TECHNOLOGICAL FORECASTING OF THE USE OF SILVER AGAINST HARMFUL MICROORGANISMS IN WATER SYSTEMS
The water, though today is an element essential to life, is also a source of contamination and
vehicle of disease transmission. The research and technologies used for water treatment are
numerous and become a constant concern of researchers. In this context, one element studied and its antimicrobial effects is well known silver (chemical element). Thus, this study aimed to carry out
a survey patented technology in national and global patent basis in order to characterize the
research being carried out with the use of silver in it. The study showed a marked technological
advance in the field of water treatment, and the United States the country that puts more patents.
However, when the research relates to water treatment with silver, the number of patents is
extremely low, making its use a technology gap to be exploited.
PaperID: p. 012-021
Author's Name: Lucindo José Quintans-Junior, Márcio Roberto Viana dos Santos, Adriano Antunes de Souza Araújo