Principles and Applications of Antimicrobial Nanomaterials

Principles and Applications of Antimicrobial Nanomaterials

1st Edition - August 19, 2021

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  • Author: Joseph Graves Jr
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128221051
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128232637

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Principles and Applications of Antimicrobial Nanomaterials introduces the reader to the microbial world, antimicrobial nanomaterials, how microbial evolution works, and how knowledge of these areas can facilitate the development of sustainable antimicrobials. Due to the widespread occurrence of multidrug-resistant microbes, there is an increasing interest in the use of novel nanostructured materials as antimicrobials. This book is designed to help researchers from fields such as materials science, nanoscience, and nanoengineering who are attempting to develop these antimicrobial materials.

Key Features

  • Provides crucial background in microbiology and microbial evolution to help researchers design experiments that can produce sustainable results
  • Offers detailed coverage on the antimicrobial properties of different types of nanomaterials
  • Discusses the major challenges of using nanomaterials for antimicrobial applications


Materials scientists and engineers

Table of Contents

  • Section One: Nano and Microbes, A Brief History
    1. The Nanoscale: Definitions
    2. Characteristics of nanomaterials: Composition, coating, size, shape, surface properties, physical properties (inorganic, polymeric)
    3. Manufacture of nanomaterials - environmental exposure, toxicity, green synthesis, and sustainability
    4. Natural nanomaterials - microbial exposure
    5. MDR microbes and the "magic bullet." - metallic, metallic oxides - NPs

    Section Two: Microbial Diversity
    6. Three Domains of Life - Structure and Function (Bacteria, Archaea, Eucarya)
    7. Bacteriophages and Viruses (not alive, but important)
    8. Microbial view of the periodic table
    9. Microbial defense

    Section Three: Microbes and Why they Matter
    10. Food - Spoilage, Preservation, Industrial Microbiology
    11. Environment - Biogeochemical Cycles, Pollution
    12. Microbiomes - Naturally occurring and engineered
    13. Disease - Infectious (acute/chronic)
    14. Pharmaceuticals/Biotechnology - engineered proteins, vaccines, DNA vaccines

    Section Four: Microbial Evolution
    15. Organic Evolution: Principles
    16. What Darwin Never Saw: How things differ between the microbial and macroscopic world. (Horizontal gene transfer, co-selection, persister cells)
    17. Classic studies of microbial evolution (antibiotic, metal)
    18. Evolution and nanomaterials (silver, copper, iron, gallium)
    19. Conclusion: Towards Sustainable Antimicrobial Nanomaterials

Product details

  • No. of pages: 344
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2021
  • Published: August 19, 2021
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128221051
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128232637

About the Author

Joseph Graves Jr

Joseph L. Graves, Jr. is a professor of biological sciences in the Department of Biology, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC, United States. His research focuses on the evolutionary genomics of adaptation, particularly as relevant to postponed aging and bacterial responses to nanomaterials.

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Biology, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC, USA

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