Plug-In Safe-by-Design Nanoinorganic Antibacterials

Milan Gautam, Dae Hoon Park, Sung Jae Park, Kang Sik Nam, Geun Young Park, Jungho Hwang, Chul Soon Yong, Jong Oh Kim, Jeong Hoon Byeon

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Due to antimicrobial resistance and the adverse health effects that follow broad and inappropriate use of antibacterial agents, new classes of antibacterials with broad and strong bactericidal activity and safety for human use are urgently required globally, increasingly so with the onset of climate change. However, R&D in this field is known to be rarely profitable, unless a cost-effective, flexible, and convenient platform that ensures the production of workable candidate antibacterials can be developed. To address this issue, inorganic nanomaterials have been considered for their bactericidal activities, yet further investigations of composition crystalline modifications and/or surface biomaterial coatings are still required to provide effective and safe antibacterial nanoparticles. In this study, we developed a plug-in system comprising a spark plasma reactor and a flow heater under nitrogen gas flow to supply precursor inorganic nanoparticles (Cu-Te configuration) that can be modulated in-flight at different temperatures. From antibacterial and toxicological assays in both in vitro and in vivo models, bactericidal and toxicological profiles showed that the plug-in system-based platform can be used to identify key parameters for producing safe-by-design agents with antibacterial activity [>88% (in vitro) and >80% (in vivo) in antibacterial efficiency] and safety (>65% in in vitro viability and >60% in in vivo survival rate).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12798-12809
Number of pages12
JournalACS Nano
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Nov 26

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT, and future Planning (NRF-2018R1A2A1A05020683). This research was also supported by the NRF (2018R1A2A2A05021143) grant funded by the Korean Government and the Medical Research Center Program (2015R1A5A2009124) through the NRF funded by MSIP.

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© 2019 American Chemical Society.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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