[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/DP160104632]
Researchers Dr Zonghan Xie; A/Prof Sheng Dai; Dr Hu Zhang; Prof Jiang Xu
Brief description To prevent the spread of diseases and infections through contaminated surfaces, the project intends to create new ceramic-based coatings that combine mechanical durability with broad-spectrum antibacterial activities. Around 200 000 infections, many fatal, occur in Australian hospitals each year, with contaminated surfaces being a primary source. To combat this challenge, the project aims to develop a new class of ceramic-based coatings, which are extremely robust yet highly effective in eliminating common and emerging bacteria, by uniting new antibacterial agents into a self-toughening micro-architecture. By disrupting bacterial transmission through surfaces, this project promises to protect the wellbeing of patients and healthcare professionals, and to help maintain food and water safety standards in Australia.
Funding Amount $340,000
Funding Scheme Discovery Projects