Antimicrobial functionalization of nanostructures by initiated Chemical Vapor Deposition

Published : 8 February 2020

The production of antimicrobial and antibiofouling surfaces without antibiotics or nanoparticles is still a challenge despite the needs of a growing number of applications, particularly in the hospital field and more specifically for implanted medical devices. The number of patients infected each year with nosocomial diseases is still too high and infections related to implanted medical devices remain an unresolved problem. The limit of current solutions is their very short lifetime and their rapid fouling by biofilm generation. The scientific community increasingly studied bio-inspired coatings made of polymers with antimicrobial, antibiofouling or switchable functions. However, these coatings are still difficult to achieve by green chemistry on structured surfaces using conventional methods. Initiated Chemical Vapor Deposition (iCVD) is a unique technique for producing polymeric surface coatings on micro structured surfaces while retaining the chemical functions of polymers. The aim of this thesis is to study the feasibility of iCVD deposition of bioinspired polymers with a double switchable function antimicrobial and antibiofouling on nanostructures. The candidate will have a profile of material chemist or polymer chemist with a strong affinity for microbiology and health applications with a MSc in material chemistry or polymer chemistry.

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