The enhanced photocatalytic properties of MnO2/g-C3N4 heterostructure for rapid sterilization under visible light.


Ministry-of-Education Key Laboratory for the Green Preparation and Application of Functional Materials, Hubei Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials, School of Materials Science & Engineering, Hubei University, Wuhan 430062, China. Electronic address: [Email]


Herein, a heterostructure based on MnO2 and g-C3N4 was constructed on the surface of metallic Ti implants, in which MnO2 favored the transfer and separation of free charges to enhance the photoconversion efficiency of g-C3N4 by 21.11%. Consequently, the yield of ROS was promoted significantly, which denatured protein and damaged DNA to kill bacteria efficiently. In addition, glutathione (GSH, l-γ-glutamyl-l-cysteinyl-glycine) defending oxidative stress in bacteria, was oxidized by MnO2 in the hybrid coating once the bacterial membrane was disrupted by ROS. Hence, after visible light irradiation for 20 min, MnO2/g-C3N4 coating exhibited superior disinfection efficacy of 99.96% and 99.26% against S. aureus and E. coli severally. This work provided a practical sterilization strategy about MnO2/g-C3N4 systems through the synergistic effects of enhanced photodynamic antibacterial therapy and oxidization effect of MnO2 with great biosafety, in which MnO2 enhanced the photocatalyst property of g-C3N4 to generate more ROS and deplete GSH to improve antibacterial efficiency. It will bring more insight into rapid and highly effective disinfection and antibacterial strategy without using traditional high-temperature, ultraviolet ray and antibiotics that cause side-effects.


Disinfection,Heterostructure,MnO(2) nanosheet,Photocatalytic,g-C(3)N(4),

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