Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1021/am200646t
Title: Combating bacterial colonization on metals via polymer coatings: Relevance to marine and medical applications
Authors: Neoh, K.G. 
Kang, E.T. 
Keywords: bacterial adhesion
bactericidal polymers
biocorrosion
biofilms
implants
metals
Issue Date: 24-Aug-2011
Source: Neoh, K.G., Kang, E.T. (2011-08-24). Combating bacterial colonization on metals via polymer coatings: Relevance to marine and medical applications. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces 3 (8) : 2808-2819. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1021/am200646t
Abstract: Metals are widely used in engineering as well as medical applications. However, their surfaces are easily colonized by bacteria that form biofilms. Among the numerous concerns with biofilm formation, biocorrosion is of particular importance in industry, because structural integrity may be compromised, leading to technical failures. In the food industry and medical field, biofilms also pose health risks. To inhibit bacterial colonization, the surfaces of metals can be coated with a polymeric layer which is antiadhesive and/or bactericidal. This article describes polymers that have these desired properties and the methodologies for immobilizing them on metal surfaces of relevance to the marine and medical fields. The focus is on polymer coatings that have a high degree of stability in aqueous medium and do not leach out. The efficacies of the different polymer coatings against bacteria commonly encountered in marine (Desulfovibrio desulfuricans) and medical applications (Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis and Escherichia coli) are demonstrated. © 2011 American Chemical Society.
Source Title: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/63606
ISSN: 19448244
DOI: 10.1021/am200646t
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