Special Issue "Recent Advances in Antimicrobial Polymers"

A special issue of Polymers (ISSN 2073-4360). This special issue belongs to the section "Biomacromolecules, Biobased and Biodegradable Polymers".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2023 | Viewed by 148

Special Issue Editor

Gamaleya National Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology, Russian Ministry of Health, Moscow, Russia
Interests: molecular virology; antivirals; vaccines; HIV prevention; HIV chemotherapy; SARS-CoV-2 prevention; SARS-CoV-2 chemotherapy

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Natural and synthetic polymers have long been known for their inherent ability to suppress growth and decrease viability of diverse microorganisms (bacteria, fungi, viruses). Over the past several decades, novel applications of polymers have emerged, demonstrating their utility as carriers that ensure the targeted delivery, controlled release, or enhanced bioavailability of antimicrobial agents. The development of new polymeric materials that exhibit activity against microorganisms or capacity for augmenting the efficacy of existing antimicrobials is now among the most attractive avenues of applied research, and progress achieved in this field thus far is already quite impressive.

This Special Issue will focus on recent advances in antimicrobial polymers and cover all related studies, with emphasis on the following topics:

  • Smart coatings (virucidal/disinfectant films, wound dressings);
  • Topical microbicides (chemoprevention of HIV infection);
  • Long-acting antivirals;
  • Nanocontainers for drug delivery;
  • Mechanisms of action of natural and synthetic antimicrobial polymers.

The aim of this Special issue is to broaden our perspective of antimicrobial polymers and gather outstanding research in this field. Original full articles, short communications, state-of-the-art reviews, and minireviews are welcome.

Dr. Eduard Karamov
Guest Editor

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. Polymers is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly 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 2700 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.


  • chitosan
  • humic substances
  • polycations
  • polyanions
  • micelles
  • composite materials
  • intracellular delivery
  • tissue engineering
  • anti-biofilm agents
  • antimicrobial scaffolds

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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