Surface characteristics and antibacterial activity of a silver-doped carbon monolith
Dimitrijević-Branković, Suzana I.
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A carbon monolith with a silver coating was prepared and its antimicrobial behaviour in a flow system was examined. The functional groups on the surface of the carbon monolith were determined by temperature-programmed desorption and Boehms method, and the point of zero charge was determined by mass titration. The specific surface area was examined by N-2 adsorption using the Brunauer, Emmett and Teller ( BET) method. As a test for the surface activity, the deposition of silver from an aqueous solution of a silver salt was used. The morphology and structure of the silver coatings were characterized by scanning electron microscopy and x-ray diffraction. The resistance to the attrition of the silver deposited on the carbon monolith was tested. The antimicrobial activity of the carbon monolith with a silver coating was determined using standard microbiological methods. Carbon monolith samples with a silver coating showed good antimicrobial activity against Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus ...aureus and Candida albicans, and are therefore suitable for water purification, particularly as personal disposable water filters with a limited capacity.