A Novel AgNPs/Sericin/Agar Film with Enhanced Mechanical Property and Antibacterial Capability
AbstractSilk sericin is a protein from a silkworm’s cocoon. It has good biocompatibility, hydrophilicity, bioactivity, and biodegradability. However, sericin could not be used in biomedical materials directly because of its frangible characteristic. To develop multifunctional sericin-based materials for biomedical purposes, we prepared a sericin/agar (SS/agar) composite film through the blending of sericin and agar and repetitive freeze-thawing. Then, we synthesized silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in situ on the surface of the composite film to endow it with antibacterial activity. Water contact angle, swelling and losing ratio, and mechanical properties analysis indicated that the composite film had excellent mechanical property, hydrophilicity, hygroscopicity, and stability. Scanning electron microscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy analysis confirmed the successful modification of AgNPs on the composite film. X-ray powder diffraction showed the face-centered cubic structures of the AgNPs. This AgNPs modified composite film exhibited an excellent antibacterial capability against Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. Our study develops a novel AgNPs/sericin/agar composite film with enhanced mechanical performance and an antimicrobial property for potential biomedical applications. View Full-Text
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Wang, Y.; Cai, R.; Tao, G.; Wang, P.; Zuo, H.; Zhao, P.; Umar, A.; He, H. A Novel AgNPs/Sericin/Agar Film with Enhanced Mechanical Property and Antibacterial Capability. Molecules 2018, 23, 1821.
Wang Y, Cai R, Tao G, Wang P, Zuo H, Zhao P, Umar A, He H. A Novel AgNPs/Sericin/Agar Film with Enhanced Mechanical Property and Antibacterial Capability. Molecules. 2018; 23(7):1821.Chicago/Turabian Style
Wang, Yejing; Cai, Rui; Tao, Gang; Wang, Peng; Zuo, Hua; Zhao, Ping; Umar, Ahmad; He, Huawei. 2018. "A Novel AgNPs/Sericin/Agar Film with Enhanced Mechanical Property and Antibacterial Capability." Molecules 23, no. 7: 1821.
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