The research aim: to develop animicrobial coatings with “sharp” (aligned nanowire (NW) forests) Z-scheme photocatalytic nanoarchitectures. Hematite (Fe2O3) as non-toxic narrow gap semiconductor with broad absorption in the visible light, will be used as the main element in coating “sharp” structures offering a long optical path for efficient light harvesting, that will increase photocatalytic efficiency of structures. Poster presented by Svetlana Vihodceva during the AMiCI
On 2-3 October 2018, the AMiCI Mid-Term Conference was held, combined with the Action Management Committee and Core Group Meetings, at the Andrija Stampar Teaching Institute of Public Health, in Zagreb, Croatia. The European Union COST Action AMiCI brings together experts on the synthesis, use and assessment of unwanted side effects of antimicrobial coatings. The project is coordinated by dr. Francy Crijns (Zuyd University of
The program of the Conference: Day 1: Tuesday 2 October 9:00 Welcome by Local Organiser 9:15 AMiCI – What has happened the past 2 years? Challenges & Solutions 10:00 WG1 Session: Antimicrobial Coatings (AMC) – Safe by Design 10:00 Critical overview of antimicrobial coating technologies in healthcare settings (plenary talk) 10:40 Coffee break 11:00 Nanoengineering strategies for safe by design antimicrobial materials 11:25 Phthalocyanine derivatives as
Development of novel and innovative routes for metal nanoparticles (Au, Ag and Cu NPs) synthesis, different sizes (5-40 nm), shapes, and surface chemistry which makes them useful in a wide spectrum of applications. Structural, morphological and optical characterization of NPs. The focus on individual and particulary polymer/organic molecules functionalized nanoparticles which are prevented from agglomeration and oxidation, and also have improved physicochemical characteristics and functions.
Contact with potentially pathogenic microbes found on different surfaces from everyday items to health care settings (e.g. door handles, medical equipment, near-patient surfaces) may potentially harm our well-being. A promising method to reduce the spreading of unwanted microbes on surfaces is the development of antimicrobial surfaces containing photocatalysts that induce the degradation of organic matter under specific illumination conditions. One suitable class of photocatalysts is
Biofilm formation on materials leads to high costs in industrial processes, as well as in medical applications. This fact has stimulated interest in the development of new materials with improved surfaces to reduce bacterial adhesion. Standardized tests relying on statistical evidence are indispensable to evaluate the quality and microbial safety of these new materials. Download a poster:
The widespread use of synthetic dyes raises concerns regarding environmental impact and health issues , demanding natural and sustainable alternatives such as microbial pigments, which besides colour, provide other functional properties (antimicrobial activity, antioxidant properties, UV protection, among others). Likewise, the replacement of oil-derived synthetic polymers with natural alternatives is another promising opportunity for microorganisms employment. Nontoxic and biodegradable biopolymers such as Bacterial Cellulose 
Survival and growth of microorganisms in the hospital environment must be limited to prevent infection by cross-contamination. Advances in materials/coatings engineering have made antimicrobial materials/coatings (e.g. porous & non-porous surfaces, textiles) an attractive investment for infection control professionals. Due to presence of moisture being a critical factor for some antimicrobial materials, a knowledge of the time taken for a material to return from ‘wet’ to