Gold nanorod-decorated metallic mos2 nanosheets for synergistic photothermal and photodynamic antibacterial therapy

Sibidou Yougbaré, Chinmaya Mutalik, Pei Feng Chung, Dyah Ika Krisnawati, Fajar Rinawati, Hengky Irawan, Heny Kristanto, Tsung Rong Kuo

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Light-responsive nanocomposites have become increasingly attractive in the biomedical field for antibacterial applications. Visible-light-activated metallic molybdenum disulfide nanosheets (1T-MoS2 NSs) and plasmonic gold nanorods (AuNRs) with absorption at a wavelength of 808 nm were synthesized. AuNR nanocomposites decorated onto 1T-MoS2 NSs (MoS2@AuNRs) were successfully prepared by electrostatic adsorption for phototherapy applications. Based on the photothermal effect, the solution temperature of the MoS2@AuNR nanocomposites increased from 25 to 66.7C after 808 nm near-infrared (NIR) laser irradiation for 10 min. For the photodynamic effect, the MoS2@AuNR nanocomposites generated reactive oxygen species (ROS) under visible light irradiation. Photothermal therapy and photodynamic therapy of MoS2@AuNRs were confirmed against E. coli by agar plate counts. Most importantly, the combination of photothermal therapy and photodynamic therapy from the MoS2@AuNR nanocomposites revealed higher antibacterial activity than photothermal or photodynamic therapy alone. The light-activated MoS2@AuNR nanocomposites exhibited a remarkable synergistic effect of photothermal therapy and photodynamic therapy, which provides an alternative approach to fight bacterial infections.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3064
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2021


  • Antimicrobial activity
  • Gold nanorods
  • Metallic molybdenum disulfide
  • Photodynamic therapy
  • Phototherapy
  • Photothermal therapy
  • Synergistic effect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • General Materials Science


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