Fabrication of fiber filters with antibacterial properties for VOC and particle removal

Paxton Juuti, Markus Nikka, Marianne Gunell, Erkki Eerola, Jarkko J. Saarinen, Youichi Omori, Takafumi Seto, Jyrki M. Mäkelä

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The use of filters to control air quality has been implemented widely in all types of structures. Unfortunately, filters risk becoming platforms for the growth of bacteria, which can then be dispersed further in the air stream. To combat this, antibacterial materials are being incorporated into filter media. In this work, we tested two routes for introducing nanoscale silver into filters containing activated carbon fibers (ACF): first, by adding silver nanofibers directly to the fiber fabrication process and second, by coating a pre-existing filter with silver nanoparticles generated by a liquid flame spray (LFS). The resultant filters were evaluated for methanol adsorption, particle penetration and antibacterial activity. The results show that both methods are suitable for producing antibacterial filters as well as being highly tailorable and scalable for specific needs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1892-1899
Number of pages8
JournalAerosol and Air Quality Research
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2019
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Adsorption
  • Air filtration
  • Liquid flame spray
  • Nanoscale silver

Publication forum classification

  • Publication forum level 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Pollution

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