Special Issue "Nanocoating for Antibacterial Applications"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 47
Interests: nanocomposites; polymers; hybrid materials; nanomaterials; composites; electrospinning; polymer characterization; material characterization; polymeric materials; biomaterials; bio-coating; antimicrobial coating; antibacterial nanoparticles; recycled carbon fibers; additive manufacturing; FDM printing
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The control and prevention of infections and diseases caused by bacteria and microbial pathogens represents a great challenge because microorganisms are present everywhere and can be spread through air, water, and all kinds of surfaces. This means that their infective action is responsible for contaminations in several fields, such as human health, foodstuffs, hospital services, and public facilities. Some of the commonly used antimicrobial agents include antibiotics, disinfectants, antiseptics, nanoparticles, metal ions, active polymers, antimicrobial peptides, quaternary ammonium compounds, naturally derived antimicrobials, and so on.
Nevertheless, the extensive and careless use of antibiotics and disinfectants has led to the growth of new strains of antimicrobial-resistant microorganisms, thus dramatically worsening the antimicrobial problem. Preventing the bacterial colonization of surfaces is a strategy for limiting the spread of infection. Functionalized surfaces can achieve performances that are not achievable by bulk materials. In addition, thin films employed as coatings can impart desired surface functions without affecting the bulk properties of the substrate material. Thanks to growing advances in materials science and biotechnology methodologies, different options are now available to design surfaces with antibacterial properties. Antibacterial coatings have become a very active field of research, strongly stimulated by the increasing urgency of alternatives to the traditional administration of antibiotics, taking into account that bioactivity is linked to surface properties.
The present Special Issue of Nanomaterials is aimed at presenting recent advances in the design, formulation, and preparation of antibacterial nanocoatings addressed to protect surfaces against microbial contamination.
Dr. Loredana Tammaro
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- antibacterial coatings
- active coatings
- antibacterial activity