Surface-kinetics mediated mesoporous multipods for enhanced bacterial adhesion and inhibition

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Zhao, T
Chen, L
Wang, P
Li, B
Lin, R
Abdulkareem Al-Khalaf, A
Hozzein, WN
Zhang, F
Li, X
Zhao, D
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Despite the importance of nanoparticle's multipods topology in multivalent-interactions enhanced nano-bio interactions, the precise manipulation of multipods surface topological structures is still a great challenge. Herein, the surface-kinetics mediated multi-site nucleation strategy is demonstrated for the fabrication of mesoporous multipods with precisely tunable surface topological structures. Tribulus-like tetra-pods Fe3O4@SiO2@RF&PMOs (RF = resorcinol-formaldehyde resin, PMO = periodic mesoporous organosilica) nanocomposites have successfully been fabricated with a centering core@shell Fe3O4@SiO2@RF nanoparticle, and four surrounding PMO nanocubes as pods. By manipulating the number of nucleation sites through mediating surface kinetics, a series of multipods mesoporous nanocomposites with precisely controllable surface topological structures are formed, including Janus with only one pod, nearly plane distributed dual-pods and tri-pods, three-dimensional tetrahedral structured tetra-pods, etc. The multipods topology endows the mesoporous nanocomposites enhanced bacteria adhesion ability. Particularly, the tribulus-like tetra-pods mesoporous nanoparticles show ~100% bacteria segregation and long-term inhibition over 90% after antibiotic loading.

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Zhao, T; Chen, L; Wang, P; Li, B; Lin, R; Abdulkareem Al-Khalaf, A; Hozzein, WN; Zhang, F; Li, X; Zhao, D, Surface-kinetics mediated mesoporous multipods for enhanced bacterial adhesion and inhibition, Nature communications, 2019, 10 (1), pp. 4387: 1-4387: 10