Chitosan-metal nanocomposites: Synthesis, characterization, and applications

Vinod Saharan, Ajay Pal, Ramesh Raliya, Pratim Biswas

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Biogenic substances have always remained the preferred materials for use in various applications for humankind. Pivotal characteristics like versatile biological activities, biodegradability, nontoxicity, easy, and abundant availability have placed chitosan biopolymer the most desirable biogenic materials for various applications. In spite of the significant contribution of chitosan in medical and pharmaceutical sectors, the expected potential of chitosan has not yet been fully explored in agriculture. Among the various chitosan nanoformulations, chitosan- metal nanocomposites have gained special attention due its specific physicochemical properties toward plant growth and protection. But progress in the chitosan-metal nanocomposite synthesis faces few challenges like nanoparticle stability, size precision, encapsulation efficacy, releases profile, etc. This chapter describes the recent advancements and basics of synthesis, characterization, and applications of Zn- and Cu-chitosan nanocomposite.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Composites from Renewable Materials
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781119441632
ISBN (Print)9781119223627
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Agriculture
  • Biopolymer
  • Copper
  • Nanoparticles
  • Zinc

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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