Bioinspired synthesis as a potential green method for the preparation of nanomaterials: Opportunities and challenges

Siddharth V. Patwardhan, Joseph R.h. Manning, Mauro Chiacchia

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Abstract

Inorganic nanomaterials are widely used in e.g. healthcare, electronics and energy sectors (worth several billion $), but their manufacturing is highly wasteful and hence unsustainable. This review highlights the key reasons that make these manufacturing routes unsustainable. We present alternatives, with special emphasis on bottom-up techniques. Biological and bioinspired routes feature as emerging solutions that can be sustainable yet with the ability to produce high-value nanomaterials. Finally, the review identifies future challenges in developing these routes such that they become commercially attractive manufacturing methods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-116
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent Opinion in Green and Sustainable Chemistry
Volume12
Early online date13 Aug 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2018

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