Antibacterial activity of zinc oxide with silver nanoparticles

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Fouzia Bourfaa Abderhamane Boutelala Mohamed Salah Aida Nadir Attaf Fateh Merouane

Abstract

Nanoscale materials and their unique properties make them attractive for research and health -related applications. Silver
nanoparticles were synthesised and incorporated in zinc oxide (ZnO) thin films on glass and tissue, in order to study their
effect on antibacterial activity. ZnO films with various contents of Ag nanoparticles were prepared by the sol –gel method. Xray diffraction revealed the polycrystalline structure of the films, scanning electron microscopy exhibited their dense and
continuous structure and UV-visible spectroscopy for measurement and transmittance was at more than 87%. The
absorbance peak of Ag NPS was centred at 351 nm. The diameter of Ag NPS was analysed by Zeta Sizer and the colloids
ranged from 2 to 110 nm. The results indicate that ZnO with Ag NPs on tissue can resist the growth of this kind of bacteria,
with the zone of inhibition of the bacteria ATTC 700603 at between 8 and 18 mm .
Keywords: Ag nanoparticles, zinc oxide, tissue, antibacterial activity.

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