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Antimicrobial Properties Of A Novel Silver-Silica Nanocomposite Material

Salome Egger, Rainer P. Lehmann, Murray J. Height, Martin J. Loessner, Markus Schuppler

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ABSTRACT Nanotechnology enables development and production of novel silver-based composite materials. We used in vitro tests to demonstrate the antimicrobial activity of a silver-silica nanocomposite compared to the activities of conventional materials, such as silver nitrate and silver zeolite. A silver-silica-containing polystyrene material was manufactured and shown to possess strong antimicrobial properties.