Department Seminar with Xuehong Ren: N-halamine Antimicrobial Polymeric Biomaterials

Date(s) - 1 Feb 2022
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

1322 Hoover Hall

Headshot photo of Xuehong RenSpeaker: Xuehong Ren, Professor with the College of Textile Science and Engineering at Jiangnan University

Title: N-halamine Antimicrobial Polymeric Biomaterials

Abstract: Microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi are closely related to human life and exist everywhere. Some of them are beneficial and the others are harmful. Infectious diseases are caused by pathogenic microorganisms, which have seriously threatened people’s lives and health. Therefore, the development of antimicrobial materials which can effectively control and eliminate harmful bacteria and viruses is highly desired. N-halamine antibacterial materials have great potential value in applications due to their excellent biocidal efficacies against a broad spectrum of microorganisms, durability, rechargeability, and being environmentally friendly. Our study centers on the molecular design, synthesis, and application of antimicrobial compounds in N-halamine-based polymeric materials for protective materials, water/air filtration, and biomedical materials. A series of N-halamine precursors with different functional groups were synthsized, and attached or incoorperated onto substrates to produce novel rechargeable antimicrobial polymeric biomaterials by different approaches. The N-halamine-based materials showed good antibacterial efficacies against S.aureus and E.coli within short cotact time. The results from the study will be very helpful to expand the N-halamine antibacterial materials to organic/inorganic hybrid antibacterial materials and antimicrobial biopolymers from renewable resources for potential differenct applications.

Bio: Xuehong Ren is a Taihu Professor in the College of Textile Science and Engineering at Jiangnan University located in Wuxi, Jiangsu, China. He received his B.S. in Textile Chemical Engineering (Dyeing and Finishing) and M.S. in Textile Chemical Engineering at Soochow University in 1993 and 2002, respectively. He earned his Ph.D. in Polymer and Fiber Engineering from Auburn University in 2006.  Prior to professorship at Jiangnan University, he was a Process Development Scientist at HaloSource Inc. in the U.S. He has been a member of AATCC since 2019. Ren has written or been a corresponding author on 153 peer-reviewed journal articles and been a corresponding author on four different book chapters.

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