Title

Catalytic behavior and antibacterial/antifungal activities of new MNPs/zeolite@alginate composite beads

Document Type

Article

Source of Publication

International Journal of Biological Macromolecules

Publication Date

12-20-2021

Abstract

In this paper, a new family of composite materials was prepared based on calcium alginate and metal nanoparticle-loaded zeolite omega. Different types of metal nanoparticles (NPs), namely Cu, Co and Fe, were loaded onto zeolite omega to test the performance of the resulting metal/zeolite@alginate composites towards the catalytic reduction of methylene blue dye. To examine their application field as broadly as possible, these composite beads were also tested as antibacterial and antifungal agents against several types of bacteria. Several techniques such as XRD, XRF, FTIR, XPS, SEM and TGA were used to characterize the samples. The obtained results showed that all the composite bead samples were effective in the reduction of MB dye. The composite Co/Zeolite@ALG with relatively low Co nanoparticle (NP) content was selected as the best performing catalyst due to its reduction of MB dye being completely achieved in 3 min with a rate constant of 0.02 min-1, which was attributed to its highly porous structure. The reuse tests conducted on the best-performing catalyst showed good results which persisted through five successive cycles. For antibacterial and antifungal activities, the Cu/Zeolite@ALG and Fe/Zeolite@ALG composites showed good activity with significant inhibition zones.

Publisher

Elsevier

Volume

198

Disciplines

Life Sciences

Keywords

Composites beads, Catalytic reduction of MB dye, Antibacterial and antifungal agents

Indexed in Scopus

no

Open Access

no

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