Alexandru Mihai Grumezescu*, Mariana Carmen Chifiriuc, Crina Saviuc, Valentina Grumezescu, Radu Hristu, Dan Mihaiescu, George A. Stanciu, Ecaterina Andronescu: Hybrid nanomaterial for stabilizing the antibiofilm activity of Eugenia carryophyllata essential oil. IEEE Transactions on NanoBioScience, 11(4):360-365,2012.
The aim of the present study was to demonstrate that core/shell nanostructures could be used as systems for stabilizing the Eugenia carryophyllata essential oil (EO) on catheter surface pellicles, in order to improve their resistance to fungal colonization. EO microwave assisted extraction was performed in a Neo-Clevenger (related) device and its chemical composition was settled by GC-MS analysis. —core/shell nanoparticles (NP) were obtained by a precipitation method under microwave condition. High resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) was used as a primary characterization method. The NPs were processed to achieve a core/shell/EO coated-shell nanosystem further used for coating the inner surface of central venous catheter samples. The tested fungal strains have been recently isolated from different clinical specimens. The biofilm architecture was assessed by confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM). Our results claim the usage of hybrid nanomaterial (core/shell/coated-shell) for the stabilization of E. carryophyllata EO, which prevented or inhibited the fungal biofilm development on the functionalized catheter, highlighting the opportunity of using these nanosystems to obtain improved, anti-biofilm coatings for biomedical applications.