The image shows the cutting of bacteria by graphene oxide flakes.
Some Web release
The super bugs are the plague of modern era. Super bugs are antibiotic resistant bacteria that will cause the death of thousands of people in the future. We need novel tools to sterilize surfaces and medical equipment; we also need novel approaches to defeat bacteria.
Within a collaboration with the University Cattolica, we recently reported in Scientific Reports on a novel “cloak” against super bugs. The cloak is a laser printed surface that includes graphene oxide. The cloak is able to kill the bacteria because the surface mimics the carapace of the Cancer Pagurus (picture above), which is known to repel dangerous organisms, and also uses graphene as a blade that cuts the bacteria (and also wrap and poison them), as in the following picture
The cloak is a novel very effective solution to sterilize surfaces, and our research sheds light on the effect of graphene against bacteria. We report 90% bacteria killing action.
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The results of the team of the Vanguard project presented at at the 60th annual meeting of the Biophysical Society, in Los Angeles appeared in Physics World
The research has been spotted by the Dailymail !
Other press release:
Press Release in Italian “Donna del Corriere della Sera”
Press release in the Netherlands
Press release in Japan !
The ERC Proof of Concept Grant VANGUARD, acronym for Versatile optomechanicanical graphene device for bio-tissue engineering aims at the realization of a novel bio-inspired laser-driven bio-templating approach for antibacterial surfaces and for tissue engineering.
The project lasts 18 months, ends in September 2016 and is funded by 150keuros