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International Journal of Environment Science and Technology
Center for Environment and Energy Research and Studies (CEERS)
ISSN: 1735-1472
EISSN: 1735-2630
Vol. 12, No. 9, 2015, pp. 2987-2996
Bioline Code: st15281
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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International Journal of Environment Science and Technology, Vol. 12, No. 9, 2015, pp. 2987-2996

 en Inhibition of bacteria by photocatalytic nano-TiO2 particles in the absence of light
Erdem, A.; Metzler, D.; Cha, D. & Huang, C. P.

Abstract

The potential eco-toxicity of fourteen different nanosized titanium dioxide (TiO2) particles was studied using Gram-positive Bacillus subtilis check for this species in other resources and Gram-negative Escherichia coli check for this species in other resources (ATCC K12) as test organisms. These photosensitive nanoparticles (NPs) were found to be harmful to the organisms studied at different degrees; the antibacterial activity increased with primary particle size, reached the maximum level in the range of 16–20 nm, and then decreased as the primary particle size increased. The presence of light played a significant role on the eco-toxicity of the nano-TiO2 particles under most conditions studied, presumably due to the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). However, bacterial growth was inhibited also under dark condition, indicating that mechanisms other than photocatalytic ROS were responsible for the toxic effect. Results highlight the need for caution during the use and disposal of manufactured NPs as to prevent unintended environmental impacts, as well as the importance of further research on the mechanisms and factors that control the toxicity of NPs toward aquatic organisms.

Keywords
Eco-toxicity; Escherichia coli (K12); Bacillus subtilis; TiO2; Photocatalysts; Nano-particles; Particle size

 
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