Pickup, D.M. and Valappil, S.P. and Moss, R.M. and Twyman, H. and Guerry, P. and Smith, M.E. and Wilson, M. and Knowles, J.C. and Newport, R.J. (2009) Preparation, structural characterisation and antibacterial properties of Ga-doped sol-gel phosphate-based glass. Journal of Materials Science, 44 (7). pp. 1858-1867. ISSN 0022-2461.
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A sol-gel preparation of Ga-doped phosphate-based glass with potential application in antimicrobial devices has been developed. Samples of composition (CaO)(0.30)(Na2O)(0.20-x) (Ga2O3) (x) (P2O5)(0.50) where x = 0 and 0.03 were prepared, and the structure and properties of the gallium-doped sample compared with those of the sample containing no gallium. Analysis of the P-31 MAS NMR data demonstrated that addition of gallium to the sol-gel reaction increases the connectivity of the phosphate network at the expense of hydroxyl groups. This premise is supported by the results of the elemental analysis, which showed that the gallium-free sample contains significantly more hydrogen and by FTIR spectroscopy, which revealed a higher concentration of -OH groups in that sample. Ga K-edge extended X-ray absorption fine structure and X-ray absorption near-edge structure data revealed that the gallium ions are coordinated by six oxygen atoms. In agreement with the X-ray absorption data, the high-energy XRD results also suggest that the Ga3+ ions are octahedrally coordinated with respect to oxygen. Antimicrobial studies demonstrated that the sample containing Ga3+ ions had significant activity against Staphylococcus aureus compared to the control.
|Additional information:||Grant Number EPSRC EP/C000714 EP/C000633 GR/T21080|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Science Technology and Medical Studies > School of Physical Sciences > Functional Materials Group|
|Depositing User:||J.M. Smith|
|Date Deposited:||18 May 2009 12:42|
|Last Modified:||22 May 2012 11:04|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/19149 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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