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Safer-by-design biocides made of tri-thiol bridged silver nanoparticle assemblies

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Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are efficient biocides increasingly used in consumer products and medical devices. Their activity is due to their capacity to release bioavailable Ag(I) ions making them long-lasting biocides but AgNPs themselves are usually easily released from the product. Besides, AgNPs are highly sensitive to various chemical environments that triggers their transformation, decreasing their activity. Altogether, widespread use of AgNPs leads to bacterial resistance and safety concerns for humans and the environment. There is thus a crucial need for improvement. Herein, a proof of concept for a novel biocide based on AgNP assemblies bridged together by a tri-thiol bioinspired ligand is presented. The final nanomaterial is stable and less sensitive to chemical environments with AgNPs completely covered by organic molecules tightly bound via their thiol functions. Therefore, these AgNP assemblies can be considered as safer-by-design and innovative biocides, since they deliver a sufficient amount of Ag(I) for biocidal activity with no release of AgNPs, which are insensitive to transformations in the nanomaterial.

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The article was received on 01 May 2019, accepted on 14 Aug 2019 and first published on 11 Nov 2019


Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C9NH00286C
Nanoscale Horiz., 2020, Advance Article
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    Safer-by-design biocides made of tri-thiol bridged silver nanoparticle assemblies

    M. Marchioni, G. Veronesi, I. Worms, W. L. Ling, T. Gallon, D. Leonard, C. Gateau, M. Chevallet, P. Jouneau, L. Carlini, C. Battocchio, P. Delangle, I. Michaud-Soret and A. Deniaud, Nanoscale Horiz., 2020, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C9NH00286C

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