Title

Antibacterial Properties of Biomedical Materials

Presenter Information

Alexis Reece

Department

Biological Sciences

Major

Biological Sciences

Research Advisor

Wronkiewicz, David J.

Advisor's Department

Biological Sciences

Abstract

Due to a high prevalence of hospital infections from implants, identification of appropriate biomedical materials with antibacterial properties to prevent infection is essential. Materials have variable surface composition with different bacterial growth results. This study tested three different materials-polycarbonate, silicon nitride, and poly-ether-ether-ketone (PEEK). The composition of each of the three materials is one factor to be considered when comparing the amount of bacterial growth seen. Due to the combination of morphology and composition of silicon nitride, less bacterial adhesion will be measured when compared to polycarbonate and PEEK. We are testing the survival of S. epidermidis on each of these three materials under different conditions.

Biography

Alexis Reece is a senior attending the Missouri University of Science and Technology graduating with a BS in Biological Sciences in May of 2016. This student is hoping to continue doing research in the field of Biomedical Sciences or crime scene investigation.

Research Category

Research Proposals

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Presentation Date

11 Apr 2016, 9:00 am - 11:45 am

Comments

Joint Project with Allie Wilson

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Antibacterial Properties of Biomedical Materials

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Due to a high prevalence of hospital infections from implants, identification of appropriate biomedical materials with antibacterial properties to prevent infection is essential. Materials have variable surface composition with different bacterial growth results. This study tested three different materials-polycarbonate, silicon nitride, and poly-ether-ether-ketone (PEEK). The composition of each of the three materials is one factor to be considered when comparing the amount of bacterial growth seen. Due to the combination of morphology and composition of silicon nitride, less bacterial adhesion will be measured when compared to polycarbonate and PEEK. We are testing the survival of S. epidermidis on each of these three materials under different conditions.