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EPA registered NanoBioMatters BactiBlock antimicrobial polymer preservative SpecialChem

August 10/2011

(SpecialChem) -- NanoBioMatters, Valencia, Spain announced that its BactiBlock antimicrobial polymer preservative has been registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for use in the U.S. BactiBlock is a very durable and cost-effective solution based on silver-functionalized clay and is designed to suppress the growth of algae, mold, mildew, fungi, and bacteria, which cause deterioration, odors, corrosion, and stains in polymer-based products.

"The recent EPA registration opens the door for commercial entry of these unique antimicrobial preservatives into the U.S.," said Ole Faarbaek, Vice President of NanoBioMatters North America. BactiBlock antimicrobial preservatives are already produced at commercial scale, having been used in Europe since 2010. "Several major U.S. brand owners in key markets have finalized testing and commercial use in the U.S. is expected later this year," added Faarbaek.

The proprietary and patent-pending BactiBlock technology features purified and modified phyllosilicate clay which is used as a performance-enhancing carrier of the silver antimicrobial agent.  BactiBlock is engineered for long-term applications and will provide superior antimicrobial performance for several years.

The BactiBlock range of products are compatible for use with a range of polymers and plastics including polyolefins, engineering resins, powder coatings, liquid coatings, and thermosets. The additive can be delivered as a micronized powder, gel concentrate, or a masterbatch and specific levels of each component can be fine tuned to achieve the desired performance.

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