Mechanical and morphological effect of plant based antimicrobial solutions on maxillofacial silicone elastomer
journal contributionposted on 08.06.2018, 10:24 by Sophia Tetteh, Richard BibbRichard Bibb, Simon MartinSimon Martin
The objective of this study was to determine the effect of plant based antimicrobial solutions specifically tea tree and Manuka oil on facial silicone elastomers. The purpose of this in vitro study was to evaluate the effect of disinfection with plant extract solution on mechanical properties and morphology on the silicone elastomer. Test specimens were subjected to disinfection using tea tree oil, Manuka oil and the staphylococcus epidermidis bacteria. Furthermore, a procedure duration was used in the disinfection process to simulate up to one year of usage. Over 500 test specimens were fabricated for all tests performed namely hardness, elongation, tensile, tear strength tests, visual inspection and lastly surface characterization using SEM. A repeated measures ANOVA revealed that hardness and elongation at break varied significantly over the time period, whereas this was not observed in the tear and tensile strength parameters of the test samples.
This research was funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) grant number [EP/ M027341/1] Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance: An Interdisciplinary Approach.