Beauty of science: silver nanoparticles for burn treatment
Due to their strong antibacterial action, silver nanoparticles are increasingly being employed in the hospital treatment of severe skin burns. The image is from a study aimed at depicting the mobility and the chemical transformation of silver occurring within skin tissue. The figure below shows a depth profile (450 x 3000 μm) of the wound after 3 days of application of a bandage containing silver nanoparticles. Colours indicate the distribution of Ag (red), P (blue), and Cl (green). Silver penetrates into the upper dermis and moves toward the capillary blood vessels, while a new epidermis is forming on top of the damaged surface. The experiment was carried out at beamline ID21 using X-ray fluorescence imaging with a lateral resolution of 2 µm.
Image credit: M. Roman, University Ca’ Foscari, IDPA-CNR.