COPPER – A Powerful, Antimicrobial, Biocidal, Algae killer? Better than Silver?

Just wanted to share an overlooked and lesser known aspect of copper that I came across a while back. Copper is one of those few really unique elemental metals that has so many interesting features that people hold in high regard: High thermal and electrical conductivity, doesn’t rust (like steel) and ages and oxidizes to a unique patina finish and re-polishes to a beautiful shine.

….AND IS ALSO ANTIMICROBIAL? Helps sterilize water and hard surfaces?

Like silver? YES! But not exactly like Silver…

Copper rad and/or piping even need a silver kill coil or extra copper sulfate additives?

Further reading about copper’s natural ability to kill viruses, algae and bacteria:


Antimicrobial activity of copper and silver nanofilms on nosocomial bacterial species –

Effects of temperature and humidity on the efficacy of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus challenged antimicrobial materials containing silver and copper –


Silver vs Copper: Which is the better biocide? (Part 2) –

Q: How does copper kill bacteria? –

Copper Pipes Kill E. coli in Drinking Water –

Antimicrobial properties of copper –

Antimicrobials: Silver (and copper) bullets to kill bacteria –

Copper is great at killing superbugs – so why don’t hospitals use it? –

Metallic Copper as an Antimicrobial Surface –

Just how does copper kill germs? – –

Storing Drinking-water in Copper pots Kills Contaminating Diarrhoeagenic Bacteria –

Ions, not particles, make silver toxic to bacteria – Info Snippets –

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