Nanoparticles have ever-cooler applications. Here's another.
Researchers in India are developing a silver nanoparticle gel to treat burn wounds that could be more effective than conventional gels.
Burned skin is especially vulnerable to infection. Silver has been used as a purifying agent since ancient times, and burn creams have been around for some 30 years.
Silver sulfadiazine and silver nitrate gels are used in burn treatment as antimicrobial agents to accelerate healing, but some gels can cause skin discoloration and damage cells.