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Web Date: October 2, 2009

Nanosilver In The Wash

Environmental Chemistry: Fate of fabric-embedded particles depends on conditions, products
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: nanotechnology, nanosilver

Socks and other garments that stay odor-free thanks to antimicrobial nanoscale silver particles are increasingly showing up on store shelves. But what happens to the silver when such products are washed remains an open question.

New research by Bernd Nowack and colleagues at the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing & Research provides a first look at the behavior of nanosilver textiles under real-world washing conditions (Environ. Sci. Technol., DOI: . . .

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