Unravelling the Swelling Behaviour and Antibacterial Activity of Palm Cellulose Nanofiber-based Metallic Nanocomposites

Janarthanan Supramaniam, See Kiat Wong, Bey Fen Leo, Loh Teng Hern Tan, Bey Hing Goh, Siah Ying Tang

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The development of functional antimicrobial metal oxide nanocomposite systems based on nanocellulose has been the subject of extensive research in recent years. In addition to its sustainability, biodegradability and non-toxic properties, nanocelullose present an extremely high surface area favoring the selective growth and immobilization of ultrafine metal oxide nanoparticles on the cellulosic surface. In this study, oil palm biomass-derived cellulose nanofiber (CNF) decorated with zinc oxide (ZnO) nanocomposites were produced via ultrasound-assisted in situ co-precipitation approach. The morphology and chemical composition of the as-synthesized ZnO/CNF composites were characterized using field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM) and Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR). FE-SEM images revealed the fibrous morphology of nanocomposites with a good distribution of ZnO NPs. The FT-IR analysis confirmed a strong interaction between surface functional groups of CNF and ZnO nanoparticles. The swelling behavior of composites was found to be improved with addition of ZnO nanoparticles in the CNF matrix. The hybrid ZnO-CNF exhibited pronounced antibacterial properties against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The findings of present study support the possibility of using this palm CNF-based metallic nanocomposites as nanofillers for wound care application.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012027
JournalIOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes
Event26th Regional Symposium on Chemical Engineering, RSCE 2019 - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Duration: 30 Oct 20191 Nov 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering


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