Antibacterial and antiviral plastics
The functionalization of polymer materials with antimicrobial additives is the focus of plastics research at TITK. Thereby, innovative solutions developed by the TITK and patented ensure the antimicrobial equipment. These solutions include, for example, substances like metal ions whose functionality is optimized by using modified carrier polymers.
At the same time, the TITK deals with future-oriented solution approaches examining the use of natural materials (e.g., polyphenols) as antimicrobial substances. Alternatively, antimicrobial impact can be generated through biological substances like, for example, antimicrobial peptides or by using bacteriophages as a component with specifically antibacterial effect in plastics.
A demonstrably antiviral activity of plastic surfaces is generated at the TITK, among other things, by adding polyelectrolytes.
Current research topics in this area:
Innovative bioactive natural materials for the antibacterial and antiviral functionalization of natural materials
Development of virus inactivating, polyionic filter materials and plastic surfaces for the efficient prevention of viral diseases contagious via respiratory tracts
Antibacterial, bio-absorbable catheter coating
Interaction of polyelectrolyte-based plastic coatings with viral surface proteins
Development of an antimicrobial cold polymerizing plastic to produce dentures with long-term effect to inhibit biofilm formation and reduce denture-induced, microbial inflammations
Development of an innovative, antibacterial catheter based on biocompatible and environmentally harmless PVC substitutes
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