Antimicrobial Polymers and Surfaces – Natural Mimics or Surpassing Nature?
Fighting pathogenic microbes is one of the great current challenges of mankind. Nature has developed several techniques to counteract microbial attacks. Science has also yielded several technologies, including antimicrobial polymers as biocides and polymers used for microbe killing and repelling surfaces. Recent scientific antimicrobial approaches are mimicking natural concepts. In this chapter, current developments in antimicrobial and antifouling polymers and surfaces are reviewed and discussed regarding the question whether they mimic nature or surpass it.