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Co-Relating Metallic Nanoparticle Characteristics and Bacterial Toxicity


  • Includes figures, tables and summaries to aid the reader's understanding

  • Contains case studies that illustrate microbial toxicity

  • Explains the causes of nanoparticle toxicity and includes mechanisms


Part of the SpringerBriefs in Molecular Science book series (BRIEFSMOLECULAR)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs in Biometals book sub series (SB BIOMETALS)

Table of contents

About this book


This brief gives a concise overview of nanoparticles and their microbial toxicity. It introduces various nanoparticles that are considered lethal to microbial cells (bacteria, virus and fungus) placing an emphasis on metal and metal oxide nanoparticles. The synthesis procedures (physical, chemical, microbial) that are often employed in their fabrication are also outlined. The interaction of various nanoparticles with microbes is described with attention given to the role of additives in the form of solvents, surfactants, capping materials. Commonly used experimental and analytical techniques that are often used to evaluate and determine the toxicity of nanoparticles towards different microorganisms are presented and comparative assessments on the differences between these procedures are described. The brief ends by explaining the toxicity of metal and metal oxide nanoparticles to microorganisms.


Microorganisms Nanoscience Surface Coatings Nanoparticels Toxic Nanoarticles Toxicity in Nanoparticles Wild-type Strains Nano Toxicity

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biotechnology, School of Life SciencesPondicherry UniversityPondicherryIndia

About the authors

Dr. Anil K. Suresh, Ph.D. (Scientist D) is the holder of a Ramalingaswami fellowship and is currently based in the Department of Biotechnology, School of Life Sciences, Pondicherry University in India.
He was previously a Staff Scientist at the City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA, USA.

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