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Preparation of silver nanoparticle loaded cotton threads to facilitate measurement development for textile applications



Justin M. Gorham, Karen E. Murphy, Jingyu Liu, Dimitri Tselenchuk, Gheorghe NMN Stan, Thao M. Nguyen, Richard D. Holbrook, Michael R. Winchester, Robert F. Cook, Robert MacCuspie, Vincent A. Hackley


FOREWORD This NIST special publication (SP) is one in a series of NIST SPs that address research needs articulated in the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Strategy published in 2011 [1]. This Strategy identified a Nanomaterial Measurement Infrastructure (NMI) as essential for science-based risk assessment and risk management of nanotechnology-enabled products as pertaining to human health, exposure, and the environment. NIST was identified as the lead federal agency in the NMI core research area of the Strategy; this research area includes measurement tools for the detection and characterization of nanotechnology-enabled products. Nano-silver in textiles, the focus of this SP, is a consumer product of great interest for nanotechnology environmental, health, and safety (nano-EHS) research and for product regulation. The protocol presented in this SP describes a strategy for developing a validation sample (a “positive control”) known to contain nanoscale silver particles loaded onto the surface of a cotton thread. This validation sample can be used to test the capabilities of various analytical methods to characterize nano-silver in textiles. Updates to this protocol may be released in the future. Visit to check for revisions of this protocol or for new protocols in the series. We also encourage users to report citations to published work in which this protocol has been applied.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 1200-8
Report Number


Silver nanoparticles, Textiles, Nanomaterials, NNI, nano-EHS, protocol, validation sample, positive control


Gorham, J. , Murphy, K. , Liu, J. , Tselenchuk, D. , , G. , Nguyen, T. , Holbrook, R. , Winchester, M. , Cook, R. , MacCuspie, R. and Hackley, V. (2015), Preparation of silver nanoparticle loaded cotton threads to facilitate measurement development for textile applications, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed May 27, 2024)


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Created January 26, 2015, Updated November 10, 2018