Photobactericidal effects of TiO 2 thin films at low temperatures - A preliminary study

T. P Tim Cushnie, Peter K J Robertson, Simon Officer, Pat M. Pollard, Radhakrishna Prabhu, Cathy McCullagh, Jeanette M C Robertson

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The efficacy of TiO 2 photocatalysis for the destruction of pathogenic bacteria has been demonstrated by a number of groups over the past two decades. Pathogenic bacteria represent a significant hazard for the food and drink industry. Current practices in this industry dictate that rigorous sanitizing regimes must be regularly implemented resulting in lost production time. The incorporation of a TiO 2 antibacterial surface coating in this setting would be highly desirable. In this paper we report a preliminary study of the efficacy of a TiO 2 coating, doped with the lanthanide, neodymium, at low temperature conditions such as those utilised in the food and drink sector. The rapid destruction of Staphylococcus aureus, a common foodborne pathogen, was observed using TiO 2 films coated to glass and steel substrates. 

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)290-294
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A: Chemistry
Issue number2-3
Early online date01 Jul 2010
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2010


  • Food and drink industry
  • Pathogenic bacteria
  • Photocatalyst
  • TiO

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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