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Industry Overview:

Biocides are substances utilized to control the spread of organisms which are harmful to human or animal health, or which are capable of damaging nature or manufactured products. This class of substance includes pesticides and antimicrobials, anti-fouling agents and preservatives. They are used across a wide swath of society, from paints and coatings to sanitizers and disinfectants, water treatment and personal care to farms and gardens.

A delicate balance must be struck in this industry. The largest concern is that substances that are harmful to an undesired organism are often harmful to other organisms, as well – humans, pets, and plant-life alike. New advances continue to move biocides forward, increasing their targeting effectiveness in order to reduce and eliminate the potential for harmful side effects.

Common Applications:

  • Natural, synthetic biocides
  • Pesticides – fungicides, herbicides, etc.
  • Anti-microbials – germicides, antibiotics
  • Sodium chlorate, chlorine dioxide, etc.
  • Biological resistance
  • Nanotechnology – micro-capsule, nano-capsule
  • Formulation, design, etc.
  • Encapsulation technology
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Purification
  • Blending
  • Treatments – batch, continuous
  • Resins, additives, etc.
  • Oxidizers, disinfectants, etc.
  • Biofilm control
  • Selenium
  • Storage
  • Health, safety
  • Efficacy testing
  • Environmental
  • Sustainability


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