Anatase TiO2 nanocomposites for antimicrobial coatings

J Phys Chem B. 2005 May 12;109(18):8889-98. doi: 10.1021/jp0502196.


A sol-gel chemistry approach was used to fabricate nanoparticles of TiO(2) in its anatase form. The particle size is shown to be sensitive to the use of HClO(4) or HNO(3) as acid catalyst. The gold-capped TiO(2) nanocomposites were processed by the reduction of gold on the surface of the TiO(2) nanoparticles via a chemical reduction or a photoreduction method. Different percentages of vanadium-doped TiO(2) nanoparticles, which extended the TiO(2) absorption wavelength from the ultraviolet to the visible region, were successfully prepared. The synthesized nanocomposites have a size of about 12-18 nm and an anatase phase as characterized by XRD, TEM, AFM, and UV-vis spectroscopy. The TiO(2) nanocomposite coatings have been applied on glass slide substrates. The antibacterial activity of TiO(2) nanocomposites was investigated qualitatively and quantitatively. Two types of bacteria, Escherichia coli (DH 5alpha) and Bacillus megaterium (QM B1551), were used during the experiments. Good inhibition results were observed and demonstrated visually. The quantitative examination of bacterial activity for E. coli was estimated by the survival ratio as calculated from the number of viable cells, which form colonies on the nutrient agar plates. The antimicrobial efficiency and inhibition mechanisms are illustrated and discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Infective Agents* / pharmacology
  • Bacillus megaterium / drug effects
  • Escherichia coli / drug effects
  • Microbial Sensitivity Tests
  • Microscopy, Electron, Transmission
  • Nanocomposites*
  • Titanium / chemistry*


  • Anti-Infective Agents
  • titanium dioxide
  • Titanium