Researchers at Swinburne University of Technology are developing innovative nanofibre meshes that might draw bacteria out of wounds and speed up the healing process.
The research is the focus of Swinburne PhD candidate Martina Abrigo, who received the university’s Chancellor's Research Scholarship to undertake this work.
Using a technique called electrospinning – in which polymer filaments 100 times thinner than a human hair are squeezed out of an electrified nozzle – Ms Abrigo and her colleagues have made nanofibre meshes that can draw bacteria from a wound.
Ref: Electrospun Polystyrene Fiber Diameter Influencing Bacterial Attachment, Proliferation, and Growth. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces (2015) | DOI: 10.1021/acsami.5b00453