Researchers synthesize nanoparticles using pomegranate peel

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SHAFAQNA – Researchers at Amirkabir University of Technology have found an eco-friendly method to synthesize silver nanoparticles using two natural materials, Mignonette and pomegranate peels.

Pointing to the importance of using environment-friendly materials in chemical processing, the director of the project Majid Nasiri Boroumand said that, “silver nanoparticles have great significance in science and industry and several methods have been developed to synthesize them.”

“Applying chemical methods to produce nanoparticles is problematic due to the presence of toxic chemical elements and the efforts to synthesize nanoparticles using natural combinations are dubbed as ‘green synthesis methods’,” he added.

Nasiri reiterated that, “implementing green methods for synthesis of nanoparticles can be a good alternative to conventional chemical approaches due to lower production of toxic and dangerous materials which are harmful to humans.”

Stressing that natural materials have been incorporated in recent research studies, he noted that, “we decided to use natural dyes commonly used in carpet weaving industry because of their regenerative power.”

Stating that the natural dyes extracted from ‘Mignonette’ plant and ‘pomegranate peels’ were used in the project, the researcher said asserted that, “the results showed that the natural dyes used to synthesized silver nanoparticles could also bring more stability to the particles.”

Pointing to the uses of the nanoparticles produced by this method, he underlined that, “the resulting nanoparticles enjoy antibacterial properties and can be used in medical fields as well as antimicrobial textiles.”

Nasiri deemed production of dyed wool used in carpet weaving industry as another function of the new method concluding that, “the dyed fibers produced using this method will have antibacterial properties.”

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