Preparation of single-walled carbon nanotubes/polyvinylchloride membrane and its antibacterial property

Fangbo Zhao, Feng Qiu, Xiaohui Zhang, Shuili Yu, Han Shin Kim, Hee-Deung Park, Satoshi Takizawa, Peng Wang

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Abstract

Polyvinylchloride (PVC) ultrafiltration membranes were modified by blending with single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) to improve the membranes' antibacterial property. Both modified and control samples were characterized for pore structure, roughness, hydrophilicity, permeability and mechanical properties. The membranes' antibacterial property was accessed with Escherichia coli as the model microbes by several methods. It was found that, after being blended with SWCNTs, the surface roughness of the modified membrane increased. Also, the surface hydrophilicity was improved. The membrane flux increased accordingly. But the membrane elongation decreased obviously with the SWCNTs addition. The modified membranes did not show the antibacterial property as expected in this research. There was no bacterial inhibition circle around the SWCNTs/PVC membrane coupons in the culture plates. There were no morphological differences of the cells on the control and the modified membranes. Hoechst 33342/propidium iodide stain test showed that there were more than 90% living bacterial cells which could grow on the SWCNTs/PVC membranes. This study suggests that the polymer wrapping may reduce the SWCNTs' antibacterial property greatly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2275-2283
Number of pages9
JournalWater Science and Technology
Volume66
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Dec 1

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Carbon Nanotubes
Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCN)
membrane
Membranes
Hydrophilicity
Hydrophobic and Hydrophilic Interactions
Surface roughness
carbon nanotube
Propidium
Ultrafiltration
iodide
Pore structure
ultrafiltration
surface roughness
Escherichia coli
roughness
Elongation
mechanical property
Permeability
Polymers

Keywords

  • Antibacterial property
  • Membrane
  • Polymer
  • Polyvinylchloride (PVC)
  • Single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs)

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  • Environmental Engineering
  • Water Science and Technology

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Preparation of single-walled carbon nanotubes/polyvinylchloride membrane and its antibacterial property. / Zhao, Fangbo; Qiu, Feng; Zhang, Xiaohui; Yu, Shuili; Kim, Han Shin; Park, Hee-Deung; Takizawa, Satoshi; Wang, Peng.

In: Water Science and Technology, Vol. 66, No. 11, 01.12.2012, p. 2275-2283.

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Zhao, Fangbo ; Qiu, Feng ; Zhang, Xiaohui ; Yu, Shuili ; Kim, Han Shin ; Park, Hee-Deung ; Takizawa, Satoshi ; Wang, Peng. / Preparation of single-walled carbon nanotubes/polyvinylchloride membrane and its antibacterial property. In: Water Science and Technology. 2012 ; Vol. 66, No. 11. pp. 2275-2283.
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