Special Issue "Recent Developments in Antibacterial and/or Antifouling Surfaces"

A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2019.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Marta Fernández-García
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Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología de Polímeros (ICTP-CSIC) & Interdisciplinary Platform for Sustainable Plastics towards a Circular Economy, SusPlast-CSIC; Spain
Interests: polymer chemistry; synthesis and modification of polymers; antimicrobial polymers; active surfaces; material characterization
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Dr. Alexandra Muñoz-Bonilla
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Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología de Polímeros (ICTP-CSIC) & Interdisciplinary Platform for Sustainable Plastics towards a Circular Economy, SusPlast-CSIC; Spain
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Interests: synthesis, polymer coatings; antimicrobial coatings; biointerfaces; porous surfaces; functional surfaces; superhydrophobicity; bioapplications
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Dr. Coro Echeverría
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Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología de Polímeros (ICTP-CSIC) & Interdisciplinary Platform for Sustainable Plastics towards a Circular Economy, SusPlast-CSIC; Spain
Interests: polymeric micro/nanogels; smart polymers; antimicrobial polymers, rheology; cellulosic liquid crystalline polymers; natural polymers, electrospinning
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to contribute to this Special Issue on “Recent Developments in Antibacterial and/or Antifouling Surfaces”. Bacterial surface contamination and further biofilm formation are considered major concerns in healthcare worldwide, as they may play a crucial role in disease transmission. Medical device-related infections such as surgical site infections, urinary tract infections, ventilator-associated pneumonia, and orthopedic implant-associated infections are supposed to be one of the main post-surgical complications and cause high rates of morbidity and mortality. Similarly, in the food industry, food contact surfaces are an important potential source of bacterial colonization, affecting the safety and quality of food products. Therefore, preventing bacterial contamination on material surfaces is currently an urgent priority in many fields of application, and in this sense antibacterial and/or antifouling coatings have emerged as a very effective and attractive strategy to tackle bacterial contamination over the last years. Extended investigations have been developed on this topic, mainly following three main approaches: antifouling/repelling surfaces, contact-killing surfaces, and antibacterial agent release strategies. The aim of this Special Issue is to present recent developments in antibacterial coatings, through original research papers and review/feature articles.

In particular, topics of interest include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Contact-killing coatings;
  • Antifouling/repelling coatings;
  • Release-based antibacterial coatings;
  • Smart antibacterial coatings;
  • Nanocomposites antibacterial coatings;
  • Nano and micro-structured surface with antibacterial properties.

Dr. Marta Fernández-García
Dr. Alexandra Muñoz-Bonilla
Dr. Coro Echeverría
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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.

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Published Papers (2 papers)

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Open AccessFeature PaperArticle
Influence of Polymer Composition and Substrate on the Performance of Bioinspired Coatings with Antibacterial Activity
Coatings 2019, 9(11), 733; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings9110733 - 05 Nov 2019
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A series of methacrylic copolymers bearing thiazolium cationic groups and catechol moieties were evaluated as antibacterial coatings on a variety of materials including aluminum and plastics such as polycarbonate, poly(methyl methacrylate), and silicone rubber. The thermal properties of the copolymers were first studied [...] Read more.
A series of methacrylic copolymers bearing thiazolium cationic groups and catechol moieties were evaluated as antibacterial coatings on a variety of materials including aluminum and plastics such as polycarbonate, poly(methyl methacrylate), and silicone rubber. The thermal properties of the copolymers were first studied by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The cationic copolymers were thermally stable up to 200 °C and presented glass transition temperatures values well above 100 °C; thus, an acceptable thermal behavior for typical biomedical applications. The cationic copolymers with variable content of the adhesive anchoring N-(3,4-dihydroxyphenethyl) methacrylamide (DOMA) units were coated onto the metal and polymeric substrates by drop casting and the adhesive properties of the obtained coatings were further evaluated as a function of DOMA content and substrate. Optical profilometry, attenuated total reflection-Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) spectra, and antimicrobial studies reveal that the coatings adhere stronger to metal substrates than to the polymeric substrates. The copolymers with higher content of DOMA, 24 mol.%, resist solvent erosion treatment when coated onto all substrates and exhibit antimicrobial activity against Gram-positive S. aureus bacteria after this erosion treatment. In contrast, copolymers with low content, 9 mol.% of DOMA, only remain attached onto the aluminum metal substrate after solvent treatment, while on polymeric substrates the coatings are almost removed and do not show any efficacy against S. aureus bacteria. Full article
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The Antibacterial Properties and Safety of a Nanoparticle-Coated Parquet Floor
Coatings 2019, 9(6), 403; https://doi.org/10.3390/coatings9060403 - 21 Jun 2019
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Floor antibacterial technology prevents the human body from cross-infection with bacterial diseases. The most commonly used approach to endow daily-used floors with antibacterial properties is to apply a thin film of antibacterial agents on the parquet floor surface. In the present study, five [...] Read more.
Floor antibacterial technology prevents the human body from cross-infection with bacterial diseases. The most commonly used approach to endow daily-used floors with antibacterial properties is to apply a thin film of antibacterial agents on the parquet floor surface. In the present study, five commercial antibacterial nanoparticles were first dispersed in melamine resin solution, and then applied on a floor. Afterwards, the antibacterial properties of the nanoparticle-coated floor were investigated, in which Escherichia coli was used as the target bacteria. The impact of the nanoparticle dispersing agents on the ultimate antibacterial properties of the floor were also investigated. The results showed that silver nanoparticle-loaded hydroxyl zirconium sodium phosphate (Ag-HZDP) was most suitable as the antibacterial agent of a melamine coating for parquet flooring. With the help of sodium hexametaphosphate, the antibacterial agent was able to disperse well in the melamine resin solution and was also able to disperse well on the floor surface. When the loading amount of Ag-HZDP was 1 wt % or higher, the prepared antibacterial floor was able kill almost all the bacteria cultivated on its surface. Moreover, the prepared antibacterial floor had a lower toxicity compared with a pristine cedar substrate. The present study provides an effective way to provide daily-used parquet floors with excellent antibacterial properties. Full article
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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: Preparation and characterization of low density polyethylene (LDPE) films containing active agents for food packaging

Author: Paula Zapata

Affiliation: Universidad de Santiago de Chile

 

planned paper 2

Title: Urinary catheter coating development: the race to prevent infections

Author: Marissa Andersen, Ana L. Flores-Mireles*

Affiliation: Department of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN.

Abstract: 

Urinary catheters are common medical devices, whose main function is to drain the bladder. Although, they improve patients’ quality of life, catheter placement predisposes the patient to develop a catheter-associated urinary tract infection.  The catheter is used by pathogens as platform for colonization and biofilm formation, leading to bacteriuria and increasing the risk of developing bacteremia. In an effort to prevent microbial colonization, several catheter modifications have been made ranging from introduction of antimicrobial compounds to antifouling coatings. In this review, we discuss and compare different coatings, the challenges in fighting CAUTIs and novel approaches targeting host-catheter-microbe interactions.
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