Ascend Performance Materials has partnered with independent labs to test a patent-pending technology for fabrics, nonwoven media and engineered plastics that shows demonstrated efficacy against microbes.
Ascend has submitted an FDA 510(k) and EUA applications with the EPA for clearance to market the technology.
|H1N1||99.9%**||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|
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 with the product, the active zinc ions block cellular pathways used to process that essential nutrient. Without it, the bacteria “starve” and do not grow.