An antibacterial platform based on capacitive carbon-doped TiO2 nanotubes after direct or alternating current charging

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

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  • Hongqing Feng
  • Liangsheng Hu
  • Weihong Jin
  • Qi Hao
  • Kwok Yin Wong
  • Huaiyu Wang
  • Zhou Li

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Original languageEnglish
Article number2055
Journal / PublicationNature Communications
Volume9
Publication statusPublished - 24 May 2018

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Abstract

Electrical interactions between bacteria and the environment are delicate and essential. In this study, an external electrical current is applied to capacitive titania nanotubes doped with carbon (TNT-C) to evaluate the effects on bacteria killing and the underlying mechanism is investigated. When TNT-C is charged, post-charging antibacterial effects proportional to the capacitance are observed. This capacitance-based antibacterial system works well with both direct and alternating current (DC, AC) and the higher discharging capacity in the positive DC (DC+) group leads to better antibacterial performance. Extracellular electron transfer observed during early contact contributes to the surface-dependent post-charging antibacterial process. Physiologically, the electrical interaction deforms the bacteria morphology and elevates the intracellular reactive oxygen species level without impairing the growth of osteoblasts. Our finding spurs the design of light-independent antibacterial materials and provides insights into the use of electricity to modify biomaterials to complement other bacteria killing measures such as light irradiation.

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An antibacterial platform based on capacitive carbon-doped TiO2 nanotubes after direct or alternating current charging. / Wang, Guomin; Feng, Hongqing; Hu, Liangsheng; Jin, Weihong; Hao, Qi; Gao, Ang; Peng, Xiang; Li, Wan; Wong, Kwok Yin; Wang, Huaiyu; Li, Zhou; Chu, Paul K.

In: Nature Communications, Vol. 9, 2055, 24.05.2018.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journal

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