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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 710902, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/710902
Research Article

Green Synthesis of Gold Nanoparticles with Self-Sustained Natural Rubber Membranes

1Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia, UNESP Universidade Estadual Paulista, CP 467, 19060-080 Presidente Prudente, SP, Brazil
2Materials and Surface Science Group, University of Windsor, Windsor, On, Canada N9B 3P4
3CellMat Laboratory, Condensed Matter Physics Department, University of Valladolid, 47011 Valladolid, Spain

Received 26 June 2013; Accepted 17 August 2013

Academic Editor: Hongchen Chen Gu

Copyright © 2013 Flávio C. Cabrera et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Green chemistry is an innovative way to approach the synthesis of metallic nanostructures employing eco-friendly substances (natural compounds) acting as reducing agents. Usually, slow kinetics are expected due to, use of microbiological materials. In this report we study composites of natural rubber (NR) membranes fabricated using latex from Hevea brasiliensis trees (RRIM 600) that works as reducing agent for the synthesis of gold nanoparticles. A straight and clean method is presented, to produce gold nanoparticles (AuNP) in a flexible substrate or in solution, without the use of chemical reducing reagents, and at the same time providing good size’s homogeneity, reproducibility, and stability of the composites.