A Novel Silk-based Antibacterial Coating for Urinary Catheters
Materials Science & Engineering, Biological Sciences
Prof. Kelly Burke, Dept. of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Biomaterials | Biomedical Engineering and Bioengineering
Brush-like polymers have been grafted from silk surfaces, forming a structure like bristles of a toothbrush. These polymers can be modified to have both chemical properties and mechanical properties that can physically and chemically prevent bacterial adhesion and reduce bacterial viability, something that is needed in urinary catheters, which account for over 30% of all hospital acquired infections worldwide.
Chen, Charlotte, "A Novel Silk-based Antibacterial Coating for Urinary Catheters" (2021). Holster Scholar Projects. 25.