Experts in the fields of metallurgy and microbiology say that copper can be a powerful weapon in the current fight against COVID-19. They believe it can also help curtail future pandemics if utilized properly. In this digital-first article from Advanced Materials & Processes, ASM International's flagship magazine, the authors recommend the expanded use of copper alloys in public spaces to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
Read the full digital-first article, which will also be published in the May/June 2020 issue of Advanced Materials & Processes (AM&P) magazine.
This article-the first in an AM&P series on materials science and the coronavirus-is written by Harold T. Michels, consultant and retired senior vice president, Copper Development Association, Manhasset, N.Y., and Corinne A. Michels, distinguished professor emerita, Queens College – CUNY, Flushing, N.Y.
Dr. Harold Michels ( @Harold Michels ) is an independent consultant with expertise in physical metallurgy and corrosion of copper alloys, nickel alloys, stainless steels, as well as other alloys systems. He has a special focus on the antimicrobial properties of copper alloys. Prior to his executive role at the Copper Development Association, he held a variety of positions with Inco Limited, including concurrently serving as director of strategic planning, and president of the La Que Center for Corrosion Technology. He has a Ph.D. in materials science from New York University. He is a lifetime member of ASM International and member of the ASM Long Island Chapter.
Dr. Corinne Michels, a molecular geneticist, earned her doctorate at Columbia University and did post-doctoral research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx before joining the faculty of the Biology Department at Queens College – CUNY, where she rose to the position of distinguished professor. Her research focused on genetic model organisms, particularly Saccharomyces yeast, and was funded for over 30 years by awards from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Most recently, she studied the mechanism of how copper kills bacteria.
"Development and Validation of High-Performance SARS-CoV-2 Antiviral Coatings for High-Touch Surfaces"
A joint Canadian project aims to curb the COVID-19 pandemic and future epidemics with cold sprayed, copper-based coatings. In this digital-first article from Advanced Materials & Processes, ASM International's flagship magazine, a team from industry, academia, and government in Canada outline their research, plan, and timeline for the widespread adoption of antiviral coatings that could limit the transmission of viruses on high-touch surfaces.
Read the full digital-first article, which will also be published in the November/December 2020 issue of the International Thermal Spray & Surface Engineering (iTSSe) supplement to Advanced Materials & Processes (AM&P) magazine.
This article is the fifth installment in an AM&P series on materials science and the coronavirus.