Smart polymers cleaning up wounds

Posted on Tuesday, March 10th, 2009 in News, Publications| Share this article

bact-lum1A multidisciplinary team from Sheffield including chemists, microbiologists and tissue engineers, has shown how state of the art polymer chemistry can be used to produce materials that can bind bacteria, sense their presence by luminescence and help remove them from wounds.

This new technology, based on work by Ian Douglas, Sheila MacNeil, Steve Rimmer and Linda Swanson at Sheffield has just been described in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Chemistry World magazine in an article on skin therapies. By coupling an antibiotic to smart, luminescent polymers, the team have been able selectively to detect bacteria in open wounds by the induction of a colour change in the polymer.

Please follow the links below for more information on the Polymer Centre academics involved and an on-line version of the Chemistry World article.

Chemistry World article