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Advances in Antibacterial Materials

A special issue of International Journal of Molecular Sciences (ISSN 1422-0067). This special issue belongs to the section "Materials Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 1455

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Department of Chemistry “Giacomo Ciamician”, Via F. Selmi 2, University of Bologna, I-40126 Bologna, Italy
Interests: biomaterials; biomimetic materials chemistry; bioceramics; nanocrystals; hydroxyapatite; octacalcium phosphate; metal nanoparticles; bioactive coatings
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Dipartimento di Chimica, Materiali ed Ingegneria Chimica "Giulio Natta", Politecnico di Milano, Via Luigi Mancinelli, 7, 20131 Milano, Italy
Interests: calcium phosphates; nanostructured coatings; biomaterials; infection; 3D printing and bioprinting; orthopaedics; orthopaedic oncology; tissue models; cultural heritage; stone consolidants

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Dear Colleagues,

Bacterial contamination is an important challenge in many fields of research.

In medicine, infection is a major issue in surgery and connected to the implantation of biomedical devices, leading to a significant societal burden. In building materials, microbial contamination leads to weathering, which is particularly challenging for cultural heritage, where it causes the loss of precious artifacts. In addition, bacterial contamination can be detrimental to several applications, including food packaging, agriculture, and water treatment, and therefore antibacterial materials are important in several research fields.

This Special Issue is devoted to understanding the new advances and current trends in antibacterial materials, their potential fields of application, and the new techniques that can be applied for a faster and/or more reliable evaluation of their efficacy.

Dr. Elisa Boanini
Dr. Gabriela Graziani
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  • material functionalization
  • bioactive materials
  • antimicrobial
  • antibiofilm
  • metal coatings and nanoparticles
  • controlled release
  • biocompatibility

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Preparation and Activity of Hemostatic and Antibacterial Dressings with Greige Cotton/Zeolite Formularies Having Silver and Ascorbic Acid Finishes
by J. Vincent Edwards, Nicolette T. Prevost, Doug J. Hinchliffe, Sunghyun Nam, SeChin Chang, Rebecca J. Hron, Crista A. Madison, Jade N. Smith, Chelsie N. Poffenberger, Michelle M. Taylor, Erika J. Martin and Kirsty J. Dixon
Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2023, 24(23), 17115; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijms242317115 - 4 Dec 2023
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The need for prehospital hemostatic dressings that exert an antibacterial effect is of interest for prolonged field care. Here, we consider a series of antibacterial and zeolite formulary treatment approaches applied to a cotton-based dressing. The design of the fabric formulations was based [...] Read more.
The need for prehospital hemostatic dressings that exert an antibacterial effect is of interest for prolonged field care. Here, we consider a series of antibacterial and zeolite formulary treatment approaches applied to a cotton-based dressing. The design of the fabric formulations was based on the hemostatic dressing TACGauze with zeolite Y incorporated as a procoagulant with calcium and pectin to facilitate fiber adherence utilizing silver nanoparticles, and cellulose-crosslinked ascorbic acid to confer antibacterial activity. Infra-red spectra were employed to characterize the chemical modifications on the dressings. Contact angle measurements were employed to document the surface hydrophobicity of the cotton fabric which plays a role in the contact activation of the coagulation cascade. Ammonium Y zeolite-treated dressings initiated fibrin equal to the accepted standard hemorrhage control dressing and showed similar improvement with antibacterial finishes. The antibacterial activity of cotton-based technology utilizing both citrate-linked ascorbate-cellulose conjugate analogs and silver nanoparticle-embedded cotton fibers was observed against Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae at a level of 99.99 percent in the AATCC 100 assay. The hydrogen peroxide levels of the ascorbic acid-based fabrics, measured over a time period from zero up to forty-eight hours, were in line with the antibacterial activities. Full article
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