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Moments in Materials - Spencer Brucks

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus Room 703, NW Corner Building

Please join us for the Moments in Materials (MiMs) summer seminar series.

Speaker: Spencer Brucks
When: Thursday 07/24 at 4:30 p.m.
Where: NWC, 7th floor meeting room, RM 703

Antimicrobial Polymers

Abstract: Antibiotic-resistant bacteria pose one of the greatest threats to global public health. In the United States alone, two million patients annually suffer from hospital-acquired infections. Globally, 1/4 of all deaths are caused by microbial infection, many of which were previously treatable with antibiotics such as penicillin. There is thus a worldwide need for new prevention and control strategies. Antimicrobial polymers represent a paradigm shift in bacterial treatment and a promising solution to this global crisis. I will discuss the mechanism by which antimicrobial polymers are thought to selectively target bacteria, and the structure-function relationships that endow these materials with bactericidal activity. I will conclude with recent applications across several industries.

Selected references:
(1) Kenawy, E.-R., Worley, S. D., Broughton, R., Biomacromolecules 2007, 8,  1359-1384
(2) Muoz-Bonilla, A., Fernndez-Garca, M., Prog. Polym. Sci. 2012, 37, 281-339

Snacks and refreshments will be provided!

For further information regarding this event, please contact Dani Farrell by sending email to mdf2105@columbia.edu .
Categories: Academic: Lecture