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Plants and microbes assisted selenium nanoparticles: characterization and application
Journal of Nanobiotechnology (2014)
  • Azamal Husen, Dr.
  • Khwaja Salahuddin Siddiqi
Selenium is an essential trace element and is an essential component of many enzymes without which they become inactive. The Se nanoparticles of varying shape and size may be synthesized from Se salts especially selenite and selenates in presence of reducing agents such as proteins, phenols, alcohols and amines. These biomolecules can be used to reduce Se salts in vitro but the byproducts released in the environment may be hazardous to flora and fauna. In this review, therefore, we analysed in depth, the biogenic synthesis of Se nanoparticles, their characterization and transformation into t- Se, m-Se, Se-nanoballs, Se-nanowires and Se-hollow spheres in an innocuous way preventing the environment from pollution. Their shape, size, FTIR, UV–vis, Raman spectra, SEM, TEM images and XRD pattern have been analysed. The weak forces involved in aggregation and transformation of one nano structure into the other have been carefully resolved.
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Azamal Husen and Khwaja Salahuddin Siddiqi. "Plants and microbes assisted selenium nanoparticles: characterization and application" Journal of Nanobiotechnology Vol. 12 Iss. 28 (2014)
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