High Antimicrobial Activity of Metal-Organic Framework-Templated Porphyrin Polymer Thin Films

  • chair:

    Zhou, W. / Begum, S. / Wang, Z. / Krolla, P. / Wagner, D. / Bräse, S. / Wöll, C. / Tsotsalas, M. (2018)

  • place:

    ACS Appl Mater Interfaces, 2018, 10, 2, 1528-1533, doi: 10.1021/acsami.7b14866

  • Date: Januar 2018


Development of surface coatings with high antimicrobial activity is urgently required to fight bacteria and other microorganisms on technical and hygiene relevant surfaces. Control over structure and topology of the surface coatings, combined with the ability to include functional molecules within the structure, is crucial for optimizing their performance. Herein, we describe a novel strategy to synthesize structurally well-defined porphyrin polymer thin films via a template approach. In this approach, bisazido-functionalized porphyrin molecules are preorganized within a metal-organic framework (MOF) structure. Afterward, porphyrin units within the MOF are covalently connected via a secondary linker. Removal of the metal ions of the MOF results in water-stable porphyrin polymer thin films that demonstrate high antibacterial activity against pathogens via visible-light-promoted generation of reactive oxygen species. In addition, this approach offers the inherent possibility to incorporate guest molecules within the structures, to functionalize the surface with biomolecules, and to create hierarchically structured materials.