Destroy coronavirus and the ESKAPE pathogens

One of the big questions facing us all now is not only, how will we recover from and destroy coronavirus, but when will the next virus hit us. I think it’s a given in medical circles that more will follow coronavirus, it’s only a question of when – but I’ll be pleased to be corrected…..

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Anti slip Solution | Halo Surfaces

An anti slip solution from Halo Surfaces Halo says there is only one anti slip solution and it’s right here at Halo Surfaces. Halo’s anti slip solution is a fine coating which contains fine glass beads. The beads feel like fine sand to the touch so it’s ideal when bare feet and other parts of…..

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Anti slip in school | Halo Surfaces

Anti slip in schools Applying anti slip in schools – in playgrounds and slippery corridors is going to be keeping Halo busy over the January summer holidays here down under. A picture of Sandy singing Summer Lovin’ in Rydell High’s playground seems to be exactly the right image for this post too. It has actually…..

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Green Chemistry Principle 12 | The safety principle

The Safety Principle is the last of the 12 principles of green chemistry. The safety principle is pretty easy to understand. Substances used in chemical processes should be chosen to minimize the potential for chemical accidents. The three authors of the paper on Principle 12, Shelley Bradley, Dr David C. Finster and Dr Tom Goodwin…..

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Green Chemistry Principle 8 | Reduce Derivatives

Reduce Derivatives is Principle 8 of the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry. Derivatization is defined as the use of blocking groups, protection/de-protection, and temporary modification of physical/chemical processes.  It should be minimized or avoided because derivatization require additional reagents and can generate waste. So says Peter J Dunn, Green Chemistry Lead at Pfizer. Not being a…..

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Green Chemistry Principle 7 | Renewable Feedstocks

Renewable Feedstocks | Green Chemistry Use of Renewable Feedstocks is at the heart of Principle 7 of the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry. It states that a raw material or feedstock should be renewable rather than depleting whenever technically and economically practicable. It’s basic commons sense at work here. Dr Richard Wool, Professor of Chemical…..

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Green Chemistry Principle 6 | Energy Efficiency

Design for Energy Efficiency is the full name for Principle 6. This Principle states that energy requirements should be recognized for their environmental and economic impacts and should be minimized. Synthetic methods should be conducted at ambient temperature and pressure. Dr David Constable, Director, ACS Green Chemistry Institute describes principle 6 as one of the…..

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Green Chemistry Principle 5 | Safer Solvents

Safer Solvents and Auxiliaries are the subject of Principle 5. The principle states that the use of solvents and other auxiliaries should “be made unnecessary wherever possible and innocuous when used”. Dr. Concepcíon (Conchita) Jiménez-González, Director, Operational Sustainability, GlaxoSmithKline writes on the importance of solvents and rejects the argument that solvents don’t matter and that…..

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Green Chemistry – Principle 4 – Safer Chemicals

Principle 4 of the 12 Principles of Green Chemistry is about Designing Safer Chemicals. The principle states that chemical products should be designed to affect their desired function while minimizing their toxicity.   Nicholas D. Anastas, Ph.D. Environmental Protection Agency – New England writes that “minimizing toxicity, while simultaneously maintaining function and efficacy, may be…..

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Green Chemistry – the 12 principles

Green Chemistry Principle 3 The third of the 12 principles says that, wherever practicable, synthetic methods should be designed to use and generate substances that possess little or no toxicity to human health and the environment. David J.C.Constable, PhD, Director ACS Green Chemistry Institute writes somewhat cynically that the words “wherever practicable” can hand the chemist…..

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What is green chemistry?

The twelve principles of green chemistry were developed by Paul Anastas and John Warner in 1998. This was largely as a response to Federal legislation. In the early 1990s both the US and NZ were addressing the issues of pollution. In NZ in 1991 the Resource Management Act was passed. This sometimes controversial Act of…..

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Water based or solvent? Which shall I use?

Water based or solvent?  What are the pros and cons? As more and more people become concerned about the environment and the damage we humans are doing to mother earth, the question of whether to use water based or solvent is being asked more frequently. And rightly so. In fact the trend to water based…..

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How do you make anti slip signs that work?

Tell us please how to make compelling anti slip signs We’ve had some fun with our anti slip signs in the last few weeks. Halo has been contracted to coat with anti slip a number of floors of a public car park. What has both amused, bemused and annoyed us is the way that many…..

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Slippery tiles solutions from Halo

Do you have a problem with slippery tiles? Ceramic tiles are a cost-effective and beautiful way to line the walls and floors of wet areas such as bathrooms and kitchens. The Fornasetti ranges of tiles are one of our favourites. Tiles are also great to use as bench surfaces and splash-backs as they withstand heat……

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Halo Antimicrobial Coatings | Halo Surfaces

Halo launches Antimicrobial Range Halo is delighted to launch its range of antimicrobial coatings which contain the ingredient Bio-S.  The antimicrobial range is available in two strengths, regular and hospital grade, and has a kill rate of 99.4%.  Contact us to receive a copy of the laboratory report which establishes the effectiveness of the range……

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