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ERIC Number: EJ946456
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Leaching of Silver from Silver-Impregnated Food Storage Containers
Hauri, James F.; Niece, Brian K.
Journal of Chemical Education, v88 n10 p1407-1409 Oct 2011
The use of silver in commercial products has proliferated in recent years owing to its antibacterial properties. Food containers impregnated with micro-sized silver promise long food life, but there is some concern because silver can leach out of the plastic and into the stored food. This laboratory experiment gives students the opportunity to design their own study to measure the leached silver via graphite furnace atomic absorption spectrophotometry. In this experiment, students stored deionized water, tap water, and acetic acid in two styles of silver food containers for a week. The less expensive version of the food container consistently had higher levels of leached silver. The acetic acid samples and microwaved samples also had higher silver levels. Students gained experience with sample design, chemical analysis, and data analysis. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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