Antibacterial Property and Mechanism of Copper Alginate Fiber
To apply copper alginate fibers in medical as a new alginate fiber, copper alginate fibers were researched and evaluated against Escherichia coli (E.coli) and Staphylococcus aureus (S.aureus), using antibacterial zone and flash shaking method to analyze anti-bacterial mechanism by the scanning electron microscopy (SEM). The results showed that copper alginate fibers had antibacterial effects, the antibacterial rate against E.coli and S.aureus were 97.4% and 66.2%, respectively; SEM images indicated that bacteria obviously changed after contacting with fibers, the main reason was that copper ion had a damaging effect on pericellular and cell wall. Furthermore, bacterial osmotic pressure was changed and protein synthesis were impeded, and then the normal metabolism of bacteria was destroyed, and finally, bacteria died.
Zhengyi Jiang, Jingtao Han and Xianghua Liu
Y. Wu et al., "Antibacterial Property and Mechanism of Copper Alginate Fiber", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 152-153, pp. 1351-1355, 2011