Antimicrobial Coatings for Touch Surfaces and Air-Filters in the Wake of COVID-19

A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412). This special issue belongs to the section "Bioactive Coatings and Biointerfaces".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2022) | Viewed by 3118

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School of Engineering, Rankine Building, Oakfield venue, The University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8LT, UK
Interests: antimicrobial; antibacterial; antiviral; topography; nano-patterning; nanopatterns; sol-gel; surfaces; sterilization; ultraviolet; self-cleaning; stem cells; orthopeadic materials; titanium dioxide; anatase; osteoinduction; nanofabrication; lithography; 3D printing; additive manufacturing; nanomanufacturing

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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, The University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8LT, UK
Interests: infection control; sterilization; orthopaedic materials; osteogenesis; nanopatterning; stem cells

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Dear Colleagues,

I am delighted to announce, and welcome submissions to, the timely Special Issue of Coatings titled “Antimicrobial Coatings for Touch Surfaces and Air-Filters in the Wake of COVID-19”.

Human–object interfacing is an unavoidable part of everyday life. The cross-exchange of contamination, such as the COVID-19 virus, on common surfaces, must be addressed now in order to protect the world against future microbe-induced life-impeding lock-downs. The loss of human lives from the spread of viruses is of primary concern. The role of air-filters in reducing the spread of microbial threats is even more pressing, especially within confined spaces such as public transport.

Instead of common touch surfaces and air-filters acting as breeding sites and spreading harmful viruses and bacteria, antimicrobial coatings may enable automatic sterilization. This Special Issue is aimed at compiling scientific articles on antimicrobial surface coatings and their innovative applications, with particular focus on touch surfaces and air-filters. Relevant coating technologies include, but are not limited to, ion-doping, sanitizer secretion, and photo-activated radicals, as well as those that enhance the germicidal capacity of UV light.

In this Special Issue, we call for the submission of manuscripts (full papers, communications, and reviews) based on the fabrication, characterization, or application of coating technology concerning the following topics: sterilization, antimicrobial, antiviral, antibacterial, self-sterilizing, self-cleaning, photo-active, germicidal, ultraviolet (UV), nanopatterns, nanotopography, micro-structures, micromachining, nanofabrication, nanomaterials, thin films, polymers, ceramics, ion-doping, radicals, gel secretion, antibiotics, antiseptic, bacteriostatic, bactericidal, virustatic, and virucidal. Applications may cover a diverse range of devices, such as door handles, touch screens, keyboards, wheelchairs, ambulances, public transport, airplanes, airports, hospitals, hotels, ATMs, and fuel pumps.

Please share this call with any relevant colleagues. All communication and queries are welcome. I look forward to receiving submissions on this pressing subject.

Dr. Andrew I. M. Greer
Dr. Alistair Brydone
Dr. Dimitrios A. Lamprou
Dr. William McLean
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  • antibacterial
  • antiviral
  • antimicrobial
  • sterilization
  • antiseptic
  • self-cleaning

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An Assessment of the Bactericidal and Virucidal Properties of ZrN-Cu Nanostructured Coatings Deposited by an Industrial PVD System
by Sahand Behrangi, Ivo Sedláček, Ján Štěrba, Gabriela Suková, Zsolt Czigány, Vilma Buršíková, Pavel Souček, Vjačeslav Sochora, Katalin Balázsi and Petr Vašina
Coatings 2022, 12(9), 1330; - 12 Sep 2022
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Pathogenic microbes, such as bacteria and viruses, can spread quickly via contaminated surfaces. Most of these pathogenic microorganisms can survive on surfaces for a long time. Touching these surfaces can lead to the transmission of the microorganisms to the human body and cause [...] Read more.
Pathogenic microbes, such as bacteria and viruses, can spread quickly via contaminated surfaces. Most of these pathogenic microorganisms can survive on surfaces for a long time. Touching these surfaces can lead to the transmission of the microorganisms to the human body and cause serious illnesses. ZrN-Cu coatings containing different amounts of Cu were deposited using an industrial PVD system, and their ability to inhibit bacteria and inactivate the SARS-CoV-2 virus was tested. Microstructural studies showed the formation of two distinct ZrN and Cu phases when Cu content was sufficiently high. Hardness and elastic modulus were inversely proportional to the Cu content. The coatings showed outstanding bactericidal properties against Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, especially when Cu content was more than 12 at.% and exposure time was longer than 40 min. The coatings, however, did not exhibit any significant virucidal properties. Good mechanical properties, along with excellent antibacterial effects, make these coatings suitable for use as self-sanitizing surfaces on objects that people regularly touch and that are prone to bacterial contamination. Their use would thus allow for only minimal transmission or multiplication of bacteria, and the treated surface would not serve as another source of infection. Full article
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