An antimicrobial additive technology clinically proven to be effective against bacteria and select viruses and fungi shows promise for use in industrial process cooling equipment.

Nouvex received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pesticide Programs, Antimicrobial Division, as a material preservative.  According to its developers, Nouvex represents a new approach to solving the problem of microbial contamination of materials. It has the potential of reducing or eliminating microbial induced degradation in materials such as thermoplastics, powder coatings, water- and solvent-based coatings, and textiles.

The technology possesses low toxicity and biocompatibility with mammalian cells, enabling a range of potential applications, says the developers. Poly Group LLC, a company based located in the Purdue Research Park of Southeast Indiana is commercializing the Nouvex technology.