Anti-infective Materials for Medical Devices

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Applied Biosciences and Bioengineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2024 | Viewed by 108

Special Issue Editor

1. i3S—Instituto de Investigação e Inovação em Saúde, Universidade do Porto, Rua Alfredo Allen, 208, 4200-180 Porto, Portugal
2. INEB—Instituto de Engenharia Biomédica, Universidade do Porto, Rua Alfredo Allen, 208, 4200-180 Porto, Portugal
3. Departamento de Engenharia Metalúrgica e de Materiais, Faculdade de Engenharia da Universidade do Porto, Rua Roberto Frias, 4200-465 Porto, Portugal
Interests: biomaterials with antimicrobial properties; infectious diseases; antimicrobial resistance mechanisms (ARM) and antimicrobial alternatives to ARM microorganisms; biofilms
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Medical devices are important for both diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. However, using these devices recurrently leads to several types of infections. In fact, there is a high rate of colonization of abiotic surfaces due to biofilm-growing microorganisms. These biofilms and the increase in antibiotic-resistant microorganisms lead to relevant public health concerns.

Anti-infective biomaterials need to be tailored according to their specific clinical application. All their properties have to be tuned in order to achieve the best anti-infective performance together with safe biocompatibility and appropriate tissue interactions. Innovative technologies are developing new biomaterials and surfaces endowed with anti-infective properties, relying either on antifouling, bactericidal, or antibiofilm activities.

This Special Issue will be dedicated to novel strategies for the development and application of anti-infective materials for medical devices and the underlying strategies behind them. Full papers, communications, and reviews are all welcome.

Dr. Maria Pia Ferraz
Guest Editor

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  • anti-infective biomaterials
  • biofilms
  • medical devices-related infections

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