Special Issue "Materials and Technological Solutions Preventing Biofilms and Antimicrobial Resistance"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials Science and Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 21 October 2022 | Viewed by 320
Submissions from the conference should be submitted by 21 June 2022

Conference homepage:

https://www.european-mrs.com/materials-and-technological-solutions-preventing-biofilms-and-antimicrobial-resistance-emrs-0

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Nicola Cioffi
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Chemistry Department, University of Bari “Aldo Moro”, 4 via Orabona, 70126 Bari, Italy
Interests: surface science; nanoantimicrobials; (nano)catalysts; chem- & bio-sensors; spectroscopy for chemical analysis
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Prof. Dr. Christine Kranz
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Institute of Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Universitat Ulm, Ulm, Germany
Interests: scanning probe microscopy; electrochemical deposition
Prof. Dr. María Carmen Blanco-López
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Department of Physical and Analytical Chemistry, University of Oviedo, Julián Clavería 8, 33006 Oviedo, Spain
Interests: extracellular vesicles; biosensors and bioanalytics; nanomaterial sensors
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Dr. María Fernández García
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María Fernández Instituto de Productos Lácteos de Asturias (Ipla-Csic) de Productos Lácteos de Asturias (CSIC), Carretera de Infiesto s/n, 33300 Villaviciosa, Asturias, Spain
Interests: biotechnology; dairy science; microbial biotechnology; microbiology; molecular biology; molecular cloning; PCR genetics; applied microbiology; food chemistry

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Biofilms and antimicrobial resistant microorganisms are the main source of infections in humans, and conventional disinfectants/antibiotics rarely succeed in destroying them. Materials science can offer non-conventional solutions, complementing the standard biomolecular and pharmaceutical approaches.

Scope:

This symposium aims at:

(i) Providing a detailed and critical overview of the most successful results on novel smart materials or surface processes fighting antimicrobial-resistant strains and/or preventing biofilm formation;

(ii) Critically presenting next generation bioactive agents, targeting the ultimate prevention and destruction of antimicrobial resistant strains and /or biofilms in industrial and biomedical fields. Bioactive agents will include, for instance: inorganic nanomaterials, hybrid/synergistic nanoantimicrobials, and any other novel antimicrobial and antibiofilm compounds (bacteriophages, endolysins, exopolysaccharide depolymerases, bacteriocins, etc.);

(iii) Showcasing the different characterization approaches for the study of solid state surface-biofilm interactions at different stages of the biofilm growth;

(iv) Gaining fundamental knowledge about the (bio)physicochemical mechanisms of biofilm formation, including all the possible aspects contributing to the understanding and monitoring biofilm biogenesis and identification of new targets for detecting biofilms;

(v) Outlining all the possible materials science solutions for the assessment and/or prevention of nanotoxicology issues related to the use of novel nanoantimicrobials and related biocide agents;

(vi) Providing an integrated vision of active materials and technological solutions for early detecting and identifying biofilm formation with high sensitivity.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium:

  • Smart functional inorganic anti-biofilm nanomaterials and coatings of any composition
  • Synergistic, hybrid and/or multifunctional materials fighting biofilms and antibiotic-resistant species
  • Novel bioactive molecular/biogenic compounds (bacteriophages, endolysins, exopolysaccharide depolymerases, bacteriocins, etc) for biofilm inhibition and removal
  • Materials science and characterization solutions for biofilm monitoring, including: sensors, electrochemical techniques, mass spectrometry, microscopy (electron, scanning probe, confocal, etc) and spectroscopy techniques of any kind

Prof. Dr. Nicola Cioffi
Prof. Dr. Christine Kranz
Prof. Dr. María Carmen Blanco-López
Dr. María Fernández García
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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