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Green chemistry for nanoparticle synthesis

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The application of the twelve principles of green chemistry in nanoparticle synthesis is a relatively new emerging issue concerning the sustainability. This field has received great attention in recent years due to its capability to design alternative, safer, energy efficient, and less toxic routes towards synthesis. These routes have been associated with the rational utilization of various substances in the nanoparticle preparations and synthetic methods, which have been broadly discussed in this tutorial review. This article is not meant to provide an exhaustive overview of green synthesis of nanoparticles, but to present several pivotal aspects of synthesis with environmental concerns, involving the selection and evaluation of nontoxic capping and reducing agents, the choice of innocuous solvents and the development of energy-efficient synthetic methods.

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31 Oct 2014
First published
23 Jan 2015

Chem. Soc. Rev., 2015,44, 5778-5792
Article type
Tutorial Review

Green chemistry for nanoparticle synthesis

H. Duan, D. Wang and Y. Li, Chem. Soc. Rev., 2015, 44, 5778
DOI: 10.1039/C4CS00363B

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