Surface-centred microbial infestations have been implicated in nosocomial infections, food spoilage, spread of foodborne diseases and bio fouling of materials. Hence there is a growing commercial demand for biocidal plastic materials capable of killing microbes found on specialized and daily use surfaces e.g. medical devices & implants, hospital surfaces, food handling surfaces, door handles, refrigerators, clothing, toys, etc. Antimicrobial plastic products based on silver are finding ever increasing use in a variety of industrial, commercial, medical and institutional settings. We describe a simple method to incorporate nanophase silver into polymers to yield potent and long lasting antimicrobial materials.
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|Published - May 1 2008
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- General Chemistry