Please explain the usage of masterbatches as antimicrobials? What are the kind of applications in this space?
When plastics come in close contact with humans, livestock, or raw foods, they can accumulate harmful germs that spread diseases and infections. These microbes not only find a conducive host in plastic surfaces to multiply, they also can be rapidly transferred across humans and animals alike. The consequences of these transmissions can range from the spread of common flu to deadly epidemics such as MRSA.
In order to prohibit these germs from spreading, antimicrobial masterbatches are applied to plastic surfaces to guard them against germs such as bacteria, algae, fungus, and other microbes. An effective antimicrobial should be able to kill ~99 percent of all germs that come in its contact and disrupt their further growth.
Application of antimicrobials ranges from public health, transport, and sanitation to personal wellness.
Are there any major customized applications of masterbatches in pharma/life sciences industry? If yes, please tell us about current trends.
A hand sanitizer is a common antimicrobial that we come across in our daily lives. While it is handy, it is also one of the weakest types of antimicrobials available; this is because of its short shelf life after application.