Doherty Center for Aviation and Health Research

Faculty Funded Work

Undergraduate Research Project in "Self Cleaning" Material Design and Characterization The Photochemical Synthesis and Antimicrobial Properties of Ag/TiO2 Nanoparticles

Dr. Jason J. Keleher and Dr. James V. Rago

ABSTRACT

With the emergence of many unique and potentially dangerous microbial pathogens, many new approaches to controlling the growth and spread of these pathogens are being evaluated. The following project entitled, "The Photochemical Synthesis and Antimicrobial Properties of Ag/TiO2 Nanoparticles Project" is an attempt develop such an approach. The overall aims of Phase I of this project are to (1) optimize the protocol for the synthesis of silver-coated titanium particles, and (2) test these particles for their ability to impede bacterial growth in vitro. Previous studies have demonstrated the rich potential of such materials in a variety of settings, and we believe that this project will give both our departments and our students the opportunity to engage in a meaningful and academically lucrative research endeavor.