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Why Antimicrobial Copper?

EPA registered antimicrobial copper products are a highly versatile way of fighting bacteria*. Science suggests that antimicrobial copper kills bacteria* with a multifaceted attack. The outer membrane of bacteria cells rupture when they come in contact with copper surfaces, leading to cell death. The copper ions impede cell respiration/metabolism, sometimes causing DNA damage, making it unlikely that bacteria* will develop a resistance to copper.

Healthy bacteria on an untreated stainless steel surface, minutes after cleaning

Destroyed bacteria on a surface of CuVerro I applied by our CuVerro Shield Thermal Fabrication Process

How Copper Kills Bacteria

How Antimicrobial Copper Works


Copper ions on the surface are recognized as an essential nutrient, and enter the cell

How Antimicrobial Copper Works


A lethal dose of copper ions interfers with normal cell functions and membrane integrity

How Antimicrobial Copper Works


Copper ions impede cell respiration/metabolism, sometimes causing DNA damage

Source: Drs. Grass, Keevil, Ransing, and Solioz courtesy of the Copper Development Association

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