Co-Networks Poly(hydroxyalkanoates)-Terpenes to Enhance Antibacterial Properties

Bioengineering (Basel). 2020 Jan 21;7(1):13. doi: 10.3390/bioengineering7010013.


Biocompatible and biodegradable bacterial polyesters, poly(hydroxyalkanoates) (PHAs), were combined with linalool, a well-known monoterpene, extracted from spice plants to design novel antibacterial materials. Their chemical association by a photo-induced thiol-ene reaction provided materials having both high mechanical resistance and flexibility. The influence of the nature of the crosslinking agent and the weight ratio of linalool on the thermo-mechanical performances were carefully evaluated. The elongation at break increases from 7% for the native PHA to 40% for PHA-linalool co-networks using a tetrafunctional cross-linking agent. The materials highlighted tremendous anti-adherence properties against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus by increasing linalool ratios. A significant decrease in antibacterial adhesion of 63% and 82% was observed for E. coli and S. aureus, respectively.

Keywords: antibacterial properties; linalool; photochemistry; poly(hydroxyalkanoate)s; thiol-ene.