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Journal of Spectroscopy
Volume 2013, Article ID 284285, 10 pages
Research Article

Study on Europium-Doped Hydroxyapatite Nanoparticles by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy and Their Antimicrobial Properties

1Department of Multifunctional Materials and Structures Laboratory, National Institute of Materials Physics, 105 Bis Atomistilor, P.O. Box MG 07, 077125 Magurele, Romania
2ISTO, Université d’Orléans, 45067 Orléans Cedex 02, France

Received 16 May 2013; Accepted 8 August 2013

Academic Editor: Maciej Sitarz

Copyright © 2013 Simona-Liliana Iconaru 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.


Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) analysis was conducted on europium-doped hydroxyapatite, (PO4)6(OH)2 nanocrystalline powders (Eu:HAp) with . Antimicrobial studies were also performed for the first time on Eu:HAp. The antimicrobial properties of Eu:HAp nanoparticles with on Gram-negative (E. coli ATCC 25922, Pseudomonas aeruginosa 1397) and Gram-positive (Staphylococcus aureus 0364, Enterococcus faecalis ATCC 29212) bacteria systems and a species of fungus (Candida albicans ATCC 10231) were reported. Our study demonstrates that the antimicrobial activity of Eu:HAp nanoparticles is dependent on the europium concentration.