The emerging problem of the antibiotic resistance development and the consequences that the health, food and other sectors face stimulate researchers to find safe and effective alternative methods to fight antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and biofilm formation. One of the most promising and efficient groups of materials known for robust antimicrobial performance is noble metal nanoparticles. Notably, silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) have been already widely investigated and applied as antimicrobial agents. However, it has been proposed to create synergistic composites, because pathogens can find their way to develop resistance against metal nanophases; therefore, it could be important to strengthen and secure their antipathogen potency. These complex materials are comprised of individual components with intrinsic antimicrobial action against a wide range of pathogens. One part consists of inorganic AgNPs, and the other, of active organic molecules with pronounced germicidal effects: both phases complement each other, and the effect might just be the sum...
Ag-based synergistic antimicrobial composites. A critical review.
N. Cioffi, Chemistry Department, University of Bari Aldo Moro, via Orabona 4, 70126 Bari, Italy. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
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Kukushkina, E. A., Hossain, S. I., Sportelli, M. C., Ditaranto, N., Picca, R. A., Cioffi, N.; Ag-based synergistic antimicrobial composites. A critical review.. IFIS Food and Health Sciences Database 2022; doi:
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