16 June 2017
As a Centre of Excellence and Innovative Expertise, Chemelot Innovation and Learning Labs in Geleen has partnered with Bolidt to conduct further research into the functionality of the Bolidtop® Antimicrobial flooring system. The successful antimicrobial technology has been specially developed for the healthcare sector and uses a mechanical process to effectively prevent the reproduction and survival of multi-resistant bacteria.
Bolidt has developed a revolutionary antimicrobial technology specially for the healthcare sector. It uses an innovative bactericidal technique, generating differentiated electrical charge differences between de multi-resistant bacterium and the Bolidtop® floor surface. The generated difference in electrical charge causes the bacterium to burst, thus preventing reproduction. Bolidt’s antimicrobial technology makes it impossible for multi-resistant bacteria to reproduce or survive on the floor or wall surface. Large contact surfaces are thus protected against the growth and spread of bacteria, including the dreaded hospital bug MRSA.
As a long-time supplier to the healthcare sector, Bolidt has enjoyed great success with the Bolidtop® 525 AM flooring systems for years.
The effectiveness of the innovative technology has already been tested by independent Dutch research organisation TNO Delft. The results showed that the flooring does exactly what it promises to do: effectively eliminate bacteri, with the significant advantage that the bacteria can neither become resistant nor reproduce. Moreover, the technique is non-leaching. This means that no active agents are released during use and cleaning, ensuring optimal performance throughout the life of the flooring system. Nor do any harmful substances end up in the environment, as is the case with other, more traditional antibacterial systems that use metal ions to combat bacteria.
The research carried out by Chemelot Innovation and Learning Labs focuses on further analysis of the application options and effectiveness of Bolidt’s antimicrobial flooring in real-life environments. The research, which started at the end of 2017, takes place over a period of 20 weeks within a Community for Development.
Three BSc Biomedical Sciences students are conducting the research supported by an experienced coach from Zuyd University of Applied Sciences in Heerlen. Bolidt selected Chemelot Innovation and Learning Labs based on their previous research experience in the fields of micro-organisms and antimicrobial coatings.
The research carried out by Chemelot Innovation and Learning Labs does not stand alone. It reflects Bolidt’s strong commitment to innovation, which also lies at the core of the work they do in their own innovation centre in Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht and their continuous efforts to build collaborations in this area. Additionally, Bolidt paves the way for innovations by investing in facilities like the Experience & Innovation Centre. Currently under construction, it will be used by start-ups, knowledge institutions and collaborative suppliers of Bolidt to work on new synthetic applications together. The Experience & Innovation Centre is due to open at the end of 2018.
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