ORIGINAL RESEARCH
Investigating the Antibacterial Activity of POMA Nanocomposites
 
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Department of Chemistry, Government College University Faisalabad, Pakistan
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Department of Applied Chemistry, Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan
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Department of Zoology, Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan
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Department of Biochemistry, Government College University, Faisalabad, Pakistan
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School of Pharmacy, The University of Faisalabad, Faisalabad, Pakistan
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Department of Chemistry, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan
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Institute of Chemical Sciences, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan
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Department of Chemistry, The University of Lahore, Lahore, Pakistan
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Institute of Chemistry, Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur, Sindh, Pakistan
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Arif Nazir   

Department of Chemistry, University of Lahore, Lahore-Pakistan, 1-Km Raiwind Road, Lahore, 54000 Lahore, Pakistan
Online publish date: 2019-03-21
Publish date: 2019-09-17
Submission date: 2018-01-16
Final revision date: 2018-06-26
Acceptance date: 2018-07-03
 
Pol. J. Environ. Stud. 2019;28(6):4191–4198
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In this study, antibacterial activity of the prepared nanocomposites [poly (o-methoxy-aniline); POMA] at different concentrations was tested on bacterial strains. Nanocomposites were prepared by in situ chemical polymerization of ortho anisidine monomer in acidic medium with ammonium peroxydisulphate (APS) as an oxidant. The composition, structure and morphology of the polymer and nanocomposites were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), x-ray diffraction (XRD) and ultraviolet-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy. Different concentrations of nickel nanoparticles (1%, 2%, 3%, 4%, 5%) were used to confirm the characteristics of the synthesized nanocomposites. Antibacterial activity was tested against two strains: E. coli and S. typhi. A significant increase in the antibacterial activity of nanocomposites has been observed with an increase in concentration of nickel nanoparticles (Ni NPs). Excellent antibacterial activity was observed with nanocomposite having 5% Ni NPs.
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