The sonochemical coating of cotton withstands 65 washing cycles at hospital washing standards and retains its antibacterial properties

I. Perelshtein, Y. Ruderman, N. Perkas, Jamie Beddow, G. Singh, Mircea Vinatoru, Eaodoin Joyce, Timothy J. Mason, M. Blanes, K. Mollá, A. Gedanken

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    Abstract

    Hospital-acquired nosocomial infections are a major health, and consequently financial issue, in the world healthcare system. The problem of bacterial infections in general, and in hospitals in particular, has led to extensive scientific and industrial efforts to fabricate antibacterial textiles. A sonochemical coating machine was developed and built and its ability to coat antibacterial nanoparticles (NPs) onto 40–50 meter length of materials on a roll to roll basis at a speed of 22 cm/min. Cotton coated sonochemically with copper oxide nanoparticles (CuO NPs) was found to maintain its antibacterial properties even after 65 cycles of washings according to hospital protocols of hygienic washing (75 °C). This demonstrates the good quality and high stability of this sonochemically produced NPs coating on textiles. Durable antibacterial textiles such as these may be suitable for wide spread use in future hospital environments where hygiene control is of paramount importance.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1215-1221
    JournalCellulose
    Volume20
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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    Keywords

    • Sonochemistry
    • Antibacterial nanoparticles
    • Copper oxide
    • Coating method

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    Perelshtein, I., Ruderman, Y., Perkas, N., Beddow, J., Singh, G., Vinatoru, M., ... Gedanken, A. (2013). The sonochemical coating of cotton withstands 65 washing cycles at hospital washing standards and retains its antibacterial properties. Cellulose, 20(3), 1215-1221. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10570-013-9929-z