2020 MRS Spring Meeting

Call for Papers

Symposium SB05-Antimicrobial Materials Against Coronaviruses and Other Nosocomial Pathogens

The COVID-19 pandemic has put a spotlight on the need for antimicrobial materials, not just specifically against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, but against nosocomial pathogens (e.g., hospital acquired infections or HAIs) as well. Functional antimicrobial materials with self-disinfecting properties will play an increasingly important role over the coming years for pandemic prevention. Beyond these outbreaks, the need for antimicrobial products for infection prevention and control within hospitals is well-known: costing upwards of 100,000 deaths annually and $30-45 billion in health-care costs just in the United States, nosocomial infections are an ongoing major health threat that is often overlooked by the public. Dual-purpose antimicrobial materials that can be developed and deployed rapidly in response to an acute health emergency will also have significant benefit to the chronic problem of healthcare-associated infections in hospitals, while also protecting critical supply chains (e.g., food and goods) as well as transportation infrastructure. As no single approach will be able to address such societal needs, this symposium will focus attention on a variety of material design paradigms, spanning frontier research to more mature technologies, that address the need for self-disinfecting materials to prevent pathogen transmission.

Topics will include:

  • Materials designed specifically to address a single pathogen (e.g., SARS-CoV-2)
  • Broad-spectrum anti-infective materials against a wide variety of pathogens
  • Chemical functionalization of polymers to impart antimicrobial properties
  • Additives (e.g., antibiotics) for self-disinfecting materials
  • Surface functionalization (e.g., superhydrophobic) to prevent pathogen transmission
  • High throughput methods for screening new materials for antimicrobial properties
  • Antimicrobial materials for personal protection equipment (PPE)
  • Materials for use to prevent pathogen transmission in hospitals and related healthcare settings

Invited Speakers:

  • Adelaide Almeida (Universidade de Aveiro, Portugal)
  • William DeGrado (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
  • Elizabeth Dickey (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
  • Julie Goddard (Cornell University, USA)
  • Kenichi Kuroda (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Catherine Mullié (Université de Picardie Jules Verne, France)
  • Sonal Padalkar (Iowa State University, USA)
  • Edmund Palermo (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA)
  • Ivan Parkin (University College London, United Kingdom)
  • Rahim Rahimi (Purdue University, USA)
  • Xuehong Ren (Jiangnan University, USA)
  • Vincent Sol (Université de Limoges, France)
  • Richard Spontak (North Carolina State University, USA)
  • Chuanbing Tang (University of South Carolina, USA)
  • Nathalie Tufenkji (McGill University, Canada)
  • Qingqing Wang (Jiangnan University, China)

Symposium Organizers

Reza Ghiladi
North Carolina State University
Department of Chemistry
USA

Vijay Mhetar
Kraton Corporation
Chief Technology Officer
USA

Frank Scholle
PhotoCide Protection, Inc.
President
USA

Qingqing Wang
Jiangnan University
Key Laboratory of Eco-Textiles
China

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