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Antiviral, antimicrobial technology* from Ascend Performance Materials

Acteev™ is a patent-pending technology that shows demonstrated efficacy against microbes including SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19. Masks made with Ascend Protect™ fabric offer comfortable protection plus high performance.


Independent laboratories have tested Acteev technology for efficacy against common viral, bacterial and fungal strains.*

Microbe Efficacy Test standard
SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19 99.9% on contact Modified ISO 18184 / ASTM E2197
H1N1 99.9% on contact Modified ISO 18184 / ASTM E2197
Staphylococcus aureus 99.999% ISO 20743
Klebsiella pneumoniae 99.999% ISO 20743
E. coli 99.999% ASTM E3160
Aspergillus brasiliensis, Penicillium funiculosum, Chaetomium globosum, Trichoderma virens, Aureobasidium pullulans No growth ASTM G21

how it works

Acteev technology is based on active zinc ions embedded in the polymer matrix.

The active zinc ions deactivate viruses by attacking the polar end groups and blocking the glycoprotein channels, breaking apart the protective virus wall and rendering viruses ineffective.

Bacteria, on the other hand, are living creatures — and they need minerals such as manganese to survive. When bacteria make contact with Acteev, the active zinc ions block cellular pathways used to process that essential nutrient. Without it, the bacteria “starve” and do not grow.

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zinc versus silver

Acteev technology offers safe, effective and durable antiviral and antimicrobial mask protection.

acteev versus cotton

Cotton is a popular choice for face masks, but it lacks the bioefficacy of Acteev.

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commercial inquiries

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* Testing conducted on various end forms. ​Testing by University of Cambridge found a >3 log reduction in SARS-CoV-2 and H1N1 viruses upon instant contact on polyamide 66 textile fabric with Acteev technology as compared to an identical basis weight polyamide 66 textile fabric without Acteev technology. Acteev Protect does not protect users or others against disease-causing bacteria.