Dr Vignesh Kumaravel
and colleagues publish
Antimicrobial TiO2 nanocomposite coatings for surfaces,
dental and orthopaedic implants
in the Chemical Engineering Journal
Vignesh Kumaravel with his colleagues, Keerthi M. Nair, Snehamol Mathew, John Bartlett, James E. Kennedy, Hugh G. Manning, Barry J. Whelan, Nigel S. Leyland and Suresh C. Pillai publish their paper on
Antimicrobial TiO2 nanocomposite coatings for surfaces, dental and orthopaedic implants.
There is an urgent need to engineer self-disinfecting surfaces to control the spread of SARS-CoV-2 and their related strains because the human coronavirus spreads through respiratory droplets. TiO2 antimicrobial coatings are one of the promising remedies to disinfect or control the spread of potentially life-threatening pathogens from high-touch, shared surfaces as well as medical devices.
This article discloses the significance of TiO2 nanocomposite coatings for the disinfection of various microbes including the coronavirus. TiO2 surface coatings might be used to prevent the spread of pathogens in high-risk public areas with shared contact surfaces such as train/bus stations, airport, schools, colleges, stadiums, hospitals, supermarkets, theatres, museums, malls, libraries, bars, swimming pools, etc. The market landscape, commercial trends, challenges, and prospects of antimicrobial coatings for the surfaces and medical implants have also been briefed.
Moreover, TiO2 antimicrobial coatings in medical implants could prevent postoperative infections, provide long-term antimicrobial efficiency, and promote the binding of implants with bone tissue. The challenges/prospects in terms of stability, durability, antibiotic resistant strains, regulations, commercialization, and innovation have been briefed.
Keerthi M. Nair, Snehamol Mathew, John Bartlett and Suresh C. Pillai are the co-authors in this article from the IT Sligo. A team of researchers from Kastus have demonstrated the market landscape and commercial trends of antimicrobial surface coatings.
Vignesh also has another significant achievement.
His publication in ACS Energy Letters on Photoelectrochemical Conversion of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) into Fuels and Value-Added Products has been crossed more than 15,000 views and it is one of the most downloaded articles in the American Chemical Society during the past 12 months.