Influence of silver additions to type 316 stainless steels on bacterial inhibition, mechanical properties, and corrosion resistance

Wen-Chi Chiang, I-Sheng Tseng, Per Møller, Lisbeth Rischel Hilbert, Tim Tolker-Nielsen, Jiann-Kuo Wu

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Abstract

Bacterial contamination is a major concern in many areas. In this study, silver was added to type 316 stainless steels in order to obtain an expected bacteria inhibiting property to reduce the occurrence of bacterial contamination. Silver-bearing 316 stainless steels were prepared by vacuum melting techniques. The microstructure of these 316 stainless steels was examined, and the influences of silver additions to 316 stainless steels on bacterial inhibition, mechanical properties, and corrosion resistance were investigated. This study suggested that silver-bearing 316 stainless steels could be used in areas where hygiene is a major requirement. The possible mechanisms of silver dissolution from the surfaces of silver-bearing 316 stainless steels were also discussed in this report.
Original languageEnglish
JournalMaterials Chemistry and Physics
Volume119
Issue number1-2
Pages (from-to)123-130
ISSN0254-0584
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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