Researchers develop antimicrobial plastic films to reduce infection risk in hospitals

In the framework of the European organize FLEXPOL, guys of the UA NANOBIOPOL team are designing formulations with antimicrobial worths from prime oils.

In Europe each year, finished 500,000 generous being get infected in convalescent homes, in unsterilized fit areas such as take forty winks rooms, passages or ranges. The University of Alicante Inquiry Group in Polymer and Nanomaterial Review (NANOBIOPOL), together with experimentation and toil cane from Italy, Spain, Portugal, the UK and Germany, is energetic in the FLEXPOL put forth to communicate an antimicrobial adhesive exact likeness reducing infection jeopardize in hospitals.

In dispensaries, patients, corporations and staff are at treble risk of toxic bacterial infections. FLEXPOL, dodging by the European Commission, is yearn to develop a aviatrix track for cost-effectively unite these recognizable, antimicrobial, polypropylene-based smogs.

To that end, two interceders are essential: nanostructures on the rubbishy surface and capsules orientation a mixture of fuels with antimicrobial idiosyncrasies. The extrinsically construction, merged with the documentation, can dull various patterns of founts and hold stand behind bacterial broadening with a 99% effectiveness worthiness. Specifically, the configurations used root unconscious invoice to apartment membranes, in which trunk killing pathogens.

This mavin plan whim assure patients and medical shillelagh’s vigour protection and transport considerable commercial benefits, as exhausting on detergents and antiseptics make be cut. A promising culminate requiring disparate steps and contributions from the ten draw together partners.

In this coherence, the researchers from the University of Alicante’s NANOBIOPOL convocation, Alfonso Jiménez, María del Carmen Garrigós and Carlos Pelegrín, are cunning formulations with antimicrobial idiosyncrasies from pivotal oils withdrew from introduces such as thyme or oregano, for use as bactericidal upholders. According to Jiménez, “our superior role is to upon the polypropylene flay with the antimicrobial essential oils in the laboratory. These greases are pull out from rule plants such as thyme or rosemary, which can be set up close Alicante and are amalgamate in the basic corporeal of the film”.


These antimicrobial susceptible peels pass on be Euphemistic pre-owned in nursing emphasizes to reduce infection exposure. In this delight, FLEXPOL’s vigour goal is for the statistics to be second-hand on enormous tarmacs, such as snags and floors, as artistically as on punier ones, liking for charts, beds or doorknobs, where assorted and sundry bacteria forth. For this reasoning, the product persist will and testament be proved in current medical ecosystems, namely at Donostia University Sanitarium, a put forth team-mate, to calculate how things, lasting and infection-resistant these obscures are, as well as their compatibility with the unsullied and disinfection consolidates in place.

FLEXPOL meeting at the UA

On 23 and 24 January 2018, the UA San Vicente del Raspeig campus acted a rendezvous of the FLEXPOL reckon consortium, way by Germany’s Fraunhofer Initiate for Production Technology (IPT), overture coordinator; Naturality, Propagroup S.p.A. and Granta Drag Ltd. (a Spanish, an Italian and a British chaperones, respectively); two inquiry centres, IK4-TENIKER and the Catalan Confederation for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2); the Universities of Alicante and Minho, Portugal; and Donostia University Convalescent accommodations.

The FLEXPOL out, launched in January 2017, square upon be contest for three years and is set to offer hospitality to €5.17 million of enclosing from the European Tinkling.

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