Bacterial inhibiting surfaces caused by the effects of silver release and/or electrical field

Wen-Chi Chiang, Lisbeth Rischel Hilbert, Casper Schroll, Tim Tolker-Nielsen, Per Møller

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In this study, silver-palladium surfaces and silver-bearing stainless steels were designed and investigated focusing on electrochemical principles to form inhibiting effects on planktonic and/or biofilm bacteria in water systems. Silver-resistant Escherichia coli and silver-sensitive E. coli were used for the evaluation of inhibiting effects and the inhibiting mechanism. For silver-palladium surfaces combined with bacteria in media, the inhibiting effect was a result of electrochemical interactions and/or electrical field, and in some specific media, such as ammonium containing, undesired silver ions release can occur from their Surfaces. For silver-bearing stainless steels, the inhibiting effect can only be explained by high local silver ions release. and can be limited or deactivated dependent on the specific environment. (c) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
JournalElectrochimica Acta
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)108-115
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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