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Title: Recent Developments in Antimicrobial Polymers: A Review
Authors: Santos, Madson R. E. 
Fonseca, Ana C. 
Mendonça, Patrícia V. 
Branco, Rita 
Serra, Arménio 
Morais, Paula V. 
Coelho, Jorge F. J. 
Keywords: antimicrobial polymers; biocide polymers; multidrug resistant microbes
Issue Date: 20-Jul-2016
Publisher: MDPI
Project: project SAFESURF (PTDC/CTMPOL/6138/2014) 
CNPq (Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico) - doctoral fellowship of Madson Santos (202484/2015-7). 
Serial title, monograph or event: Materials
Volume: 9
Issue: 7
Abstract: Antimicrobial polymers represent a very promising class of therapeutics with unique characteristics for fighting microbial infections. As the classic antibiotics exhibit an increasingly low capacity to effectively act on microorganisms, new solutions must be developed. The importance of this class of materials emerged from the uncontrolled use of antibiotics, which led to the advent of multidrug-resistant microbes, being nowadays one of the most serious public health problems. This review presents a critical discussion of the latest developments involving the use of different classes of antimicrobial polymers. The synthesis pathways used to afford macromolecules with antimicrobial properties, as well as the relationship between the structure and performance of these materials are discussed.
ISSN: 1996-1944
DOI: 10.3390/ma9070599
Rights: openAccess
Appears in Collections:FCTUC Ciências da Vida - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais
FCTUC Eng.Química - Artigos em Revistas Internacionais

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