Technology

Matera technology aims at preventing the microbial colonization of surfaces. We have developed a technology that can be used to coat surfaces and objects with variable chemistry and kill microbes by contact. The technology has long-term antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. 

Projects

Matera is a participant in the exploratory research project “Biofunctional coatings for cardiovascular interventional devices”, presented by the researchers Cristina Martins, from INEB e Jian Ji, from the University of Zhejiang. and selected from the call for projects promoted by the Joint Center for Innovation in Advanced Materials Portugal-China.
The project, which aims to develop a new generation of coatings for devices used in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases,  will have the duration of one year, with a funding of 100 000€.

Matera was awarded funding for the project “Development of materials and coatings with antifungal properties” which aims at the development of antifungal nano-coatings that can be used in any medical device and that have long-lasting and bioactive effects. This project has a total eligible investment of 447.300,34 Euros, co-funded by QREN, under the Programa Mais Centro and European Union.

In 2009 Matera was granted funding for the project “Coatings and materials formed by antimicrobial cationic polymers” which aimed at the development of nanomaterials developed with antimicrobial properties in order to be used in the textile, footwear, furniture and construction. This project had a total eligible investment of 287.550,89 Euros, co-funded by QREN, under the Programa Mais Centro and European Union.

Publications

Ferreira, L, Zumbuehl. ”Non-leaching surfaces capable of killing microorganisms on contact”. Journal of Materials Chemistry 2009, 19, 7796-7806.

Paulo, CSO, Vidal, M, Ferreira, L. “Antifungal nanoparticles and surfaces”. Biomacromolecules 2010, 11, 2810-2817.

Botequim, D, Maia, J, Miguel M.F. Lino, Luis M. F. Lopes, Pedro Nuno Simões, Laura M. Ilharco, and Lino Silva Ferreira. Nanoparticles and surfaces presenting antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties. Langmuir (2012).doi:10.1021/la300948n

Paulo, CSO, Lino, MM, Matos, AA, Ferreira, L. Differential internalization of Amphotericin B-conjugated nanoparticles in human cells and the expression of heat shock protein 70. Biomaterials, 2013, 34 (21), 5281-93.

Lino, MM, Paulo, CSO, Vale, AC, Vaz, MF, Ferreira, L.  Antifungal activity of dental resins containing Amphotericin B-conjugated nanoparticles. Dental Materials. 2013, 29 (10), e252-e262.