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Antimicrobial polymers

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared in 2014 that antimicrobial resistance is one of the greatest threats to human health. To combat this issue, the development of new antimicrobial agents is imperative. A promising approach entails the use of advanced synthetic polymer chemistry to develop new synthetic antimicrobial macromolecules. Our research focus in this area is to understand the structure-activity relationship of such antimicrobial macromolecules, namely investigating the effects of chemical composition, monomer sequence (and tacticity) and polymer architecture on the antimicrobial and antibiofilm activity as well as biocompatibility.

Related publications

  • Judzewitsch, P.; Zhao, L.; Wong, E.; Boyer, C., High-Throughput Synthesis of Antimicrobial Copolymers and Rapid Evaluation of their Bioactivity. Macromolecues 2019, Just Accepted.​

  • Namivandi-Zangeneh, R.; Sadrearhami, Z.; Dutta, D.; Willcox, M.; Wong, E. H. H.; Boyer, C., Synergy between Synthetic Antimicrobial Polymer and Antibiotics: A Promising Platform to Combat Multidrug-resistant Bacteria. ACS infectious diseases 2019, 10.1021/acsinfecdis.9b00049.​ Read More

  • Sadrearhami,.; Shafiee, F. N.; Ho, K. K. K.; Kumar, N.; Krasowska, M.; Blencowe, A.; Wong, E. H. H.; Boyer, C., Antibiofilm Nitric Oxide Releasing Polydopamine Coatings. ACS applied materials & interfaces 2019, 11 (7), 7320-7329. Read More

  • Judzewitsch, P. R.; Nguyen, T. K.; Shanmugam, S.; Wong, E. H. H.; Boyer, C., Towards Sequence-Controlled Antimicrobial Polymers: Effect of Polymer Block Order on Antimicrobial Activity. Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2018, 130 (17), 4649-4654. Read More

  • Namivandi-Zangeneh, R.; Kwan, R. J.; Nguyen, T.-K.; Yeow, J.; Byrne, F. L.; Oehlers, S. H.; Wong, E. H. H.; Boyer, C., The effects of polymer topology and chain length on the antimicrobial activity and hemocompatibility of amphiphilic ternary copolymers. Polymer Chemistry 2018, 9 (13), 1735-1744. Read More

  • Namivandi-Zangeneh, R.; Sadrearhami, Z.; Bagheri, A.; Sauvage-Nguyen, M.; Ho, K. K. K.; Kumar, N.; Wong, E. H. H.; Boyer, C., Nitric Oxide-Loaded Antimicrobial Polymer for the Synergistic Eradication of Bacterial Biofilm. ACS Macro Letters 2018, 7 (5), 592-597. Read More

  • Lam, S. J.; Wong, E. H. H.; Boyer, C.; Qiao, G. G., Antimicrobial polymeric nanoparticles. Progress in Polymer Science 2018, 76, 40-64. Read More

  • Sadrearhami, Z.; Yeow, J.; Nguyen, T. K.; Ho, K. K. K.; Kumar, N.; Boyer, C., Biofilm dispersal using nitric oxide loaded nanoparticles fabricated by photo-PISA: Influence of morphology. Chemical Communications 2017, 53 (96), 12894-12897. Read More

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