By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Life Science Weekly -- Research findings on Nanoparticles are discussed in a new report. According to news reporting from Babol, Iran, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "A new, thin film, biofouling resistant, nanofiltration (NF) membrane was fabricated with two key characteristics, viz. a low rate of silver (Ag) release and long-lasting antibacterial properties. In the new approach, nanoparticles were embedded completely in a polymeric thin-film layer."
The news correspondents obtained a quote from the research from the Babol University of Technology, "A comparison was made between the new thin-film composite (TFC), NF membrane and thin-film nanocomposite (TFN), and antibacterial NF membranes. Both types of NF membrane were fabricated by interfacial polymerization on a polysulphone sublayer using m-phenylenediamine and trimesoyl chloride as an amine monomer and an acid chloride monomer, respectively. Energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) microanalysis demonstrated the presence of Ag nanoparticles. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) were used to study the cross-sectional and surface morphological properties of the NF membranes. Permeability and salt rejection were tested using a dead-end filtration cell. Ag leaching from the membranes was measured using inductively coupled mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Morphological studies showed that the TFC NF membranes had better thin-film formation (a more compact structure and a smoother surface) than TFN NF membranes. Performance experiments on TFC NF membranes revealed that permeability was good, without sacrificing salt rejection. The antibacterial properties of the fabricated membranes were tested using the disk diffusion method and viable plate counts. The antibiofouling properties of the membranes were examined by measuring the quantity of bacterial cells released from the biofilm formed (as a function of the amount of biofilm present). A more sensitive surface was observed compared to that of a typical antibacterial NF membrane."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The Ag leaching rates were low, which will likely result in long-lasting antibacterial and biofouling resistant properties."
For more information on this research see: A new concept in polymeric thin-film composite nanofiltration membranes with antibacterial properties. Biofouling, 2013;29(5):537-48 (see also Nanoparticles).
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting A. Mollahosseini, Membrane Research Group, Nanotechnology Research Institute, School of Chemical Engineering, Babol University of Technology, Babol, Iran.
Keywords for this news article include: Iran, Asia, Babol, Nanotechnology, Emerging Technologies.
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