Toxicological Effects and Mechanisms of Silver Nanoparticles

  • Qunfang ZhouEmail author
  • Wei Liu
  • Yanmin Long
  • Cheng Sun
  • Guibin Jiang


Silver compounds have been used for centuries in health care products as an antiseptic. Currently, the use of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in consumer products is increasing. There are emerging concerns on the possible contribution of AgNPs to environmental and human toxicity. In this chapter, we summarize the toxicological effects of AgNPs, and discuss the toxicological mechanisms and potential influencing factors. The specific risk assessment for AgNPs is not feasible as information on possible long term effects at environmental relevant doses are lacking.


Reactive Oxygen Species Aquatic Toxicity AgNP Suspension Dermal Toxicity AgNPs Exposure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Qunfang Zhou
    • 1
    Email author
  • Wei Liu
    • 2
  • Yanmin Long
    • 1
  • Cheng Sun
    • 1
  • Guibin Jiang
    • 1
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology, Research Center for Eco-Environmental Sciences, Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.Institute of Chemical SafetyChinese Academy of Inspection and QuarantineBeijingChina

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