Silver Nanoparticle Synthesis and Characterization for Toxicology Studies

Rondel Garguilo, GSSM

Abstract

Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are currently being manufactured and utilized in many products, most notably clothing, due to the natural antibiotic properties of silver. However, the effect of AgNPs on the environment after they are released as waste (usually by being washed out of clothes) is unknown. Among the unknown effects of the NPs is the fate of the NPs themselves; this experiment served to identify how AgNPs coated in citrate aggregate after being exposed to two different environments, deionized water and sea water, over the course of 24 hours. The final results showed that aggregation takes place in both deionized water and sea water; however, aggregation in sea water occurred to a much higher degree than in the deionized water. The University of South Carolina’s Center for Environmental Nanoscience and Risk was a major source of resources, and the members of the Lead Group were an invaluable source of mentorship during this experiment.

 
Apr 14th, 9:00 AM

Silver Nanoparticle Synthesis and Characterization for Toxicology Studies

Lassiter 218

Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are currently being manufactured and utilized in many products, most notably clothing, due to the natural antibiotic properties of silver. However, the effect of AgNPs on the environment after they are released as waste (usually by being washed out of clothes) is unknown. Among the unknown effects of the NPs is the fate of the NPs themselves; this experiment served to identify how AgNPs coated in citrate aggregate after being exposed to two different environments, deionized water and sea water, over the course of 24 hours. The final results showed that aggregation takes place in both deionized water and sea water; however, aggregation in sea water occurred to a much higher degree than in the deionized water. The University of South Carolina’s Center for Environmental Nanoscience and Risk was a major source of resources, and the members of the Lead Group were an invaluable source of mentorship during this experiment.