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Research Project: Cotton-based Nonwovens

Location: Cotton Chemistry and Utilization Research

Title: Surface-enhanced raman spectroscopy (SERS) for characterizing nanosilver in textiles

item Hillyer, Matthew
item Nam, Sunghyun
item Condon, Brian

Submitted to: American Chemical Society National Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 5/22/2019
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

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Technical Abstract: For its powerful antimicrobial properties, nanosilver is the most widely used nanoparticle in commercial odor-neutralizing and anti-infective textiles. However, the recent prevalent use of nanosilver has prompted concerns for the potential adverse human and environmental effects caused from the leaching of nanosilver during use and laundering, necessitating innovative strategies in characterizing nanosilver on textile substrates. This study investigated the viability of surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy (SERS) as an analytical method for the characterization and quantification of nanosilver in cotton. Two indicators, iron (III) tris(dimethyldithiocarbamate) (ferbam) and rhodamine 6G (R6G) were used to compare how efficiently they bind onto nanosilver incorporated into cotton (nanosilver-cotton) and exhibit signature SERS responses. Comparing the SERS spectra of the two indicators, R6G was found to be more appropriate for nanosilver-cotton. The solvent system for R6G was important in enhancing the SERS intensity in the cotton medium—the intensity obtained from water was nearly three-fold greater than those from methanol and the 50:50 mixture of water and methanol. A correlation between the intensity at 1503 cm-1 of R6G and the concentration of nanosilver in cotton was developed. This relationship successfully characterized the spatial distribution and aggregation of nanosilver on textile fabrics and the washing stability of nanosilver-cotton fabrics. These results provide SERS as a rapid and facile tool for monitoring the dispersion and concentration of nanosilver on textiles after application and laundering.