Special Issue "Green Synthesis of Nanomaterials and Their Biological Applications"

A special issue of Nanomaterials (ISSN 2079-4991).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Giovanni Benelli
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Guest Editor
Department of Agriculture, Food and Environment, University of Pisa, via del Borghetto 80, 56124 Pisa, Italy
Interests: arthropod vectors; entomology; insect control; mosquitoes; nano-synthesis; nanoparticles; nano-pesticides; nanotechnology; non-target effects; ticks
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nanomaterials possess highly interesting physical and chemical properties. They have a key role in the development of novel and effective insecticides, acaricides, fungicides, drugs, catalysts and sensors, to cite just some key categories. The synthesis of nanomaterials is often achieved with chemical and physical methods needing the use of extremely toxic chemicals or high-energy inputs. To reduce the environmental impact of these synthetic routes, researchers have recently shifted on the “green synthesis”, where microbial, animal-, and plant-borne compounds can be used as cheap reducing and stabilising agents to fabricate nanomaterials. Green synthesis routes are cheap, eco-friendly, allowing the fabrication of nanomaterials with controlled size and shape—two key features determining their bioactivity. However, real-world applications of green-fabricated nanomaterials are largely unexplored. In this framework, our journal Nanomaterials already dedicated a successful Special Issue on the topic ("Green synthesis of nanomaterials" in 2018-2019).

The present Special Issue represents the continuation of the former one, with a collection of top-quality articles in this research area. Particular attention is devoted to entomological research, since the widespread overuse of synthetic insecticides leads to quick development of resistance in target species as well as to serious non-target effects on human health and environment. A comparable scenario is well recognised in parasitology about the employ of drugs to manage protozoan parasites and helminths, with extremely risky consequences for public health. Therefore, developing new and effective products to fight pests and parasites is a major challenge for modern entomology and parasitology. Despite the huge amount of research on the so-called “green” insecticides and antiparasitics, mainly covering products of microbial and botanical origin, their practical use in real-world conditions remains limited. This is often due to lack of prolonged efficacy and challenging regulations. Thus, nanotechnologies are currently considered a major option to improve the efficacy and stability of both classic and green insecticides, repellents and antiparasitic drugs, relying to various nanocarriers, including nanoencapsulation and nanoemulsions.

Overall, the present Special Issue is open to submissions about green synthesis of nanomaterials as well as on the possible biological applications, including studies dealing with entomology, parasitology, biomedicine, and environmental research. Both Original researches and Reviews will be considered for publication.

Prof. Dr. Giovanni Benelli
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • biotechnology
  • eco-friendly nanomaterials
  • entomology
  • green nanosynthesis
  • nanoencapsulation
  • nanoemulsion
  • nanoparticles
  • nanopesticides
  • parasitology
  • nanobiomedicine

Published Papers

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