Nanophase Technologies Corp. recently announced the commercial availability of doped zinc oxide nanomaterials. The zinc oxide dopants include aluminum, copper and silver at dopant levels ranging from several parts per million to several percent. These materials are targeted at a variety of potential applications, including antimicrobial agents (antifungal, antibacterial and antifouling), opto-electronics and tailored UV absorption. "Zinc oxide based materials are known to offer significant benefits as antimicrobial agents," said Ed Ludwig, Ph.D., vice president of business development. "Their thermal stability imparts permanence to their activity and enables these materials to be incorporated into plastics and on surfaces that experience extreme processing or harsh application environments."
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