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Kessler Helps Create Biobased Coatings with Antibacterial Properties

Professor Michael Kessler has teamed up with Byron Brehm-Stecher, associate professor of food science and human nutrition, and Richard Larock, distinguished professor emeritus of chemistry, to develop soybean oil-based coatings that have antibacterial properties. The coatings could have applications in many areas, such as hospital sterilization, food processing and food packaging. The paper on this work, titled Antibacterial Soybean Oil-based Cationic Polyurethane Coatings Prepared from Different Amino Polyols, was recently published in the September issue of the high-impact journal ChemSusChem.