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Special Issue "Coatings for Antimicrobial Textiles"
A special issue of Coatings (ISSN 2079-6412). This special issue belongs to the section "Surface Coatings for Biomedicine and Bioengineering".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2023 | Viewed by 5507
Special Issue Editors
Interests: biochemistry; biotechnology
Interests: biochemistry; biotechnology
Interests: textile technology; fiber technology
Interests: mareial Science; polymer science; pharmaceutical technology
Special Issue Information
The new SARS-CoV-2 pandemic outbreak and other infectious diseases have revealed the necessity for the development of novel materials that could serve as a means of protection against infections by decreasing viral availability, viability and infectivity. The application of these materials for the preparation and functionalization of fabrics would be of great benefit, as these textiles could offer protection to the general population and to healthcare professionals by improving the lifespan and overall performance of textile products.
Textiles are one of the most widely used materials worldwide. They are an integral part of everyday life, and include clothing, home and upholstery textiles, and medical, automotive, packaging and industrial textiles.
Textile products, particularly those made from natural fibres, are able to retain a lot of moisture, making them more susceptible to microbial growth. These microorganisms attack the clothes and cause irreversible damage. This growth can lead to several problems that directly affect the end-user, extending from unpleasant odour to compromised mechanical strength and the discolouration of the fabric. However, the most critical impact is not on the material itself, but on the exposed end-user, who can fall victim to possible contamination. Antimicrobial textiles, commonly called biotextiles, are functionally active textiles that kill microorganisms (biocides) or inhibit their growth (biostatic) using synthetic and natural antimicrobial compounds. The techniques of electrospinning and plasma technology coupled with nanotechnology are common methods used to create effective biocides.
Research in this area can potentially become an asset, particularly in medical applications, both for home and point-of-care applications. The latter should heighten public health awareness and intensify scientific efforts to minimise the growth of microbes in fabrics and their potential for the transmission of infections in medical and healthcare environments. During the last few decades, a steady rise in demand for antimicrobial products has led to an increase in their production to about 30,000 and 100,000 tonnes annually in Western Europe and globally, respectively.
This, as well as the new SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, has made consumers aware of the possible direct and indirect implications of textile-originated bacterial infection for their health. This Special Issue aims to highlight new research, new technologies and novel materials that are used to develop antimicrobial coatings for textiles. The scientific area covered includes all the potential applications of antimicrobial textiles, from commercial products that aimed at the general population to specialised fabrics and textiles for medical and healthcare professionals.
Prof. Dr. Theodora Choli-Papadopoulou
Dr. Rigini M. Papi
Dr. Michalis Karypidis
Dr. Eleftherios G. Andriotis
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
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. Coatings is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly 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 2200 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.
- functional coatings