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Plant-Mediated Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles: Their Characteristic Properties and Therapeutic Applications

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Title
Plant-Mediated Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles: Their Characteristic Properties and Therapeutic Applications
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Nanoscale Research Letters, January 2016
DOI 10.1186/s11671-016-1257-4
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Ill-Min Chung, Inmyoung Park, Kim Seung-Hyun, Muthu Thiruvengadam, Govindasamy Rajakumar

Abstract

Interest in "green nanotechnology" in nanoparticle biosynthesis is growing among researchers. Nanotechnologies, due to their physicochemical and biological properties, have applications in diverse fields, including drug delivery, sensors, optoelectronics, and magnetic devices. This review focuses on the green synthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) using plant sources. Green synthesis of nanoparticles is an eco-friendly approach, which should be further explored for the potential of different plants to synthesize nanoparticles. The sizes of AgNPs are in the range of 1 to 100 nm. Characterization of synthesized nanoparticles is accomplished through UV spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and scanning electron microscopy. AgNPs have great potential to act as antimicrobial agents. The green synthesis of AgNPs can be efficiently applied for future engineering and medical concerns. Different types of cancers can be treated and/or controlled by phytonanotechnology. The present review provides a comprehensive survey of plant-mediated synthesis of AgNPs with specific focus on their applications, e.g., antimicrobial, antioxidant, and anticancer activities.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
India 3 1%
Mexico 2 <1%
Brazil 2 <1%
Unknown 255 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 51 19%
Student > Ph. D. Student 45 17%
Student > Bachelor 43 16%
Researcher 22 8%
Lecturer 13 5%
Other 48 18%
Unknown 40 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Chemistry 49 19%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 39 15%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 34 13%
Materials Science 12 5%
Environmental Science 12 5%
Other 57 22%
Unknown 59 23%