Imperial College London

Professor Aldo R. Boccaccini

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Materials

Visiting Professor



+44 (0)20 7594 6731a.boccaccini




210Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus






BibTex format

author = {Gritsch, L and Lovell, C and Goldmann, WH and Boccaccini, AR},
doi = {10.1007/s10856-017-6021-5},
journal = {Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine},
title = {Do bioresorbable polyesters have antimicrobial properties?},
url = {},
volume = {29},
year = {2018}

RIS format (EndNote, RefMan)

AB - Biodegradable and bioresorbable polyesters (BBPEs) are a widespread class of aliphatic polymers with a plethora of applications in the medical field. Some reports speculate that these polymers have intrinsic antibacterial activity as a consequence of their acidic degradation by-products. The release of organic acids as a result of the hydrolytic degradation of BBPEs in vivo and the resulting pH drop could be an effective inhibitor of the growth of pathogens in the local environment adjacent to BBPE-based devices. However, there is no clear and conclusive evidence in the literature concerning the antibacterial activity of BBPE to support or refute this hypothesis. In this communication we address this point through an assessment of the antibacterial properties of six well-established commercially available BBPEs. Agar diffusion assays and optical density measurements at 600 nm were performed on all the polymer samples to characterize the growth of bacteria and any potential inhibition over an incubation period of 24 h. The results indicated that BBPEs do not possess an intrinsic and immediate antibacterial activity, which is consistent with the clear mismatch between the time-scales for bacterial growth and the rate of degradation of the polyesters.
AU - Gritsch,L
AU - Lovell,C
AU - Goldmann,WH
AU - Boccaccini,AR
DO - 10.1007/s10856-017-6021-5
PY - 2018///
SN - 0957-4530
TI - Do bioresorbable polyesters have antimicrobial properties?
T2 - Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine
UR -
UR -
UR -
VL - 29
ER -