Special Issue "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: 10 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Andrew I. M. Greer
E-Mail Website
Guest Editor
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
Dr. Alistair Brydone
Guest Editor
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, The University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8LT, UK
Interests: infection control; sterilization; orthopaedic materials; osteogenesis; nanopatterning; stem cells
Dr. William McLean
Guest Editor
School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing, The University of Glasgow, Glasgow G2 3JZ, UK
Interests: endodontic biofilms; interkingdom interaction, endodontic disinfection; endodontic materials; nanoparticles; stem cells

Special Issue Information

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
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Coatings is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • antibacterial
  • antiviral
  • antimicrobial
  • sterilization
  • antiseptic
  • self-cleaning

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Planned Paper 1

 Title: Antimicrobial Surfaces in the Clinic: Opportunities, Demands & Solutions

 Authors: Dr A. I. M. Greer, Dr W. McLean, Dr A. Brydone, Dr D. Lamprou

 Abstract: A review of antimicrobial surfaces in the clinical environment. We highlight the problematic areas, active measures, and summarise the various technological solutions available and in development. We review surfaces found within UK clinics that have antiseptic or self-sterilizing properties. There is a diverse range of antimicrobial coatings available for various scenarios, including: devices, environments, common touch surfaces, personal protective equipment, and air filtering. Based on our literature review and observations from active clinical engagements, we highlight areas of particular concern. We recommend the most viable solutions and suggest where, we believe, technological development is most urgently required.

Keywords: antimicrobial, antiseptic, self-sterilizing, surfaces, clinic, biomedical

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