Research team creates biofilm-resistant glass for marine environments

Because the glass has a silica nanoparticle coating, the UV waves bounce through the glass interior which enables an evenly “glowing” glass surface. Credit: University of Massachusetts Amherst

A group of researchers led by University of Massachusetts Amherst engineers have created ultraviolet (UV) rays-emitting glass that can reduce 98% of biofilm from growing on surfaces in underwater environments, as reported in the journal Biofilm.

Biofilm is a slimy layer of various types of microorganisms that grows on wet surfaces. “If you look down your sink and touch the inner side of it—that slimy substance is biofilm,” says Mariana Lanzarini-Lopes, assistant …

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