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Reduced bacterial colonisation on surfaces coated with silicone nanostructures


Meier, Margrith; Dubois, Valentin; Seeger, Stefan (2018). Reduced bacterial colonisation on surfaces coated with silicone nanostructures. Applied Surface Science, 459:505-511.

Abstract

Bacterial adhesion on silicone nano- and microstructures is investigated in stagnant and flow experiments. Static adhesion tests are performed in 0.9% NaCl solution. These experiments reveal that the number of Staphylococcus epidermidis (S. epidermidis) and Escherichia coli (E. coli) adhering to glass surfaces can significantly be reduced if silicone nanofilament and rod coatings are present. Further, flow experiments are conducted in a parallel-plate flow chamber using 0.9% NaCl solution and artificial urine as medium. Silicone nanofilament coated surfaces are compared to uncoated glass surfaces. E. coli colonisation on filament coated surfaces is reduced for at least 24 h in 0.9% NaCl solution, while in artificial urine no reduction is observed after 24 h. S. epidermidis shows converse adhesion behaviour. Here, initial adhesion on nanofilaments is promoted but the number of adherent S. epidermidis seems to decrease after extended contact time. The obtained results demonstrate that superhydrophobic silicone surfaces significantly reduce bacterial colonisation under stagnant and dynamic conditions. However, the bacterial adhesion behaviour depends on the architecture of the silicone nano- and microstructures and the bacterial species investigated.

Abstract

Bacterial adhesion on silicone nano- and microstructures is investigated in stagnant and flow experiments. Static adhesion tests are performed in 0.9% NaCl solution. These experiments reveal that the number of Staphylococcus epidermidis (S. epidermidis) and Escherichia coli (E. coli) adhering to glass surfaces can significantly be reduced if silicone nanofilament and rod coatings are present. Further, flow experiments are conducted in a parallel-plate flow chamber using 0.9% NaCl solution and artificial urine as medium. Silicone nanofilament coated surfaces are compared to uncoated glass surfaces. E. coli colonisation on filament coated surfaces is reduced for at least 24 h in 0.9% NaCl solution, while in artificial urine no reduction is observed after 24 h. S. epidermidis shows converse adhesion behaviour. Here, initial adhesion on nanofilaments is promoted but the number of adherent S. epidermidis seems to decrease after extended contact time. The obtained results demonstrate that superhydrophobic silicone surfaces significantly reduce bacterial colonisation under stagnant and dynamic conditions. However, the bacterial adhesion behaviour depends on the architecture of the silicone nano- and microstructures and the bacterial species investigated.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Department of Chemistry
Dewey Decimal Classification:540 Chemistry
Uncontrolled Keywords:Surfaces, Coatings and Films
Language:English
Date:1 November 2018
Deposited On:25 Oct 2018 10:26
Last Modified:25 Oct 2018 10:27
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0169-4332
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apsusc.2018.08.003
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID200020_159916
  • : Project Title1-Dimensional Synthesis of Polysiloxane Nanostructures

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