A liquid phase deposition (LPD) method has been devised for the deposition of Ag–TiO2 thin films on ceramic tiles with glazed surface at a low temperature. The Ag–TiO2 thin films obtained were welladhered, homogenous and coloured by interference of reflected light. The films were characterized by X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. From these analyses, it was found that silver ions were trapped in TiO2 matrix and their reduction could be achieved at 600°C annealing temperature. The antibacterial activity against S. aureus and 𝐸. coli has been studied applying the so called antibacterial-drop test. The Ag–TiO2 thin films exhibited a high antibacterial activity. AAS was used for the quantitave determination of silver ion concentration releasing from the Ag–TiO2 thin film. The releasing rate of silver ions from the Ag–TiO2 film was 0.118 𝜇g/ml during 192 h. The antibacterial effect of Ag–TiO2 thin film before and after aging in a weathering chamber for 48 h was compared and the results show that the antibacterial activity is not compromised after weathering.
Volume 42 | Issue 3