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Preparation and antibacterial activity of silver-loaded poly(oligo(ethylene glycol) methacrylate) brush

Xue-Na Zou, Xiao Han, Qian Zhang, Jun-Jiao Yin, Li-Qiang Chu
Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition 2019 April 2, : 1-12
Herein, we report on a robust approach to fabricate antibacterial nanocomposite coating simply by immersing poly(oligo(ethylene glycol) methacrylate) (POEGMA) brush into a silver perchlorate solution without using any external reducing agents. The POEGMA brush of 48.3 nm in thickness is prepared via surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization method. Field-emission scanning electron microscope and Raman measurements indicate that silver nanoparticles of 14 ∼ 25 nm in diameter are successfully embedded into the POEGMA brush. Antibacterial activities of the resultant silver-loaded POEGMA brushes against both Gram-negative Escherichia coli and Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus are measured by zone of inhibition and colony-counting methods, respectively. The results show that the silver-loaded POEGMA coatings exhibit enhanced antibacterial efficiency compared to bare POEGMA brush. In order to elucidate their antibacterial mechanism, silver release behaviors of these silver-loaded POEGMA brushes are monitored via inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry.


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