Special Issue "Coatings for Antimicrobial Textiles"

A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412). This special issue belongs to the section "Surface Coatings for Biomedicine and Bioengineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2023 | Viewed by 2498

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Theodora Choli-Papadopoulou
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Biochemistry Laboratory, School of Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki 54124, Greece
Interests: biochemistry; biotechnology
Dr. Rigini M. Papi
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Laboratory Teaching Staff Member, Biochemistry Laboratory, School of Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki 54124, Greece
Interests: biochemistry; biotechnology
Dr. Michalis Karypidis
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Department of Creative Design and Clothing, International Hellenic University, Nea Moudania 57001, Greece
Interests: textile technology; fiber technology
Dr. Eleftherios G. Andriotis
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Laboratory of Pharmaceutical Technology, Department of Pharmacy, School of Life Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki 54124, Greece
Interests: mareial Science; polymer science; pharmaceutical technology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The new SARS-CoV-2 pandemic outbreak and other infectious diseases have revealed the necessity for the development of novel materials that could serve as a means of protection against infections by decreasing viral availability, viability and infectivity. The application of these materials for the preparation and functionalization of fabrics would be of great benefit, as these textiles could offer protection to the general population and to healthcare professionals by improving the lifespan and overall performance of textile products.

Textiles are one of the most widely used materials worldwide. They are an integral part of everyday life, and include clothing, home and upholstery textiles, and medical, automotive, packaging and industrial textiles.

Textile products, particularly those made from natural fibres, are able to retain a lot of moisture, making them more susceptible to microbial growth. These microorganisms attack the clothes and cause irreversible damage. This growth can lead to several problems that directly affect the end-user, extending from unpleasant odour to compromised mechanical strength and the discolouration of the fabric. However, the most critical impact is not on the material itself, but on the exposed end-user, who can fall victim to possible contamination. Antimicrobial textiles, commonly called biotextiles, are functionally active textiles that kill microorganisms (biocides) or inhibit their growth (biostatic) using synthetic and natural antimicrobial compounds. The techniques of electrospinning and plasma technology coupled with nanotechnology are common methods used to create effective biocides.

Research in this area can potentially become an asset, particularly in medical applications, both for home and point-of-care applications. The latter should heighten public health awareness and intensify scientific efforts to minimise the growth of microbes in fabrics and their potential for the transmission of infections in medical and healthcare environments. During the last few decades, a steady rise in demand for antimicrobial products has led to an increase in their production to about 30,000 and 100,000 tonnes annually in Western Europe and globally, respectively.

This, as well as the new SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, has made consumers aware of the possible direct and indirect implications of textile-originated bacterial infection for their health. This Special Issue aims to highlight new research, new technologies and novel materials that are used to develop antimicrobial coatings for textiles. The scientific area covered includes all the potential applications of antimicrobial textiles, from commercial products that aimed at the general population to specialised fabrics and textiles for medical and healthcare professionals.

Prof. Dr. Theodora Choli-Papadopoulou
Dr. Rigini M. Papi
Dr. Michalis Karypidis
Dr. Eleftherios G. Andriotis
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • antimicrobial
  • functional coatings
  • textiles
  • fibers
  • finishes

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Copper-Treated Environmentally Friendly Antipathogenic Cotton Fabric with Modified Reactive Blue 4 Dye to Improve Its Antibacterial and Aesthetic Properties
Coatings 2023, 13(1), 133; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings13010133 - 10 Jan 2023
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The objectives of the present study were to develop an environmentally friendly, low-price, easy, and fast method for developing antipathogenic (antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral) cuprous-oxide-coated multifunctional fabrics. The fabrics were first sensitized with citric acid, and then Cu2O particles were formed [...] Read more.
The objectives of the present study were to develop an environmentally friendly, low-price, easy, and fast method for developing antipathogenic (antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral) cuprous-oxide-coated multifunctional fabrics. The fabrics were first sensitized with citric acid, and then Cu2O particles were formed using the Fehling solution method. The cuprous oxide particles were then applied to the cotton fabrics. To create the Cu2O particles, three different kinds of reducing agents with varying concentrations were used. SEM, dynamic light scattering, FTIR, EDS, and XRD were used to examine the surface morphologies and metal presences. In the second step, a reactive antibacterial dye was made (by reacting Reactive Blue 4 with triclosan). The molecular structure of the modified dye was confirmed with FTIR. The resultant antibacterial dye was applied on the copper-treated cotton fabrics in accordance with the exhaust dyeing protocol. The dyed fabrics were characterized through the colorimetric data (L*, a*, b*, C, H, and K/S), levelness of dye, fastness properties as well as exhaustion and fixation rates. Cuprous-oxide-coated fabrics were tested for antipathogenic activity using quantitative and qualitative measurement results. The fabrics treated with cuprous oxide particles reduced with sodium hydrosulfite at 1 g/L seemed to have the highest antipathogenic effect. Moreover, the versatility of the hygienically developed bioactive fabrics in terms of their comfort properties such as air permeability and stiffness were investigated. Finally, the coating’s durability was confirmed by evaluating its antibacterial properties and performing an SEM analysis after laundry. Full article
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Adsorption Capacity of Plastic Foils Suitable for Barrier Resuscitation
Coatings 2022, 12(10), 1545; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings12101545 - 14 Oct 2022
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Chest compressions and ventilation attempts can generate aerosols during resuscitation. It is important to determine whether different materials suitable for the blanketing of cardiac arrest patients can diminish exposure to aerosols. In this study, three volatile organic compounds, ethanol, acetone, and isoprene, commonly [...] Read more.
Chest compressions and ventilation attempts can generate aerosols during resuscitation. It is important to determine whether different materials suitable for the blanketing of cardiac arrest patients can diminish exposure to aerosols. In this study, three volatile organic compounds, ethanol, acetone, and isoprene, commonly found in human breath in moistened air, acted as substitutes for aerosols. Here, we present information on the adsorption of these volatiles to three blanketing materials: polyvinyl chloride, polyethylene, and aluminum coated polyethylene terephthalate. After exposure to the surfaces of these materials the test volatiles were quantified by the proton transfer reaction-time of flight-mass spectrometry. There was a trend towards a potentially higher reduction for acetone (p = 0.071) and isoprene (p = 0.050) on polyethylene, compared to polyvinyl chloride and aluminum coated polyethylene terephthalate during the rise interval. Adsorption capacity did not differ between the foils and was between 67% and 70%. From our studies, we propose that the aluminum-coated polyethylene terephthalate surface of space blankets prove adequate to diminish exposure to volatiles in moistened air, and hence to aerosols. Full article
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Recent Advances of Sustainable Textile Fabric Coatings for UV Protection Properties
Coatings 2022, 12(10), 1597; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings12101597 - 21 Oct 2022
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The rapid progress in the use of textile fabric materials in various industrial and domestic applications requires the inclusion of smart functions to achieve comfortable and safety properties to the end users. However, among these functions is the protection against harmful UV rays [...] Read more.
The rapid progress in the use of textile fabric materials in various industrial and domestic applications requires the inclusion of smart functions to achieve comfortable and safety properties to the end users. However, among these functions is the protection against harmful UV rays that cause harmful effects to human beings and textile materials. To this end, coatings for smart textile fabrics have to be incorporated into textile fabrics. Therefore, in this review, recent advances in the development of coatings for sustainable textile fabrics for UV protection will be reviewed. Hence, the precursors, the synthesis routes and the types of coatings for sustainable textile fabrics will be reviewed. Furthermore, the UV protection action of the coatings for the protection of textile fabrics will be covered and studied. Interestingly, the multifunctional effect of the treated coatings, such as the antibacterial properties of the developed textile fabrics, will be also studied. Full article
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