Mixing traditional science with nanotechnology, Nanosafe Solutions, a startup incubated at the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT-D) 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.
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.
Elaborating the features of AqCure, Dr Anasuya Roy, an IIT Delhi Alumna and CEO, NanoSafe Solutions said, “AqCure water containers have>99.99% antibacterial, >99.99% antifungal, and >99% antiviral activity tested as per ISO and ASTM standards. These containers are made from BPA/BPS-free high quality food grade polymers and is ideal for home and office use.”
The concept has also won the Biotechnology Ignition Grant (BIG), sponsored by BIRAC, Department of Biotechnology (DBT).