Investigations into the Efficacy of Copper-Based Antimicrobial Agents and a Comparison with that of Silver

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Title:
Investigations into the Efficacy of Copper-Based Antimicrobial Agents and a Comparison with that of Silver
Author:
Sycks, Dalton George
Issue Date:
2013
Publisher:
The University of Arizona.
Rights:
Copyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.
Abstract:
Bacterial infections are a leading cause of health complications around the world. Metallic antimicrobial agents have shown to be effective in killing bacteria and preventing their proliferation. While silver is the traditional metal used for these purposes, a growing body of evidence suggests that copper-based agents can be more effective than silver-based agents. This paper investigates how effective wound dressings and urethane-based coatings containing copper antimicrobial agent are in deterring the growth of Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, as well as to compare these results to those of silver-based antimicrobials. Surface tests as well as solution-based testing showed that cuprous agents are more effective bactericidal agents than silver and undergo less diffusion from the delivery site, indicating it to be superior to silver for treatment and prevention of bacterial infections.
Type:
text; Electronic Thesis
Degree Name:
B.S.
Degree Level:
bachelors
Degree Program:
Honors College; Materials Science and Engineering
Degree Grantor:
University of Arizona
Advisor:
Uhlmann, Donald

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dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleInvestigations into the Efficacy of Copper-Based Antimicrobial Agents and a Comparison with that of Silveren_US
dc.creatorSycks, Dalton Georgeen_US
dc.contributor.authorSycks, Dalton Georgeen_US
dc.date.issued2013-
dc.publisherThe University of Arizona.en_US
dc.rightsCopyright © is held by the author. Digital access to this material is made possible by the University Libraries, University of Arizona. Further transmission, reproduction or presentation (such as public display or performance) of protected items is prohibited except with permission of the author.en_US
dc.description.abstractBacterial infections are a leading cause of health complications around the world. Metallic antimicrobial agents have shown to be effective in killing bacteria and preventing their proliferation. While silver is the traditional metal used for these purposes, a growing body of evidence suggests that copper-based agents can be more effective than silver-based agents. This paper investigates how effective wound dressings and urethane-based coatings containing copper antimicrobial agent are in deterring the growth of Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, as well as to compare these results to those of silver-based antimicrobials. Surface tests as well as solution-based testing showed that cuprous agents are more effective bactericidal agents than silver and undergo less diffusion from the delivery site, indicating it to be superior to silver for treatment and prevention of bacterial infections.en_US
dc.typetexten_US
dc.typeElectronic Thesisen_US
thesis.degree.nameB.S.en_US
thesis.degree.levelbachelorsen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHonors Collegeen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineMaterials Science and Engineeringen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Arizonaen_US
dc.contributor.advisorUhlmann, Donald-
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