The development of multifunctional nanocomposite materials is of great interest for various biomedical applications. A popular approach to produce tailored nanocomposites is to incorporate functional nanoparticles into hydrogels. Here, a benign atmospheric pressure microplasma synthesis approach has been deployed for the synthesis of metal and alloy NPs in‐situ in a poly (vinyl alcohol) hydrogel. The formation of gold, silver, and gold‐silver alloy NPs was confirmed via spectroscopic and microscopic characterization techniques. The properties of the hydrogel were not compromised during formation of the composites. Practical applications of the NP/PVA nanocomposites has been demonstrated by anti‐bacterial testing. This establishes AMP processing as a viable one‐step technique for the fabrication of NP/hydrogel composites, with potential multifunctionality for a range of biomedical applications.
Bibliographical noteFunder: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. Grant Number EP/P00394X/1
- anti-bacterial composites
- atmospheric pressure microplasma synthesis
- biomedical materials
- green synthesis
- NP/hydrogel composites