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Due to their unique physical and chemical properties, silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are extensively used in electronics, catalysts, biosensors, medical areas, and large commercial antibacterial products, which has paralleled growing public and regulatory concerns as to the potential risks they may pose to humans and the environmental organisms. Aiming to give a brief introduction of AgNPs, this chapter describes the history, general physical and chemical properties, main applications, as well as environmental concerns of AgNPs.

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  • Surface Enhance Raman Scattering
  • Silver Nitrate
  • Candida Glabrata
  • Surface Plasmon Resonance Peak
  • Silver Sulfadiazine

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Yu, S., Liu, J. (2015). Introduction. In: Liu, J., Jiang, G. (eds) Silver Nanoparticles in the Environment. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-46070-2_1

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