Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes Exhibit Strong Antimicrobial Activity

We provide the first direct evidence that highly purified single-walled carbon nanotubes exhibit strong antimicrobial activity

Seoktae Kang

2007

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  • We provide the first direct evidence that highly purified single-walled carbon nanotubes exhibit strong antimicrobial activity
  • By using a pristine SWNT with a narrow diameter distribution, we demonstrate that cell membrane damage resulting from direct contact with SWNT aggregates is the likely mechanism leading to bacterial cell death
  • This finding may be useful in the application of SWNTs as building blocks for antimicrobial materials
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