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Green synthesis of metal nanoparticles using plants

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In recent years, the development of efficient green chemistry methods for synthesis of metal nanoparticles has become a major focus of researchers. They have investigated in order to find an eco-friendly technique for production of well-characterized nanoparticles. One of the most considered methods is production of metal nanoparticles using organisms. Among these organisms plants seem to be the best candidates and they are suitable for large-scale biosynthesis of nanoparticles. Nanoparticles produced by plants are more stable and the rate of synthesis is faster than in the case of microorganisms. Moreover, the nanoparticles are more various in shape and size in comparison with those produced by other organisms. The advantages of using plant and plant-derived materials for biosynthesis of metal nanoparticles have interested researchers to investigate mechanisms of metal ions uptake and bioreduction by plants, and to understand the possible mechanism of metal nanoparticle formation in plants. In this review, most of the plants used in metal nanoparticle synthesis are shown.

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The article was received on 10 Apr 2011, accepted on 20 Jul 2011 and first published on 17 Aug 2011

Article type: Critical Review
DOI: 10.1039/C1GC15386B
Green Chem., 2011,13, 2638-2650

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    Green synthesis of metal nanoparticles using plants

    S. Iravani, Green Chem., 2011, 13, 2638
    DOI: 10.1039/C1GC15386B

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