Sars-CoV-2 (COVID-19) inactivation capability of copper-coated touch surface fabricated by cold-spray technology

Manuf Lett. 2020 Aug:25:93-97. doi: 10.1016/j.mfglet.2020.08.007. Epub 2020 Aug 29.


In this work, cold-spray technique was employed for rapid coating of copper on in-use steel parts. The primary intention was to alleviate the tendency of SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) virus to linger longer on touch surfaces that attract high-to-medium volume human contact, such as the push plates used in publicly accessed buildings and hospitals. The viricidal activity test revealed that 96% of the virus was inactivated within 2-hrs, which was substantially shorter than the time required for stainless steel to inactivate the virus to the same level. Moreover, it was found that the copper-coated samples significantly reduces the lifetime of COVID-19 virus to less than 5-hrs. The capability of the cold-spray technique to generate antiviral copper coating on the existing touch surface eliminates the need for replacing the entire touch surface application with copper material. Furthermore, with a short manufacturing time to produce coatings, the re-deployment of copper-coated parts can be accomplished in minutes, thereby resulting in significant cost savings. This work showcases the capability of cold-spray as a potential copper-coating solution for different in-use parts and components that can act as sources for the spread of the virus.

Keywords: COVID-19; Cold-spray technique; Copper coating; SARS-CoV-2; Viricidal activity.