Essential oils and nanotechnology for combating microbial biofilms.

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Alexandru Mihai Grumezescu*: Essential oils and nanotechnology for combating microbial biofilms. Current Organic Chemistry, 17(2):90-96, 2013.

ABSTRACT

In the last years, there are more and more reports published in prestigious journals addressing the successful application of essential oils for the eradication or prevention of microbial biofilms. Moreover, by combining the unique properties of nanoparticles with the antimicrobial activity of the essential oils, functionalized surfaces with an improved resistance to microbial colonization and biofilm development were obtained. These results may represent an interesting option for the medical field, opening new directions for the design of modified surfaces with desired and controlled anti-biofilm properties.

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