002 Antibacterial Door Handles

Designed by: Michael Young

Design Trust Affiliation: Design Trust Feature Grantee


In response to the heightened concerns around hygiene, health and wellness during the ongoing pandemic, Michael Young has designed door handles out of a metal which utilises lasers and photonics technology to develop fluid-repellent, antibacterial surfaces, taking us a step closer to self-cleaning appliances and more.

An innovative example of incorporating biomimicry into design, the unique surface qualities of the Antibacterial Door Handle mimics the hydrophobic surface of lotus leaves. Specifically tailored laser processing of metal surfaces creates a roughened surface, whereby miniature pockets of air are created to minimize the contact area between the surface and a liquid. In this way, surfaces keep themselves clean without the need for cleaning products or chemicals, and by repelling liquids such as water, surfaces are no longer suitable for bacteria to grow.

Image Credit: Michael Young, Michael Young Studio

Website: Michael Young Studio