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Home > News > Cinnamon Could Replace Harsh Chemicals To Produce Gold Nanoparticles, Researchers Say

November 30th, 2010

Cinnamon Could Replace Harsh Chemicals To Produce Gold Nanoparticles, Researchers Say

Abstract:
Hoping to promote green nanotechnology, researchers at the University of Missouri mixed gold salts with cinnamon instead and stirred the mixture in water. The combination produced gold nanoparticles and phytochemicals, an active chemical in cinnamon. When combined with the nanoparticles, the phytochemicals can enter cancer cells and destroy them or help image them for more accurate medical procedures.

"Our gold nanoparticles are not only ecologically and biologically benign, they also are biologically active against cancer cells," said Kattesh Katti, a professor of radiology and physics at the University of Missouri School of Medicine.

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