Copper: from ancient times to a sustainable future

Since early history, copper has accompanied people in their development. Still, today it is considered to be one of the most innovative materials. With its antimicrobial properties, copper allows for surfaces that are frequently touched in daily life, to be safer by preventing the transmission of bacteria and viruses, including the SARS-CoV- 2. Copper is 100% recyclable and therefore also makes a decisive contribution to the circular economy.

Effective against viruses and bacteria

International studies have shown that thanks to its permanent antimicrobial properties, copper neutralizes germs in a short period of time: a valuable material in various fields of application.

  • Roberto Bertollini

    Public health expert

  • Carlo Ratti

    Architect and Director
    of the “Senseable City Lab” at MIT

  • Piersandro Pallavicini

    Professor of Inorganic Chemistry
    at the University of Pavia

  • Christine Roques

    Professor of Industrial Microbiology, Hygiene and Environment at the Faculty of Pharmacology of Toulouse (Université Paul Sabatier Toulouse III)

  • Paolo Stocco

    Director of Federsanità ANCI Veneto, manager of public and private health facilities

  • Maria Antonietta Esposito

    Professor of Architectural Technology at the University of Florence, specialized in Green Airport Design

  • Vincenzo Loconsolo

    Metallurgical engineer
    Commission for “Non-Ferrous Metals” of UNI

The Hub

Our Experts

A multidisciplinary team

An independent board of selected international experts from the most influential sectors - such as healthcare, architecture and public transport – will share knowledge, research and possible applications of copper, which will be based on scientific evidence deriving from international literature. The members will provide an authoritative and stimulating perspective to identify innovative and possible applications of antimicrobial copper.

Why copper

Antimicrobial Copper

Security and Sustainability

On average, copper has an 80% lower bacterial and viral load than equivalent objects made from other materials. Thanks to its unique structure, bacteria, fungi or viruses, including SARS-CoV-2, can be quickly eliminated.
This precious metal retains all of its original properties during the recycling process, regardless of how often it has been recycled and used. It is estimated that around 80% of the copper extracted since ancient times is still in use today.