Surface deposited one-dimensional copper-doped TiO2 nanomaterials for prevention of health care acquired infections

Tilen Koklic, Iztok Urbančič, Irena Zdovc, Majda Golob, Polona Umek, Zoran Arsov, Goran Dražić, Štefan Pintarič, Martin Dobeic, Janez Štrancar
PLoS ONE, July 2018; doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0201490 (read more here).

In brief

Here we show that copper doped TiO2 nanotubes produce about five times more ·OH radicals as compared to undoped TiO2 nanotubes and that effective surface disinfection, determined by a modified ISO 22196:2011 test, can be achieved even at low intensity UVA light of 30 μW/cm2. The nanotubes can be deposited on a preformed surface at room temperature, resulting in a stable deposition resistant to multiple washings. Up to 103 microorganisms per cm2 can be inactivated in 24 hours, including resistant strains such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Extended-spectrum beta-lactamase Escherichia coli (E. coli ESBL).