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TiO2 nanotubes demonstrated to be a versatile nanostructure for biomaterials, clean energy and water remediation applications. However, the cost of titanium and the poor mechanical properties of the nanotubes hinder their adoption at large scale. This work presents a straightforward and scalable method for transferring photoactive anodic TiO2 nanotubes from titanium foils to commodity thermoplastic polymers, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate, polycarbonate, and polymethylmetacrylate, allowing the reusing of the remaining titanium. The obtained flexible nanocomposites reach a maximum photonic efficiencies of 0.038% (ISO-10678:2010) representing the 93% of photonic efficiency of TiO2 nanotubes on titanium. In addition, the nanocomposites and TiO2 nanotubes on titanium present similar antibacterial properties under 1 mW cm−2 UV-A, 60% of Escherichia coli survival after 1 h of exposition. The …
Publication date: 
31 Mar 2017

Ruy Sanz, Maria Antonietta Buccheri, Massimo Zimbone, Viviana Scuderi, Guillaume Amiard, Giuliana Impellizzeri, Lucia Romano, Vittorio Privitera

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Volume: 399 Pages: 451-462
Applied Surface Science