Can Silver Nanoparticles Combat Your Stink?

18th September 2018

Some clothing makers try to harness the antibacterial power of silver to combat the smell of sweat from your workouts — now with added nanotechnology. This week on Reactions, we ask: does it work?

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C&EN’s reporting on nanoparticles:
https://cen.acs.org/articles/87/web/2009/10/Nanosilver-Wash.html
https://cen.acs.org/articles/91/web/2013/07/Nanoparticles-Athletic-Apparel-Seep-Sweat.html
https://cen.acs.org/articles/93/i13/EPA-Moves-Nanomaterials.html
https://cen.acs.org/articles/93/i31/EPA-Sued-Over-Approval-Nanosilver.html
https://cen.acs.org/articles/90/i30/Nanosilver-Zaps-Germs.html
https://cen.acs.org/articles/86/i19/EPA-Urged-Act-Nanosilver.html
https://cen.acs.org/articles/90/web/2012/08/Nanosilver-Tracked-Rats.html
https://cen.acs.org/articles/89/i43/Shedding-Nanoparticles.html

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Credits:
Producer: Kirk Zamieroski
Writer: Alexa Billow
Scientific Consultants: James Hutchison, PhD; Rick Glover, PhD
Executive Producer: George Zaidan
Fact Checker: Alison Le

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Sources:
https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/presspacs/2016/acs-presspac-march-30-2016/the-impact-of-anti-odor-clothing-on-the-environment.html
https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.est.5b06043
https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/acs-webinars/technology-innovation/green-nano.html
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2015/05/silver-turns-bacteria-deadly-zombies
https://phys.org/news/2018-03-silver-nanoparticles-outand-threaten-human.html
https://phys.org/news/2017-12-panning-silver-laundry-wastewater.html
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/silver-nanoparticles-in-clothing-pose-no-new-risk/
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S095965261200460X
http://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlelanding/2015/tx/c4tx00110a/unauth#!divAbstract
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20702949

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