Today, the use of silver in surfaces for public environments is very frequent, as it ensures high antimicrobial activities, avoiding the continuous disinfection of the surfaces themselves. Similarly, thanks to its interesting combination of technological properties, anodized aluminum is widely employed in the production of components for applications in public spaces. Therefore, this work describes a simple method of the codeposition of silver and anodized aluminum to combine the remarkable properties of Al2O3 layers with the antibacterial performances of silver. The effect of silver in modifying the durability features of the anodized aluminum layer was evaluated by means of various accelerated degradation techniques, such as the exposure in a climatic chamber to UV-B radiation or an aggressive atmosphere simulated by the Kesternich test. These analyses showed the good compatibility between Ag and the alumina matrix, whose durability performances were not particularly influenced by silver. Furthermore, the composite layers did not express relevant cytotoxicity activity, as evidenced by Trypan blue flow cytometry analysis and microscopy observations, ensuring the possible use of this material in applications in close contact with humans. This same conclusion was reached by observing an almost negligible ionic release of Ag by the composite layers, even following severe degradation of the alumina matrix due to exposure to a particular acid solution. In conclusion, this work presents an innovative material that can be used in public spaces, thanks to its interesting combination of high durability and low cytotoxicity

Innovative Codeposition of a Ag–Al2O3 Layer: An Attractive Combination of High Durability and Lack of Cytotoxicity for Public Space Applications / Calovi, Massimo; Meschini, Stefania; Condello, Maria; Rossi, Stefano. - In: ACS OMEGA. - ISSN 2470-1343. - STAMPA. - 7:(2022), pp. 25650-25662. [10.1021/acsomega.2c02872]

Innovative Codeposition of a Ag–Al2O3 Layer: An Attractive Combination of High Durability and Lack of Cytotoxicity for Public Space Applications

Calovi, Massimo;Rossi, Stefano
2022

Abstract

Today, the use of silver in surfaces for public environments is very frequent, as it ensures high antimicrobial activities, avoiding the continuous disinfection of the surfaces themselves. Similarly, thanks to its interesting combination of technological properties, anodized aluminum is widely employed in the production of components for applications in public spaces. Therefore, this work describes a simple method of the codeposition of silver and anodized aluminum to combine the remarkable properties of Al2O3 layers with the antibacterial performances of silver. The effect of silver in modifying the durability features of the anodized aluminum layer was evaluated by means of various accelerated degradation techniques, such as the exposure in a climatic chamber to UV-B radiation or an aggressive atmosphere simulated by the Kesternich test. These analyses showed the good compatibility between Ag and the alumina matrix, whose durability performances were not particularly influenced by silver. Furthermore, the composite layers did not express relevant cytotoxicity activity, as evidenced by Trypan blue flow cytometry analysis and microscopy observations, ensuring the possible use of this material in applications in close contact with humans. This same conclusion was reached by observing an almost negligible ionic release of Ag by the composite layers, even following severe degradation of the alumina matrix due to exposure to a particular acid solution. In conclusion, this work presents an innovative material that can be used in public spaces, thanks to its interesting combination of high durability and low cytotoxicity
Calovi, Massimo; Meschini, Stefania; Condello, Maria; Rossi, Stefano
Innovative Codeposition of a Ag–Al2O3 Layer: An Attractive Combination of High Durability and Lack of Cytotoxicity for Public Space Applications / Calovi, Massimo; Meschini, Stefania; Condello, Maria; Rossi, Stefano. - In: ACS OMEGA. - ISSN 2470-1343. - STAMPA. - 7:(2022), pp. 25650-25662. [10.1021/acsomega.2c02872]
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