Due to the ever-growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, improved methods are needed for the diagnosis and treatment of microbial infection. In addition to providing a source of antimicrobial silver and copper ions, metal nanoparticles harbor several unique properties that make them well-suited for combating microbial infection, including their small size, large surface area-to-volume ratio, and increased surface reactivity. Furthermore, metal nanoparticles may prevent antimicrobial resistance development, and their physical properties can facilitate rapid, sensitive, and accurate diagnosis of microbial pathogens, which in turn may lead to earlier administration of appropriate interventions. Overall, metal nanoparticles provide a diverse array of applications for combating microbial infection, which could potentially be of enormous benefit to public health.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||Functionalized Nanomaterials for the Management of Microbial Infection|
|Subtitle of host publication||A Strategy to Address Microbial Drug Resistance|
|Number of pages||33|
|State||Published - 2017|
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