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Preparation of metal nanoparticles in plants

United States Patent Application

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The present invention relates to the use of plants for the production of metal nanoparticles. In particular, precious metals such as gold, silver and platinum can be produced using plants such as alfalfa. The nanoparticles have a wide variety of uses
Gardea-Torresdey, Jorge L. (El Paso, TX), Parsons, Jason G. (Calgary, CA), Peralta-Videa, Jose R. (El Paso, TX), Gomez, Eduardo (El Paso, TX), Jose-Yacaman, Miguel (Lakeway, TX)
The University of Texas System
10/ 732,927
December 10, 2003
[0002] The government may have rights in the present invention pursuant to grants from: the National Institutes of Health (#S06GM8012-30), Office of Exploratory Research of the EPA (#CR-819849-01-4) and the Department of Energy (Cooperative Agreement #DE-FCO4-908L6G158; Clark Atlanta University HBCU/MI Environmental Technology Consortium).