Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 49, Issue 19, pp 6838–6844 | Cite as

Synthesis, characterization, and antimicrobial activity of poly(GMA-co-EGDMA) polymer decorated with silver nanoparticles

  • Ivana D. Vukoje
  • Enis S. Džunuzović
  • Vesna V. Vodnik
  • Suzana Dimitrijević
  • S. Phillip Ahrenkiel
  • Jovan M. Nedeljković


Composite consisting of silver nanoparticles coordinated to poly(GMA-co-EGDMA) macroporous copolymer was prepared by attachment of amino group to the poly(GMA-co-EGDMA) in the reaction with ethylene diamine, and consequent reduction of silver ions with amino groups at elevated temperature. The infrared measurements indicated that surface of silver nanoparticles is passivated through the coordination of the lone pair on the N atom of the imine present in the skeleton of the poly(GMA-co-EGDMA) copolymer. The inductively coupled plasma atomic emission, UV–Vis reflection spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscopy measurements revealed the high content (52 wt%) of well-separated silver nanoparticles in the size range of 5–10 nm onto composite. Antimicrobial efficiency of composite was tested against Gram-negative bacteria E. coli, Gram-positive bacteria S. aureus, and fungus C. albicans in wide concentration range of composite. The composite ensured almost maximum reduction of both bacteria, while the fungi reduction reached 96.5 %.


Silver Nanoparticles EGDMA Polymer Support Glycol Dimethacrylate Surface Plasmon Resonance Band 
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This work was supported by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia (Grant 45020). TEM characterization work was supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Contract No. DE-FG02-08ER64624.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ivana D. Vukoje
    • 1
  • Enis S. Džunuzović
    • 2
  • Vesna V. Vodnik
    • 1
  • Suzana Dimitrijević
    • 2
  • S. Phillip Ahrenkiel
    • 3
  • Jovan M. Nedeljković
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Nuclear Sciences VinčaUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia
  2. 2.Faculty of Technology and MetallurgyUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia
  3. 3.South Dakota School of Mines and TechnologyRapid CityUSA

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