Fast disinfecting antimicrobial surfaces.

TitleFast disinfecting antimicrobial surfaces.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsMadkour AE, Dabkowski JM, Nusslein K, Tew GN
Date Published2009 Jan 20
KeywordsAnti-Bacterial Agents, Escherichia coli, Glass, Microbial Sensitivity Tests, Molecular Structure, Particle Size, Polymethacrylic Acids, Silicon, Staphylococcus aureus, Surface Properties

Silicon wafers and glass surfaces were functionalized with facially amphiphilic antimicrobial copolymers using the "grafting from" technique. Surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) was used to grow poly(butylmethacrylate)-co-poly(Boc-aminoethyl methacrylate) from the surfaces. Upon Boc-deprotection, these surfaces became highly antimicrobial and killed S. aureus and E. coli 100% in less than 5 min. The molecular weight and grafting density of the polymer were controlled by varying the polymerization time and initiator surface density. Antimicrobial studies showed that the killing efficiency of these surfaces was independent of polymer layer thickness or grafting density within the range of surfaces studied.

Alternate JournalLangmuir
PubMed ID19177651