Mold is a constant threat to homeowners that, if unchecked, can lead to negative health effects and expensive remediation.
What began as Defense Department research more than a decade ago at West Texas A&M University has generated a powdery substance that could make rapid mold and bacterial growth a thing of the past.
Known as "Paint-Guard" and "Grout-Guard," the additives soon will be available for sale on Amazon.com and in local stores in the Texas Panhandle for household use, eventually spreading to store shelves nationwide said Emily Hunt, engineering professor and dean of WT's School of Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics.
Researchers are only beginning to unpack the powder's potential, which so far has applications in the air, on land and at sea.
Hunt and graduate students Benton Allen, Paige Earl and Trent Kelly discuss their research and product: