Antimicrobial additives are often used to counter the challenge of microbial growth and microbial induced corrosion in concrete.

Adequately protecting concrete from microbial induced corrosion (MIC), fungal contamination and algal growth is not as easy as it may seem.  With the right temperatures, humidity and food sources, microbes can quickly grow to challenge antimicrobial additives.

Severe water damage concrete wall

Concrete and cinderblock are affected by daily environmental exposure that commonly leads to microbial induced corrosion. 

Unless specifically tested to organisms commonly associated with MIC in concrete, the underlying antimicrobial technology may not provide sufficient performance.

Additionally, given the complex internal chemistries of concrete, it can be difficult to determine if the antimicrobial performance is the result of the additive or of some inherent antimicrobial characteristic of the concrete itself.

It is difficult to determine antimicrobial performance, since concrete and pre-cast structures are designed for long term use; however, it is the conditions that concrete is often exposed to that can promote microbial growth.  It is the microbial activity that can then quickly shorten the structural life span of both treated and untreated materials.

To address this difficulty when testing concrete, especially for microbial induced corrosion (MIC), Situ Biosciences has developed a modified concrete test process based on the ISO 22196 antimicrobial standard.  This antimicrobial test method is useful for concrete mixes, precast structures, applications and formulation testing, and mortars.

For more information, contact the lab at 847­-483-9950 or info@situtest.com.

Situ Biosciences to Present at Personal Care EXPO

Come check out our booth #332!

Situ Biosciences will be at the Teamworks Expo in April to showcase our technical expertise in the personal care and cosmetic industry. Our team will go over product performance testing and formulation development, and be able to discuss a variety of services that help our customers meet their testing needs.

When: April 11, 2018

Located at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center:
5555 N River Rd, Rosemont, IL 60018

Come visit our booth: #332

Please let us know if you would  like to set up a meeting at the conference.

Feel free to contact our laboratory at (847) 483-9950 or info@situtest.com