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

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
X.L., H.B., and Y.Y. contributed equally to this work. J.Y. is funded by a grant from the National Creative Research Initiative programs of the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Korean government (MSIP) (Grant No. 2012R1A3A2048814). S.W. is funded by the Strategic Priority Research Program of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. XDA16020804) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 21533012 and 91527306). X.Z. is funded by the Innovative Research Groups of NSFC (Grant No. 21421064).

Funding Information:
the Department of Chemistry, Tsinghua University. He received his Ph.D. (1992) from Jilin University. He joined Jilin University as lecturer in 1992 and was promoted to be professor in 1994. He moved to Tsinghua University in 2003. In 2007, he was selected as a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Currently, he is the vice president of the Chinese Chemical Society and the vice president of the National Natural Science Foundation of China. His research interests are focused on molecular engineering of functional supramolecular systems.

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© 2018 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim


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


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