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Web Date: December 10, 2015

Microbe Killer Sheds Its Skin

Materials: Degradable polymer exposes a fresh antimicrobial surface
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Materials SCENE
Keywords: Antimicrobials, antibacterial, coatings, thin films, degradable polymer, medical devices, biofilms

Antimicrobial surfaces can kill bacteria, helping to prevent medical devices from causing infection, or algae from fouling the hulls of ships. But eventually, dead bacteria, proteins, and other biological molecules build up a coating on the surfaces, rendering them useless. Now researchers have developed a way to let such materials shed their skin, exposing a fresh, microbe-killing layer (ACS Macro Lett., 2015, DOI: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.5b00686).

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