Researchers use pomegranate skins to make silver nanoparticles

June 22, 2012 |

In India, botanist Naheed Ahmad of Patna University and physicist colleague Seema Sharma of AN College 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 particles generated are about 5 nanometers in diameter.

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