IRSST - Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail

Preparation and Evaluation of the Biological Activity of Antimicrobial Agents Based on Copper and Silver Oxides Used in Protective Equipment against COVID-19


The goal of this project is to rapidly develop antibacterial and antiviral agents based on various copper oxides and silver nanoparticles, alone or combined with zinc oxide, by simple and environmentally-friendly synthesis methods. The research team intends to evaluate the biological effectiveness of antiviral agents prepared on various types of surfaces of protective materials (cotton, cotton/polyester).

The World Health Organization estimates that every year pathogens cause approximately 10 billion infections and 12 million people die of infectious diseases. The swift development of antimicrobial and antiviral textiles will not only better protect workers in the sectors most affected by viruses and microbes, but will also extend the life of such equipment through better biological protection during a pandemic.

This research project was selected through the call for proposals for projects related to COVID-19.

Additional Information

Type: Project
Number: 2020-0094
Status: Completed
Year of completion: 2021
  • Phuong Nguyen-Tri (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières)
  • Alireza Saidi (IRSST)
  • Simon Barnabé (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières)