Dealing with metal emmission quantification on LCA as a proxy for coating ingredients

We focus on the fate and effects of metals from anthropogenic sources; applying life cycle assessment (LCA) approach to characterize and evaluate the potential environmental impacts of metal-specific emissions. Advance the quantification methods to assess metal toxicity to be able to explain different environmental impact profiles in the frame of LCA studies, and establish clear guidelines to account for emissions in the inventory evaluation of

Surface properties of antibacterial materials based on collagen nad thymol

Collagen is a polymer that naturally occurs in the human body, and due to its characteristic properties such as biocompatibility, and nontoxicity is commonly used in the biomedical and cosmetic field. Thymol is a monoterpene phenol which shows many biological activities, such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and local antiseptic [1]. Prepared collagen/thymol material showed antibacterial properties [2]. In this study, surface properties of this material

Microplates for simulating biofilms formed in medical devices

Biofilms are problematic in the health sector since they are responsible for 65% of the hospital acquired infections associated with medical devices. Hydrodynamics have a very strong influence in the process of biofilm formation.Flow behavior in 96-well microtiter plates (MTPs) was simulated for shaking frequencies between 50 and 200 rpm and diameters from 25 to 100 mm. Shear strain values up to 150s-1 were obtained.

Evaluation of bacterial adhesion on pelvic floor implants: important considerations regarding experimental set-up

Within the field of urogynecology there is an urge to develop an optimal biocompatible implant for the improvement of surgical repair of pelvic organs prolapse. Bacterial contamination of the implant seems unavoidable during surgery. Even after infection prophylaxes, the vagina is colonized with different bacterial species, with Staphylococcus aureus being one of the most common. Subclinical contamination of the implant is important since complications are

Antimicrobial activity of polylactic acid nanofibers

The objectives: the fabrication of phytochemical based antimicrobial nanofiber composites via electrospinning Polylactic acid (PLA) used for the nanofiber fabrication. Tannic acid used as antimicrobial agent. The antimicrobial activity of the composites assessed against Escherichia coli. Poster presented during the AMiCI Workshop for Early Career Investigators (ECIs) and Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM). Riga, Latvia, 7th of March 2019

Exploring Polydopamine-based Coating Strategies to boost Chlorohexidine immobilization for the Development of an Antimicrobial Surface

Orthopedic implants have been widely used to restore the function of load-bearing joints, reducing pain and improving the life quality of millions of people every year. These devices are, however, prone to microbial infection, which remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in modern Healthcare. The development of novel approaches to confer the surfaces of orthopedic implants with anti-infective properties is, therefore, in great

Antimicrobial activity of natural phenolic compounds and their potential application

Synthetic chemicals have been used for a disease control in plants for a long time. However, most of these chemicals cause a number of undesirable effects on the environment, including human health. Therefore, there has been increasing interest in natural and plant-based products such as plant extracts and essential oils, which are thought to be better alternatives to synthetic chemicals [1-2]. Carvacrol and eugenol are

From nano-ZnOenabled antimicrobial surfaces to propidium iodide staining underestimating biofilm viability

Presentation given by Merilin Rosenberg during the AMiCI Workshop for Early Career Investigators (ECIs) and Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM). Riga, Latvia, 7th of March 2019

Development of the inventory on dissolution-driven environmental effects of AMC-related nanoparticles

Presentation given by Krunoslav Ilic during the AMiCI Workshop for Early Career Investigators (ECIs) and Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM). Riga, Latvia, 7th of March 2019

Hospital hygiene and infection control in real-life circumstances – cleaning and innovative solutions

Presentation given by Jenni Inkinen during the AMiCI Workshop for Early Career Investigators (ECIs) and Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM). Riga, Latvia, 7th of March 2019