Antibiofilm activities of 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ionic liquids

Louise Carson, Peter K. W. Chau, Martyn J. Earle, Manuela A. Gilea, Brendan F. Gilmore, Sean P. Gorman, Maureen T. McCann, Kenneth R. Seddon

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Microbial biofilms are ubiquitous in nature and represent the predominant mode of growth of microorganisms. A general characteristic of biofilm communities is that they tend to exhibit significant tolerance to antimicrobial challenge compared with planktonic bacteria of the same species The antibiofilm activity of a series of 1-alkyl-3-methylimidazolium chloride ionic liquids has been evaluated against a panel of clinically significant microbial pathogens, including MRSA. A comparison of antimicrobial activity against planktonic bacteria and established biofilms is presented. In general, these ionic liquids possess potent, broad spectrum antibiofilm activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)492-497
Number of pages6
JournalGreen Chemistry
Issue number4
Early online date18 Feb 2009
Publication statusPublished - 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution


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