Developing greener biocides
Developing polymeric and oligomeric forms of quaternary ammonium salts (QAS) and N-halamines, which are both widely used industrial biocides, using biodegradable linkers for reduced environmental impact, higher potency and slower release.
Combining synthetic and natural biocides to utilise their usually different ranges of potencies against a range of types of organisms, and thus create a single biocide system with a broad spectrum of potencies.
Enhancing surface hygiene through controlled release antimicrobial systems, surface bonded biocides (molecular anchors or covalent grafting) or thin layers of organic coatings on metal surfaces, for medical, industrial and hygienic applications.
Determining antimicrobial activity of candidate biocidal agents against model test species, in vitro and in real life settings. Confirming safety to use, cytotoxicity/ecotoxicity and biodegradability. Understanding the antimicrobial mechanism to optimise potency.