Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Dr. Karen Martirosyan

Second Advisor

Dr. Ahmed Touhami

Third Advisor

Dr. Phillip Dukes


Nanostructured aluminum (Al), iodine pentoxide (I2O5) nano-rods, and silver oxide (Ag2O) nanoparticles, (Al-I2O5-Ag 2O) were used to compose the ternary thermite composition that serves as a Nanoenergetic Gas Generator (NGG). This composition produces biocidal gases giving the mixture the ability to destroy highly pathogenic microorganisms or bacteria. The dissemination of the biocidal gas in combustion chamber was observed using a high-speed camera. The testing of NGG combustion process against the living Escherichia coli (E.coli) K-12 strain cells, that were cultivated/placed on the sample/chamber surfaces, demonstrated that iodine and silver atoms clouds were deposited to the bacteria surface. The 10/75/15 wt % of I2O5/Ag2O/Al composition demonstrated the best performance for destroying of E.coli with efficiency over 99 %. The results of the experiments showed that gaseous silver and iodine generated from NGG combustion produces a strong biocidal environment that has a great potential to neutralize highly pathogenic microorganisms and bacteria.


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