Dual-Functional, Superhydrophobic Coatings with Bacterial Anticontact and Antimicrobial Characteristics. Academic Article uri icon


  • Bacterial pathogens are responsible for millions of cases of illnesses and deaths each year throughout the world. The development of novel surfaces and coatings that effectively inhibit and prevent bacterial attachment, proliferation, and growth is one of the crucial steps for tackling this global challenge. Herein, we report a dual-functional coating for aluminum surfaces that relies on the controlled immobilization of lysozyme enzyme (muramidase) into interstitial spaces of presintered, nanostructured thin film based on 200 nm silica nanoparticles and the sequential chemisorption of an organofluorosilane to the available interfacial areas. The mean diameter of the resultant lysozyme microdomains was 3.1 2.5 m with an average spacing of 8.01 6.8 m, leading to a surface coverage of 15.32%. The coating had an overall root-mean-square (rms) roughness of 539 137 nm and roughness factor of 1.50 0.1, and demonstrated static, advancing, and receding water contact angles of 159.0 1.0, 155.4 0.6, and 154.4 0.6, respectively. Compared to the planar aluminum, the coated surfaces produced a 6.5 0.1 (>99.99997%) and 4.0 0.1 (>99.99%) log-cycle reductions in bacterial surfaces colonization against Gram-negative Salmonella Typhimurium LT2 and Gram-positive Listeria innocua, respectively. We anticipate that the implementation of such a coating strategy on healthcare environments and surfaces and food-contact surfaces can significantly reduce or eliminate potential risks associated with various contamination and cross-contamination scenarios.

published proceedings

  • ACS Appl Mater Interfaces

altmetric score

  • 100.16

author list (cited authors)

  • Liu, S., Zheng, J., Hao, L. i., Yegin, Y., Bae, M., Ulugun, B., ... Akbulut, M.

citation count

  • 36

complete list of authors

  • Liu, Shuhao||Zheng, Jeremy||Hao, Li||Yegin, Yagmur||Bae, Michael||Ulugun, Beril||Taylor, Thomas Matthew||Scholar, Ethan A||Cisneros-Zevallos, Luis||Oh, Jun Kyun||Akbulut, Mustafa

publication date

  • May 2020