Biocidal polymers: a mechanistic overview

Chen, Ao, Peng, Hui, Blakey, Idriss and Whittaker, Andrew K. (2016) Biocidal polymers: a mechanistic overview. Polymer Reviews, 57 2: 276-310. doi:10.1080/15583724.2016.1223131

Author Chen, Ao
Peng, Hui
Blakey, Idriss
Whittaker, Andrew K.
Title Biocidal polymers: a mechanistic overview
Journal name Polymer Reviews   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1558-3724
Publication date 2016-08-22
Year available 2016
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1080/15583724.2016.1223131
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 57
Issue 2
Start page 276
End page 310
Total pages 35
Place of publication New York, NY United States
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Abstract Bacterial fouling on surfaces is considered a major problem in modern society. Conventional methods to prevent biofilm formation often have little effect and may induce further contamination. In response to this challenge, biocidal polymers have been designed and applied as an alternative approach to kill or inhibit bacteria and prevent the formation of biofilm. These polymers can be grouped into three broad classes, namely antibiotic-releasing polymers, polymeric antibiotics, and antibiotic polymers. Antibiotic polymers are effective against bacteria both in solution and as coatings, through different mechanisms of action. In order to enhance their efficacy, biocidal polymers have been designed with single or combined biocidal and antibiofouling actions. The current review summarizes the mechanisms of action of biocidal polymers, especially antibiotic polymers, both in solution and as coatings. The review also discusses biocidal polymers with multiple functionalities.
Keyword Biocidal polymers
Mechanisms of action
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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