but to be suitable for transmission of infection prevention it would have to be extremely tough plastic. All it would take is someone carrying their keys whilst opening the door and creating a cut in the plastic shrink wrap, thus creating access for the bugs to attach themselves to the door handle underneath. And even if it was tough enough to prevent cutting through the plastic, the way they describe it, the plastic is designed to be a certain shape at microscopic level. It’s not the actual plastic that repels it but the microscopic way it’s been built. If scratched, would that damage the very structure that the self cleaning surface is designed for? Would the plastic wear over time and need to be replaced regularly, thus creating an additional cost for hospitals and restaurants etc? I don’t mean to dis the idea and I do hope it works, but unless these questions are answered, I wouldn’t pay to put it on.