The custom functionalization of a graphene surface allows access to engineered nanomaterials with improved colloidal stability and tailored specific properties, which are available to be employed in a wide range of applications ranging from materials to life science. The high surface area and their intrinsic physical and biological properties make reduced graphene oxide and graphene oxide unique materials for the custom functionalization with bioactive molecules by exploiting different surface chemistries. In this work, preparation (on the gram scale) of reduced graphene oxide and graphene oxide derivatives functionalized with the well-known antibacterial agent salicylic acid is reported. The salicylic acid functionalities offered a stable colloidal dispersion and, in addition, homogeneous absorption on a sample of textile manufacture (i.e., cotton fabrics), as shown by a Raman spectroscopy study, thus providing nanoengineered materials with significant antibacterial activity toward different strains of microorganisms. Surprisingly, graphene surface functionalization also ensured resistance to detergent washing treatments as verified on a model system using the quartz crystal microbalance technique. Therefore, our findings paved the way for the development of antibacterial additives for cotton fabrics in the absence of metal components, thus limiting undesirable side effects.

Metal-Free Antibacterial Additives Based on Graphene Materials and Salicylic Acid: From the Bench to Fabric Applications / Biagiotti, Giacomo; Salvatore, Annalisa; Toniolo, Gianluca; Caselli, Lucrezia; Di Vito, Maura; Cacaci, Margherita; Contiero, Luca; Gori, Tommaso; Maggini, Michele; Sanguinetti, Maurizio; Berti, Debora; Bugli, Francesca; Richichi, Barbara; Cicchi, Stefano. - In: ACS APPLIED MATERIALS & INTERFACES. - ISSN 1944-8244. - STAMPA. - --(2021), pp. 0-0. [10.1021/acsami.1c02330]

Metal-Free Antibacterial Additives Based on Graphene Materials and Salicylic Acid: From the Bench to Fabric Applications

Biagiotti, Giacomo;Salvatore, Annalisa;Toniolo, Gianluca;Caselli, Lucrezia;Berti, Debora;Richichi, Barbara
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Cicchi, Stefano
2021

Abstract

The custom functionalization of a graphene surface allows access to engineered nanomaterials with improved colloidal stability and tailored specific properties, which are available to be employed in a wide range of applications ranging from materials to life science. The high surface area and their intrinsic physical and biological properties make reduced graphene oxide and graphene oxide unique materials for the custom functionalization with bioactive molecules by exploiting different surface chemistries. In this work, preparation (on the gram scale) of reduced graphene oxide and graphene oxide derivatives functionalized with the well-known antibacterial agent salicylic acid is reported. The salicylic acid functionalities offered a stable colloidal dispersion and, in addition, homogeneous absorption on a sample of textile manufacture (i.e., cotton fabrics), as shown by a Raman spectroscopy study, thus providing nanoengineered materials with significant antibacterial activity toward different strains of microorganisms. Surprisingly, graphene surface functionalization also ensured resistance to detergent washing treatments as verified on a model system using the quartz crystal microbalance technique. Therefore, our findings paved the way for the development of antibacterial additives for cotton fabrics in the absence of metal components, thus limiting undesirable side effects.
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Biagiotti, Giacomo; Salvatore, Annalisa; Toniolo, Gianluca; Caselli, Lucrezia; Di Vito, Maura; Cacaci, Margherita; Contiero, Luca; Gori, Tommaso; Maggini, Michele; Sanguinetti, Maurizio; Berti, Debora; Bugli, Francesca; Richichi, Barbara; Cicchi, Stefano
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