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International Journal of Electrochemistry
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 197936, 4 pages
Research Article

Developing a Strategy for the Spatial Localisation and Autonomous Release of Silver Nanoparticles within Smart Implants

1School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham NG11 8NS, UK
2School of Engineering, NIBEC, University of Ulster, Jordanstown, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland BT37 0QB, UK

Received 1 May 2011; Accepted 10 May 2011

Academic Editor: Jay D. Wadhawan

Copyright © 2011 Laura A. A. Newton et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The prevalence of antibiotic resistance has increased during the last few years and is viewed as a growing problem which has fuelled copious amounts of research on the development of new antibacterial agents. Silver is well recognized as possessing antibacterial activity, and so by harnessing these properties and incorporating silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) within microdevices, possessing microfluidic channels has much promise. Progress in developing these types of systems has been limited due to the technological difficulties involved in controlling the inclusion of these nanoparticles within the devices. This work provides an insight into a novel electrochemical interaction that can enable not only the localisation of silver within such structures but also enables the smart release of AgNPs.