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Nanomaterials 2017, 7(2), 48; doi:10.3390/nano7020048

Antimicrobial Polymers in the Nano-World

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Centre for Biomolecular Sciences, School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD, UK
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Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología de Polímeros (ICTP-CSIC); C/ Juan de la Cierva 3, Madrid 28006, Spain
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Academic Editor: Guogang Ren
Received: 6 November 2016 / Revised: 11 January 2017 / Accepted: 24 January 2017 / Published: 22 February 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Antimicrobial Nanomaterials and Nanotechnology)
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Infections are one of the main concerns of our era due to antibiotic-resistant infections and the increasing costs in the health-care sector. Within this context, antimicrobial polymers present a great alternative to combat these problems since their mechanisms of action differ from those of antibiotics. Therefore, the microorganisms’ resistance to these polymeric materials is avoided. Antimicrobial polymers are not only applied in the health-care sector, they are also used in many other areas. This review presents different strategies that combine nanoscience and nanotechnology in the polymer world to combat contaminations from bacteria, fungi or algae. It focuses on the most relevant areas of application of these materials, viz. health, food, agriculture, and textiles. View Full-Text
Keywords: polymers; antimicrobial; health; food; agriculture; water purification; textile polymers; antimicrobial; health; food; agriculture; water purification; textile
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Álvarez-Paino, M.; Muñoz-Bonilla, A.; Fernández-García, M. Antimicrobial Polymers in the Nano-World. Nanomaterials 2017, 7, 48.

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