Microwave-assisted synthesis of nanocrystalline MgO and its use as a bacteriocide

Shirly Makhluf, Rachel Dror, Yeshayahu Nitzan, Yaniv Abramovich, Raz Jelinek, Aharon Gedanken

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Nanocrystalline particles of MgO were synthesized using microwave radiation in an ethylene glycol solution. The antibacterial activities of the MgO nanoparticles were tested by treating Escherichia coli (Gram negative) and Staphylococcus aureus (Gram positive) cultures with 1 mg mL-1 of the nanoparticles. We have examined the importance of the size effect, pH, and the form of the active MgO species as a bactericidal agent. A clear size dependence of the nanoparticles is observed where the amount of eradicated bacteria was strongly dependent on the particle size.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1708-1715
Number of pages8
JournalAdvanced Functional Materials
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2005


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