Markets for Smart Antimicrobial Coatings and Surfaces – 2015 to 2022
Smart antimicrobial coatings and surfaces represent an important element of the smart materials space. The market for smart antimicrobial coatings and surfaces is driven by the need to selectively combat new threats from bacteria, viruses and fungi. Also important to the future of smart antimicrobial coatings is the mandate to reduce hospital-acquired infections. But, the opportunity for antimicrobial surfaces extends well beyond healthcare facilities. In a growing number of cases, the next generation of antimicrobial coatings and surfaces will be smart enough to kill harmful microbes while leaving the beneficial ones, or will combine antimicrobial action with the ability to self clean.