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      Natural and bioinspired nanostructured bactericidal surfaces


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          Bacterial antibiotic resistance is becoming more widespread due to excessive use of antibiotics in healthcare and agriculture. At the same time the development of new antibiotics has effectively ground to a hold. Chemical modifications of material surfaces have poor long-term performance in preventing bacterial build-up and hence approaches for realising bactericidal action through physical surface topography have become increasingly important in recent years. The complex nature of the bacteria cell wall interactions with nanostructured surfaces represents many challenges while the design of nanostructured bactericidal surfaces is considered. Here we present a brief overview of the bactericidal behaviour of naturally occurring and bio-inspired nanostructured surfaces against different bacteria through the physico-mechanical rupture of the cell wall. Many parameters affect this process including the size, shape, density, rigidity/flexibility and surface chemistry of the surface nanotextures as well as factors such as bacteria specificity (e.g. gram positive and gram negative) and motility. Different fabrication methods for such bactericidal nanostructured surfaces are summarised.

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          • Several natural nanostructured surfaces can kill bacteria in contact with them.

          • Bactericidal efficacy of bio-inspired nanostructured surfaces has been demonstrated.

          • Contact killing mechanism of bacteria on nanostructured surfaces not understood

          • Optimal geometry and density of nanostructures for killing bacteria unknown

          • Cost effective fabrication for large area bactericidal surfaces is important.

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                Adv Colloid Interface Sci
                Adv Colloid Interface Sci
                Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
                1 October 2017
                October 2017
                : 248
                : 85-104
                [a ]School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, Cantock's Close, Bristol BS8 1TS, UK
                [b ]Centre for Nano Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 560012, India
                [c ]School of Oral and Dental Sciences, University of Bristol, Bristol BS1 2LY, UK
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