Chemelot researches anti-microbial flooring from Bolidt

01 july 2017|News

As Center of Expertise and Center for Innovative Craftsmanship, Chemelot Innovation and Learning Labs in Geleen, together with Bolidt, will further research the operation of the Bolidtop® Anti-Microbial flooring system. The successful anti-microbial technology has been specially developed for the healthcare sector and uses mechanical control to effectively prevent the propagation and survival of multiresistant bacteria.

Innovative control technology

Especially for the healthcare sector, Bolidt has developed a revolutionary anti-microbial technology. An innovative control technique is used for this: a differentiated charge differential between the multiresistant bacteria and the Bolidtop® floor surface. Due to the electric charge difference created, the bacterium is leaked, so that propagation of the bacterium is no longer possible. Thanks to the Bolidt anti-microbial technology, multiresistant bacteria can not reproduce or survive on the floor or wall surface. For example, large contact surfaces are protected against the development and spread of bacteria, including the MRSA bacterium that is feared in healthcare institutions.

In the healthcare sector, Bolidt has been achieving success for many years with the Bolidtop® 525 AM floor systems. The operation of the innovative technology has already been tested by TNO Delft. This shows that the floor actually does what it promises; effectively combat bacteria. With the important advantage that the bacteria can not become resistant and can not reproduce. In addition, the technique is 'non-leaching'. This means that no leaching of active ingredients occurs and the effect remains optimal over the long term. As a result, there are no harmful substances in the environment as is the case with other, more traditional bacteria-resistant systems that use metal ions to defuse the bacteria.

Zuyd University of Applied Sciences
The research of Chemelot Innovation and Learning Labs focuses on the further analysis of the applicability and effectiveness of Bolidt's anti-microbial floors in real life environments. The research will be carried out in a Community for Development for 20 weeks from the end of May 2017. Three HBO Bachelor Biomedical Sciences students carry out the research together with an experienced Zuyd Hogeschool coach in Heerlen. Bolidt chose Chemelot Innovation and Learning Labs because of previous research experiences on micro-organisms and anti-microbial coatings.

Investing in innovation
At Bolidt, Chemelot Innovation and Learning Labs' research does not stand alone. We are constantly working on innovation in our own innovation center in Hendrik-Ido-Ambacht and are constantly looking for collaborations in this area. Bolidt also invests in facilities for innovations, such as the Experience & Innovation Center under construction. Startups, knowledge institutions and co-makers of Bolidt are working together on new plastic applications. The opening of the Experience & Innovation Center is planned for the end of 2018