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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13(2), 202; doi:10.3390/ijerph13020202

Fabrication of Te and Te-Au Nanowires-Based Carbon Fiber Fabrics for Antibacterial Applications

Institute of Biomedical Engineering, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 30013, Taiwan
These authors contributed equally to this work.
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Academic Editor: Jason K. Levy
Received: 26 November 2015 / Accepted: 3 February 2016 / Published: 6 February 2016
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Pathogenic bacteria that give rise to diseases every year remain a major health concern. In recent years, tellurium-based nanomaterials have been approved as new and efficient antibacterial agents. In this paper, we developed the approach to directly grow tellurium nanowires (Te NWs) onto commercial carbon fiber fabrics and demonstrated their antibacterial activity. Those Te NWs can serve as templates and reducing agents for gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) to deposit. Three different Te-Au NWs with varied concentration of Au NPs were synthesized and showed superior antibacterial activity and biocompability. These results indicate that the as-prepared carbon fiber fabrics with Te and Te-Au NWs can become antimicrobial clothing products in the near future. View Full-Text
Keywords: tellurium; gold; antibacterial; nanowire; carbon fiber; fabric tellurium; gold; antibacterial; nanowire; carbon fiber; fabric

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Chou, T.-M.; Ke, Y.-Y.; Tsao, Y.-H.; Li, Y.-C.; Lin, Z.-H. Fabrication of Te and Te-Au Nanowires-Based Carbon Fiber Fabrics for Antibacterial Applications. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2016, 13, 202.

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