ESR 10 – Innovative Antibacterial Polymers

Alexandra Paxinou – University of Westminster and Universitätsklinikum Knappschaftskrankenhaus Bochum GmbH

The Project:  The project is developing novel antibacterial agents which can be used as additives to create innovative antibacterial polymers.  Most current antibacterial materials contain drugs or active factors which then induce the development of antibiotic resistant bacteria.  The main aim of this project is to develop antibacterial agents with a relatively novel mechanism of antibacterial activity.  These will then be used to modify and functionalise biocompatible polymers to produce a new family of antibacterial materials.

The Researcher:  Alexandra Paxinou from Greece completed her Bachelor Degree in Materials Science at the University of Patras, School of Natural Science, Department of Material Science, with a thesis of “Production, Transfer and Characterization of Graphene”.  She gained her Master Degree in the same faculty in co-operation with ICE-HT/FORTH, (Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences/Foundation for Research and Technology, Hellas) by carrying out her Master thesis “Development of Nanostructured PtTiO2 and Pt/CeO2 Catalysts for Hydrogen Production from Methanol”.

Besides science, Alexandra enjoys travelling, music and sports

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