Healing skin wounds using bamboo cellulose nanocrystals

Nanobiocomposites made of bamboo cellulose nanocrystals and silver nanoparticles can accelerate healing of skin wounds in mice, new research shows1. These nanocomposites could be converted to films and ointment, useful as wound-healing dressing material.

Existing wound-dressing materials have drawbacks such as foul smell, low porosity and poor-healing capacity. Some are also toxic to biological cells. Scientists from the CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology in Palampur, Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research in New Delhi and Center of Innovative and Applied Bioprocessing in Mohali tried to overcome these problems. They synthesized nanobiocomposites by inserting silver nanoparticles into the matrix of cellulose nanocrystals isolated from two species of bamboo leaves. read more

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