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Materials 2016, 9(7), 599;

Recent Developments in Antimicrobial Polymers: A Review

CEMUC, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Coimbra, Coimbra 3030-790, Portugal
CEMUC, Department of Life Sciences, University of Coimbra, Coimbra 3001-401, Portugal
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Academic Editor: Fernão D. Magalhães
Received: 30 April 2016 / Revised: 1 July 2016 / Accepted: 14 July 2016 / Published: 20 July 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Self-Cleaning and Antimicrobial Surfaces)
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Antimicrobial polymers represent a very promising class of therapeutics with unique characteristics for fighting microbial infections. As the classic antibiotics exhibit an increasingly low capacity to effectively act on microorganisms, new solutions must be developed. The importance of this class of materials emerged from the uncontrolled use of antibiotics, which led to the advent of multidrug-resistant microbes, being nowadays one of the most serious public health problems. This review presents a critical discussion of the latest developments involving the use of different classes of antimicrobial polymers. The synthesis pathways used to afford macromolecules with antimicrobial properties, as well as the relationship between the structure and performance of these materials are discussed. View Full-Text
Keywords: antimicrobial polymers; biocide polymers; multidrug resistant microbes antimicrobial polymers; biocide polymers; multidrug resistant microbes

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Santos, M.R.E.; Fonseca, A.C.; Mendonça, P.V.; Branco, R.; Serra, A.C.; Morais, P.V.; Coelho, J.F.J. Recent Developments in Antimicrobial Polymers: A Review. Materials 2016, 9, 599.

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