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Bromothymol: a new and efficient antibacterial agent

AntimicrobialsBromothymolNatural phenolsThymol


We developed a new, efficient, economical and low environmental impact process for the preparation of bromotimol (BT). Biological tests showed BT antibacterial action up to 15 times higher than thymol, one of the most naturally-occurring antiseptic agents in the industry.

Technical features

The technology we have developed enables us to efficiently and sustainably produce a powerful antibacterial agent that can be used in multiple products sold in a wide variety of markets. Among the main applications can be mentioned: liquid for surface disinfection (also at hospital level), beekeeping products, medical products (such as medicines for respiratory infections, expectorants or for onychomycosis), products for personal and home care.

Possible Applications

  • Antibacterial in soaps, detergents and colorants;
  • Antimicrobial in all home hygiene products;
  • Antifungal for both mycoses (enamels) and for molds (paints).


  • High antimicrobial efficiency;
  • Low toxicity for man and the environment;
  • Efficiency and sustainability of the production process.