Efficacy evaluation of antimicrobial drug-releasing polymer matrices

Iolanda Francolini, Antonella Piozzi, Gianfranco Donelli

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To assay in vitro antimicrobial activity of substances such as antibiotics or antiseptics, standard methods both in liquid and on solid media are available. These procedures cannot be adequate for testing antimicrobial-releasing or biocidal polymer systems. This chapter is focused on the description of methods that the authors have developed to evaluate the antimicrobial activity of either antimicrobial agent-releasing polymers or biocidal polymers. These assays can be applied to different types of water-soluble or insoluble polymer matrices.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-225
Number of pages11
JournalMethods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.)
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Antimicrobial-releasing polymers
  • Biocidal polymers
  • Microbial biofilm
  • Polymer antimicrobial activity
  • Polymer surface-related infections

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Medicine(all)


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