Synthesis and Characterization of Selenium Nanoparticles Using Natural Resources and Its Applications

  • S. Rajeshkumar
  • P. Veena
  • R. V. Santhiyaa
Part of the Nanotechnology in the Life Sciences book series (NALIS)


Selenium is the important trace element required in fewer amounts for the human body for its function. Selenium nanoparticles are synthesized by several methods using the biological method as well as both chemical and physical method. Many papers have reported the synthesis of selenium nanoparticles using biological sources such as bacteria, fungi, yeasts, and plants. Also, chemicals have used as reducing agent for the conversion of sodium selenite into selenium nanoparticles. Synthesized selenium nanoparticles are characterized using TEM, SEM, FTIR, XRD, and UV-vis. In our book chapter, we have reviewed about the green synthesis of the selenium nanoparticles such as bacteria, fungi, plants (leaves, seeds, and flower), and yeast. The application of the prepared selenium nanoparticles is also explained in this book chapter.


Selenium nanoparticles Glutathione Sodium alginate and carboxymethyl cellulose Bacteria Fungi Protozoa Antibacterial Drug delivery Dye degradation Inhibits biofilm Anti-leishmaniasis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Rajeshkumar
    • 1
  • P. Veena
    • 2
  • R. V. Santhiyaa
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PharmacologySaveetha Dental College and Hospitals, Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical SciencesChennaiIndia
  2. 2.Nanotherapy LaboratorySchool of Bio-Sciences and Technology, Vellore Institute of TechnologyVelloreIndia

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