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Functionalization of Polymer Surface with Antimicrobial Microcapsules

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Department of Applied Chemistry, Faculty of Textile Technology, University of Zagreb, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
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Department of Materials, Fibers and Textile Testing, Faculty of Textile Technology, University of Zagreb, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
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Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
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Polymers 2022, 14(10), 1961; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14101961
Received: 24 March 2022 / Revised: 3 May 2022 / Accepted: 5 May 2022 / Published: 11 May 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Synthesis, Processing, Structure and Properties of Polymer Materials)
The development of antimicrobial polymers is a priority for engineers fighting microbial resistant strains. Silver ions and silver nanoparticles can assist in enhancing the antimicrobial properties of microcapsules that release such substances in time which prolongs the efficiency of antimicrobial effects. Therefore, this study aimed to functionalize different polymer surfaces with antimicrobial core/shell microcapsules. Microcapsules were made of sodium alginate in shell and filled with antimicrobial silver in their core prior to application on the surface of polymer materials by dip-coating methodology. Characterization of polymers after functionalization was performed by several spectroscopic and microscopic techniques. After the characterization of polymers before and after the functionalization, the release of the active substances was monitored in time. The obtained test results can help with the calculation on the minimal concentration of antimicrobial silver that is encapsulated to achieve the desired amounts of release over time. View Full-Text
Keywords: microcapsules; dip coating; encapsulation; spectroscopy; microscopy; antibacterial silver microcapsules; dip coating; encapsulation; spectroscopy; microscopy; antibacterial silver
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Rezić, I.; Somogyi Škoc, M.; Majdak, M.; Jurić, S.; Stracenski, K.S.; Vinceković, M. Functionalization of Polymer Surface with Antimicrobial Microcapsules. Polymers 2022, 14, 1961. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14101961

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Rezić I, Somogyi Škoc M, Majdak M, Jurić S, Stracenski KS, Vinceković M. Functionalization of Polymer Surface with Antimicrobial Microcapsules. Polymers. 2022; 14(10):1961. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14101961

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Rezić, Iva, Maja Somogyi Škoc, Mislav Majdak, Slaven Jurić, Katarina Sopko Stracenski, and Marko Vinceković. 2022. "Functionalization of Polymer Surface with Antimicrobial Microcapsules" Polymers 14, no. 10: 1961. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym14101961

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