AutoProtect is an Interreg V A crossborder projects between Germany and The Netherlands, funded by the EU. In this cooperation between research institutes and companies, anti-bacterial coatings are developed that can be regenerated by multi stimuli.
To provide you information on topics such as new developments, research results, future challenges, use cases and so on, we organize free webinars with different themes.  Participation in one single webinar is possible, but off course we welcome you to all!

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Below an overview of planned webinars in a series of free online events, with theme and additional information about the speakers, topics, date and time. When you would like to participate, please click the banner to be forwarded to our registration site. Note: the webinars will be held in English.

 

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WEBINAR #1

Theme: Impact of surface hygiene on transmissions of infections
Date/time: 22nd of April 2021, 2 PM - 4 PM CEST (12 PM UTC)

Impact of surface hygiene on transmission of infections 
Prof. Dr. Walter Popp, DGKH e.V., HyKoMed GmbH (DE)

Classical approaches to provide hygiene of surfaces
Dr. Jürgen Gebel, VAH e.V., DGKH e.V., IHPH, Uni Bonn (DE)

Project AutoProtect: Multi-Stimulus-System Coatings – solving many problems with one coating
Dr. Markus Wehrl, DGKH e.V, wfk – Cleaning Techn. Inst. e.V., (DE)

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Pathogens deposited on surfaces present a potential infection risk as these pathogens can be transferred to susceptible persons by contact with hands, fabrics or objects and subsequently cause infections. Such infections that occur in health care facilities are well known as dreaded „hospital acquired infections“, harming vulnerable patients.

Within Webinar No. 1 the impact of surface hygiene on the prevention of infections in health care institution amongst others is discussed. Removal, or better inactivation of pathogens on surfaces can be provided by disinfection procedures. Therefore a large panel of different disinfectants for various purposes is available, however disinfectants used in health care facilities have to comply to highest requirements in effectiveness and reliability. But beside health care facilities with their special emphasis on infection risks also in technical areas with low or negligible infection risks the load with microorganisms or soilings is often unwanted and can compromise the product quality due to failure, malfunction or corrosion effects. New approaches to provide a better long-term hygiene and cleanliness of surfaces based on catalytically active surfaces coatings are discussed. 

About Prof. Dr. Walter Popp

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Prof. Walter Popp earned his medical degree at the RWTH Aachen in 1981 and moved over for 10 years to the University Hospital Essen. He did his habilitation in occupational medicine on carcinogenic substances and became member in the MAK commission and the Senate commission for testing hazardous substances of the DFG for approx. 10 years. He became a medical specialist in occupational medicine, hygiene and medical quality management. Between 1999 and 2015 he was hospital hygienist at the University Hospital Essen. Since September 2015 he is medical director of HyKoMed GmbH, Lünen / Dortmund (Eberhard Laboratory). From 2006 to 2014 he was member of the board of the International Federation of Infection Control (IFIC). Since 2006 up to now he is member of the board of the German Society for Hospital Hygiene (DGKH e.V.), since 2010 he took over the vice-president position.

About Dr. Jürgen Gebel

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Dr. rer. nat. Jürgen Gebel – 58 years - Microbiologist - since 1995 Head of the Department of Disinfectant Testing at the Institute for Hygiene and Public Health of the University Hospitals Bonn under the direction of Prof. Mutters. Management of the Disinfectant Commission in the Association for Applied Hygiene (VAH). Chairman of the DIN NAMed D7 committee. Collaboration in CEN, DIN, VDI, guideline groups of DGKH and OECD in projects of cleaning and disinfection in the medical field. Editor of the journal Hygiene und Medizin at mhp-Verlag Wiesbaden. Co-initiator of the initiative "Hygiene Tips for Kids" - training children on the subject of hygiene.

About Dr. Markus Wehrl

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Dr. Wehrl is head of the department Hygiene and Microbiology at wfk and engaged in various research projects aiming better approaches for cleaning, disinfection and sterilisation procedures. Scope of the research work is the development of new procedures that allow disinfection or sterilisation of fragile objects/products, especially in the field of medical devices. Another field of interest is the development of fast methods to assess the success of cleaning, disinfection or sterilisation or to address the hygiene quality of objects, fluids or gases. He is head of the section „Cleaning, Disinfection, Sterilisation“ of the DGKH e.V. and amongst others coordinator of 2 guidelines for DGKH e.V. and active in several working groups engaged in the field of medical device reprocessing.

 

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WEBINAR #2 

Theme: Regulatory requirements for antimicrobial surfaces
Date/time: 20th of May 2021, 2 PM - 4 PM CEST (12 PM UTC)

Regulatory requirements for antimicrobial surfaces
Pete Askew - Industrial Microbiological Services Ltd. (IMSL) (United Kingdom)

A sol-gel-Coating for permanently antimicrobial surfaces
Dr. Hans-Joachim Weintz - Netwerk Oberfläche NRW (Germany)

Plasma-based antimicrobial coatings
Dr. Ben Dhia Salem - Plasmatreat GmbH. (Germany)

 

 

 

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The presentation of Dr. Hans-Joachim Weintz describes the genesis of a highly resistant thin film coating with permanent anti microbial activity, derived from the joined Interreg funded research project "Sustainable Surface and Membranes (S2M)" of Netzwerk Oberfläche NRW e.V. from 2016 to 2018.
Basic idea was to include the biocidal function into the polymer as an intrinsic property. 2 different ways were pursued in the project. One of them leading to the subject of this presentation combined the benefits of a sol-gel hybrid thin film coating with the intelligence and findings of the development of medical devices like stents leading to bio-repulsive coating surfaces which can be used as base for anti-adhesive marine coatings as well as antibacterial and antiviral coatings – a highly actual topic!

 

Within Webinar No. 2, an introduction of plasma assisted modifications of surfaces and plasma thin film deposition will be presented as potential strategies to provide antibacterial and/or antifouling properties to different substrates such as glass, metals or even polymers. Different combinations of coatings have been considered in order to be as efficient as possible overtime by providing inner catalytic properties to the plasma deposited layer that should enable the antimicrobial properties to be regenerated using external stimuli such as thermal energy, mechanical energy or light radiation energy.In this session, Plasmatreat will present the latest results obtained within AutoProtect project and focused on the deposition of Anti-microbial coatings using atmospheric pressure plasma processes.

About Pete Askew

 

About Dr. Hans-Joachim Weintz 

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Born in 1957; Study of chemistry at the Univ. Kaiserslautern; Diploma and doctorate at the MPI für Kohlenforschung in Mülheim an der Ruhr; Post-Doc stay as a Humboldt Fellow in the working group of Prof. Noyori, Univ. Nagoya, Japan (Noble Price winner in 2001).
Joined BASF AG with positions: Central Polymer Research, Assistant to the Executive Board, Head of R&D Center Coatings South America, Head of Development Industrial Coatings Technologies, BASF Coatings EU; after 14 years change to a large medium-sized company in the coating industry, where he was director of R&D and innovation management for almost 20 years. Self-employed since 2020. At the same time, he was a founding member of the Netzwerk Oberfläche NRW (today chairman) and co-founder of the company itCoating GmbH.

About Dr. Dhia Ben Salem

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Dhia Ben Salem, is a PhD in Plasma chemistry (Sorbonne University + Chemical engineering school in Paris, France). With more than five years of experience as research team leader at Plasmatreat, he has given great contribution to plasma thin film deposition and characterization of functional coatings. His most recent research work focused on adhesion promotion, anti-corrosion and superhydrophilic plasma deposited coatings for industrial applications. Another field of interest is focus on the development of innovative coatings that could provide new properties to the surface such as hydrophobic, photocatalytic or antibacterial properties that are considered most promising as they do not alter the bulk integrity and the mechanical properties of the material.    

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WEBINAR #3 

Theme: Benefits, feasibility and applications of antimicrobial coatings
Date/time: 16th or 17th of June 2021, 2 PM - 4 PM CEST (12 PM UTC)

Speakers:

Prof. Albert Schenning - Technical University Eindhoven (TUe) (Netherlands)
T.b.d. - CHILL  (Netherlands)
T.b.d. - wfk – Cleaning Technology Institute e.V. (Germany)

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