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Alternative offered for use of silver

Biosafe anti-microbial masterbatch based on silane rather than silver is said to provide good protection in extruded or injection molded applications. Jean Sirois, general manager at the producer, says the silane-based technology renders plastics inherently anti-microbial at a more cost-effective and faster-acting rate than competitive silver-based additives.

Ashley Nedbalski

December 31, 2008

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Alternative offered for use of silver

Biosafe anti-microbial masterbatch based on silane rather than silver is said to provide good protection in extruded or injection molded applications. Jean Sirois, general manager at the producer, says the silane-based technology renders plastics inherently anti-microbial at a more cost-effective and faster-acting rate than competitive silver-based additives.


RTP’s anti-microbial masterbatches offer low toxicity of the active biocide, which will not leach or off-gas into the environment.

Additionally the masterbatches do not discolor, tarnish, or yellow applications, which he says can be a problem with anti-microbials based on silver or triclosan. “The active ingredient in these anti-microbial masterbatches only needs to be at a 0.25-0.5% loading in the final product to be effective,” says Sirois. “These masterbatches work by physically puncturing and rupturing the cell wall to inhibit microbial growth.” Conventional anti-microbials kill by leaching into the cell, where they are metabolized and interfere with critical life processes. He claims this can cause microorganisms to mutate and adapt, thereby becoming resistant to the anti-microbial. This masterbatch is FDA-listed as a modifier to medical devices. It is available for use in polyurethane, polyester, acetal, polycarbonate, nylon, vinyl, thermoplastic elastomers, and polybutylene terephthalate. In certain cases it may be suitable for inclusion in ABS, polypropylene or polyethylene.

RTP Co., Winona, MN; +1-507-454-6900; www.rtpcompany.com

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