Pyrithione complexes, such as zinc pyrithione (ZnPT), copper pyrithione (CuPT), and sodium pyrithione (NaPT), are used as fungicides and bactericides. ZnPT is used in the treatment of skin conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis or dandruff. Furthermore, ZnPT is sometimes used as an antibacterial agent in paints to prevent algae and mildew growth. CuPT is primarily in use as a biocide to prevent biofouling of surfaces submerged in water. Meanwhile, NaPT is used as antifungal agent for treatment of mycosis, such as athlete’s foot.
The different pyrithione complexes are determined by iodometric titration using a maintenance-free Pt Titrode for the indication.