Antibacterial Effects of Silver Electrodes with Weak Direct Current

@article{Spadaro1974AntibacterialEO,
  title={Antibacterial Effects of Silver Electrodes with Weak Direct Current},
  author={Joseph A. Spadaro and Thomas J. Berger and S D Barranco and S E Chapin and Robert O. Becker},
  journal={Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy},
  year={1974},
  volume={6},
  pages={637 - 642}
}
Silver, platinum, gold, stainless-steel, and copper electrodes were used with low currents (0.02 to 20 μA/mm2) to explore their electrochemical effects on the growth of four bacterial species. In the higher current ranges, all electrodes inhibited growth at both poles, usually in conjunction with electrolytic break-down of the medium and severe corrosion of the metal. Silver, however, was extremely bacteriostatic, even at the lowest current, when used as the anode. Quantitative studies showed… Expand
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