Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11157-012-9278-7
Title: Potential of plant as a biological factory to synthesize gold and silver nanoparticles and their applications
Authors: Gan, P.P.
Li, S.F.Y. 
Keywords: Biosynthesis
Gold
Nanoparticles
Plant-mediated
Silver
Issue Date: Jun-2012
Citation: Gan, P.P., Li, S.F.Y. (2012-06). Potential of plant as a biological factory to synthesize gold and silver nanoparticles and their applications. Reviews in Environmental Science and Biotechnology 11 (2) : 169-206. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11157-012-9278-7
Abstract: Green synthesis of metallic nanoparticles has become a promising field of research in recent years. Syntheses of gold and silver nanoparticles by various chemical and physical methods as well as the biosynthetic approach mediated by numerous microorganisms have been actively researched. A more scalable and economic route to produce these metallic nanoparticles would be through the plant-mediated synthetic approach. Owing to the biodiversity of plant biomasses, the mechanism by which bioconstituents of plants have contributed to the synthetic process is yet to be fully understood. Nevertheless, the feasibility of controlling the shape and size of nanoparticles by varying the reaction conditions has been demonstrated in many studies. This paper provides an overview of the plant-mediated syntheses of gold and silver nanoparticles, possible compounds and mechanisms that might be responsible for the bioreduction process as well as the potential applications of biosynthesized nanoparticles in different fields. The challenges and limitations of this plant-mediated biosynthetic approach are also discussed. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Source Title: Reviews in Environmental Science and Biotechnology
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/77631
ISSN: 15691705
DOI: 10.1007/s11157-012-9278-7
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