Facile synthesis of a carbon dots and silver nanoparticles (CDs/AgNPs) composite for antibacterial application

RSC Adv. 2021 May 21;11(30):18417-18422. doi: 10.1039/d1ra02600c. eCollection 2021 May 19.

ABSTRACT

Bacterial infections can seriously harm human health, and the overuse of traditional antibiotics and antibacterial agents will increase the resistance of bacteria. Therefore, it is necessary to prepare a new kind of antibacterial material. In this work, a carbon dots and silver nanoparticles (CDs/AgNPs) composite has been synthesized in a one-step facile method without the introduction of toxic chemicals, wherein CDs could serve as a reducing and stabilizing agent. The CDs/AgNPs composite was characterized by UV-vis spectrophotometry, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), which demonstrate that the silver nanoparticles were successfully synthesized in the composite. The zeta potential of the CDs/AgNPs composite was -15.3 mV, indicating that the composite possesses high stability. Furthermore, the composite also exhibited biocidal effects for both Gram-negative E. coli bacteria and Gram-positive S. aureus bacteria. Thus, the composite is considered to be of great potential in bactericidal and biomedical applications.

PMID:35480903 | PMC:PMC9033427 | DOI:10.1039/d1ra02600c

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