Special Issue "Functional Biomaterials and Biomaterial Composites with Antimicrobial Properties"

A special issue of Journal of Functional Biomaterials (ISSN 2079-4983). This special issue belongs to the section "Antibacterial Biomaterials".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2022 | Viewed by 196

Special Issue Editor

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In the pursuit of effective treatment of life-threatening bacterial and fungal infections by multi-drug resistant pathogens, new antimicrobial agents with high specificity and bioavailability, together with low toxicity, are urgently needed. Various multidrug-resistant strains are not only confined in hospital settings but are also present in foods owing to the extensive use of antibiotics in livestock. Deadly pathogens are attributed to infections of the bloodstream, respiratory and urinary tracts, burn, wounds, and the nervous system. Thanks to biomaterials or natural compounds from plants, animals, and microorganisms, these biomaterials exhibit antimicrobial properties and are non-toxic to human cells. Antibiotics often perform better in the presence of natural products. The synergistic effect of natural products and antibiotics has been exemplified by the binding of bacterial enzymes by curcumin, thereby reducing the lysis and hydrolysis of antibiotics by bacteria. Bacteria are also a good source of antibiotics as about two-thirds of all naturally derived antibiotics currently have been used in human medicine and veterinary medicine. Polymers with intrinsic antimicrobial properties are polylysine, chitosan/chitin, polyaniline, polypyrrole, etc. Other polymers, however, require the attachment or entrapment of an antimicrobial moiety. Polymers also form polymer composites with metallic nanoparticles, such as silver, copper, zinc, titanium dioxide, etc., resulting in enhanced antimicrobial activities.

This Special Issue advocates the development of functional biomaterials with antimicrobial properties as the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant pathogens is a serious concern. The subject will cover the potential uses of polymers, copolymers, polymer composites with nanoparticles, and complexes of polymers and natural products.  Natural products can stem from plants (e.g., terpenes, polyphenols with low molecular weight, diferuloylmethane (curcumin), essential oils, etc.), animals (arenicins), a group of peptides, chitosan and its derivatives, seroins (low molecular weight proteins produced by Bombyx mori), and microorganisms (e.g., aminoglycosides). The topics of interest also include applications of functional biomaterials in medicine, health care, water treatment, and food packaging. The Special Issue also covers the potential use of nanocarriers to improve their pharmacokinetics and reduce toxicity owing to the controlled release of therapeutic agents at the target site.

This Special Issue encourages the submission of your most creative work that has the potential to advance antimicrobial activities at varying scales. To all potential authors of this Special Issue, JFB looks forward to receiving your submissions and working with you.

Prof. Dr. John H.T. Luong
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • antimicrobial
  • antibiotics
  • polymers
  • polymer composites
  • natural products
  • biomaterials
  • nano particles

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