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Paper by Niagara University Professor to be Published in International Science Journal
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Paper by Niagara University Professor to be Published in International Science Journal

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - Ronny Priefer, Ph.D., an associate professor of chemistry at Niagara University, has had a paper accepted for publication in Colloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects, a peer-reviewed, international journal devoted to the underlying applications of colloids and interfacial phenomena. Dr. Priefer’s paper, entitled The use of the pseudo-polyelectrolyte, poly(4-vinylphenol), in multilayered films as an antimicrobial surface coating, outlines the creation of a type of coating for everyday surfaces that can kill dangerous bacteria on contact.

The accepted manuscript is currently available online at www.sciencedirect.com while the printed version of the study will appear in the March issue of Colloids and Surfaces.

This is the 18th scholarly paper that Dr. Priefer has had published while at Niagara University, but the first that exhibits the potential for practical application.

“Most scientific examinations are undertaken with an objective of contributing to the knowledge base of the scientific community,” said Dr. Priefer, a Toronto native who began teaching at Niagara in 2005. “This is really my first project that could draw some public/private interest and there may be more projects forthcoming.”

Work on the study, which began in 2008, was done in collaboration with Walter W. Steiner, Ph.D., an associate professor of biology at NU, and was co-authored by Matthew S. Pinto, a 2009 Niagara University graduate, and senior biochemistry major Megan E. McGahan.

As the title of the paper indicates, the foursome devised a potential new way to prevent the spread of diseases by layering items such as tabletops and doorknobs with an antimicrobial coating that would destroy bacteria on contact. The team tested the efficiency of the coating under extreme conditions and was still able to inhibit the bacteria’s growth by more than 70 percent.

Priefer and his collaborators are the very first people to use a pseudo-polyelectrolyte to make a coating using a layer-by-layer assembly technique.

This May, Niagara University is slated to break ground on the B. Thomas Golisano Center for Integrated Sciences, a state-of-the-art facility that will provide teaching laboratories and space to support cutting-edge integrated research collaborations among faculty and students in biology, biochemistry, chemistry and physics, and prepare students for leadership in the medical profession.

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