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Title: Unique properties of silver and copper silica-based nanocomposites as antimicrobial agents
Authors: Peszke, Jerzy
Dulski, Mateusz
Nowak, Anna
Balin, Katarzyna
Zubko, Maciej
Sułowicz, Sławomir
Nowak, Barbara
Piotrowska-Seget, Zofia
Talik, Ewa
Wojtyniak, Marcin
Mrozek-Wilczkiewicz, Anna
Malarz, Katarzyna
Szade, Jacek
Keywords: antimicrobial agents; silver; silica-based nanostructure; copper
Issue Date: 26-May-2017
Citation: RSC Advances, iss. 45 (2017), s. 28092-28104
Abstract: The paper reports a new route for the fabrication and determination of physicochemical properties and biological activity, of metallic silica-based nanostructure (Ag/SiO2, Cu/SiO2). A research studies shows mono-dispersed nanoparticles in silica matrix with an average size of 12 nm for silver, as well as 12 nm and 4 nm, respectively for copper in hydrophobic and hydrophilic silica composites. The chemical analysis highlights metallic silver and copper ions heterogeneously distributed in the composite as well as metallic oxides such as Ag2O, Cu2O and CuO in hydrophobic system, and CuO in hydrophilic one. Structural research evidences the presence of amorphous, stoichiometric and non-stoichiometric crystalline phase of silica. Biological studies reveal potentially inhibition of growth gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria as well as microscopic fungi. The size of metal nanoparticles and level of silica hydrophobicity show the highest inhibition bacterial growth for hydrophilic system with embedding inside them, 4 nm in size copper nanoparticles. Finally, cytotoxic interaction against human cells with respect to silver and copper silica-based nanocomposites was not found.
DOI: 10.1039/c7ra00720e
ISSN: 2046-2069
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