Journal of Electronic Materials

, Volume 45, Issue 10, pp 5321–5333 | Cite as

Graphene Oxide/Silver Nanohybrid as Multi-functional Material for Highly Efficient Bacterial Disinfection and Detection of Organic Dye

  • Le Thi Tam
  • Ngo Xuan Dinh
  • Nguyen Van Cuong
  • Nguyen  Van Quy
  • Tran Quang Huy
  • Duc-The Ngo
  • Kristian Mølhave
  • Anh-Tuan Le
Article

Abstract

In this work, a multi-functional hybrid system consisting of graphene oxide and silver nanoparticles (GO-Ag NPs) was successfully synthesized by using a two-step chemical process. We firstly demonstrated noticeable bactericidal ability of the GO-Ag hybrid system. We provide more chemo-physical evidence explaining the antibacterial behavior of GO-Ag nanohybrid against Gram-negative Escherichia Coli and Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus in light of ultrastructural damage analyses and Ag1+ ions release rate onto the cells/medium. A further understanding of the mode of antimicrobial action is very important for designing and developing advanced antimicrobial systems. Secondly, we have also demonstrated that the GO-Ag nanohybrid material could be used as a potential surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate to detect and quantify organic dyes, e.g., methylene blue (MB), in aqueous media. Our findings revealed that the GO-Ag hybrid system showed better SERS performance of MB detection than that of pure Ag-NPs. MB could be detected at a concentration as low as 1 ppm. The GO-Ag-based SERS platform can be effectively used to detect trace concentrations of various types of organic dyes in aqueous media. With the aforementioned properties, the GO-Ag hybrid system is found to be very promising as a multi-functional material for advanced biomedicine and environmental monitoring applications.

Keywords

GO-Ag nanohybrid bactericidal electron microscopy  MB detection surface enhanced Raman scattering 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Le Thi Tam
    • 1
  • Ngo Xuan Dinh
    • 1
    • 2
  • Nguyen Van Cuong
    • 1
    • 2
  • Nguyen  Van Quy
    • 3
  • Tran Quang Huy
    • 4
  • Duc-The Ngo
    • 5
  • Kristian Mølhave
    • 6
  • Anh-Tuan Le
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Advanced Institute for Science and Technology (AIST)Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST)HanoiVietnam
  2. 2.University of Transport TechnologyHanoiVietnam
  3. 3.International Training Institute for Materials Science (ITIMS)Hanoi University of Science and TechnologyHanoiVietnam
  4. 4.National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE)HanoiVietnam
  5. 5.Electron Microscopy Centre, School of MaterialsUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK
  6. 6.Department of Micro- and NanotechnologyTechnical University of DenmarkKgs LyngbyDenmark

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