Fibers and Polymers

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 689–695 | Cite as

Investigation of mechanical properties of developed antimicrobial PPsuture/Ag nanocomposite

  • Cyrine El Baher Dhafer
  • Faten Debbabi
  • Leila Samia Smiri


In order to prevent surgical complications due to microbial infections, we have developed polypropylene suture grafted with silver nanoparticles (PPsuture/Ag nanocomposite) by a simple immersion procedure. Physical and mechanical properties of developed suture are investigated. Suture surface characteristics are examined by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) imaging and atomic force microscopy (AFM). Silver content on suture surface was determined by Inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES). The mechanical properties of developed antibacterial PP suture/Ag were studied. We note that proposed silver coating method has not affected mechanical performances of suture. Antimicrobial performances of PP suture/Ag nanocomposites against S. aureus and E. coli colonies were also investigated.


Polypropylene suture Ag-nanocomposite Mechanical properties Physical properties Antimicrobial activities 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cyrine El Baher Dhafer
    • 1
  • Faten Debbabi
    • 2
  • Leila Samia Smiri
    • 1
  1. 1.Research Unit Synthesis and Structure of Nanomaterials, Faculty of Sciences BizerteUniversity of CarthageBizerteTunisia
  2. 2.Laboratory of Textile Engineering, Higher Institutes of Technological Studies of Ksar HellaMonastir UniversityMonastirTunisia

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