Antimicrobials From Silver And Egg Whites | April 20, 2009 Issue - Vol. 87 Issue 16 | Chemical & Engineering News
 
 
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Volume 87 Issue 16 | p. 38 | Concentrates
Issue Date: April 20, 2009

Antimicrobials From Silver And Egg Whites

Scientists have developed an environmentally friendly way to prepare bacteria-bursting silver nanoparticles for potential first-aid uses
Department: Science & Technology

Using the enzyme lysozyme from chicken egg whites as the sole reducing and nucleating agent, scientists have developed an environmentally friendly way to prepare microbicidal silver nanoparticles (ACS Nano, DOI: 10.1021/nn900079e). The new material combines the bacteria-bursting abilities of silver with the hydrolyzing power of lysozyme and could find use in wound dressings, topical creams, and antiseptic sprays. Researchers led by D. Matthew Eby and . . .

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