Cite this article: Chen, J.W., Lee, G.W.M., Chen, K.J. and Yang, S.H. (2016). Control of Bioaerosols in Indoor Environment by Filter Coated with Nanosilicate Platelet Supported Silver Nanohybrid (AgNPs/NSP).
Aerosol Air Qual. Res.
16: 2198-2207. https://doi.org/10.4209/aaqr.2016.06.0224
Development of antimicrobial air filter using AgNPs/NSP with low toxicity.
Evaluation of antimicrobial effect by filtration test and HVAC simulation system.
Comparison of antimicrobial effect between two different relative humidity.
Currently silver nanoparticles (AgNP)-modified filter are widely used to inactivate airborne microbes in indoor environment. However, AgNP is extremely small and thus will penetrate cells membranes to cause cytotoxicity. AgNPs/NSP has been proven to be less cytotoxic to human body. In this study, it was the first time that AgNPs/NSP was used to develop a new antimicrobial air filter with low cytotoxicity. The AgNPs/NSP filter was made by dip-coating of filter with AgNPs/NSP and acrylic resin solution and three different amount of silver on filter were obtained including 12.6, 31.5 and 63 ppm. The filtration efficiency and the antimicrobial activity of AgNP/NSP filter were evaluated by bioaerosols including Escherichia coli and Candida famata in testing chamber and HVAC simulation system under 30% and 70% relative humidity (RH). The results showed that filtration efficiency of AgNPs/NSP-modified filter increased by about 13 to 20% compared to unmodified filter for E. coli but remained almost the same for C. famata. The antimicrobial efficiency of AgNPs/NSP modified filter of 63 ppm was 95.1% for E. coli at RH of 30%. In addition, 91% of antimicrobial efficiency for C. famata was found at RH of 70%. On the other hand, the antimicrobial efficiency of yeast for AgNPs/NSP-modified filter was 97.8% and 86.4% for RH of 30% and 70% respectively when yeast just started to contact with filter in HVAC system. The results suggest that AgNP/NSP-modified air filter can effectively inactivate microorganisms retained on. Therefore, emission of bioaerosols from air filter can be avoided in order to improve the air cleaning technology in indoor environment.