A light-activated anti-viral nanocoating for antimicrobial textiles has been developed. This novel coating stems from extensive research on nanotechnology and aims to modify the surface of polymers and fibres to reduce infections in hospitals.
Successful tests on a new carrier for drug administration have been announced. New porous crystalline nanomaterials were developed last year by researchers at Institut Lavoisier, Université de Versailles, France. They hope to tailor the pore shapes and sizes for individual pharmaceuticals to determine the desired dosage.
More than 700 technical papers were presented at the Society of Plastics Engineers' ANTEC conference, held in Charlotte, South Carolina, in early May 2006. Topics covered included nanomaterials and the modification of polyolefins.
Recent research at the University of Southampton, UK, has shown that copper surfaces could help to prevent the spread of Influenza A viruses that cause seasonal and epidemic flu infections. Ongoing research has proved the significant antimicrobial effects of copper and its alloys.
Researchers at University College London and Queen Mary, University of London have developed a technique for electrospinning self-supporting scaffolds from polymeric fibres using electrohydrodynamic jet assembly. Biological applications are considered because of the biocompatability of the matieral and its ability to act as a scaffold for cell growth, in creating structures ranging from nanometres to millimeters.