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EPA Officially Says Copper Surfaces Help Fight COVID-19

Update: March 30, 2021
Source: ASM International

If you subscribe to our Osborne Mint blog, From the Mint, you may have seen the Osborne family of companies share information regarding copper and the lifespan of COVID-19 over the past year. And now the EPA has released an article sharing more information about the relationship between COVID and copper. Here is an excerpt of their article.

On February 10, 2021, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it has registered certain copper alloys that have demonstrated effectiveness against viruses, including SARS-CoV-2. In this digital-first article from Advanced Materials & Processes, ASM International’s flagship magazine, Harold Michels, who authored the initial article in this materials science and coronavirus series, returns to provide context to the EPA announcement.

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Read the full digital-first article, which will also be published in the April 2021 issue of Advanced Materials & Processes (AM&P) magazine.

This article is the eighth installment in an AM&P series on materials science and the coronavirus.

Dr. 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.

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