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Svitlana Chernousova and Prof. Dr. Matthias Epple Silver as Antibacterial Agent: Ion, Nanoparticle, and Metal Angewandte Chemie International Edition 52

Version of Record online: 17 DEC 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/anie.201205923

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Silver shield: Silver is used in different forms as an antibacterial agent. Earlier, sparingly soluble silver salts were predominantly used, but today, silver nanoparticles (see picture for an SEM image of cubic silver nanoparticles) are gaining increasing importance. As silver is also toxic towards mammalian cells, there is the question of the therapeutic window in the cases of consumer products and medical devices.

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