Special Issue "Microbiocides Chemistry"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019
Biocides are chemical substances for the control of organisms that are harmful to human or animal health or that cause damage to natural or manufactured products. Biocides are in the same class as herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides, molluscicides, and miticides. A special group of biocides are microbiocides, which are intended to reduce the population of microorganisms to a level that does not pose a threat, and includes antibacterials, antivirials, antifungals, as well as antiprotozoals and antialgae agents. Biocidal products usually consist of one or more active substances and some builders and conditioning agents, to regulate pH, viscosity, colour, etc. The products can be applied as water solutions, non-aqueous solutions, aerosols, or in a solid state. Microbiocides are used in medicine, pharmacy, the cosmetics industry, the veterinary, agricultural, and food industry, the paper industry, the textile industry, petrochemistry, the army, public places, consumer products, the protection of humanity’s heritage, and in many other instances.
The constantly increasing consumption of microbiocides poses risks to humans, animals, and the environment due to their toxic properties and associated use patterns.
Therefore, modern microbiocides should be characterized by biostatic and biocidal activity at the lowest possible concentrations against a wide variety of microorganisms. They should also have low toxicity and be safe to the ecosystem. Moreover, they should be able to be immobilized in natural polymers or inorganic carriers to form smart microbiocide materials that can be activated on demand only by physicochemical factors like pH, humidity, or temperature.
This Special Issue aims to review the latest synthetic or natural antimicrobial compounds that have been demonstrated to have good biocidal activity, low toxicity, efficient biodegradability, and the ability to prepare smart antimicrobial materials.
Prof. Bogumil E. Brycki
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- Novel synthetic microbiocides, structural determination, in-silico/ab-initio antimicrobial discovery
- Microbiocides from terrestrial and marine organisms, essential oils, bioactive phytochemicals
- Safety, toxicological, and ecotoxicological profiles of novel microbiocides
- Biodegradability of microbiocides
- Biofilm control and eradication
- Biocorrosion inhibitors
- Antibiodeterioration microbiocides
- Microbiocides in non-aqueous solutions
- Antimicrobial anti-adhesive surfaces and coatings
- Smart microbiocide materials
- Antimicrobials in consumer products (textiles, paper towels, hygienic papers, working liquids)
- Active packaging in the food industry
- Bioinformatics, comparative genomics, and molecular docking for the identification of antimicrobial targets
- Regulatory issues