• About I’m a Scientist

    I’m a Scientist is like school science lessons meet the X Factor! School students choose which scientist gets a prize of £500 to communicate their work.

    Scientists and students talk on this website. They both break down barriers, have fun and learn. But only the students get to vote.

    This is the Silver Zone. It has a range of scientists studying all different topics. Who gets the prize? YOU decide!

  • About this Zone

    Silver is rare but has many uses, image by Halfdan for Wikimedia

    Silver is rare but has many uses, image by Halfdan for Wikimedia

    Silver is a metallic chemical element that’s usually found naturally with gold and other metals or within minerals.

    It has the highest electrical conductivity of any element (making it great for use in electrical contacts and conductors) and the highest thermal conductivity of any metal.

    There is a huge range of different uses for silver. Not only can it be used to make jewelry, ornaments, tablewear and coins, but it’s also used in mirrors, and silver compounds are used in photographic film and as disinfectants.

    Silver even has antimicrobial uses – tiny silver nanoparticles can be used in bandages and other treatments to help prevent infections caused by microbes.