Special Issue "Antimicrobial Polymers"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2014)
Research concerning the development of antimicrobial polymers represents a great challenge for both the academic world and industry since microbial contamination is a serious issue that involves many areas such as the health and biomedical field, water purification systems, food packaging and storage. Microbial adhesion to surfaces results in the formation of a tick microbial biofilm, difficulty eradicable, in which microbes are protected from the action of common antimicrobial agents.
Antimicrobial polymers can help to prevent biofilm development and solve the problems associated with the use of conventional antimicrobial agents such as residual toxicity, short term antimicrobial activity and development of resistant microorganisms.
The microbial adhesion is a problem particularly felt in the field of medical devices since it can lead to serious infections and device failure.
Different types of polymer systems have been designed to prevent microbial adhesion among which the most investigated are: a) antifouling polymers; b) amphiphilic polymers mimicking antibacterial peptides occurring in nature; c) functionalized polymers able to load and release bioactive molecules such as antibiotics, heavy metals and other antiseptic agents.
We particularly take an interest in manuscript that report relevance of antimicrobial polymers in the design and fabrication of medical devices, packaging materials and water purification systems.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Antimicrobial polymers for medical devices
- Antimicrobial polymers for food packaging
- Polymers made antimicrobial by silver loading
- Release of antimicrobial agents from polymers
- Biomimetic polymers
- Antifouling polymers
Dr. Antonella Piozzi
Dr. Iolanda Francolini
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- antimicrobial polymers
- drug delivery systems
- microbial biofilms
- medical devices
- antimicrobial packaging
- water purification systems