IIT Delhi-incubated startup Nanosafe Solutions has developed a range of antimicrobial i.e. antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal water storage containers and launched it as "AqCure", which is based on the inherent antimicrobial properties of copper.
How AqCure works?
AqCure is a patented technology in which active nano-copper is released in a sustainable manner from a polymer matrix.
The released copper makes the outer and inner surface of the container antimicrobial, reducing transmission of microbes upon direct contact, and making the stored water microbiologically safe.
Additionally, the released copper in water is within permissible limits and thus fortifies stored water as copper is also an essential micronutrient, needed for growth.
AqCure water storage containers are available in different size variants from 700 ml office bottles to 1-liter refrigerator bottles to be used at homes to 10-20-litre bubble tops and cans used for storage and distribution of potable water.
AqCure polymer masterbatch (polymers compounded with active nano-copper) granules based on different carrier polymers are also available, which can be used in polymer molding and extrusion operations to make the final products antimicrobial.
The concept has also won the Biotechnology Ignition Grant (BIG), sponsored by BIRAC, Department of Biotechnology, GoI.