Engineered Phyllosilicate Clay-Based Antimicrobial Surfaces

Part of the Materials Horizons: From Nature to Nanomaterials book series (MHFNN)


Phyllosilicates are widely used as a platform for producing effective antimicrobial materials. They are two-dimensional nanoparticles and exist as layered silicates. The interlayer sodium ions can be exchanged with various biochemical moieties to produce highly efficient antimicrobial systems. This chapter discusses organoclays, artificial nanoclay, hybrid nanoclay and clay–polymer nanocomposites used for bactericidal activities.


Phyllosilicates Organoclay Clay-hybrids Laponite Antimicrobial Polymer nanocomposites 



The authors are grateful to the facilities provided by the International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, School of Chemical Sciences, School of Pure and Applied Physics and School of Biosciences, Mahatma Gandhi University.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.International and Inter University Centre for Nanoscience and NanotechnologyMahatma Gandhi UniversityKottayamIndia
  2. 2.School of BiosciencesMahatma Gandhi UniversityKottayamIndia
  3. 3.School of Chemical SciencesMahatma Gandhi UniversityKottayamIndia
  4. 4.School of Pure and Applied PhysicsMahatma Gandhi UniversityKottayamIndia

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