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Special Issue "Polymeric Materials with Antibacterial Activity"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2020.
Interests: Design, preparation, and characterization of polymer-based multifunctional materials with (i) especial electrical properties and (ii) antibacterial activity. Characterization of polymers and composite materials; use of fluorescent probes and labels to monitor physico-chemical changes at a molecular scale. Atomic force microscopy: nanothermodeformation (linear coefficients of thermal expansion of polymer thin films), nanopiezodeformación. FTIR (middle and near range): structural, dynamics, and ageing phenomena studies. Solution blow spinning.
There has been a growing increase in the use of plastics in sectors such as the medicine and food industries. In the first case, the use of these polymers is focused on final applications like (i) devices or tools (catheters, packaging, drug dispensers, etc.) and (ii) materials for tissue regeneration or tissue engineering, for instance. In the case of the food industry, we are mainly talking about containers or thin films for food packaging. Obviously, the materials used in all these applications, besides being easily processable, should present the required properties for their final use such as bicompatibility and adecuate mechanical properties. However, researching in this field has become more activily focused on minimizing or canceling the growth of harmful bacteria that may be pathogens or bacteria that cause material degradation. For all these reasons, the necessity of designing new polymer-based materials that include antibacterial actions to finally achieve the most appropriate performance for the herein-considered applications is evident. There are several strategies to overcome this challenge: (i) the systhesis of new polymers or copolymers having especial functional groups with potential antibacterial action; (ii) the systhesis of polymer-based materials whose surfaces have special physico-chemical properties avoiding bacterial adhesion; (iii) the use of new processing methods to prepare materials with tailored topographies (controlled roughness for instance); (iv) the addition of active agents to polymers (synthetic or natural) with biocide actions (antibiotics and others); and (v) the addition to polymers of nanoparticles (coated or uncoated) such us Cu, Ag, TiO2, etc., with potential antibacterial action.
The aim of this Special Issue is to show the most recent advances on the design, synthesis, processing, characterization, properties, and performance of polymer-based materials with antibacterial actions.
Prof. Javier González-Benito
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- Antibacterial activity
- Food packaging
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.
Authors: Dr. Kim
Title: Quantification Methods for Textile-Adhered Bacteria: Extraction, Colorimetric and Microscopic Analysis
Author: Dr. Tabacaru
Title: New antibacterial silver(I) coordination polymers based on a flexible ditopic pyrazolyl-type ligand
Author: Dr. Kwon
Title: Novel dental poly(methyl methacrylate) containing phytoncide for antifungal effects and inhibition of oral multispecies biofilm