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Nanosilver Antimicrobial Resistance in Target Pathogens

Project Member(s): Gunawan, C.

Funding or Partner Organisation: Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)
Australian Research Council (ARC Discovery Projects)

Start year: 2018

Summary: Nanosilver antimicrobial resistance in target pathogens. This project aims to elucidate the important phenomena of bacterial resistance to antimicrobial nanosilver, currently one of the most developed and commercialised products of nanotechnology. The integrated research approach comprises of concurrent identification of the origins and routes of nanosilver toxicity in bacteria and the arising emergence and mechanisms of bacterial defence to the toxicity. The generated knowledge is to form a base template for novel nanosilver engineering with less tendency for resistance development and to facilitate tracking of resistance and its spread amongst microorganisms. The knowledge has far-reaching implications on the better governance of nanosilver use, including its disposal.


Gunawan, C, Lord, MS, Lovell, E, Wong, RJ, Jung, MS, Oscar, D, Mann, R & Amal, R 2019, 'Oxygen-Vacancy Engineering of Cerium-Oxide Nanoparticles for Antioxidant Activity', ACS Omega, vol. 4, no. 5, pp. 9473-9479.
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FOR Codes: Nanotoxicology, Health and Safety, Environmental Nanotechnology, Expanding Knowledge in Engineering, Health Protection and/or Disaster Response, Environmental Health, Nanotoxicology, health and safety, Environmental nanotechnology and nanometrology, Health protection and disaster response, Public health (excl. specific population health) not elsewhere classified