Resource Library

Copper Development Association provides a range of resources in support of the correct and efficient use of copper and copper alloys for major applications.

Most of our publications are downloadable electronically and a few are available as hard copies.  Use the search option or click on a category to see the publications/software listed under that topic.

If you can't find the information you are looking for, try the following:

  • FAQs - on alloys and applications
  • Copper Key - for equivalents of copper alloys worldwide, their chemical compositions, material designation and national standards
  • Copper Data Center - a searchable database of over 60,000 scientific abstracts from research papers related to the application of copper
  • Copper Life Cycle Data - for up-to-date life cycle data on key copper products
  • Kompass - for supplier listings

or use our technical support service, Contact an Expert.
    Antimicrobial Copper and Copper Alloys
    alloys, antimicrobial, design, designer, hospital
    Introductory presentation with narration, notes and links to further information, aimed at designers. Delivered at Materials and Design Exchange workshop, 'Bugz - Antimicrobial Materials and Coatings', 31st October 2007.
    Antimicrobial Copper Demonstration
    antimicrobial, pathogenic microbes, science, study
    Short webcast giving some background information on Keevil's antimicrobial tests and including a time-lapse sequence to show copper's antimicrobial effect against E. coli compared to stainless steel (2 mins). March 2008
    Copper Is...
    aesthetic, alloys, antifouling, antimicrobial, available, colourful, conductive, design, ductile, durable, essential, joining, malleable, recyclable , safety, shapes, sustainable
    This brochure provides a visual exploration of a range of properties that make copper and its alloys essential to modern living.
    CPD: innovative and cost-effective materials for healthcare design
    Architecture, Healthcare
    antimicrobial, clinical trial, cost-effective, design, healthcare-associated infections, hospital
    A RIBA-accredited CPD webcast that explores the role of antimicrobial copper within good healthcare design, with particular focus on the risks that touch surfaces present.
    Pub 196 - Reducing the Risk of Healthcare Associated Infections - The Role of Copper Touch Surfaces
    antimicrobial, care homes, efficacy, healthcare-associated infections, hospital, touch surface
    A report summarising the scientific evidence on the antimicrobial efficacy of copper and copper alloys in the laboratory and clinical environment. Also provides an introduction to the practical implementation of copper touch surfaces in healthcare facilities. Revised October 2014. 16pp.
    Pub 198 - The Benefits of Designing with Antimicrobial Copper Alloys
    alloys, antimicrobial, care homes, design, designer, healthcare-associated infections, hospital, infections, touch surface
    Introductory brochure for architects and designers providing an overview on using the inherent antimicrobial property of copper to design out infection in critical environments such as hospitals and care homes, where touch surfaces can act as reservoirs for dangerous germs. Updated May 2013. 2pp.
    Pub 200 - Comparing Antimicrobial Efficacy of Copper and Silver for Interior Touch Surface Applications
    antimicrobial, clinical trial, healthcare-associated infections, study, touch surface
    Silver and copper have been used for their antimicrobial properties for centuries. This one page summary reports on how a study published in Letters in Applied Microbiology answers the question of whether these applications work under real-life conditions. October 2009. 1pp.
    Pub 201 - Antimicrobial Copper - FAQs
    antimicrobial, healthcare-associated infections, infections, pathogenic microbes, touch surface
    A brochure answering frequently asked questions regarding antimicrobial copper. Updated May 2014. 8pp.
    Pub 202 - Practical Aspects of Reducing Bioburden with Copper: Clinical Case Study: Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham
    alloys, antimicrobial, clinical trial, healthcare-associated infections, hospital, infections, installation, pathogenic microbes, touch surface
    The clinical trial at Selly Oak Hospital demonstrated a 90-100% reduction in contamination on copper-containing vs standard surfaces. The experience of fitting out the test ward with copper-containing products has made a major contribution to the understanding of the practical application of the science. October 2009. 4pp.
    Pub 203 - Antimicrobial Copper - Introducing a New Category of Touch Surface Material
    antimicrobial, care homes, healthcare-associated infections, hospital, pathogenic microbes, touch surface
    Introductory brochure for infection control professionals outlining the antimicrobial efficacy, key characteristics and healthcare applications of Antimicrobial Copper, proven to reduce surface contamination in clinical environments, therefore offering an additional measure to help reduce the risk from pathogenic microbes. May 2010. 16pp.
    Pub 204 - The Potential Role of Antimicrobial Copper in Food Processing Applications
    antimicrobial, applications, health, pathogenic microbes, science
    Recent science shows that copper has an intrinsic ability to rapidly inactivate dangerous foodborne pathogens (including E. coli 157:H7, Campylobacter jejuni, Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella enteritidis) at both refrigerated and room temperature. Copper and copper alloys could therefore help to reduce the incidence of cross-contamination in food processing facilities. May 2010. 2pp.
    Pub 210 - Antimicrobial Copper Installations: Case Studies - Healthcare
    antimicrobial, healthcare-associated infections, installation, touch surface
    A collection of case studies featuring antimicrobial copper healthcare installations from around the world. 16pp. November 2014.
    Pub 211 - Antimicrobial Copper Cu+ Product Directory
    antimicrobial, manufacturer, products
    A printable directory of component manufacturers, suppliers and service providers who have been approved to use the Cu+ brand. 100pp. October 2014.
    Pub 212 - Near-patient Antimicrobial Copper Touch Surfaces for Infection Control: The Business Case
    antimicrobial, care homes, healthcare-associated infections, hospital, pathogenic microbes, touch surface
    An introduction to the business case for installing antimicrobial copper touch surfaces in healthcare facilities, showing a worked example of an ICU, based on a fully-referenced cost-benefit model developed for hospital managers by York Health Economics Consortium. October 2012, revised April 2013. 2pp.
    Pub 213 - Guidance on Cleaning and Disinfection
    antimicrobial, surfaces, touch surface
    This document gives guidance on cleaning and disinfection of antimicrobial copper surfaces. November 2013, 1pp.
    Pub 214 - Antimicrobial Copper Alloys: Guidance for Selection
    alloys, antimicrobial, care homes, design, designer, hospital, property
    This publication offers designers, manufacturers and specifiers guidance on identifying the most appropriate copper alloy for a product. The guide features a table of commonly available alloys, representing the different copper-alloy families, listing compositions and properties and ordered by colour. 2013. 16pp.
    Pub 215 - Stop the Spread of HCAIs - Factsheet
    antimicrobial, care homes, healthcare-associated infections, hospital, touch surface
    Deadly healthcare-associated infections (HCAIs) are a major threat in European hospitals. Learn about an additional line of defence that goes further than hand washing - Antimicrobial Copper. 2013. 1pp.
    Pub 219 - Antimicrobial Copper: A Hospital Manager's Guide
    touch surface, healthcare-associated infections, antimicrobial, hospital, infections
    Upgrading selected touch surfaces to Antimicrobial Copper is a simple but effective measure that is shown to reduce costly infections, freeing up beds and clinical resources and improving patient care. After a very short initial payback period, significant long-term savings are possible. 2014. 4pp.
    Pub 220 - Antimicrobial Copper: A Specifier's Guide
    antimicrobial, healthcare-associated infections, infections, products, touch surface
    While the antimicrobial properties of copper have been known and appreciated for centuries, it is only recently that the clinical benefits of copper touch surfaces have been evaluated. Although there are more than 200 papers published on laboratory and clinical research, there is a lack of practical information in the public domain to help specifiers understand where and how to deploy copper to improve environmental hygiene in healthcare facilities. This simple guide provides information on which surfaces to prioritise for upgrade, how to recognise efficacious products and where to source these. October 2014. 4pp.
    Risk Mitigation of Hospital Acquired Infections with Copper
    antimicrobial, clinical trial, healthcare-associated infections, hospital, infections, pathogenic microbes, science, touch surface
    Webcast featuring Initial study results from a comprehensive, multi-site clinical trial on antimicrobial copper surfaces in the US, presented at the World Health Organization's 1st International Conference on Prevention and Infection Control (ICPIC) in Geneva, Switzerland on 1st July 2011 by Dr M G Schmidt, Copper Touch Surface Initiative Microbiology and Immunology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, USA.
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