Antibacterial Silver Embedded Nanofibers for Water Disinfection
International Journal of Materials Science and Applications
Volume 4, Issue 5, September 2015, Pages: 293-298
Received: Aug. 3, 2015; Accepted: Aug. 14, 2015; Published: Aug. 26, 2015
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Thanaa Shalaby, Medical Biophysics Dept., Medical Research Institute, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt
Ola Mahmoud, Microbiology Dept., Medical Research Institute, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt
Affaf Al-Oufy, Textile Eng. Dept., Faculty of Engineering, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt
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Abstract
Anti-microbial nanofibers can be synthesized by incorporating nanobiocides such as silver nanoparticles into nanofibers. Bacterial contamination of water is a serious public health concern because it causes numerous diseases and some aesthetic problems such as malodor in water. Durable antibacterial Ag/polyacrylonitrile (Ag/PAN) hybrid nanofibers were prepared by electrospinning. SEM and EDX spectra were used to study the morphology and surface elemental composition of the nanofibers. The Ag/PAN nanofibers exhibited slow and long lasting silver ion release. The resultants polymers were then tested for their ability to destroy bacteria in water; antimicrobial tests indicated that the prepared nanofibers have a high bactericidal effect. Accordingly, these results highlight the potential use of these nanofibrous mats as antimicrobial agents.
Keywords
Polyacrylonitrile, Electrospinning, Nanofibers, Nanosilver, Antimicrobial, Water Disinfection
To cite this article
Thanaa Shalaby, Ola Mahmoud, Affaf Al-Oufy, Antibacterial Silver Embedded Nanofibers for Water Disinfection, International Journal of Materials Science and Applications. Vol. 4, No. 5, 2015, pp. 293-298. doi: 10.11648/j.ijmsa.20150405.13
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