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Open Access Review Article

Preparation and applications of peptide-based injectable hydrogels

The recent progress of peptide-based injectable hydrogels for biomedical applications is extensively summarized.

Graphical abstract: Preparation and applications of peptide-based injectable hydrogels
From the themed collection: Editors' collection: Supramolecular Polymers
Open Access Review Article

A functional chitosan-based hydrogel as a wound dressing and drug delivery system in the treatment of wound healing

Functional active wound dressings are expected to provide a moist wound environment, offer protection from secondary infections, remove wound exudate and accelerate tissue regeneration, as well as to improve the efficiency of wound healing.

Graphical abstract: A functional chitosan-based hydrogel as a wound dressing and drug delivery system in the treatment of wound healing
From the themed collection: Editors’ collection: Antimicrobial Polymers
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Antibacterial effect of boron nitride flakes with controlled orientation in polymer composites

Vertically oriented boron nitride flakes on a polymer surface exhibit bactericidal activity.

Graphical abstract: Antibacterial effect of boron nitride flakes with controlled orientation in polymer composites
From the themed collection: Editors’ collection: Antimicrobial Polymers
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In vitro study of chitosan-based multi-responsive hydrogels as drug release vehicles: a preclinical study

Pictorial diagram of multi-responsive hydrogels for controlled drug release system.

Graphical abstract: In vitro study of chitosan-based multi-responsive hydrogels as drug release vehicles: a preclinical study
From the themed collection: Editors’ collection: Antimicrobial Polymers
Open Access Paper

Antibacterial performance of polymer quaternary ammonium salt–capped silver nanoparticles on Bacillus subtilis in water

Polymer quaternary ammonium salt–capped silver nanoparticles (PQAS–AgNPs) were synthesized, and they exhibited significant antibacterial capacity against Bacillus subtilis.

Graphical abstract: Antibacterial performance of polymer quaternary ammonium salt–capped silver nanoparticles on Bacillus subtilis in water
From the themed collection: Editors’ collection: Antimicrobial Polymers
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Enantiopure polythiophene nanoparticles. Chirality dependence of cellular uptake, intracellular distribution and antimicrobial activity

The use of intrinsic chiral molecules opens the door to bio-imaging specific tools and to the development of target-therapy.

Graphical abstract: Enantiopure polythiophene nanoparticles. Chirality dependence of cellular uptake, intracellular distribution and antimicrobial activity
From the themed collection: Editors’ collection: Antimicrobial Polymers
Open Access Paper

Enhancement in sustained release of antimicrobial peptide and BMP-2 from degradable three dimensional-printed PLGA scaffold for bone regeneration

One of the goals of bone tissue engineering is to create scaffolds with well-defined, inter-connected pores, excellent biocompatibility and osteoinductive ability.

Graphical abstract: Enhancement in sustained release of antimicrobial peptide and BMP-2 from degradable three dimensional-printed PLGA scaffold for bone regeneration
From the themed collection: Editors’ collection: Antimicrobial Polymers
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Nonfouling textiles with tunable antimicrobial activity based on a zwitterionic polyamine finish

Depending on the degree of substitution DS, the antiadhesive (high DS) or antimicrobial (lower DS) character of the coating will be dominant.

Graphical abstract: Nonfouling textiles with tunable antimicrobial activity based on a zwitterionic polyamine finish
From the themed collection: Editors’ collection: Antimicrobial Polymers
Open Access Paper

Studies of PET nonwovens modified by novel antimicrobials configured with both N-halamine and dual quaternary ammonium with different alkyl chain length

This work describes the synthesis of novel antimicrobial agents consisting of N-halamine and dual quaternary ammonium with different alkyl chain lengths and their antimicrobial applications for PET nonwovens.

Graphical abstract: Studies of PET nonwovens modified by novel antimicrobials configured with both N-halamine and dual quaternary ammonium with different alkyl chain length
From the themed collection: Editors’ collection: Antimicrobial Polymers
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Surface-attached sulfonamide containing quaternary ammonium antimicrobials for textiles and plastics

A series of surface attached silane or benzophenone sulfonamide quaternary ammonium antimicrobials show potent efficacy at solid/air and solid/liquid interfaces.

Graphical abstract: Surface-attached sulfonamide containing quaternary ammonium antimicrobials for textiles and plastics
From the themed collection: Editors’ collection: Antimicrobial Polymers
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Enhanced bactericidal efficacy of polymer stabilized silver nanoparticles in conjugation with different classes of antibiotics

The paper presents the interaction mechanism of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) with different antibiotics and the antibacterial efficacy of the formed conjugates.

Graphical abstract: Enhanced bactericidal efficacy of polymer stabilized silver nanoparticles in conjugation with different classes of antibiotics
From the themed collection: Editors’ collection: Antimicrobial Polymers
Open Access Paper

Incorporation of antimicrobial peptides on electrospun nanofibres for biomedical applications

The aim of this work was to immobilize antimicrobial peptides onto a fibrous scaffold to create functional wound dressings.

Graphical abstract: Incorporation of antimicrobial peptides on electrospun nanofibres for biomedical applications
From the themed collection: Editors’ collection: Antimicrobial Polymers
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Antibacterial coordination polymer hydrogels composed of silver(I)-PEGylated bisimidazolylbenzyl alcohol

Herein, antibacterial coordination polymer hydrogels were conveniently fabricated in water via coordination between silver nitrate and PEGylated bisimidazolylbenzyl alcohol (1a–c).

Graphical abstract: Antibacterial coordination polymer hydrogels composed of silver(i)-PEGylated bisimidazolylbenzyl alcohol
From the themed collection: Editors’ collection: Antimicrobial Polymers
Open Access Paper

Antimicrobial and optical properties of PET chemically modified and grafted with borane compounds

Polyethylene terephthalate foils were activated with piranha solution and grafted with selected amino compounds (cysteamine, ethylenediamine or chitosan) and then with borane compounds. Their antimicrobial and optical properties were then analyzed.

Graphical abstract: Antimicrobial and optical properties of PET chemically modified and grafted with borane compounds
From the themed collection: Editors’ collection: Antimicrobial Polymers
Open Access Paper

Antimicrobial activity of nano-sized silver colloids stabilized by nitrogen-containing polymers: the key influence of the polymer capping

The antimicrobial activity of silver colloids depends on Ag+ kinetic release that is governed by the chemical nature of the polymer coating in polymer-stabilized assemblies.

Graphical abstract: Antimicrobial activity of nano-sized silver colloids stabilized by nitrogen-containing polymers: the key influence of the polymer capping
From the themed collection: Editors’ collection: Antimicrobial Polymers
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Construction of a quaternary ammonium salt platform with different alkyl groups for antibacterial and biosensor applications

The immobilized-protein in an appropriate alkyl chain length of DM displayed higher antibacterial activities, exhibited a more effective DET and a promising catalytic activity toward H2O2.

Graphical abstract: Construction of a quaternary ammonium salt platform with different alkyl groups for antibacterial and biosensor applications
From the themed collection: Editors’ collection: Antimicrobial Polymers
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Development of noncytotoxic silver–chitosan nanocomposites for efficient control of biofilm forming microbes

We describe the synthetic pathway to produce efficient bactericidal, fungicidal and non-cytotoxic chitosan–ascorbic acid–silver composites as solid films.

Graphical abstract: Development of noncytotoxic silver–chitosan nanocomposites for efficient control of biofilm forming microbes
From the themed collection: Editors’ collection: Antimicrobial Polymers
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Modified polyurethane nanofibers as antibacterial filters for air and water purification

In the present research, we aimed to produce polymer nanofibrous filters for antibacterial purification of air and water and prove their efficiency and stability under simulated filtration conditions.

Graphical abstract: Modified polyurethane nanofibers as antibacterial filters for air and water purification
From the themed collection: Editors’ collection: Antimicrobial Polymers
Open Access Paper

Antibacterial and biocompatible ABA-triblock copolymers containing perfluoropolyether and plant-based cardanol for versatile coating applications

ABA-triblock copolymers were prepared via ATRP, using modified perfluoropolyether (PFPE) as a macroinitiator (Br–PFPE–Br) to form the B block, and 2-hydroxy-3-cardanylpropyl methacrylate (HCPM) as a monomer to form the A blocks.

Graphical abstract: Antibacterial and biocompatible ABA-triblock copolymers containing perfluoropolyether and plant-based cardanol for versatile coating applications
From the themed collection: Editors’ collection: Antimicrobial Polymers
Open Access Paper

A sulfonated polymer membrane with Ag-based graft: morphology, characterization, antimicrobial activity and interception ability

Ag-based nano-graft can impart broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity to a polymer membrane and enhance its anti-fouling capacity effectively.

Graphical abstract: A sulfonated polymer membrane with Ag-based graft: morphology, characterization, antimicrobial activity and interception ability
From the themed collection: Editors’ collection: Antimicrobial Polymers
Open Access Paper

Facile single-step bioconjugation of the antifungal agent caspofungin onto material surfaces via an epoxide plasma polymer interlayer

We report a facile, one-step, aqueous surface bioconjugation approach for producing an antifungal surface coating that prevents the formation of fungal biofilms.

Graphical abstract: Facile single-step bioconjugation of the antifungal agent caspofungin onto material surfaces via an epoxide plasma polymer interlayer
From the themed collection: Editors’ collection: Antimicrobial Polymers
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Development of contact-killing non-leaching antimicrobial guanidyl-functionalized polymers via click chemistry

A new contact-killing and non-leaching antimicrobial polymer was prepared by a robust, efficient and orthogonal click-chemistry.

Graphical abstract: Development of contact-killing non-leaching antimicrobial guanidyl-functionalized polymers via click chemistry
From the themed collection: Editors’ collection: Antimicrobial Polymers
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Synthesis, characterization and antibacterial evaluation of nanofibrillated cellulose grafted by a novel quinolinium silane salt

Nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) is a bio-based nanomaterial with no intrinsic antibacterial properties.

Graphical abstract: Synthesis, characterization and antibacterial evaluation of nanofibrillated cellulose grafted by a novel quinolinium silane salt
From the themed collection: Editors’ collection: Antimicrobial Polymers
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Rapid bactericidal activity of an amphiphilic polyacrylate terpolymer system comprised of same-centered comonomers with 2-carbon and 6-carbon spacer arms and an uncharged repeat unit

Cationic amphiphilic polyacrylate terpolymers with rapid bactericidal activity against E. coli and S. aureus.

Graphical abstract: Rapid bactericidal activity of an amphiphilic polyacrylate terpolymer system comprised of same-centered comonomers with 2-carbon and 6-carbon spacer arms and an uncharged repeat unit
From the themed collection: Editors’ collection: Antimicrobial Polymers
Open Access Paper

Preparation of highly efficient antibacterial polymeric films via the modulation of charge density and hydrophobicity

Highly efficient antibacterial polymeric films were prepared in a facile manner via a thiol–ene reaction assisted by ultraviolet radiation.

Graphical abstract: Preparation of highly efficient antibacterial polymeric films via the modulation of charge density and hydrophobicity
From the themed collection: Editors’ collection: Antimicrobial Polymers
Open Access Paper

N-Halamine modified thermoplastic polyurethane with rechargeable antimicrobial function for food contact surface

A TPU elastomer was modified with N-halamine polymers as a novel food contact surface material with rechargeable antimicrobial activity.

Graphical abstract: N-Halamine modified thermoplastic polyurethane with rechargeable antimicrobial function for food contact surface
From the themed collection: Editors’ collection: Antimicrobial Polymers
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About this collection

Guest-edited by RSC Advances Associate Editor Professor Roberto Rosal, this collection features remarkable contributions on antimicrobial polymers published in the journal and aims to highlight recent work published on the design, characterization, and efficiency of antimicrobial polymers.

Antimicrobial polymers are materials aimed at inhibiting or killing different types of microorganisms. The importance of developing new antimicrobial substances and materials arises from the health problem posed by multidrug-resistant microbes.

This set of articles describes some recent developments on the use of different types of antimicrobial polymers. They include antimicrobial nanomaterials, antimicrobial fibres and surfaces and drug-delivery systems with a focus on potentially pathogenic bacterial strains.

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