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||2018 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
||General Poster Session
||O-16: Effect of Surface Treatment of Copper and its Alloys on the Antimicrobial Properties of the Surfaces
||Monika Walkowicz, Piotr Osuch, Beata Smyrak, Andrzej Mamala, Tadeusz Knych, Anna Rozanska, Agnieszka Chmielarczyk, Dorota Romaniszyn, Malgorzata Bulanda
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According to US-EPA nearly 500 copper alloys show antimicrobial efficacy in clinical and laboratory tests. These materials in form of various manufactured goods with antimicrobial touch surfaces are installed mainly in hospitals, thus contributing to reducing the number of nosocomial infections. During its exploitation, especially by contact with human palm sweat and strong disinfectants the surface of these products is getting covered by thin layer of copper oxides and chlorides. Chemical composition of these layers depends on the chemical composition of the alloy, composition and pH of the solution that affects the surface, and also on the temperature and humidity of the environment. Knowing that the most important aspect of practical application of copper alloys as touch surfaces is their reaction to variety of atmospheric agents, the paper presents selected results of laboratory research on the effects of mechanical, chemical and thermal surface treatments on functional properties of copper alloys.
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