Antimicrobial properties of pristine and Pt-modified titania P25 in rotating magnetic field conditions


Effective and cheap water purification is one of the most important tasks facing humanity. Among various methods of water treatment, heterogeneous photocatalysis is probably most recommended. However, the application of artificial sources of irradiation results in high investment and operating costs. Accordingly, either vis-responsive photocatalysts or different ways of photocatalyst activation should be developed. In the present study, rotating magnetic field (RMF) has been tested to inactivate gram-positive (Staphylococcus epidermidis) and gram-negative (Escherichia coli) bacteria in the presence of pristine and Pt-modified titania P25 photocatalyst. Liquid cultures of the bacteria have been exposed to the titania and RMF (RMF frequency of 1–50 Hz, RMF magnetic induction of ca. 19.92 mT, 180 min exposure time, temperature of incubation at 37 °C). It has been found that highly active titania photocatalyst might also work in the absence of photoirradiation but under RMF. Moreover, its modification with platinum besides highly improved photocatalytic activity (tested for two model reactions of oxidative decomposition of acetic acid and anaerobic dehydrogenation of methanol under UV/vis irradiation) results in significant enhancement of antimicrobial effect under RMF. Additionally, photocatalysts with larger content of oxidized forms of platinum show higher antimicrobial activity, and thus it is proposed that platinum oxides are more active than zero-valent platinum under RMF. This study provides evidence of antimicrobial effect of titania without photoirradiation, indicating that RMF might efficiently activate photocatalyst.


Słowa kluczowe

Water disinfection, Rotating magnetic field, Heterogeneous photocatalysis, Titanium dioxide, Antimicrobial properties


Paszkiewicz O., Wang K., Rakoczy R., Kordas M., Leniec G., Kowalska E., Markowska-Szczupak A. (2022). Antimicrobial properties of pristine and Pt-modified titania P25 in rotating magnetic field conditions. Chemical Engineering and Processing - Process Intensification, Vol. 178, s. 1-10, [nr art.] 109010. 10.1016/j.cep.2022.109010