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TitleAntimicrobial efficiency and surface interactions of quaternary ammonium compound absorbed on DBD plasma treated fiber-based wiping materials
Author(s)Song, Xinyu
Cvelbar, Uros
Strazar, Petra
Vossebein, Lutz
Zille, Andrea
quaternary ammonium salt
Issue date9-Dec-2019
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
JournalACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Abstract(s)The physico-chemical interactions between alkyldimethylbenzylammonium chloride (ADBAC) as disinfectant and 3 commercial wiping materials made from 100% polyester (PET), 55%cellulose/45%PET (blend) and 100% cellulose were investigated after treatment with dielectric barrier discharge (DBD) plasma at atmospheric pressure. Wipe material type in terms of cellulose content, liquor ratio and immersion time demonstrated a significant influence on the adsorption of ADBAC. The higher the content of cellulose in the material, the higher is the adsorption of ADBAC active ingredient. The antimicrobial tests confirm that the ADBAC adsorbed on pure cellulosic material are inactivated losing their bactericidal activity, while 100% PET and blend wipes showed good antimicrobial efficacy. XPS analysis demonstrates the strong interactions of ADBAC with the plasma-generated oxygen species in the polyester-containing wipes surface. Unexpectedly, plasma-treated blend wipe displays a reverse antimicrobial effect compared to untreated samples, performing better in Gram-negative bacteria. The best result was obtained in the plasma treated 100% polyester wipe showing an improved of about 20% in Gram-positive bacteria and an excellent performance in Gram-negative ones. This method allows the unprecedented use of pure polyester as effective wiping material for surface disinfection eliminating the major drawback of pure polyester, its high hydrophobicity.
AccessOpen access
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