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Yazhou Zhou, Juan Yang, Tingting He, Haifeng Shi, Xiaonong Cheng and Yuxin Lu Highly Stable and Dispersive Silver Nanoparticle–Graphene Composites by a Simple and Low-Energy-Consuming Approach and Their Antimicrobial Activity Small 9

Article first published online: 2 MAY 2013 | DOI: 10.1002/smll.201202455

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The unique structure of silver nanoparticle–graphene (AgNP–GE) nanocomposites gives them excellent antimicrobial properties. First, the sheetlike AgNP–GE nanocomposites are adsorbed and accumulated on the surface of cells through electrostatic attraction, which changes the permeability and enhances the antimicrobial activity. Second, Ag+ ions released from AgNPs act on the cells effectively and fully, thereby resulting in cell death.

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