Special issue: Antibacterial materials and coatings

Krasimir Vasilev, Alex Cavallaro, Peter Zilm

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Abstract

The problems associated with undesired bacterial adhesion and colonization of surfaces are highly recognized globally and are well documented. Biofilm formation directly affects the performance of many industrial processes, such as food processing and storage, marine transport and management, and water treatment. In the medical field, bacterial colonization of medical devices, including surgical equipment, implants and other healthcare related products, poses serious risks to public health. Such biofilms and infections are generally combated with a variety of antimicrobial agents; however, the ability of microorganisms to develop resistance or complete immunity to antimicrobial compounds, including many antibiotics, has made microbiological control increasingly difficult. Despite the continued research efforts towards prevention of biofouling and additional controls implemented by industry, a comprehensive solution to microbial surface colonization is yet to be found.
Original languageEnglish
Article number585
Number of pages4
JournalMolecules
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Antibacterial Materials
  • Antibacterial Coatings
  • medical devices
  • biofilms
  • antimicrobial
  • antibiotics

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