This site is dedicated to the advancement of Interfacial Science as it applies to silver in its form as nanometre sized atomic silver clusters in an electrical suspension and to Scientist Michael Faraday who started it all in the 1800s.
Colloidal Silver, the name given to the substance referred to, has become a ‘buzz word’ and even more of a distortion by the abbreviation AgNPs, which is supposed to stand for Silver nano particles, Ag being the symbol for metallic silver on the periodic table. For those using this confusing terminology it must be disturbing that the so-called colloidal silver particles are in reality not a colloid at all and not made up of particles either. A third misnomer is the term ‘dispersion’ that would be better identified as an aqueous electrical suspension.
This website is also dedicated to the practice of correct terminology for describing the characteristics of this material as well as promoting independent scientific research into what really constitutes this so-called colloidal silver and what it can do for the benefit of mankind. One of these examples stands out as an enormous impact it had on society as a whole, the art of black & White photography for leisure, permanent records of events and photographic art. All done with halides (silver salts).
The so-called colloidal silver has been known to exist for thousands of years and considerable anecdotal evidence has been collected to collectively promote it as an effective antiseptic as well as silver’s ability at nanometre size to absorb violet light, although the colour blue was used for convenience. By absorbing violet light at 420nm, a strong yellowish tinge is created when used in glass or in water at a size of approximately 20nm.
Only recently the reason for silver’s ability to kill bacteria has come to light. Historically it was known that a silver dollar placed in milk preserved it longer and the rich using silver spoons and kitchen utensils appeared to have an improved immune system. Be that as it may, it is the outer (valence) electron of silver that is responsible for this. Silver has 47 electrons, an uneven number. This 47th electron is an unpaired electron in the fifth shell and as far away from the atomic nucleus as it can be. For that reason it can be moved or moved away easily and a reason for its superior conductance of electrical current. Bacteria simply cannot survive on a silver surface. Incidentally, silver shares this ability, albeit to a lesser extent with copper having an outer unpaired electron in the fourth shell and gold having an unpaired electron in the sixth shell.
Much will be explained in this website on the true nature of nano silver, which incidentally falls in the realm of Quantum Physics when sized below 10nm.
The most important aspect of this information is the fact that many of the conventional antibiotics in vogue today are no longer effective due to being overprescribed and as a result created pathogens with a modified immune system. Quantum nanometre silver with its many attributes may in the end prove to be a ruthless adversary to these ‘Super Bugs’.
Research into quantum sized silver is ongoing and is extending to the design and construction of prototypes of affordable test equipment to enable quality control and all or most of the parameters set. For more answers look under “What exactly constitutes a high and precise grade of the so-called colloidal silver” on the following pages.
Hans Laroo author ©