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Ligand-protected nanoclusters and their role in agriculture, sensing and allied applications

Publication Type : Journal Article

Publisher : Elsevier

Source : Talanta

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Campus : Amritapuri

School : School of Physical Sciences

Department : Chemistry

Year : 2022

Abstract : Nano biotechnology, when coupled with green chemistry, can revolutionize human life because of the vast opportunities and benefits it can offer to the quality of human life. Luminescent metal nanoclusters (NCs) have recently developed as a potential research area with applications in different areas like medical, imaging, sensing etc. Recently these new candidates have proved to be beneficial in the food supply chain enabling controlled release of nutrients, pesticides and as nanosensors for the detection of contaminants and play roles in healthy food storage and maintaining food quality. An assortment of nanomaterials has been employed for these applications and reviews have been published on the use of nanotechnology in agriculture. Ligand-protected metal nanoclusters are a distinctive class of small organic-inorganic nanostructures that garnered immense research interest in recent years owing to their stability at specific “magic size” compositions along with tunable properties that make them promising candidates for a wide range of nanotechnology-based applications. This review tries to consolidate the recent developments in the area of ligand-protected nanoclusters in connection with the detection of pesticides, food contaminants, heavy metal ions and plant growth monitoring for healthy agricultural practices. Its antimicrobial activity to manage the microbial contamination is highlighted. The review also throws light on the various perspectives by which food production and allied areas will be transformed in future.

Cite this Research Publication : Asok Aparna, H.Sreehari, AmruthaChandran, K.P.Anjali, Ansu MaryAlex, P.Anuvinda, G.B.Gouthami, Neeraja P.Pillai, N.Parvathy, SandhyaSadanandan, AppukuttanSaritha, Ligand-protected nanoclusters and their role in agriculture, sensing and allied applications,Volume 239,  12313410.1016/j.talanta.2021.123134

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