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Recent developments in smart antibacterial surfaces to inhibit biofilm formation and bacterial infections

Abstract

Developed over 70 years, antibiotics are the most effective strategies to treat bacterial biofilm and infections. However, overuse of antibiotics in human healthcare and industrial applications has caused development of serious resistant bacteria. Therefore, alternative ways to prevent bacteria attachment and biofilm formation are urgently needed. Recently, mediated biofilm formation processes and smart antibacterial surfaces have emerged as promising strategies to prevent and treat bacterial infections. This review discusses the recent progress in biofilm interference and smart antibacterial surfaces. The smart antibacterial and anti-biofilm surface should be responsive to the bacterial infections environment, switchable between various antibacterial functions or with a special bionic structure and function. The major contents are: (i) smart anti-biofilm surfaces through preventing biofilm formation or promoting mature biofilms dissolution, (ii) smart materials for reversible killing and/or release of bacteria, (iii) smart surfaces responsive to bacterial infections microenvironment or external stimulus and (iv) bionic surfaces with antifouling and bactericidal properties.

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The article was received on 10 May 2018, accepted on 31 May 2018 and first published on 05 Jun 2018


Article type: Review Article
DOI: 10.1039/C8TB01245H
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. B, 2018, Accepted Manuscript
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    Recent developments in smart antibacterial surfaces to inhibit biofilm formation and bacterial infections

    X. Li, B. Wu, Y. jin, L. sun, H. Chen, K. nan and B. Wang, J. Mater. Chem. B, 2018, Accepted Manuscript , DOI: 10.1039/C8TB01245H

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