Supramolecular Antibacterial Materials for Combatting Antibiotic Resistance

Xingshu Li, Haotian Bai, Yuchong Yang, Juyoung Yoon, Shu Wang, Xi Zhang

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria have emerged as a severe threat to human health. As effective antibacterial therapies, supramolecular materials display unprecedented advantages because of the flexible and tunable nature of their noncovalent interactions with biomolecules and the ability to incorporate various active agents in their platforms. Herein, supramolecular antibacterial materials are discussed using a format that focuses on their fundamental active elements and on recent advances including material selection, fabrication methods, structural characterization, and activity performance.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1805092
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2019


  • antibacterial materials
  • antibiotic resistance
  • cationic polymers
  • photosensitizers
  • supramolecular


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