Environmental method for synthesizing amorphous silica oxide nanoparticles from a natural material

Vahid Zarei, Mojtaba Mirzaasadi, Afshin Davarpanah, Alireza Nasiri, Majid Valizadeh, Mohammad Javad Sarbaz Hosseini

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Numerous studies have been performed on the generation of several silicon‐based engineering materials that often have used chemical materials that have high risks for health and the safety of the environment. Generally, in the synthesis of Nano‐silica, tetramethoxysilane, tetraethoxysilane, and tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) are used as precursor materials; however, these materials are toxic and expensive for the production of Nano‐silica. This paper presents an environmentally friendly short method (EFSM) with high efficiency for the synthesis of amorphous silica oxide Nanoparticles by using agricultural waste called rice husks (RHs). Use of the EFSM method as an alternative to the chemical methods would have the advantages of fast and simple operation, controllability, great pureness of the Nanoparticles, and low manufacturing cost. A Nanoparticles (NPs) evaluation was conducted with energy‐dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM) and X‐ray fluorescence (XRF). By applying the EFSM method, non‐toxic amorphous silica nanoparticles with a purity of 94.5% and particle size less than 100 nm was synthesized without using any chemical material.

Original languageEnglish
Article number334
Number of pages9
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 12 Feb 2021


  • Amorphous silica Nanoparticle
  • Environmentally friendly short method
  • Non‐toxic
  • Rice husks


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