Effect of chlorhexidine digluconate on antimicrobial activity, cell viability and physicochemical properties of three endodontic sealers -

The main hypothesis of the study as rejected as exposure to CHX affected sealers’ properties. CHX in contact
with sealer surfaces improved the antibacterial properties of the sealer leachates and reduced cell viability for all sealer leachates, except for freshly mixed PCS. Among the tested sealers, BioRoot RCS leachates presented the highest antibacterial properties and cell viability with and without CHX contact.

Photoactive Zr-aromatic hybrid thin films made by molecular layer deposition -

In this work, we have developed a new MLD process for fabricating photoactive hybrid thin films based on Zr clusters and aromatic 25D-BDC organic linkers. The amorphous and uniform films display high absorption in the visible part of the spectrum. Moreover, we show that the type of the organic ligand and its functional groups can be used to tune the optical properties of Zr-organic hybrids, as shown by the Zr-2A-BDC and Zr-26-NDC systems in this work.

Potential of «universal» bonding agents for composite repair -

In this in vitro study, testing shear bond strength of composite-to-composite bonding, the new universal bonding agents performed similar and for some agents better than the ‘Gold Standard’, 3-step etch-and-rinse bonding agent. New simplified bonding procedures seem reliable for repair of composite.

Protein-coated nanostructured surfaces affect the adhesion of Escherichia coli -

Nanotopography influences on bacterial adhesion were investigated with surfaces with controlled interspatial nanopillars distances. Surfaces were coated with proteins (fibrinogen, collagen, serum and saliva) prior to E. coli adhesion under flow conditions. PiFM provided chemical mapping and showed that proteins adsorbed both between and onto the nanopillars with a preference to areas between the nanopillars. E. coli adhered least to protein-coated areas with low surface nanopillar coverage, most to surfaces coated with saliva, while human serum led to the lowest adhesion. Protein-coated nanostructured surfaces affected the adhesion of E. coli.

Molecular layer deposition of photoactive metal-naphthalene hybrid thin films -

We here report on photoactive organic-inorganic hybrid thin films prepared by the molecular layer deposition (MLD) method. The new series of hybrid films deposited using 2,6-naphthalenedicarboxylic acid (2,6-NDC) and either hafnium chloride (HfCl4), yttrium tetramethylheptanedionate (Y(thd)3) or titanium chloride (TiCl4) were compared with the known zirconium chloride (ZrCl4) based system.