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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2016 (2016), Article ID 2187940, 11 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/2187940
Research Article

Synthesis and Characterization of Monometallic (Ag, Cu) and Bimetallic Ag-Cu Particles for Antibacterial and Antifungal Applications

1Department of Environmental Technology, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Gdansk, 80–308 Gdansk, Poland
2Department of Chemical Technology, Faculty of Chemistry, Gdansk University of Technology, 80–233 Gdansk, Poland
3Laundry and Dry Cleaning Center Eko-Styl Rental Sp. Z o. o. Sp.k., 37–300 Lezajsk, Poland

Received 13 November 2015; Accepted 27 January 2016

Academic Editor: Xuping Sun

Copyright © 2016 Marta Paszkiewicz et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

In this paper, the experimental studies are concerned with the effect of the synthesis parameters on the formation of monometallic Ag and Cu nanoparticles (NPs). We consider the synthesis strategies verification for the bimetallic core-shell and alloy particles preparation. It was successfully obtained by chemical reduction method. The obtained colloidal solution is characterized by the transmission electron microscopy (TEM) with energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) data, UV-Vis spectra, particle size distribution, and zeta potential. This work presents a comprehensive overview of experimental studies of the most stable colloidal solutions to impregnate fabrics that will exhibit a bactericidal and fungicidal activity against Candida albicans, Escherichia coli, and Staphylococcus aureus.