Special Issue "Anti-Infective Materials in Medicine and Technology"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 November 2015)
Prof. Dr. Carla Renata Arciola
1.Head of the Research Unit on Implant Infections, Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute, Via di Barbiano 1/10, 40136 Bologna, Italy
2. Professor of General Pathology, Medical School, University of Bologna, Via S. Giacomo 14, 40126 Bologna, Italy
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Interests: anti-adhesive surfaces; Anti-biofilm agents; Anti-biofouling materials; Antibiotic-loaded biomaterials; Anti-infective materials; Anti-infective tissue regeneration membranes; Bioactive antibacterial coatings; Materials delivering antimicrobials; Covalent conjugation of antimicrobial peptides; (GTR/GBR) membrane with anti-infective properties; Implant infections; Multilayer antibacterial films; Periprosthetic infections; Photocatalytic coatings for hygienic surfaces; Technologies and nano-technologies for infection-resistant surfaces
The need for anti-infective materials involves a broad sphere of medical applications and health technologies, ranging from catheters and stents, implant materials and artificial organs, to sanitary equipment, fittings and textiles for hospitals, drinking water pipes, and even food packaging for ensuring the quality and safety of products. Many anti-infective materials, widespread in health care institutions, are doped with antimicrobial agents, therefore, the potential evolutionary and ecological effects of antimicrobial materials towards the selection of resistant clones can not be neglected. Moreover, bacteria can benefit from artificial materials in order to form macromolecular biofilms on their surfaces. With biofilms, bacteria cling to the material surfaces and wrap themselves up, thus escaping the biocide substances and, in vivo, the immune defenses. The focus of the forthcoming “Anti-Infective Materials in Medicine and Technology” Special Issue is to present an up-to-date and multidisciplinary overview of the new strategies for anti-infective materials. An interesting approach consists in modifying the surface of materials, which already possess the required bulk properties, making them bactericidal or refractory to bacterial colonization and to biofilm formation. Intrinsically bioactive materials, self-sterilizing materials, and materials doped with antibacterial substances are progressively developed and optimized. For medical implants, the anti-infective materials should be designed to be able to oppose bacterial colonization and, at the same time, to support tissue repair. Nanotechnologies and nanomaterials are opening new horizons.
Prof. Dr. Carla Renata Arciola
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- Anti-adhesive surfaces
- Anti-biofouling/Anti-biofilm surfaces
- Anti-infective textiles
- Antimicrobial-delivering materials
- Food packaging
- Hygienic surfaces
- Implant infection and immune defences
- Medical devices and prostheses
- Nanotechnologies and nanomaterials
- Self-sterilizing materials