With the growing concerns over the consequences of pathogenic agents on human health, the search for more effective antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal solutions is at the forefront of efforts in materials and surface sciences. On one hand, pathogen agents, in the sessile state, have the ability to organise themselves in a protective biofilm, making conventional solutions often ineffective in the prevention of bacterial, fungal and viral infections. On the other hand, the chemistry and topography from nanoscale to microscale of surfaces and interfaces have proven to be critical to hinder key phenomena associated with the interactions between pathogen agents and materials. Therefore, the design of the next generation of viable solutions is today increasingly moving towards novel micro- and nano-materials as well as more effective surface modification processes with tunable antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal effects at short-medium and long term.
This symposium will cover current and emerging strategies to integrate antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties in technological applications, ranging from biomedical devices and surgical tools to antimicrobial touch surfaces and antifouling coatings. The symposium will broadly cover relevant aspects in the field, such as synthesis and fabrication, physicochemical characterization, structure-function relationships and biological mechanisms associated with antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties of micro- and nano-materials.
Lab Biomaterials and Bioengineering, Dept Min-Met-Materials Eng
Colorado State University
Department of Mechanical Engineering, School of Bioengineering
University of Ottawa