Bulk Surfaces Coated with Triangular Silver Nanoplates: Antibacterial Action Based on Silver Release and Photo-Thermal Effect
A two-step, easy synthetic strategy in solution has been optimized to prepare authentic monolayers of silver nanoparticles (NP) on MPTS-modified glass surfaces, that were investigated by AFM imaging and by quantitative silver determination techniques. NP in the monolayers remain firmly grafted (i.e. not released) when the surfaces are exposed to air, water or in the physiological conditions mimicked by phosphate saline buffer, as UV-Vis spectroscopy and AFM studies demonstrate. About 15% silver release as Ag(+) ions has been found after 15days when the surfaces are exposed to water. The released silver cations are responsible of an efficient local microbicidal activity against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus bacterial strains.