Microbe manufacturers of semiconductors

Chem Biol. 2004 Nov;11(11):1478-80. doi: 10.1016/j.chembiol.2004.11.004.


Synthesis of cadmium sulfide (CdS) semiconductor nanoparticles within a prokaryotic organism is reported for the first time by Sweeney et al. This paper demonstrates the utility of microorganisms to perform chemistries outside the scope of their "normal" metabolism and offers an environmentally benign synthesis of CdS nanoparticles.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Cadmium Compounds / metabolism*
  • Escherichia coli / metabolism*
  • Nanotechnology
  • Semiconductors*
  • Sulfides / metabolism*


  • Cadmium Compounds
  • Sulfides
  • cadmium sulfide