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Special Issue "Antimicrobial Polymers 2020"

A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049). This special issue belongs to the section "Macromolecular Chemistry".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Bruce P. Lee
Guest Editor
Department of Biomedical Engineering Michigan Technological University 309 M&M Building, 1400 Townsend Dr., Houghton, MI 49931, USA
Interests: biomimetic materials; antimicrobial polymers; tissue adhesives; biointerface; smart materials
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Dr. Bo Liu

Guest Editor
Department of Biomedical Engineering Michigan Technological University 309 M&M Building, 1400 Townsend Dr., Houghton, MI 49931, USA
Interests: polymer chemistry; antimicrobial polymers and surfaces; multicomponent reaction

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Bacterial infections have become a tremendous public health issue. Administration of antibiotics is a common practice to control and prevent infection. However, over-reliance on antibiotics has led to the development of antibiotic-resistant bacteria strains. In recent decades, antimicrobial polymers have been presented as promising candidates to combat bacterial pathogens, mainly based on the construction of bactericidal cationic polymers, functionalization with biocidal agents, and formation of bacterial-repelling layers. Antimicrobial polymers present a wide range of possibilities in applications areas of medicine, household, food, aeronautic, etc. due to their nontoxic and non-irritant properties with improved and prolonged antimicrobial activities, compared with ordinary low molecular weight antibacterial agents. Hence, antimicrobial polymers play a vital role in combating bacteria pathogens and helping to prevent antibiotic resistance.

Contributions to this Special Issue may cover the rational design and synthesis of novel polymeric materials with antimicrobial activities or their applications in biomedical devices or other applications (antimicrobial surfaces or hydrogels). Short communications, original research papers or review articles are welcomed.

Prof. Bruce P. Lee
Dr. Bo Liu
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. Molecules is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • Antimicrobial polymers
  • Antimicrobial activities
  • Synthesis of polymers
  • Cationic polymers
  • Bacterial infections
  • Surface functionalization
  • Medical devices

Published Papers

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