Nanosilver is prominent in nanotechnology products . Concerns however about leached Ag ions from its surface into aquatic environments have challenged its broad use. The origin of these ions is explored here by conditioning the nanosilver surface immobilized on nanostructured silica  made by both wet and dry processes. Such nanosilver is characterized by electron microscopy, atomic absorption spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and its Ag+ ion release in de-ionized water is monitored over time . By comparing nanosilver size distributions to their leached or dissolved Ag+ ion concentrations, the latter match surface state of nanosilver, depending on nanosilver diameter. References  Sotiriou, G. A.; Pratsinis, S. E. Engineering nanosilver as an antibacterial, biosensor and bioimaging material. Curr. Opin. Chem. Eng. 2011, 1, 3-10.  Sotiriou, G. A.; Pratsinis, S. E. Antibacterial activity of nanosilver ions and particles. Environ. Sci. Technol. 2010, 44, 5649-5654.  Sotiriou, G. A.; Teleki, A.; Camenzind, A.; Krumeich, F.; Meyer, A.; Panke, S.; Pratsinis, S. E. Nanosilver on nanostructured silica: Antibacterial activity and Ag surface area. Chem. Eng. J. 2011, 170, 547-554.
Journal: TechConnect Briefs
Volume: 3, Nanotechnology 2012: Bio Sensors, Instruments, Medical, Environment and Energy (Volume 3)
Published: June 18, 2012
Pages: 269 - 272
Industry sectors: Advanced Materials & Manufacturing | Energy & Sustainability
Topic: Environmental Health & Safety of Nanomaterials