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The use of glycerol as reactive solvent in the one-pot synthesis of antibacterial hybrid organic–inorganic coatings with photothermal activity

Authors
  • Cativa, Nancy M.1
  • Mansilla, Andrea Y.2
  • Arenas, Gustavo F.3
  • Hoppe, Cristina E.1
  • dell’Erba, Ignacio E.1
  • 1 University of Mar del Plata and National Research Council (CONICET), Institute of Materials Science and Technology (INTEMA), Av. J. B. Justo 4302, Mar del Plata, B7608FDQ, Argentina , Mar del Plata (Argentina)
  • 2 University of Mar del Plata and National Research Council (CONICET), Biological Research Institute (IIB), Funes 3250, CC 1245, Mar del Plata, 7600, Argentina , Mar del Plata (Argentina)
  • 3 University of Mar del Plata and National Research Council (CONICET), LASER Laboratory – ICYTE, Av. J. B. Justo 4302, Mar del Plata, B7608FDQ, Argentina , Mar del Plata (Argentina)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Colloid & Polymer Science
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Mar 12, 2019
Volume
297
Issue
5
Pages
749–761
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s00396-019-04490-w
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

Hybrid organic–inorganic coatings showing photothermal activity and anti-bacterial properties were easily obtained by cross-linking of glycerol in presence of silane-coated silver NPs (Ag NPs). Ag NPs functionalized with aminosilane groups were prepared by reduction of AgNO3 with 3-aminopropyl trimethoxysilane (APTMS), by following a previously published procedure (dell’Erba et al., J Mater Sci 51:3817–3823, 2016), using glycerol as both reducing agent and solvent. Thermal treatment of these dispersions induced reaction between hydroxyl from glycerol and methoxysilane groups, producing a chemically resistant, cross-linked nanostructured network with covalently bonded Ag NPs. Control on the degree of glycerol release during synthesis enabled producing, in just one step, a cross-linked material with variable concentrations of Ag NPs. Tuning the annealing temperature and composition of the reactive samples allowed controlling the final concentration of NPs in the solid samples and the physicochemical properties of the coatings. Obtained materials showed an excellent chemical stability, bactericidal effect against Escherichia coli, and a significant photothermal effect. The simplicity of the procedure, the use of glycerol as monomer and solvent, and the high versatility of the strategy that enables the inclusion of different metals in a cross-linked matrix, make the synthetic strategy very promising for the development of materials with technological applications. Graphical abstract

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