The development of low-cost and biocompatible inorganic photothermal nanoagents with broadband sunlight absorption and high photothermal conversion efficiency as broad spectrum fungicides is highly desirable for the large scale antibacterial treatment especially in the wild, because of their highly efficient anti-bacteria ability via solar irradiation. Here, we present a facile strategy for the synthesis of Cu7S4 nanorods (NRs) with broadband light absorption (300-3300 nm) and high photothermal conversion efficiency (57.8%, 808 nm), and the use of these NRs as broad spectrum fungicides for efficient disinfection using natural sunlight as light source. In the presence of Cu7S4 NRs, with natural sunlight irradiation (70 mW cm-2), both Gram-positive (S. aureus) and Gram-negative (E. coli) bacterium strains (2 mL, 106 mL-1) were completely killed in 10 min. These results suggest that our Cu7S4 NRs are effective and broad spectrum photothermal anti-bacterial agents regardless of drug resistance, that are particularly suitable for anti-bacteria activity in the wild using solar irradiation where artificial light sources are not available. Due to their strong near infrared (NIR) absorption, these biocompatible and low-cost Cu7S4 NRs may also serve as promising agents for photothermal therapy of tumors, disinfection in clinics, food sterilization and environmental treatment.
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 26 Oct 2016|