Special Issue "Antimicrobial Polymers"

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A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Material Sciences and Nanotechnology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2014

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Antonella Piozzi
Department of Chemistry, University "La Sapienza", Piazzale A. Moro 5, 00185, Rome, Italy
Website: http://www.chem.uniroma1.it/persone/antonella-piozzi
E-Mail: antonella.piozzi@uniroma1.it
Interests: antimicrobial polymers; polyurethanes; drug delivery systems; functionalization of ppolymers; microbial biofilms; nanocomposites

Co-Guest Editor
Dr. Iolanda Francolini
Department of Chemistry, University “La Sapienza”, Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, 00185, Rome, Italy
Website: http://www.chem.uniroma1.it/persone/iolanda-francolini
E-Mail: iolanda.francolini@uniroma1.it
Interests: antimicrobial polymers; polyurethanes; drug delivery systems; functionalization of polymers; microbial biofilms; nanocomposites

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • antimicrobial polymers
  • drug delivery systems
  • silver
  • microbial biofilms
  • medical devices
  • antimicrobial packaging
  • water purification systems

Published Papers (16 papers)

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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2014, 15(7), 12791-12806; doi:10.3390/ijms150712791
Received: 9 June 2014; in revised form: 27 June 2014 / Accepted: 2 July 2014 / Published: 18 July 2014
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2014, 15(5), 8998-9015; doi:10.3390/ijms15058998
Received: 3 March 2014; in revised form: 14 April 2014 / Accepted: 16 April 2014 / Published: 20 May 2014
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(9), 18002-18008; doi:10.3390/ijms140918002
Received: 1 August 2013; in revised form: 27 August 2013 / Accepted: 28 August 2013 / Published: 3 September 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(7), 13615-13625; doi:10.3390/ijms140713615
Received: 11 April 2013; in revised form: 5 June 2013 / Accepted: 6 June 2013 / Published: 28 June 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(6), 11011-11023; doi:10.3390/ijms140611011
Received: 26 March 2013; in revised form: 30 April 2013 / Accepted: 2 May 2013 / Published: 24 May 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(5), 10582-10590; doi:10.3390/ijms140510582
Received: 3 April 2013; in revised form: 26 April 2013 / Accepted: 6 May 2013 / Published: 21 May 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(5), 9906-9946; doi:10.3390/ijms14059906
Received: 28 February 2013; in revised form: 20 April 2013 / Accepted: 23 April 2013 / Published: 10 May 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(5), 9722-9736; doi:10.3390/ijms14059722
Received: 19 March 2013; in revised form: 21 April 2013 / Accepted: 2 May 2013 / Published: 6 May 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(5), 9249-9266; doi:10.3390/ijms14059249
Received: 27 March 2013; in revised form: 11 April 2013 / Accepted: 16 April 2013 / Published: 29 April 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(4), 7445-7456; doi:10.3390/ijms14047445
Received: 27 February 2013; in revised form: 22 March 2013 / Accepted: 27 March 2013 / Published: 3 April 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(4), 7391-7404; doi:10.3390/ijms14047391
Received: 1 January 2013; in revised form: 26 February 2013 / Accepted: 7 March 2013 / Published: 2 April 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(4), 7356-7369; doi:10.3390/ijms14047356
Received: 18 February 2013; in revised form: 15 March 2013 / Accepted: 19 March 2013 / Published: 2 April 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(3), 5445-5460; doi:10.3390/ijms14035445
Received: 10 January 2013; in revised form: 26 February 2013 / Accepted: 4 March 2013 / Published: 7 March 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(2), 3050-3064; doi:10.3390/ijms14023050
Received: 18 January 2013; in revised form: 25 January 2013 / Accepted: 29 January 2013 / Published: 1 February 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(1), 1854-1869; doi:10.3390/ijms14011854
Received: 3 December 2012; in revised form: 8 January 2013 / Accepted: 9 January 2013 / Published: 16 January 2013
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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2013, 14(1), 563-574; doi:10.3390/ijms14010563
Received: 7 November 2012; in revised form: 12 December 2012 / Accepted: 17 December 2012 / Published: 27 December 2012
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