Advanced Redox Technology Lab

Journal papers

Fabrication of Ag-doped ZnO/PAN composite nanofibers by electrospinning: Photocatalytic and antiviral activities
J. Yoon, J. Kim, S. Park, Y. W. Jeong, C. Lee, S. -G. Oh
Korean Journal of Chemical Engineering
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Ag-doped ZnO nanoparticles (AZNs) were directly synthesized using sol-gel method to embed into polyacrylonitrile (PAN) nanofibers by electrospinning. The synthesized AZNs were optically and structurally characterized by UV-VIS spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy, high resolution HR-TEM and XRD. The photocatalytic activity of the AZNs was examined by photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue to correlate with their antiviral efficacy in PAN nanofibers fabricated via electrospinning technique. The PAN nanofibers containing AZNs were characterized using SEM and EDS. Finally, antiviral activity of AZNs/PAN nanofibers was investigated by using virus ϕx174 under visible light irradiation. As a result, the antiviral efficacy of nanofibers increased as the concentration of Ag in AZNs increased. The results show that better antiviral efficacy was obtained in AZNs/PAN nanofibers prepared with AZNs of higher photocatalytic performance.