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Volume 5, Issue 6


The emerging roles of arthropods and their metabolites in the green synthesis of metallic nanoparticles

Agbaje Lateef
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Published Online: 2016-10-14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ntrev-2016-0049


Nanotechnology has remained relevant as a multifacet discipline, which cuts across different areas of science and technology. Several successful attempts had been documented regarding the involvement of biological materials in the green synthesis of various metal nanoparticles (MeNPs) because of their eco-friendliness, cost-effectiveness, safe handling, and ultimately less toxicity as opposed to the physical and chemical methods with their concomitant problems. Biological agents, including bacteria, fungi, algae, enzymes, plants, and their extracts, have been implicated in most cases by several authors. Moreover, nanotechnology in recent times has also made an inroad for animal species, specifically arthropods and metabolites thereof to be used as excellent candidates for the green synthesis of MeNPs. The increasing literature on the use of metabolites of arthropods for the green synthesis of nanoparticles has necessitated the need to document a review on their relevance in nanobiotechnology. The review, which represents the first of its kind, seeks to underscore the importance of arthropods in the multidisciplinary subject of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Keywords: arthropods; green synthesis; nanoparticles; spider; wasp


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Agbaje Lateef

Agbaje Lateef obtained BTech in Pure and Applied Biology, MTech in Biotechnology, and PhD in Microbiology in 1997, 2001, and 2005, respectively. He has 18 years of teaching experience at the university with vast interests in microbiology and biotechnology, especially fermentation processes and enzyme technology. He has more than 60 publications to his credit. He is currently involved in the green synthesis of nanoparticles, and he is the head of the Nanotechnology Research Group (NANO+) at LAUTECH, Ogbomoso, Nigeria. His articles have enjoyed 695 citations, and he has an h-index of 14. https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=C388_KsAAAAJ&hl=en.

Sunday A. Ojo

Sunday A. Ojo obtained BTech in Microbiology at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Nigeria, in First Class Division in 2010. He is currently on the MTech program under the supervision of Prof. A. Lateef, with research work focusing on nanobiotechnology. He has nine publications to his credit. https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=prGuXmcAAAAJ&hl=en.

Joseph A. Elegbede

Joseph A. Elegbede obtained BTech in Science Laboratory Technology (Biology/Microbiology option) in 2011 at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Nigeria. He is currently on MTech program under the supervision of Prof. A. Lateef, with research work focusing on enzyme technology and nanobiotechnology. https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=fctO-eMAAAAJ&hl=en.

Received: 2016-06-22

Accepted: 2016-08-05

Published Online: 2016-10-14

Published in Print: 2016-12-01

Citation Information: Nanotechnology Reviews, Volume 5, Issue 6, Pages 601–622, ISSN (Online) 2191-9097, ISSN (Print) 2191-9089, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/ntrev-2016-0049.

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