Silver Nanoparticles for Antibacterial Devices: Biocompatibility and Toxicity

Huiliang Cao

May 25, 2017 by CRC Press
Reference - 464 Pages - 32 Color & 94 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781498725323 - CAT# K25772

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  • Looks at why silver nanoparticles are toxic
  • Focuses on how to make silver nanoparticles selectively toxic
  • Moves from basic theories to clinical demands
  • Contains the emerging techniques and concepts for risk evaluation and control
  • Describes the promising roadmaps for design and fabrication of safe and effective antibacterial medical devices


Since the potential toxicity of silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) has raised serious concerns in the biomaterials and biomedical engineering community, Silver Nanoparticles for Antibacterial Devices: Biocompatibility and Toxicity brings together the synthesis, the physicochemical properties and the biological actions of Ag NPs, as well as the clinical demands for fabricating antibacterial medical devices, discussing how to suppress the side effects of nanomaterials and how to impart to them the selective toxicity. This book presents the two primary paradigms that have emerged in probing the antibacterial applications of Ag NPs, i.e. the active attacking releasing way and the conservative defending approach by taking advantage of various short-range actions; it shows readers how the ways in which Ag NPs have behaved can be engineered purposively.

With contributions from leading international experts and extensive references listed in each chapter, this volume provides the general principles on controlling the physicochemical behaviors of nanomaterials and managing their toxicity risks.


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