Matthew B. Dickerson, Wanda J. Lyon, William E. Gruner, Peter A. Mirau, Michael L. Jespersen, Yunnan Fang, Kenneth H. Sandhage and Rajesh R. Naik Unlocking the Latent Antimicrobial Potential of Biomimetically Synthesized Inorganic Materials Advanced Functional Materials 23
Bio-inspired synthesis techniques are capable of producing bio-inorganic composite materials under benign reaction conditions. A facile method for the antimicrobial functionalization of such composites is described. The nitrogen moieties associated with the biopolymers entrapped within the hybrid material are chlorinated in situ to yield halamine compounds. These halamine-charged materials exhibit potent bactericidal and sporicidal activity.
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