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Black phosphorus coating kills superbugs then self-destructs

A colorized microscope image, showing a fungal cell (green) perched on a segment of black phosphorus (red)

Bacteria are becoming more and more dangerous, as they evolve resistance to our best drugs. New weapons against these so-called “superbugs” are desperately needed. Now, researchers at RMIT have developed a coating that quickly kills bacteria and fungi, then dissolves within 24 hours – and best of all, the mode of attack is something they can’t develop defenses against.

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