Study of sporadical properties of crosslinked polyelectrolyte multilayers
Polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEM) have become a highly studied class of materials due to the range of their applicability in many areas of research, including biology, chemistry and materials science. Recent advances in surface coatings have enabled modification of PEM surfaces to provide desirable properties such as controlled release, super-hydrophobicity, biocompatibility, antifouling and antibacterial properties. In the past decade, antimicrobial PEM coatings have been investigated as a safer alternative to the traditional disinfection methods that usually involve application of hazardous chemicals onto the surface to be cleaned. These antimicrobial coatings could be applied to common surfaces prone to colonization of bacteria (such as bench tops, faucet handles, etc) to supplement routine sanitization protocols by providing sustained antimicrobial activity.
Vegetative bacteria (such as Escherichia coli) are more susceptible to antimicrobial agents than bacterial species that form spores. Hence, the antimicrobial activity of PEM coatings fabricated using Layer by Layer (LbL) technique were assayed using Bacillus anthracis spores (Sterne strain). In this thesis, the sporicidal effect of various polyelectrolyte multilayer coatings containing cross-linked polymers immersed in bleach have been evaluated as potential augmentation to existing disinfection methods.
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