Silver and phosphate functionalized reactive TiO2/polymer composite films for destructions of resistent bacteria using visible light

Ágnes Veres, László Janovák, Tamás Bujdosó, Tamás Rica, Eleonóra Fodor, Szabolcs Tallósy, Norbert Buzás, Erzsébet Nagy, Imre Dékány

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Phosphate and silver co-functionalized TiO2 catalysts were prepared by varying amount of silver (0-1 wt.%) with constant phosphate content (0.25 wt.%). Two methods, the well-know photodeposition and a new simple method, i.e. heterocoagulation, are presented for preparing Ag-TiO2 and the optical, photochemical and photobiological properties of the different samples have been compared. Due to the silver modification, the photocatalysts showed a new Plasmon resonance peak at λmax=455 nm. The photocatalytic efficiencies of the new photocatalysts were studied under UV-A/visible (λ≥ 360 nm) irradiation. Mechanically stable hydrophilic poly(EA-co-MMA) and hydrophobic poly(Bi.A-co-Ech.) based composite films were prepared by spray coating technique. The photocatalytic efficiencies decreased only by ∼ 15% on the hydrophilic and ∼ 63% on the hydrophobic polymer compared to the reference pure photocatalyst films. The antibacterial activity of the films was also studied under visible light (λ≥ 400 nm) irradiation. Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was used as test bacterium. The best antibacterial activity (90% of bacteria destruction in 15 minutes) could be observed on the Ag-TiO2/p(EA-co-MMA) film.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-216
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Advanced Oxidation Technologies
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012


  • Antibacterial
  • Functionalization
  • Nanosilver
  • Phosphorus
  • Polymer
  • Titanium dioxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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