Correlation between the antibacterial ability of silver nanoparticle coated air filters and the dust loading

Yun Haeng Joe, Wei Ju, Jae Hong Park, Young Hun Yoon, Jungho Hwang

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Abstract

This study investigated the correlation between the antibacterial ability of silver nanoparticle air filters with the related dust loading. In addition, a decay equation with which the life cycle of the antibacterial air filters could be predicted was developed. Samples of a HEPA (High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter were coated with an antibacterial agent, silver nanoparticles, which were synthesized via an atmospheric spark discharge method and deposited onto the filters using forced convection flow. A specific amount of dust particles was then blown onto each filter sample. Two kinds of bacteria, Escherichia coli (E. coli), representing Gram-negative bacteria, and Staphylococcus epidermidis (S. epidermidis), representing Gram-positive bacteria, were used in order to examine the antibacterial abilities of the filter samples. The results of the disc diffusion method showed that the dust loading adversely affected the antibacterial efficacy. However, the silver nanoparticle mass density on a filter with a certain amount of dust does increase the antibacterial ability to a certain extent. Finally, decay equations for the decline rates of the antibacterial ability against E. coli and S. epidermidis were obtained with a dimensionless pressure drop across the antibacterial filter samples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1009-1018
Number of pages10
JournalAerosol and Air Quality Research
Volume13
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Apr 12

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Silver
Dust
silver
Nanoparticles
dust
filter
Bacteria
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Escherichia coli
Bactericides
Forced convection
Electric sparks
Particles (particulate matter)
bacterium
Pressure drop
Life cycle
Anti-Bacterial Agents
nanoparticle
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  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution

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Joe, Yun Haeng ; Ju, Wei ; Park, Jae Hong ; Yoon, Young Hun ; Hwang, Jungho. / Correlation between the antibacterial ability of silver nanoparticle coated air filters and the dust loading. In: Aerosol and Air Quality Research. 2013 ; Vol. 13, No. 3. pp. 1009-1018.
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Correlation between the antibacterial ability of silver nanoparticle coated air filters and the dust loading. / Joe, Yun Haeng; Ju, Wei; Park, Jae Hong; Yoon, Young Hun; Hwang, Jungho.

In: Aerosol and Air Quality Research, Vol. 13, No. 3, 12.04.2013, p. 1009-1018.

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