Issue Date: January 28, 2008
Drying Paint Delivers A Silver Bullet
About the simplest method one could imagine for endowing oil-based house paint with antibacterial properties-adding some reagents and watching the paint dry-has been developed by researchers at the City College of New York and Rice University (Nat. Mater., DOI: 10.1038/nmat2099). Unsaturated hydrocarbons in vegetable oil paints dry by an autooxidative, free-radical cross-linking reaction. CCNY's George John and coworkers conceived of chemistry that rides piggyback on free radicals. They add a silver salt to an . . .
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