Antibacterial activity of carbon nanomaterials

Summary

Understanding the antibacterial activity of carbon nanomaterials and exploring their practical applications

Supervisor(s)

Professor Yuan Chen

Research Location

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Program Type

Masters/PHD

Synopsis

For decades, drugs called antibiotics saved millions of lives by inhibiting bacteria that causes infectious diseases. But sadly, overuse and misuse of antibiotics made them no longer that active against pathogens as bacteria acquire resistance. Now we need new antibiotics to fight resistant bacteria, but antibiotics research reached a saturation phase and discovery of new antibiotic molecules has become a rare event. So, there is an urgent need to find new alternatives to reduce the usage of antibiotics. Carbon nanomaterials have been shown to be promising antibacterial agents. However, their antibacterial activity was relatively low and they show toxicity to human cells at high dose of usage. We aim to better understand their antibacterial activities and explore their practical applications in surface cleaning and health cares.

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Keywords

Antibacterial activity, Carbon nanomaterials

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 2034

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