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Nanomaterials 2016, 6(11), 214;

Innovative Self-Cleaning and Biocompatible Polyester Textiles Nano-Decorated with Fe–N-Doped Titanium Dioxide

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Biology, University of Bucharest, 91-95 Splaiul Independentei, 050095 Bucharest, Romania
Department of Botanic-Microbiology, Faculty of Biology, University of Bucharest, 1-3 Aleea Portocalelor, 60101 Bucharest, Romania
Research Institute of the University of Bucharest—ICUB, University of Bucharest, 91-95 Splaiul Independentei, 050095 Bucharest, Romania
Department of Agricultural Development, Democritus University of Thrace, 67100 Xanthi, Greece
National R & D Institute for Textiles and Leather Bucharest (INCDTP), 16 Lucretiu Patrascanu, 030508 Bucharest, Romania
National Institute of Materials Physics (NIMP), Atomistilor 405A, 077125 Bucharest-Magurele, Romania
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Academic Editor: Thomas Nann
Received: 13 October 2016 / Revised: 3 November 2016 / Accepted: 7 November 2016 / Published: 15 November 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Nanoarchitectonics: A Novel Approach for Drug Delivery and Targeting)
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The development of innovative technologies to modify natural textiles holds an important impact for medical applications, including the prevention of contamination with microorganisms, particularly in the hospital environment. In our study, Fe and N co-doped TiO2 nanoparticles have been obtained via the hydrothermal route, at moderate temperature, followed by short thermal annealing at 400 °C. These particles were used to impregnate polyester (PES) materials which have been evaluated for their morphology, photocatalytic performance, antimicrobial activity against bacterial reference strains, and in vitro biocompatibility on human skin fibroblasts. Microscopic examination and quantitative assays have been used to evaluate the cellular morphology and viability, cell membrane integrity, and inflammatory response. All treated PES materials specifically inhibited the growth of Gram-negative bacilli strains after 15 min of contact, being particularly active against Pseudomonas aeruginosa. PES fabrics treated with photocatalysts did not affect cell membrane integrity nor induce inflammatory processes, proving good biocompatibility. These results demonstrate that the treatment of PES materials with TiO2-1% Fe–N particles could provide novel biocompatible fabrics with short term protection against microbial colonization, demonstrating their potential for the development of innovative textiles that could be used in biomedical applications for preventing patients’ accidental contamination with microorganisms from the hospital environment. View Full-Text
Keywords: photocatalyst; titanium dioxide; polyester textile; antibacterial; skin fibroblasts photocatalyst; titanium dioxide; polyester textile; antibacterial; skin fibroblasts

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Nica, I.C.; Stan, M.S.; Dinischiotu, A.; Popa, M.; Chifiriuc, M.C.; Lazar, V.; Pircalabioru, G.G.; Bezirtzoglou, E.; Iordache, O.G.; Varzaru, E.; Dumitrescu, I.; Feder, M.; Vasiliu, F.; Mercioniu, I.; Diamandescu, L. Innovative Self-Cleaning and Biocompatible Polyester Textiles Nano-Decorated with Fe–N-Doped Titanium Dioxide. Nanomaterials 2016, 6, 214.

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