Originally posted on BBC News online (Science), September 6th 2013
Scientists have come up with a better way to make silver nanoparticles, which are used in textiles and cosmetics.
The tiny metallic particles are often used because of their anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties – in wound dressings for example.
By using organic molecules to coat the particles, the researchers made them resistant to tarnishing, which has previously limited their use.
The work has been published in the journal Nature