23rd September 2020

QUT scientists have developed a way to kill COVID-19 virus on aluminium surfaces with a wet-etching technique that forms random ‘nano-pillars’ like miniscule spears, proven to have both antiviral and antibacterial properties.

QUT medical devices specialist Professor Prasad Yarlagadda and virologist Professor Kirsten Spann rapidly began testing the novel coronavirus SARS-cov-2, which causes COVID-19 disease, on the nano-structured surface, after publishing their findings on its antiviral properties against common virusesearlier this year.

QUT scientists have developed a way to kill COVID-19 virus on aluminium surfaces with a wet-etching technique that forms random ‘nano-pillars’ like miniscule spears, proven to have both antiviral and antibacterial properties.