Recent advances in essential oils-based metal nanoparticles: A review on recent developments and biopharmaceutical applications

Siva Sankar Sana, Huizhen Li, Zhijun Zhang*, Minaxi Sharma, Zeba Usmani, Tianyu Hou, Vasudeva Reddy Netala, Xin Wang, Vijai Kumar Gupta*

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Abstract

Biogenic synthesis of metal/metallic nanoparticles (MNPs) by reducing metal ions using secondary metabolites of plant essential oils is a single step and an eco-friendly approach. This biogenic synthesis of metal nanoparticles is somewhat fast, conducted readily at low temperatures and pressures, and a quite easy process. Metal nanoparticle synthesis using essential oils is environmentally-friendly or bio-safe. Essential oils (EOs) are complex lipids and contain a range of volatile and organic bioactive compounds, having huge applications in the medical, cosmetics and food industries. In this review, we have discussed the current developments on preparation of metal nanoparticles using essential oils and their biological properties in various applications. The various methods of nanoparticle characterizations are analyzed and potential applications of these nanoparticles are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115951
JournalJournal of Molecular Liquids
Volume333
Early online date25 Mar 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPrint publication - 1 Jul 2021

Keywords

  • Biological applications
  • Characterization
  • Essential oils
  • Green synthesis
  • Metal nanoparticles

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