Biological factories for nanoparticle synthesis


The aim of the project is to investigate this new method of nanoparticle synthesis.


Professor Andrew Harris

Research Location

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Program Type



At the cutting edge between materials science and biotechnology lies the emerging field of bio-nano-technology, where the relationship between living systems and advanced materials is being explored. This project seeks to investigate one of the more interesting results to emerge from this research in recent years. Researchers have discovered that the plant species Medicago sativa is able to extract gold and other metals from solutions containing very small quantities of the metal. The metal forms discrete, nano-sized spherical particles within the cellular structure of the plant.The project makes extensive use of advanced electron microscopy and neutron beam analysis facilities to detect and analyse the nanoparticles produced.

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nanoparticle; biology; plant science; metal uptake; sustainability, Energy, environment and sustainability

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The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 350

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