Bimetallic alginate nanocomposites: New antimicrobial biomaterials for biomedical application
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Pavlović, Vladimir B.
Dimitrijević-Branković, Suzana I.
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Two bimetallic (Zn/Cu) alginate based nanocomposites, impregnated with carbonate or phosphate mineral phase, were prepared by a facile procedure. Mineralized samples exhibited different morphologies and properties when compared to the non-mineralized sample. Antimicrobial testing against Escherichia coil, Staphylococcus aureus and Candida albicans showed that mineralized samples are more efficient than non-mineralized in elimination of microorganisms. The results of this study suggest that bimetallic mineralized alginates could be potentially used as affordable, easy to produce antimicrobial materials. (C) 2017 Elsevier By. All rights reserved.