Antimicrobial Activity of the Engineered Nanoparticles Used as Coating Agents

  • Meenakshisundaram SwaminathanEmail author
  • Naresh Kumar Sharma
Reference work entry


Engineered nanoparticles (ENPs) have been intensively studied within the past decade for use in environmental purifications, energy storage/ conversion, antimicrobial coating agents and so on. Several mono metallic and doped nanomaterials such as (TiO2, ZnO, Ag TiO2, Ag ZnO, etc.,) have been prepared and tested for photocatalysis and antimicrobial toxicity. Nanoparticles are of interest as antibacterial agents and subsequently as anti-coating materials because of their large surface area to volume ratio and the generation of highly Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) such as O2-, H2O2 and HO. which are the known principal agents in damaging the cell wall of many microbes.

Many studies have investigated the antibacterial effect of monometallic and doped nanomaterial, however our investigation focused upon the use of bi, tri metallic and semiconductor coupled oxides in inhibiting the bacterial growth and for photocatalysis. Bacillus subtillis (gram positive) and Escherichia coli (gram negative) were taken as model microbes for the antibacterial tests using different ENPs. Correlations have been formed between the antibacterial effects and morphology of the ENPs. Nano coatings are therefore a prospective way to not only control the growth of microbes but also to oxidize certain common indoor air pollutants such as VOCs and NOx.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Meenakshisundaram Swaminathan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Naresh Kumar Sharma
    • 2
  1. 1.Chemistry, International Research CentreKalasalingam UniversityMaduraiIndia
  2. 2.Department of BiotechnologyKalasalingam UniversityMaduraiIndia

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