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Biological contamination is a typical issue in water treatment. Highly concentrated microbial suspensions in a water flow may cause filter occlusion and biofilm formation, affecting the lifespan and quality of water purification systems and increasing the risk of nosocomial infections. In order to contrast the biofilm formation, most of the conventional strategies rely on the water chemical modification and/or on the use of filters functional coatings. The former is unsafe for huge chemicals spilling required; therefore, we focus on the second approach and we propose the use of a sulfonated pentablock copolymer (s-PBC, commercially named Nexar™) as innovative multifunctional coating for improving the performance of commercial water filters. S-PBC-coated polypropylene (PP) samples were tested against the pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The covering of PP with s-PBC results in a more hydrophilic, acid, and negatively charged surface. These properties avoid the adhesion and proliferation attempts of planktonic bacteria, ie, the biofilm formation. Inhibition tests were performed on the as-modified filters and an evident antibacterial activity was observed. The results point out the possibility of using Nexar TM as coating layer for filters with antifouling properties and a simultaneous ability to remove bacteria and cationic dyes from water. View Full-Text
Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute
Publication date: 
1 Jan 2020

Emanuele Luigi Sciuto, Simona Filice, Maria Anna Coniglio, Giuseppina Faro, Leon Gradon, Clelia Galati, Natalia Spinella, Sebania Libertino, Silvia Scalese

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Volume: 25 Issue: 21 Pages: 5196