Navigation Links
From pomegranate peel to nanoparticles
Date:6/19/2012

Food waste is a growing problem in many parts of the world, but discarded fruit peel, in the case of pomegranates, could be put to good use in the burgeoning field of nanotechnology according to research published in the International Journal of Nanoparticles.

Punica Granatum, the pomegranate is native in northern India and has been cultivated and naturalized over the whole Mediterranean region since ancient times. The fruit extract is a rich source of highly potent antioxidants.

Now, botanist Naheed Ahmad of Patna University and physicist colleague Seema Sharma of AN College, also in Patna, India, are working together to exploit the skin of pomegranates as a reducing agent for making silver nanoparticles. The team says their approach to these widely researched and technologically invaluable nanoparticles represents a more environmentally benign method than the use of "chemical" reducing agents and industrial solvents. The process also precludes the need to heat the reaction mixture as it proceeds at ambient temperature.

The team suspects that biological co-factors present in the pomegranate biomass act as substitutes for more conventional chemical reagents in nanoparticle formation from the silver nitrate starting material. They used UV-Vis spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, selected area electron diffraction, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier-Transform infrared spectroscopy to analyze the nanoparticles formed by the reaction. The particles generated are about 5 nanometers in diameter. (One nanometer is a billionth of a meter).


'/>"/>
Contact: Naheed Ahmad
naheed60@gmail.com
Inderscience Publishers
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. NIST/UMass study finds evidence nanoparticles may increase plant DNA damage
2. Hybrid copper-gold nanoparticles convert CO2
3. Are silver nanoparticles harmful?
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/31/2017)... CAMBRIDGE, Mass. , Jan. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ ... develop novel therapies for the treatment of bacterial ... generation set of antibacterial candidates from Pro Bono ... the increased prevalence of multi-drug resistant forms of ... by Cantab Anti Infectives Ltd, a PBB group ...
(Date:1/26/2017)... , Jan. 26, 2017  Acuity Market Intelligence ... Biometrics and Digital Identity".  Acuity characterizes 2017 as ... when increased adoption reflects a new understanding of ... "Biometrics and digital identity are often perceived ... Maxine Most , Principal of Acuity Market intelligence. ...
(Date:1/24/2017)... , Jan. 24, 2017  It sounds ... baby,s sock that monitors vital signs and alerts ... an infant,s oxygen saturation level drops. But pediatric ... alarm to parents, with no evidence of medical ... devices are marketed aggressively to parents of healthy ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:2/24/2017)... 24, 2017  Driven by consumers, preference towards ... the fastest growing categories, finds the recently published ... Personal Care: Multi-regional Market Analysis and Opportunities ... firm Kline. "Biotechnology actives are derived ... more effective for skin and hair care applications," ...
(Date:2/24/2017)... , Feb. 24, 2017  OncoSec Medical Incorporated ("OncoSec") ... will host a Key Opinion Leader event to highlight ... oral and poster presentation at the upcoming 2017 ASCO-SITC ... KOL event will be held in-person and via live ... / 9:00 AM PST at the Lotte New York ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... SAN JOSE, Calif. , Feb. 23, 2017 ... an exclusive license for two key immunotherapy technologies ... The first technology provides a method to monitor ... therapy such as PD-L1 and CTLA-4.  The second ... detect if a patient is likely to have ...
(Date:2/23/2017)... ... February 23, 2017 , ... ... a published evaluation of multiple immunoassay-based threat detection technologies by researchers from ... PathSensors’ CANARY® biosensor threat detection technology was found to have the best ...
Breaking Biology Technology: