Title of the paper: Can animals too negotiate nano transformations?
1. Aryabhatta Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Aryabhatta Knowledge University, Patna 800 001, India
2. University Department of Physics, T.M. Bhagalpur University, Bhagalpur 812 007, India
Abstracts: Cockroach (Periplaneta americana) broth has been employed to assess its potential as a candidate source animal tissue for the synthesis of gold nanoparticles. The synthesis is performed akin to room temperature in the laboratory ambience. X-ray and transmission electron microscopy analyses are performed to ascertain the formation of nanoparticles. The synthesis of nanoparticles might have resulted due to the activity of chitin, metallothioneine and tropomyosin. A possible involved mechanism for the biosynthesis of nanoparticles has also been proposed. This work further indicates that the animal wastes too can effectively participate in nano-transformations thereby helping in controlling the environmental pollution and subsequently the different diseases.
Links to the paper (link to the journal webpage): http://technopress.kaist.ac.kr/?page=container&journal=anr&volume=1&num=1
This paper has also been nominated for Ig Nobel prize this year.