Embedment of silver into temperature- and pH-responsive microgel for the development of smart textiles with simultaneous moisture management and controlled antimicrobial activities.

Author(s) Štular, D.; Jerman, I.; Naglič, I.; Simončič, B.; Tomšič, B.
Journal Carbohydr Polym
Date Published 2017 Mar 01

Silver nanoparticles were embedded into a temperature- and pH-responsive microgel based on poly-(N-isopropylacrylamide) and chitosan (PNCS) before or after its application to cotton fabric to create a smart stimuli-responsive textile with simultaneous moisture management and controlled antimicrobial activities. Two different methods of silver embedment into the PNCS microgel using two different forms of silver nanoparticles were studied, i.e., in-situ synthesis of AgCl nanocrystals into PNCS microgel particles that had previously been applied to cotton fabric, as well as the direct incorporation of colloidal silver into the microgel suspension prior to its deposition on cellulose fibres. SEM and FT-IR analysis were employed to determine the morphological and chemical changes of the modified cotton fibres, while EDS and ICP MS analysis were used to confirm the presence of the silver nanoparticles. The influence of silver embedment on the swelling/deswelling activity of the PNCS microgel was studied using the temperature- and pH-responsiveness, as determined by the moisture content, water vapour transmission rate and water uptake. The antimicrobial activity against the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli was assessed. Regardless of the embedment technique, the presence of silver nanoparticles resulted in impaired moisture management activity of the studied microgel. The PNCS microgel proved to be a suitable carrier of antimicrobial agents, assuring the effective controlled release of silver triggered by changes in the temperature and pH of the surroundings, which granted the cotton fabric excellent antimicrobial activity against Gram-negative E. coli (>99%) and Gram-positive S. aureus (>85%).

DOI 10.1016/j.carbpol.2016.12.030
ISSN 1879-1344
Citation Carbohydr Polym. 2017;159:161170.