Alex A Cavallaro

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Antibacterial nanodevices could bring coatings of plastic materials and wound dressings a big step forward if the release of the antibacterial agents could be triggered by the presence of the bacteria themselves. Here, we show that novel hyaluronic acid (HA)-based nanocapsules containing the antimicrobial agent polyhexanide are specifically cleaved in the(More)
Infections arising from bacterial adhesion and colonization on medical device surfaces are a significant healthcare problem. Silver based antibacterial coatings have attracted a great deal of attention as a potential solution. This paper reports on the development of a silver nanoparticles based antibacterial surface that can be applied to any type of(More)
Poly(2-oxazoline)s are emerging revolutionary biomaterials, exhibiting comparable and even superior properties to well-established counterparts. Overcoming current tedious wet synthesis methods, we report solvent-free and substrate independent, plasma polymerised nanoscale biocompatible polyoxazoline coatings capable of controlling protein and cell(More)
Bacterial infections are continuing to pose a significant threat to human health. Coatings with inherent antibacterial properties are becoming increasingly common as an infection preventative measure. The aim of this review is to highlight recent progress in development of "smart" and responsive antibacterial surfaces. The review describes various(More)
UNLABELLED The enzyme-triggered release of the antimicrobial agent octenidine out of poly(l-lactide)-based nanoparticles (PLLA-NPs) and their in vitro antibacterial activities in the presence of gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria are presented. The formation of the nanoparticles was achieved using a combination of the solvent evaporation and the(More)
In this study, the ability of porous silicon nanoparticles (PSi NPs) to entrap and deliver nitric oxide (NO) as an effective antibacterial agent is tested against different Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. NO was entrapped inside PSi NPs functionalized by means of the thermal hydrocarbonization (THC) process. Subsequent reduction of nitrite in the(More)
Bacterial colonization of medical devices causes infections and is a significant problem in healthcare. The use of antibacterial coatings is considered as a potential solution to this problem and has attracted a great deal of attention. Using concentration density gradients of immobilized quaternary ammonium compounds it was demonstrated that a specific(More)
Hybrid micro and nanoparticles have become a topic of intense research in recent years. This is due to the special properties of these materials that open new avenues in advanced applications. Herein, we report a novel method for the generation of hybrid particles utilising plasma polymerization. Poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) beads were first coated(More)
Infections caused by the bacterial colonization of medical devices are a substantial problem to patients and healthcare. Biopassive polyoxazoline coatings are attracting attention in the biomedical field as one of the potential solutions to this problem. Here, we present an original and swift way to produce plasma-deposited oxazoline-based films for(More)
Herein, we report a novel and solvent-free technique for the encapsulation of pharmaceuticals that allows achieving controllable release rates. This method utilizes the deposition of a plasma polymer coating of controlled chemistry and thickness on the outer surface of drug particles placed under continuous agitation.