Biomimetic and Anti-fouling Surfaces
Microbial retention and transmission of the surface can result in a variety of issues; the transmission of food spoilage and pathogenic bacteria in the food industry, healthcare-associated infections in cares homes and hospitals, contamination of biomaterials, the development of biofilms in water systems and fouling of downstream products in industry.
With the rise in antimicrobial resistance, the number of products available to treat infections is shrinking and a number of bacteria are also becoming resistant to biocides. As a result, the design of novel anti-adhesive and antimicrobial surfaces will provide a way in which to reduce such fouling, transmission, contamination and infection issues.
Microbiology at Interfaces has unique multidisciplinary skills and technical abilities (experimental and theoretical) to unravel the interactions of properties at the surface interface, in order to produce such surfaces. We have a track record (over 20 years) of research in this niche area. This has resulted in an International reputation for our unique ability to carry out highly multidisciplinary and complex work that has an applied aspect. The approach taken enables the understanding of different research disciplines and apply them to the application/process to be investigated, which has resulted in research outputs that are truly multidisciplinary.