Antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral coatings
During the last decades, silver metal nanoparticles have spurred a lot of interest due to their biocidal properties. Among noble metals, Ag metal nanoparticles possess the most efficient biocidal properties with a very broad bactericidal and fungicidal activity spectrum. In this project we study the antibacterial and antifungal properties of cobalt metal and Ag metal nanoparticles. The first approach is to synthesize Ag nanoparticles using selected plants extracts. We are presently developing a cost effective method based on plant extracts utilization that should enable the development of antibacterial and more particularly antifungal coating. The second approach is to use ultrastable surfactant free cobalt nanomaterial that exhibit high biocidal properties and combine them with Ag nanoparticles. The aim is to apply these nanomaterials and their combinations with polymers to biocidal coatings (paints), and antibacterial/antifungal treatment.
This research activities are performed in the frame of a collaboration with Dr. Kristi Praakle and Prof. Arvo Viltrop from the Institute of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences.
List of relevant publications:
- “Optimisation of plant mediated synthesis of silver nanoparticles by common weed Plantago major and their antimicrobial properties“
- “Emerging Trends in Nanoparticle Synthesis Using Plant Extracts for Biomedical Applications“
- “Silver metal nanoparticles study for biomedical and green house applications“
- “Biocidal properties study of silver nanoparticles used for application in green housing“
- “New Methodology for the Antifungal Testing of Surfactant-Free Silver Metal Nanoparticles for Applications in Green Housing“
- “Silver Nanoparticles Study for Application in Green Housing“
Research project partially funded by the Estonian Centre of Excellence 2015 EQUiTANT (TK134) and a grant was receive from the Estonian Research Council (ETAg) to investigate antiviral coating (COVSG-9).