Seaweeds: A resource for marine bionanotechnology

Sri Ramkumar Vijayan, Prakash Santhiyagu, Ramasubburayan Ramasamy, Pugazhendhi Arivalagan, Gopalakrishnan Kumar, Kannapiran Ethiraj, Babu Rajendran Ramaswamy

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Marine bionanotechnology is one of the most promising areas of research in modern science and technology. Although there are multitude methods for the synthesis of nanoparticles (NPs), there is an increasing attention in developing high-yield, low-cost, non-toxic and eco-friendly procedures. The vital advantages of greener synthesis are cost-effective, reduced usage of toxic chemicals and abundant availability of resources. During the last ten years, there have been many biological entities used to elevate novel, greener and affordable methods for the metal NPs synthesis. Rate of synthesis and stability are higher for plant material mediated NPs. However, in comparison with terrestrial resources, marine resources have not been fully explored for synthesis of noble metal NPs. Our present review is designed to speculate the importance of usage of vast marine resources and its mediated NPs synthesis, in particular seaweed-mediated NPs synthesis to overcome the limitations involved in physical and chemical methods. Finally, recent advancements in greener synthesis of metal NPs, their size, distribution, morphology and applications such as antimicrobial, antifouling and anticancer potentials are briefly described along with portraying the prospective scope of research in this field without any negative impact on the environment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)45-57
Number of pages13
JournalEnzyme and Microbial Technology
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Dec 1

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The first author (VSR) thanks University Grants Commission , New Delhi, India for the financial support through Dr. D.S. Kothari Post-Doctoral Fellowship Scheme (No. F.4-2/2006 (BSR)/BL/13-14/0312, Dt.: 19th-May-2014). Also, the authors gratefully thank Ms. Divya Dasagrandhi for her support in editing this review.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2016 Elsevier Inc.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biochemistry
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology


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