Hy·dro·phil·ic, adj: Having a tendency to mix with, dissolve in, or be wetted by water.
Most plastics used today are petroleum-based… and since oil repels water, these surfaces tend to be hydrophobic. Microbes in the environment use hydrophobic interactions to bind to surfaces and grow.
What are hydrophobic interactions? Hydrophobic interactions are slight attractive forces that drive hydrophobic material together. Pour some cooking oil into a cup of water and whisk it around until you create small droplets suspended in the water. When you stop stirring, the oil coalesces back into a single globule due to this “water fearing” attraction. The same phenomena occurs when organic material (such as bacteria) approach a hydrophobic surface.
How does Hydrophilix work? The coating forms a thin layer of hydration between microbes and the plastic surface, preventing biofilms from proliferating. The hydrated coating is non-toxic and is applied in minutes. We currently have three major applications, learn more by following the links below.