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Metal Nanoparticles in Microbiology

  • Mahendra Rai
  • Nelson Duran

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Synthesis and Fundamentals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 15-15
    2. Venkataraman Deepak, Kalimuthu Kalishwaralal, Sureshbabu Ram Kumar Pandian, Sangiliyandi Gurunathan
      Pages 17-35
    3. Maggy F. Lengke, Charoen Sanpawanitchakit, Gordon Southam
      Pages 37-74
    4. Christopher T. Lefèvre, Fernanda Abreu, Ulysses Lins, Dennis A. Bazylinski
      Pages 75-102
    5. Chris Whiteley, Yageshni Govender, Tamsyn Riddin, Mahendra Rai
      Pages 103-134
    6. N. Vigneshwaran, Prateek Jain
      Pages 135-150
  3. Synthesis and Process Development

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151
    2. Irena Maliszewska
      Pages 153-175
    3. Ahmad-Reza Shahverdi, Mojtaba Shakibaie, Pardis Nazari
      Pages 177-195
    4. Nikolay Krumov, Clemens Posten
      Pages 197-221
  4. Applications

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Zygmunt Sadowski, Irena H. Maliszewska
      Pages 225-248
    3. A. Reshetilov, P. Iliasov, T. Reshetilova, Mahendra Rai
      Pages 269-283
    4. Sunil K. Singh, Siddhartha Shrivastava, Debabrata Dash
      Pages 285-298
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 299-303

About this book


Following an introduction to biogenic metal nanoparticles, this book presents how they can be biosynthesized using bacteria, fungi and yeast, as well as their potential applications in biomedicine. It is shown that the synthesis of nanoparticles using microbes is eco-friendly and results in reproducible metal nanoparticles of well-defined sizes, shapes and structures. This biotechnological approach based on the process of biomineralization exploits the effectiveness and flexibility of biological systems. Chapters include practical protocols for microbial synthesis of nanoparticles and microbial screening methods for isolating a specific nanoparticle producer as well as reviews on process optimization, industrial scale production, biomolecule-nanoparticle interactions, magnetosomes, silver nanoparticles and their numerous applications in medicine, and the application of gold nanoparticles in developing sensitive biosensors.


Biomineralization Biosensors Gold nanoparticles Magnetosomes Silver nanoparticles

Editors and affiliations

  • Mahendra Rai
    • 1
  • Nelson Duran
    • 2
  1. 1., Dept. BiotechnologySGB Amravati UniversityAmravatiIndia
  2. 2.Instituto de Quimica, Lab. Biological ChemistryUniversidade Estadual de CampinasCampinasBrazil

Bibliographic information


From the reviews:

“This is the first book introducing the new biotechnology of biogenic metal nanoparticles. The editors as well as the contributors are experienced and leading researchers in the field of nanotechnology. … All readers – PhD students, researchers or even undergraduate students with keen interest in microbiology, or professors – may find interesting contributions on metal nanoparticles in microbiology.” (Ioan I. Ardelean, Romanian Journal of Biochemistry, Vol. 49 (2), 2012)