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Bioengineering (Basel). 2019 Jan 21;6(1). pii: E10. doi: 10.3390/bioengineering6010010.

Noble Metal Nanoparticles Applications: Recent Trends in Food Control.

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1
Laboratory of Commodity Sciences, Department of Management, Sapienza University of Rome, via del Castro Laurenziano 9, 00161 Rome, Italy. giuliana.vinci@uniroma1.it.
2
Laboratory of Commodity Sciences, Department of Management, Sapienza University of Rome, via del Castro Laurenziano 9, 00161 Rome, Italy. mattia.rapa@uniroma1.it.

Abstract

Scientific research in the nanomaterials field is constantly evolving, making it possible to develop new materials and above all to find new applications. Therefore, nanoparticles (NPs) are suitable for different applications: nanomedicine, drug delivery, sensors, optoelectronics and food control. This review explores the recent trend in food control of using noble metallic nanoparticles as determination tools. Two major uses of NPs in food control have been found: the determination of contaminants and bioactive compounds. Applications were found for the determination of mycotoxins, pesticides, drug residues, allergens, probable carcinogenic compounds, bacteria, amino acids, gluten and antioxidants. The new developed methods are competitive for their use in food control, demonstrated by their validation and application to real samples.

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AgNPs; AuNPs; PtNPs; bioactive compounds; contaminants; food control; noble metal nanoparticles; nutrients

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