Silver Nanoparticles Supported on TiO2 and Their Antibacterial Properties: Effect of Surface Confinement and Nonexistence of Plasmon Resonance


Ag/TiO2 nanocomposites are usually regarded as an effective synergy for high antimicrobial performance under ultraviolet-visible light conditions. This study confirmed that the surface plasmon resonance of Ag NPs plays an important role in relation to the NPs size and consequently with the antibacterial effect of the nanocomposite. We observed that under visible light the reactivity of TiO2 cannot be amplified when it is supporting Ag NPs that have an inactive photocatalytically surface. The results confirmed that the antimicrobial effectiveness of nanocomposite based on Ag NPs supported-TiO2 is closely associated to the contact surface area and to the electronic performance of the noble metal.

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Quiñones-Jurado, Z. , Waldo-Mendoza, M. , Aguilera-Bandin, H. , Villabona-Leal, E. , Cervantes-González, E. and Pérez, E. (2014) Silver Nanoparticles Supported on TiO2 and Their Antibacterial Properties: Effect of Surface Confinement and Nonexistence of Plasmon Resonance. Materials Sciences and Applications, 5, 895-903. doi: 10.4236/msa.2014.512091.

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