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  1. Method of synthesizing tungsten nanoparticles

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    Thoma, Steven G; Anderson, Travis M

    2013-02-12

    A method to synthesize tungsten nanoparticles has been developed that enables synthesis of nanometer-scale, monodisperse particles that can be stabilized only by tetrahydrofuran. The method can be used at room temperature, is scalable, and the product concentrated by standard means. Since no additives or stabilizing surfactants are required, this method is particularly well suited for producing tungsten nanoparticles for dispersion in polymers. If complete dispersion is achieved due to the size of the nanoparticles, then the optical properties of the polymer can be largely maintained.

  2. Biogenic synthesized nanoparticles and their applications

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    Singh, Abhijeet; Sharma, Madan Mohan

    2016-05-01

    In the present scenario, there are growing concerns over the potential impacts of bioengineered nanoparticles in the health sector. However, our understanding of how bioengineered nanoparticles may affect organisms within natural ecosystems, lags far behind our rapidly increasing ability to engineer novel nanoparticles. To date, research on the biological impacts of bioengineered nanoparticles has primarily consisted of controlled lab studies of model organisms with single species in culture media. Here, we described a cost effective and environment friendly technique for green synthesis of silver nanoparticles. Silver nanoparticles were successfully synthesized from 1 mM AgNO3 via a green synthesis process using leaf extract as reducing as well as capping agent. Nanoparticles were characterized with the help of UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and TEM analysis which revealed the size of nanoparticles of 30-40 nm size. Further the nanoparticles synthesized by green route are found highly toxic against pathogenic bacteria and plant pathogenic fungi viz. Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas syringae and Sclerotiniasclerotiorum. The most important outcome of this work will be the development of value-added products and protection of human health from pathogens viz., bacteria, virus, fungi etc.

  3. Radiolytic syntheses of nanoparticles in supramolecular assemblies.

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    Chen, Qingde; Shen, Xinghai; Gao, Hongcheng

    2010-08-11

    Ionizing radiation is a powerful method in the syntheses of nanoparticles (NPs). The application of ionizing radiation in supramolecular assemblies can afford us more unique conditions to control the composition and morphology of the NPs. So far, most work focused on water-in-oil (W/O) microemulsions or reversed micelles. In this supramolecular organization, it has been proved that the effects of many conditions on the yield of e(aq)(-) play a key role, remarkably different from the mechanism in routine chemical method. Besides, some supramolecular assemblies of cyclodextrins and ionic liquids have been used in the syntheses of NPs by ionizing radiation, and many novel and interesting phenomena appeared. This review is intended to underline the three significant aspects of the radiolytic syntheses of NPs in supramolecular assemblies. PMID:20653087

  4. Antimicrobial activity of silver nanoparticles synthesized via green chemistry

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    KAVAZ DOGA; LAMIDO SURAYYA MUHAMMAD; UMAR HUZAIFA

    2015-01-01

    Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) synthesis is among the new areas of nanotechnological research and it’s a bit cost effective, pollution free and environmental friendly compared to other metals used to synthesized nanoparticles. The synthesized nanoparticle was characterized using Atomic Force Microscope (AFM), FTIR, EDX, UV-Vis, Zeta Sizer and anti-microbial activity studies was also carried out. These techniques of identification were for morphological, particle size and concentration of NPs fo...

  5. Monodisperse Silver Nanoparticles Synthesized by a Microwave-Assisted Method

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    ZHU Shao-Peng; TANG Shao-Chun; MENG Xiang-Kang

    2009-01-01

    Silver nanoparticles with an average size of about 2Onto are synthesized in a colloidal solution with the aid of microwave irradiation. Neither additional reductant nor stabilizer is required in this microwave-assisted method.The color of the colloidal solution is found to be dark green, different from the characteristic yellow of silver colloidal solutions. The silver nanoparticles in the colloidal solution have a narrow size distribution and large yield quantity. UV-visible absorption spectroscopy analysis reveals that the as-synthesized monodisperse silver nanoparticles have exceptional optical properties. Raman spectroscopy measurements demonstrate that these silver nanoparticles exhibit a notable surface-enhanced Raman scattering ability.

  6. Antibacterial and catalytic activities of green synthesized silver nanoparticles

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    Bindhu, M. R.; Umadevi, M.

    2015-01-01

    The aqueous beetroot extract was used as reducing agent for silver nanoparticles synthesis. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized using UV-visible spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The surface plasmon resonance peak of synthesized nanoparticles was observed at 438 nm. As the concentration of beetroot extract increases, absorption spectra shows blue shift with decreasing particle size. The prepared silver nanoparticles were well dispersed, spherical in shape with the average particle size of 15 nm. The prepared silver nanoparticles are effective in inhibiting the growth of both gram positive and gram negative bacteria. The prepared silver nanoparticles reveal faster catalytic activity. This natural method for synthesis of silver nanoparticles offers a valuable contribution in the area of green synthesis and nanotechnology avoiding the presence of hazardous and toxic solvents and waste.

  7. Electrospray deposition of isolated chemically synthesized magnetic nanoparticles

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    Agostini, Pierre; Meffre, Anca; Lacroix, Lise-Marie; Ugnati, Damien [Université de Toulouse (France); INSA, UPS, CNRS, Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie des Nano-objets (LPCNO) (France); Ondarçuhu, Thierry [Centre d’Elaboration de Matériaux et d’Etudes Structurales (CEMES-CNRS) (France); Respaud, Marc; Lassagne, Benjamin, E-mail: lassagne@insa-toulouse.fr [Université de Toulouse (France); INSA, UPS, CNRS, Laboratoire de Physique et Chimie des Nano-objets (LPCNO) (France)

    2016-01-15

    The deposition of isolated magnetic nanoparticles onto a substrate was performed using electrohydrodynamic spraying. Two kinds of nanoparticles were sprayed, 11 nm CoFe carbide nanospheres and 10.5 nm Fe nanocubes. By studying carefully the evolution of the sprayed charged droplets and the mechanism of nanoparticle dispersion in them, we could optimize the nanoparticle concentration within the initial nanoparticle solution (i) to reduce the magnetic interaction and therefore prevent agglomeration and (ii) to obtain in a relatively short period (1 h) a deposit of isolated magnetic nanoparticles with a density of up to 400 nanoparticles per µm{sup 2}. These results open great perspectives for magnetic measurements on single objects using advanced magnetometry techniques as long as spintronics applications based on single chemically synthesized magnetic nanoparticles.

  8. Monodispersive CoPt Nanoparticles Synthesized Using Chemical Reduction Method

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    SHEN Cheng-Min; HUI Chao; YANG Tian-Zhong; XIAO Cong-Wen; CHEN Shu-Tang; DING Hao; GAO Hong-Jun

    2008-01-01

    @@ Monodispersive CoPt nanoparticles in sizes of about 2.2 nm are synthesized by superhydride reduction of CoCl2 and PtCl2 in diphenyl ether. The as-prepared nanoparticles show a chemically disordered A1 structure and are superparamagnetic. Thermal annealing transforms the A1 structure into chemically ordered L1o structure and the particles are ferromagnetic at room temperature.

  9. A green chemistry approach for synthesizing biocompatible gold nanoparticles

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    Gurunathan, Sangiliyandi; Han, JaeWoong; Park, Jung Hyun; Kim, Jin-Hoi

    2014-01-01

    Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) are a fascinating class of nanomaterial that can be used for a wide range of biomedical applications, including bio-imaging, lateral flow assays, environmental detection and purification, data storage, drug delivery, biomarkers, catalysis, chemical sensors, and DNA detection. Biological synthesis of nanoparticles appears to be simple, cost-effective, non-toxic, and easy to use for controlling size, shape, and stability, which is unlike the chemically synthesized nan...

  10. Chemical phase analysis of seed mediated synthesized anisotropic silver nanoparticles

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    Bharti, Amardeep; Singh, Suman; Singla, M. L.; Goyal, Navdeep

    2015-08-01

    Noble-metal nanoparticles are of great interest because of its broad applications almost in every stream (i.e. biology, chemistry and engineering) due to their unique size/shape dependant properties. In this paper, chemical phase of seed mediated synthesized anisotropic silver nanoparticle (AgNPs) has been investigated via fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). These nanaoparticles were synthesized by seed-growth method controlled by urea and dextrose results to highly stable 12-20 nm particle size revealed by zeta potential and transmission electron microscopy (TEM).

  11. Chemical phase analysis of seed mediated synthesized anisotropic silver nanoparticles

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    Noble-metal nanoparticles are of great interest because of its broad applications almost in every stream (i.e. biology, chemistry and engineering) due to their unique size/shape dependant properties. In this paper, chemical phase of seed mediated synthesized anisotropic silver nanoparticle (AgNPs) has been investigated via fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). These nanaoparticles were synthesized by seed-growth method controlled by urea and dextrose results to highly stable 12-20 nm particle size revealed by zeta potential and transmission electron microscopy (TEM)

  12. Copper nanoparticles synthesized in polymers by ion implantation

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    Popok, Vladimir; Nuzhdin, Vladimir; Valeev, Valerij; Stepanov, Andrei

    2015-01-01

    Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and polyimide (PI) samples are implanted by 40 keV Cu+ ions with high fluences in order to synthesize copper nanoparticles in shallow polymer layers. The produced metal/polymer nanocomposites are studied using atomic force and scanning electron microscopies as well as...... optical transmission spectroscopy. It is found that copper nanoparticles nucleation and growth are strongly fluence dependent as well as they are affected by the polymer properties, in particular, by radiation stability yielding different nanostructures for the implanted PI and PMMA. Shallow synthesized...

  13. Antibacterial screening of silver nanoparticles synthesized by marine micro algae

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    D Devina Merin; S Prakash; B Valentine Bhimba

    2010-01-01

    Objective:To explore the biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles synthesized by marine microalgae. Methods: Marine microalgae was collected from Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI, tuticorin) and cultured in the lab. Silver nanoparticles synthesis were observed in normal and microwave irradiated microalgae and screened against human pathogens for the presence of antimicrobials.Results: The presence of silver nanoparticle was confirmed by UV-Visible spectroscopy at420 nm by the presence of plasmon peak. Further confirmation was done by scanning electron microscope(SEM).Conclusions: These results not only provide a base for further research but are useful for drug development in the present and future.

  14. ARSENIC REMOVAL USING SOL-GEL SYNTHESIZED TITANIUM DIOXIDE NANOPARTICLES

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    In this study, the effectiveness of TiO2 nanoparticles in arsenic adsorption was examined. TiO2 particles (LS) were synthesized via sol-gel techniques and characterized for their crystallinity, surface area and pore volume. Batch adsorption studies were perf...

  15. Evaluation of cytotoxicity of polypyrrole nanoparticles synthesized by oxidative polymerization

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    Highlights: ► Polypyrrole nanoparticles synthesized by environmentally friendly polymerization at high concentrations are cytotoxic. ► Primary mouse embryonic fibroblast, mouse hepatoma and human T lymphocyte Jurkat cell lines were treated by Ppy nanoparticles. ► Polypyrrole nanoparticles at high concentrations inhibit cell proliferation. -- Abstract: Polypyrrole (Ppy) is known as biocompatible material, which is used in some diverse biomedical applications and seeming to be a very promising for advanced biotechnological applications. In order to increase our understanding about biocompatibility of Ppy, in this study pure Ppy nanoparticles (Ppy-NPs) of fixed size and morphology were prepared by one-step oxidative polymerization and their cyto-compatibility was evaluated. The impact of different concentration of Ppy nanoparticles on primary mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEF), mouse hepatoma cell line (MH-22A), and human T lymphocyte Jurkat cell line was investigated. Cell morphology, viability/proliferation after the treatment by Ppy nanoparticles was evaluated. Obtained results showed that Ppy nanoparticles at low concentrations are biocompatible, while at high concentrations they became cytotoxic for Jurkat, MEF and MH-22A cells, and it was found that cytotoxic effect is dose-dependent

  16. Evaluation of cytotoxicity of polypyrrole nanoparticles synthesized by oxidative polymerization

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    Vaitkuviene, Aida [Department of Physical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Vilnius University, Naugarduko 24, LT-03225 Vilnius (Lithuania); Department of Stem Cell Biology, State Research Institute Center for Innovative Medicine, Zygimantu 9, LT-01102 Vilnius (Lithuania); Kaseta, Vytautas [Department of Stem Cell Biology, State Research Institute Center for Innovative Medicine, Zygimantu 9, LT-01102 Vilnius (Lithuania); Voronovic, Jaroslav [Department of Physical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Vilnius University, Naugarduko 24, LT-03225 Vilnius (Lithuania); Ramanauskaite, Giedre; Biziuleviciene, Gene [Department of Stem Cell Biology, State Research Institute Center for Innovative Medicine, Zygimantu 9, LT-01102 Vilnius (Lithuania); Ramanaviciene, Almira [NanoTechnas–Center of Nanotechnology and Material Science at Department of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Vilnius University, Naugarduko 24, 03225 Vilnius (Lithuania); Ramanavicius, Arunas, E-mail: Arunas.Ramanavicius@chf.vu.lt [Department of Physical Chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, Vilnius University, Naugarduko 24, LT-03225 Vilnius (Lithuania); Laboratory of BioNanoTechnology, Department of Materials Science and Electronics, Institute of Semiconductor Physics, State Scientific Research Institute Centre for Physical Sciences and Technology, A. Gostauto 11, LT-01108 Vilnius (Lithuania)

    2013-04-15

    Highlights: ► Polypyrrole nanoparticles synthesized by environmentally friendly polymerization at high concentrations are cytotoxic. ► Primary mouse embryonic fibroblast, mouse hepatoma and human T lymphocyte Jurkat cell lines were treated by Ppy nanoparticles. ► Polypyrrole nanoparticles at high concentrations inhibit cell proliferation. -- Abstract: Polypyrrole (Ppy) is known as biocompatible material, which is used in some diverse biomedical applications and seeming to be a very promising for advanced biotechnological applications. In order to increase our understanding about biocompatibility of Ppy, in this study pure Ppy nanoparticles (Ppy-NPs) of fixed size and morphology were prepared by one-step oxidative polymerization and their cyto-compatibility was evaluated. The impact of different concentration of Ppy nanoparticles on primary mouse embryonic fibroblasts (MEF), mouse hepatoma cell line (MH-22A), and human T lymphocyte Jurkat cell line was investigated. Cell morphology, viability/proliferation after the treatment by Ppy nanoparticles was evaluated. Obtained results showed that Ppy nanoparticles at low concentrations are biocompatible, while at high concentrations they became cytotoxic for Jurkat, MEF and MH-22A cells, and it was found that cytotoxic effect is dose-dependent.

  17. Antibacterial activity of silver nanoparticles synthesized from serine

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    Jayaprakash, N. [Catalysis and Nanomaterials Research Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Loyola College, Chennai 600 034 (India); SRM Valliammai Engineering College, Department of Chemistry, Chennai 603 203 (India); Judith Vijaya, J., E-mail: jjvijayaloyola@yahoo.co.in [Catalysis and Nanomaterials Research Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, Loyola College, Chennai 600 034 (India); John Kennedy, L. [Materials Division, School of Advanced Sciences, VIT University, Chennai Campus, Chennai 600 048 (India); Priadharsini, K.; Palani, P. [Department of Center for Advanced Study in Botany, University of Madras, Guindy Campus, Chennai 600 025 (India)

    2015-04-01

    Silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) were synthesized by a simple microwave irradiation method using polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) as a capping agent and serine as a reducing agent. UV–Visible spectra were used to confirm the formation of Ag NPs by observing the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) band at 443 nm. The emission spectrum of Ag NPs showed an emission band at 484 nm. In the presence of microwave radiation, serine acts as a reducing agent, which was confirmed by Fourier transformed infrared (FT-IR) spectrum. High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) and high-resolution scanning electron microscopy (HR-SEM) were used to investigate the morphology of the synthesized sample. These images showed the sphere-like morphology. The elemental composition of the sample was determined by the energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX). Selected area electron diffraction (SAED) was used to find the crystalline nature of the Ag NPs. The electrochemical behavior of the synthesized Ag NPs was analyzed by the cyclic voltammetry (CV). Antibacterial experiments showed that the prepared Ag NPs showed relatively similar antibacterial activities, when compared with AgNO{sub 3} against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria. - Highlights: • Microwave irradiation method is used to synthesize silver nanoparticles. • Highly stable silver nanoparticles are produced from serine. • A detailed study of antibacterial activities is discussed. • Formation mechanism of silver microspheres has been proposed.

  18. Catalytically and biologically active silver nanoparticles synthesized using essential oil

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    Vilas, Vidya; Philip, Daizy; Mathew, Joseph

    2014-11-01

    There are numerous reports on phytosynthesis of silver nanoparticles and various phytochemicals are involved in the reduction and stabilization. Pure explicit phytosynthetic protocol for catalytically and biologically active silver nanoparticles is of importance as it is an environmentally benign green method. This paper reports the use of essential oil of Myristica fragrans enriched in terpenes and phenyl propenes in the reduction and stabilization. FTIR spectra of the essential oil and the synthesized biogenic silver nanoparticles are in accordance with the GC-MS spectral analysis reports. Nanosilver is initially characterized by an intense SPR band around 420 nm, followed by XRD and TEM analysis revealing the formation of 12-26 nm sized, highly pure, crystalline silver nanoparticles. Excellent catalytic and bioactive potential of the silver nanoparticles is due to the surface modification. The chemocatalytic potential of nanosilver is exhibited by the rapid reduction of the organic pollutant, para nitro phenol and by the degradation of the thiazine dye, methylene blue. Significant antibacterial activity of the silver colloid against Gram positive, Staphylococcus aureus (inhibition zone - 12 mm) and Gram negative, Escherichia coli (inhibition zone - 14 mm) is demonstrated by Agar-well diffusion method. Strong antioxidant activity of the biogenic silver nanoparticles is depicted through NO scavenging, hydrogen peroxide scavenging, reducing power, DPPH and total antioxidant activity assays.

  19. Characterization of chemically synthesized CdS nanoparticles

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    Rajeev R Prabhu; M Abdul Khadar

    2005-11-01

    II–VI semiconductor nanoparticles are presently of great interest for their practical applications such as zero-dimensional quantum confined materials and for their applications in optoelectronics and photonics. The optical properties get modified dramatically due to the confinement of charge carriers within the nanoparticles. Similar to the effects of charge carriers on optical properties, confinement of optical and acoustic phonons leads to interesting changes in the phonon spectra. In the present work, we have synthesized nanoparticles of CdS using chemical precipitation technique. The crystal structure and grain size of the particles are studied using XRD. The UV–visible absorption, photoluminescence and Raman spectra of the sample are recorded and discussed briefly.

  20. Antibacterial effect of bismuth subsalicylate nanoparticles synthesized by laser ablation

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    Flores-Castañeda, Mariela [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares (Mexico); Vega-Jiménez, Alejandro L., E-mail: argelia.almaguer@mac.com; Almaguer-Flores, Argelia [Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Facultad de Odontología, DEPeI, I (Mexico); Camps, Enrique; Pérez, Mario [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares (Mexico); Silva-Bermudez, Phaedra [Instituto Nacional de Rehabilitación, Unidad de Ingeniería de Tejidos, Terapia Celular y Medicina Regenerativa (Mexico); Berea, Edgardo [FarmaQuimia SA de CV. (Mexico); Rodil, Sandra E. [Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Instituto de Investigaciones en Materiales (Mexico)

    2015-11-15

    The antimicrobial properties of bismuth subsalicylate (BSS) nanoparticles against four opportunistic pathogens; E. coli, P. aeruginosa, S. aureus, and S. epidermidis were determined. BSS nanoparticles were synthesized by pulse laser ablation of a solid target in distilled water under different conditions. The nanoparticles were characterized using high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and absorption spectra and small angle X-ray scattering. The analysis shows that the colloids maintained the BSS structure and presented average particle size between 20 and 60 nm, while the concentration ranges from 95 to 195 mg/L. The antibacterial effect was reported as the inhibition ratio of the bacterial growth after 24 h and the cell viability was measured using the XTT assay. The results showed that the inhibition ratio of E. coli and S. epidermidis was dependant on the NPs size and/or concentration, meanwhile P. aeruginosa and S. aureus were more sensitive to the BSS nanoparticles independently of both the size and the concentration. In general, the BSS colloids with average particle size of 20 nm were the most effective, attaining inhibition ratios >80 %, similar or larger than those obtained with the antibiotic used as control. The results suggest that the BSS colloids could be used as effective antibacterial agents with potential applications in the medical area.

  1. Characterization of silver nanoparticles synthesized on titanium dioxide fine particles

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    Nino-Martinez, N [Facultad de Ciencias, UASLP, Alvaro Obregon 64, CP 78000, San Luis PotosI, SLP (Mexico); Martinez-Castanon, G A [Maestria en Ciencias Odontologicas, Facultad de EstomatologIa, UASLP, Avenida Manuel Nava 2, Zona Universitaria, San Luis PotosI, SLP (Mexico); Aragon-Pina, A [Instituto de Metalurgia, Facultad de IngenierIa, UASLP, Alvaro Obregon 64, CP 78000, San Luis PotosI, SLP (Mexico); Martinez-Gutierrez, F [Facultad de Ciencias Quimicas, UASLP, Alvaro Obregon 64, CP 78000, San Luis PotosI, SLP (Mexico); Martinez-Mendoza, J R [Facultad de Ciencias, UASLP, Alvaro Obregon 64, CP 78000, San Luis PotosI, SLP (Mexico); Ruiz, Facundo [Facultad de Ciencias, UASLP, Alvaro Obregon 64, CP 78000, San Luis PotosI, SLP (Mexico)

    2008-02-13

    Silver nanoparticles with a narrow size distribution were synthesized over the surface of two different commercial TiO{sub 2} particles using a simple aqueous reduction method. The reducing agent used was NaBH{sub 4}; different molar ratios TiO{sub 2}:Ag were also used. The nanocomposites thus prepared were characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), x-ray diffraction (XRD), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and UV-visible (UV-vis) absorption spectroscopy; the antibacterial activity was assessed using the standard microdilution method, determining the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) according to the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards. From the microscopy studies (TEM and STEM) we observed that the silver nanoparticles are homogeneously distributed over the surface of TiO{sub 2} particles and that the TiO{sub 2}:Ag molar ratio plays an important role. We used three different TiO{sub 2}Ag molar ratios and the size of the silver nanoparticles is 10, 20 and 80 nm, respectively. It was found that the antibacterial activity of the nanocomposites increases considerably comparing with separated silver nanoparticles and TiO{sub 2} particles.

  2. Characterization of silver nanoparticles synthesized on titanium dioxide fine particles

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    Silver nanoparticles with a narrow size distribution were synthesized over the surface of two different commercial TiO2 particles using a simple aqueous reduction method. The reducing agent used was NaBH4; different molar ratios TiO2:Ag were also used. The nanocomposites thus prepared were characterized using transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), x-ray diffraction (XRD), dynamic light scattering (DLS) and UV-visible (UV-vis) absorption spectroscopy; the antibacterial activity was assessed using the standard microdilution method, determining the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) according to the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards. From the microscopy studies (TEM and STEM) we observed that the silver nanoparticles are homogeneously distributed over the surface of TiO2 particles and that the TiO2:Ag molar ratio plays an important role. We used three different TiO2Ag molar ratios and the size of the silver nanoparticles is 10, 20 and 80 nm, respectively. It was found that the antibacterial activity of the nanocomposites increases considerably comparing with separated silver nanoparticles and TiO2 particles

  3. Polymer Films with Ion-Synthesized Cobalt and Iron Nanoparticles

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    Popok, Vladimir

    2014-01-01

    The current paper presents an overview and analysis of data obtained on a few sets of polymer samples implanted by iron and cobalt. The low-energy (40 keV) implantations were carried out into polyimide and polyethyleneterephthalate with fluences between 2.5x10e16-1.5x10e17 cm-2. The samples were...... studied using several different methods to obtain information on structural and compositional changes as well as on the evolution of electrical and magnetic properties. High-fluence implantation led to significant carbonization of the polymers and formation of metal nanoparticles in the shallow layers....... Correlation between the structural changes, nucleation and percolation of the particles in relation to electronic properties of the composites are found, described and analysed. A few models explaining electrical and magnetic properties of the polymer films with synthesized metal nanoparticles are suggested....

  4. Doped semiconductor nanoparticles synthesized in gas-phase plasmas

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    Crystalline nanoparticles (NPs) of semiconductor materials have been attracting huge research interest due to their potential use in future applications like photovoltaics and bioimaging. The important role that intentional impurity doping plays in semiconductor technology has ignited a great deal of research effort aiming at synthesizing semiconductor NPs doped with foreign impurities and at understanding their physical and chemical properties. In this respect, plasma-grown semiconductor NPs doped in situ during synthesis have been key in studies of doped NPs. This article presents a review of the advances in understanding the properties of doped semiconductor NPs synthesized by means of plasma methods and the role played by these NPs for our current understanding of doped NPs and the general behavior of doping in nanoscale materials. (review article)

  5. A green chemistry approach for synthesizing biocompatible gold nanoparticles

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    Gurunathan, Sangiliyandi; Han, JaeWoong; Park, Jung Hyun; Kim, Jin-Hoi

    2014-05-01

    Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) are a fascinating class of nanomaterial that can be used for a wide range of biomedical applications, including bio-imaging, lateral flow assays, environmental detection and purification, data storage, drug delivery, biomarkers, catalysis, chemical sensors, and DNA detection. Biological synthesis of nanoparticles appears to be simple, cost-effective, non-toxic, and easy to use for controlling size, shape, and stability, which is unlike the chemically synthesized nanoparticles. The aim of this study was to synthesize homogeneous AuNPs using pharmaceutically important Ganoderma spp . We developed a simple, non-toxic, and green method for water-soluble AuNP synthesis by treating gold (III) chloride trihydrate (HAuCl4) with a hot aqueous extract of the Ganoderma spp . mycelia. The formation of biologically synthesized AuNPs (bio-AuNPs) was characterized by ultraviolet (UV)-visible absorption spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX), dynamic light scattering (DLS), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Furthermore, the biocompatibility of as-prepared AuNPs was evaluated using a series of assays, such as cell viability, lactate dehydrogenase leakage, and reactive oxygen species generation (ROS) in human breast cancer cells (MDA-MB-231). The color change of the solution from yellow to reddish pink and strong surface plasmon resonance were observed at 520 nm using UV-visible spectroscopy, and that indicated the formation of AuNPs. DLS analysis revealed the size distribution of AuNPs in liquid solution, and the average size of AuNPs was 20 nm. The size and morphology of AuNPs were investigated using TEM. The biocompatibility effect of as-prepared AuNPs was investigated in MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells by using various concentrations of AuNPs (10 to 100 μM) for 24 h. Our findings suggest that AuNPs are non-cytotoxic and biocompatible. To the best of our knowledge

  6. Effect of annealing on the structure of chemically synthesized SnO2 nanoparticles

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    Singh, Kulwinder; Kumar, Virender; Vij, Ankush; Kumari, Sudesh; Kumar, Akshay; Thakur, Anup

    2016-05-01

    Tin oxide (SnO2) nanoparticles have been synthesized by co-precipitation method. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Raman spectroscopy. XRD analysis confirmed the single phase formation of SnO2 nanoparticles. The Raman shifts showed the typical feature of the tetragonal phase of the as-synthesized SnO2 nanoparticles. At low annealing temperature, a strong distortion of the crystalline structure and high degree of agglomeration was observed. It is concluded that the crystallinity of SnO2 nanoparticles improves with the increase in annealing temperature.

  7. Enhanced photocatalytic activity of electrochemically synthesized aluminum oxide nanoparticles

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    Pathania, Deepak; Katwal, Rishu; Kaur, Harpreet

    2016-03-01

    In this study, aluminum oxide (Al2O3) nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized via an electrochemical method. The effects of reaction parameters such as supporting electrolytes, solvent, current and electrolysis time on the shape and size of the resulting NPs were investigated. The Al2O3 NPs were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis/differential thermal analysis, energy-dispersive X-ray analysis, and ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy. Moreover, the Al2O3 NPs were explored for photocatalytic degradation of malachite green (MG) dye under sunlight irradiation via two processes: adsorption followed by photocatalysis; coupled adsorption and photocatalysis. The coupled process exhibited a higher photodegradation efficiency (45%) compared to adsorption followed by photocatalysis (32%). The obtained kinetic data was well fitted using a pseudo-first-order model for MG degradation.

  8. Dielectric Properties of CDS Nanoparticles Synthesized by Soft Chemical Route

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    R Tripathi; A Kumar; T P Sinha

    2009-06-01

    CdS nanoparticles have been synthesized by a chemical reaction route using thiophenol as a capping agent. The frequency-dependent dielectric dispersion of cadmium sulphide (CdS) is investigated in the temperature range of 303–413 K and in a frequency range of 50 Hz–1 MHz by impedance spectroscopy. An analysis of the complex per-mittivity ( and ) and loss tangent (tan ) with frequency is performed by assuming a distribution of relaxation times. The scaling behaviour of dielectric loss spectra sug- gests that the relaxation describes the same mechanism at various temperatures. The frequency-dependent electrical data are analysed in the framework of conductivity and modulus formalisms. The frequency-dependent conductivity spectra obey the power law.

  9. A facile route to synthesize silver nanoparticles in polyelectrolyte capsules.

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    Anandhakumar, S; Raichur, Ashok M

    2011-06-01

    We are reporting a novel green approach to incorporate silver nanoparticles (NPs) selectively in the polyelectrolyte capsule shell for remote opening of polyelectrolyte capsules. This approach involves in situ reduction of silver nitrate to silver NPs using PEG as a reducing agent (polyol reduction method). These nanostructured capsules were prepared via layer by layer (LbL) assembly of poly(allylamine hydrochloride) (PAH) and dextran sulfate (DS) on silica template followed by the synthesis of silver NPs and subsequently the dissolution of the silica core. The size of silver nanoparticles synthesized was 60±20 nm which increased to 100±20 nm when the concentration of AgNO(3) increased from 25 mM to 50 mM. The incorporated silver NPs induced rupture and deformation of the capsules under laser irradiation. This method has advantages over other conventional methods involving chemical agents that are associated with cytotoxicity in biological applications such as drug delivery and catalysis. PMID:21333503

  10. Biogenic silver and gold nanoparticles synthesized using red ginseng root extract, and their applications.

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    Singh, Priyanka; Kim, Yeon Ju; Wang, Chao; Mathiyalagan, Ramya; El-Agamy Farh, Mohamed; Yang, Deok Chun

    2016-05-01

    In the present study, we report a green methodology for the synthesis of silver and gold nanoparticles, using the root extract of the herbal medicinal plant Korean red ginseng. The silver and gold nanoparticles were synthesized within 1 h and 10 min respectively. The nanoparticles generated were not aggregated, and remained stable for a long time, which suggests the nature of nanoparticles. The phytochemicals and ginsenosides present in the root extract assist in reducing and stabilizing the synthesized nanoparticles. The red ginseng root extract-generated silver nanoparticles exhibit antimicrobial activity against pathogenic microorganisms including Vibrio parahaemolyticus, Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus cereus, and Candida albicans. In addition, the silver nanoparticles exhibit biofilm degrading activity against S. aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Thus, the present study opens up a new possibility of synthesizing silver and gold nanoparticles in a green and rapid manner using Korean red ginseng root extract, and explores their biomedical applications. PMID:25706249

  11. Simple and facile approach to synthesize magnetite nanoparticles and assessment of their effects on blood cells

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    Cotica, Luiz F., E-mail: lfcotica@pq.cnpq.br [Department of Physics, Universidade Estadual de Maringa, Maringa, PR 87020900 (Brazil); Freitas, Valdirlei F.; Dias, Gustavo S.; Santos, Ivair A. [Department of Physics, Universidade Estadual de Maringa, Maringa, PR 87020900 (Brazil); Vendrame, Sheila C.; Khalil, Najeh M.; Mainardes, Rubiana M. [Department of Pharmacy, Universidade Estadual do Centro-Oeste, Guarapuava, PR 85040080 (Brazil); Staruch, Margo; Jain, Menka [Department of Physics, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269 (United States)

    2012-02-15

    In this paper, a very simple and facile approach for the large scale synthesis of uniform and size-controllable single-domain magnetite nanoparticles is reported. These magnetite nanoparticles were synthesized via thermal decomposition of a ferric nitrate/ethylene glycol solution. The structural and morphological properties of the synthesized nanoparticles were carefully studied. Nearly spherical nanoparticles with inverted spinel structure and average particle and crystallite sizes smaller than 20 nm were obtained. The magnetic measurements revealed that magnetite nanoparticles have a magnetic saturation value near that of the bulk magnetite. The erythrocyte cytotoxicity assays showed no hemolytic potential of the samples containing magnetite nanoparticles, indicating no cytotoxic activity on human erythrocytes, which makes these interesting for biotechnological applications. - Highlights: > Simple and facile approach to large scale synthesis of magnetite nanoparticles. > Erythrocyte cytotoxicity assays showed no hemolytic potential of nanoparticles. > Saturation magnetization of nanoparticles reached near that of the bulk magnetite.

  12. Characterization and catalytic activity of gold nanoparticles synthesized using ayurvedic arishtams

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    Aswathy Aromal, S.; Dinesh Babu, K. V.; Philip, Daizy

    2012-10-01

    The development of new synthesis methods for monodispersed nanocrystals using cheap and nontoxic chemicals, environmentally benign solvents and renewable materials remains a challenge to the scientific community. The present work reports a new green method for the synthesis of gold nanoparticles. Four different ayurvedic arishtams are used for the reduction of Au3+ to Au nanoparticles. This method is simple, efficient, economic and nontoxic. Gold nanoparticles having different sizes in the range from 15 to 23 nm could be obtained. The nanoparticles have been characterized by UV-Visible spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD) and FTIR analysis. The high crystallinity of nanoparticles is evident from bright circular spots in the SAED pattern and peaks in the XRD pattern. The synthesized gold nanoparticles show good catalytic activity for the reduction of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol by excess NaBH4. The synthesized nanoparticles are found to exhibit size dependent catalytic property, the smaller nanoparticles showing faster activity.

  13. Facile method to synthesize oleic acid-capped magnetite nanoparticles

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    2010-01-01

    We described a simple one-step process for the synthesis of oleic acid-capped magnetite nanoparticles using the dimethyl sulfoxide(DMSO) to oxidize the precursor Fe~(2+) at 140℃.By adjusting the alkalinity of the reaction system,magnetite nanoparticles with two sizes of 4 and 7 nm could be easily achieved.And the magnetite nanoparticles coated by oleate were well-monodispersed in organic solvent.

  14. Synchrotron X-Ray Synthesized Gold Nanoparticles for Tumor Therapy

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    Highly concentrated gold nanoparticles (20 ± 5 nm) were produced by an x-ray irradiation method. The particles were then examined for the interactions between gold and tumor cells under x-ray radiation conditions. The biological effects of gold nanoparticles were investigated in terms of the internalization, cytotoxicity and capability to enhance x-ray radiotherapy. The results of this investigation indicated that x-ray derived gold nanoparticles were nontoxic to CT-26 cell line and immobilized within cytoplasm. The irradiation experiments provided further evidence that gold nanoparticles were capable of enhancing the efficiency of radiotherapy

  15. Physically-synthesized gold nanoparticles containing multiple nanopores for enhanced photothermal conversion and photoacoustic imaging.

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    Park, Jisoo; Kang, Heesung; Kim, Young Heon; Lee, Sang-Won; Lee, Tae Geol; Wi, Jung-Sub

    2016-08-25

    Physically-synthesized gold nanoparticles having a narrow size distribution and containing multiple nanopores have been utilized as photothermal converters and imaging contrast agents. Nanopores within the gold nanoparticles make it possible to increase the light-absorption cross-section and consequently exhibit distinct improvements in photothermal conversion and photoacoustic imaging efficiencies. PMID:27527067

  16. Tuning Optical Nonlinearity of Laser-Ablation-Synthesized Silicon Nanoparticles via Doping Concentration

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    Lianwei Chen

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Silicon nanoparticles at different doping concentrations are investigated for tuning their optical nonlinear performance. The silicon nanoparticles are synthesized from doped silicon wafers by pulsed laser ablation. Their dispersions in water are studied for both nonlinear absorption and nonlinear refraction properties. It is found that the optical nonlinear performance can be modified by the doping concentration. Nanoparticles at a higher doping concentration exhibit better saturable absorption performance for femtosecond laser pulse, which is ascribed to the free carrier absorption mechanism.

  17. Evaluation of antioxidant, antibacterial and cytotoxic effects of green synthesized silver nanoparticles by Piper longum fruit

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    Reddy, N. Jayachandra; Nagoor Vali, D.; Rani, M.; Rani, S. Sudha, E-mail: sadrassudha@gmail.com

    2014-01-01

    Silver nanoparticles synthesized through bio-green method has been reported to have biomedical applications to control pathogenic microbes as it is cost effective compared to commonly used physical and chemical methods. In present study, silver nanoparticles were synthesized using aqueous Piper longum fruit extract (PLFE) and confirmed by UV–visible spectroscopy. The nanoparticles were spherical in shape with an average particle size of 46 nm as determined by scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) particle size analyzer respectively. FT-IR spectrum revealed the capping of the phytoconstituents, probably polyphenols from P. longum fruit extract and stabilizing the nanoparticles. Further the ferric ion reducing test, confirmed that the capping agents were condensed tannins. The aqueous P. longum fruit extract (PLFE) and the green synthesized silver nanoparticles (PLAgNPs) showed powerful antioxidant properties in in vitro antioxidant assays. The results from the antimicrobial assays suggested that green synthesized silver nanoparticles (PLAgNPs) were more potent against pathogenic bacteria than the P. longum fruit extract (PLFE) alone. The nanoparticles also showed potent cytotoxic effect against MCF-7 breast cancer cell lines with an IC 50 value of 67 μg/ml/24 h by the MTT assay. These results support the advantages of using bio-green method for synthesizing silver nanoparticles with antioxidant, antimicrobial and cytotoxic activities those are simple and cost effective as well. - Highlights: • 46 nm spherical shaped P. longum fruit silver nanoparticles was prepared. • Capping and reducing bioactive plant compounds with in nanoparticles were condensed tannins. • Particles are potent antioxidant and anti microbial in biological systems. • They are cytotoxic against MCF-7 cell lines.

  18. Bacterially synthesized ferrite nanoparticles for magnetic hyperthermia applications

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    Céspedes, Eva; Byrne, James M.; Farrow, Neil; Moise, Sandhya; Coker, Victoria S.; Bencsik, Martin; Lloyd, Jonathan R.; Telling, Neil D.

    2014-10-01

    Magnetic hyperthermia uses AC stimulation of magnetic nanoparticles to generate heat for cancer cell destruction. Whilst nanoparticles produced inside magnetotactic bacteria have shown amongst the highest reported heating to date, these particles are magnetically blocked so that strong heating occurs only for mobile particles, unless magnetic field parameters are far outside clinical limits. Here, nanoparticles extracellularly produced by the bacteria Geobacter sulfurreducens are investigated that contain Co or Zn dopants to tune the magnetic anisotropy, saturation magnetization and nanoparticle sizes, enabling heating within clinical field constraints. The heating mechanisms specific to either Co or Zn doping are determined from frequency dependent specific absorption rate (SAR) measurements and innovative AC susceptometry simulations that use a realistic model concerning clusters of polydisperse nanoparticles in suspension. Whilst both particle types undergo magnetization relaxation and show heating effects in water under low AC frequency and field, only Zn doped particles maintain relaxation combined with hysteresis losses even when immobilized. This magnetic heating process could prove important in the biological environment where nanoparticle mobility may not be possible. Obtained SARs are discussed regarding clinical conditions which, together with their enhanced MRI contrast, indicate that biogenic Zn doped particles are promising for combined diagnostics and cancer therapy.Magnetic hyperthermia uses AC stimulation of magnetic nanoparticles to generate heat for cancer cell destruction. Whilst nanoparticles produced inside magnetotactic bacteria have shown amongst the highest reported heating to date, these particles are magnetically blocked so that strong heating occurs only for mobile particles, unless magnetic field parameters are far outside clinical limits. Here, nanoparticles extracellularly produced by the bacteria Geobacter sulfurreducens are

  19. Optical and photocatalytic properties of Corymbia citriodora leaf extract synthesized ZnS nanoparticles

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    Chen, Jinfeng; Hu, Binjie; Zhi, Jinhu

    2016-05-01

    ZnS nanoparticles were biosynthesized via a green and simple method using Corymbia citriodora leaf extract as reducing and stabilizing agent. The biosynthesized ZnS nanoparticles were in the size range of 45 nm with a surface plasmon resonance band at 325 nm. XRD analysis revealed that the nanoparticles were in the sphalerite phase. Quantum confinement effects of biosynthesized ZnS nanoparticles were observed using photoluminescence spectroscopy. The photocatalytic activity of the ZnS nanoparticles has been investigated by degradation methylene blue under UV light irradiation. Due to the smaller size and excellent dispersicity, the biosynthesized ZnS nanoparticles showed a superior photocatalytic performance compared with that of chemical synthesize ZnS nanoparticles.

  20. Photocatalytic activity of BiFeO3 nanoparticles synthesized through hydrothermal method

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    Multiferroic BiFeO3 (BFO) nanoparticles (Nps) were synthesized using hydrothermal method. From the X-Ray diffraction analysis (XRD), the synthesized Nps were found to having rhombohedral structure with R3c space group confirmed by Rietveld analysis. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis was carried out to identify the chemical bonds present in the BFO Nps. Photocatalytic properties of synthesized Nps were studied for the degradation of Methylene Blue (MB) dye under visible light of 150W

  1. Antibacterial activity of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles synthesized by laser ablation in liquid

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    Ismail, Raid A., E-mail: raidismail@yahoo.com [Laser Physics Division, Applied Science Department, University of Technology, Baghdad (Iraq); Sulaiman, Ghassan M. [Biotechnology Division, Applied Science Department, University of Technology, Baghdad (Iraq); Abdulrahman, Safa A. [Laser Physics Division, Applied Science Department, University of Technology, Baghdad (Iraq); Marzoog, Thorria R. [Biotechnology Division, Applied Science Department, University of Technology, Baghdad (Iraq)

    2015-08-01

    In this study, (50–110 nm) magnetic iron oxide (α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}) nanoparticles were synthesized by pulsed laser ablation of iron target in dimethylformamide (DMF) and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) solutions. The structural properties of the synthesized nanoparticles were investigated by using Fourier Transform Infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, UV–VIS absorption, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The effect of laser fluence on the characteristics of these nanoparticles was studied. Antibacterial activities of iron oxide nanoparticles were tested against Gram-positive; Staphylococcus aureus and Gram-negative; Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Serratia marcescens. The results showed a noteworthy inhibition on both bacterial strains. The preparation conditions were found to affect significantly the antibacterial activity of these nanoparticles. The synthesized magnetic nanoparticles were used to capture rapidly S. aureus bacteria under the magnetic field effect. - Highlights: • Synthesis magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles by pulsed laser ablation • Antibacterial activity against Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria • Captured magnetic nanoparticles by S. aureus bacteria under effect of magnetic field.

  2. Biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles synthesized by Aspergillus flavus and their antioxidant, antimicrobial and cytotoxicity properties

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    Ghassan M Sulaiman; Hiba T Hussien; Maysoon M N M Saleem

    2015-06-01

    In the present study, biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles and its antioxidant, antimicrobial and cytotoxic activities were investigated. Silver nanoparticles were extracellularly synthesized using Aspergillus flavus and the formation of nanoparticles was observed after 72 h of incubation. The results recorded from colour changes, UV–vis spectrum and X-ray diffraction (XRD) support the biosynthesis and characterization of silver nanoparticles. UV–vis spectral analysis showed silver surface plasmon resonance band at 420 nm. X-ray diffraction showed that the particles were crystalline with face-centred cubic structure at 45.05°, 65.45° and 78.65° and the size of the silver nanoparticles was 33.5 nm. The synthesized silver nanoparticles showed potent antimicrobial activity against various pathogens, including bacteria and fungi. Biosynthesized silver nanoparticles exhibited strong antioxidant activity as well as cytotoxicity against HL-60 cells in a dose–response relationship. The powerful bioactivity demonstrated by the synthesized silver nanoparticles leads towards the biomedical use as antioxidant, antibacterial and cytotoxic agents.

  3. A Study On Dispersion Stability Of Nickel Nanoparticles Synthesized By Wire Explosion In Liquid Media

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    Kim C.K.

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available In this study, nickel nanoparticles were synthesized in ethanol using portable pulsed wire evaporation, which is a one-step physical method. From transmission electron microscopy images, it was found that the Ni nanoparticles exhibited a spherical shape with an average diameter of 7.3 nm. To prevent aggregation of the nickel nanoparticles, a polymer surfactant was added into the ethanol before the synthesis of nickel nanoparticles, and adsorbed on the freshly synthesized nickel nanoparticles during the wire explosion. The dispersion stability of the prepared nickel nanofluids was investigated by zeta-potential analyzer and Turbiscan optical analyzer. As a result, the optimum concentration of polymer surfactant to be added was suggested for the maximized dispersion stability of the nickel nanofluids.

  4. Radiation synthesized protein-based nanoparticles: A technique overview

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    Seeking for alternative routes for protein engineering a novel technique – radiation induced synthesis of protein nanoparticles – to achieve size controlled particles with preserved bioactivity has been recently reported. This work aimed to evaluate different process conditions to optimize and provide an overview of the technique using γ-irradiation. Papain was used as model protease and the samples were irradiated in a gamma cell irradiator in phosphate buffer (pH=7.0) containing ethanol (0–35%). The dose effect was evaluated by exposure to distinct γ-irradiation doses (2.5, 5, 7.5 and 10 kGy) and scale up experiments involving distinct protein concentrations (12.5–50 mg mL−1) were also performed. Characterization involved size monitoring using dynamic light scattering. Bityrosine detection was performed using fluorescence measurements in order to provide experimental evidence of the mechanism involved. Best dose effects were achieved at 10 kGy with regard to size and no relevant changes were observed as a function of papain concentration, highlighting very broad operational concentration range. Bityrosine changes were identified for the samples as a function of the process confirming that such linkages play an important role in the nanoparticle formation. - Highlights: • Synthesis of protein-based nanoparticles by γ-irradiation. • Optimization of the technique. • Overview of mechanism involved in the nanoparticle formation. • Engineered papain nanoparticles for biomedical applications

  5. Characterization of bio-synthesized nanoparticles produced by Klebsiella oxytoca

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    Anghel, L.; Balasoiu, M.; Ishchenko, L. A.; Stolyar, S. V.; Kurkin, T. S.; Rogachev, A. V.; Kuklin, A. I.; Kovalev, Yu S.; Raikher, Yu L.; Iskhakov, R. S.; Duca, G.

    2012-03-01

    Structural and morphological properties of biogenic ferrihydrite nanoparticles produced by bacteria Klebsiella oxytoca are investigated. The stability of water dispersions of biomineral particles produced by Klebsiella oxytoca was monitored by UV-Vis spectroscopy. Their chemical composition was determined by FT-IR spectroscopy. The vibrational spectra of biogenic ferrihydrite nanoparticles revealed typical absorption peaks of exopolysaccharides. Morphological analysis based on Raman spectroscopy indicated the presence of exopolysaccharides on the surface as well as inside the pores of the ferrihydrite nanoparticles. Structural investigations of ultrasonic assisted samples of different concentration of water dispersed particles were performed using small angle X-ray scattering analysis. Model calculations and fitting procedures revealed scattering objects of an elongated shape with 6.73±0.16 nm radius of gyration.

  6. Characterization of bio-synthesized nanoparticles produced by Klebsiella oxytoca

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    Structural and morphological properties of biogenic ferrihydrite nanoparticles produced by bacteria Klebsiella oxytoca are investigated. The stability of water dispersions of biomineral particles produced by Klebsiella oxytoca was monitored by UV-Vis spectroscopy. Their chemical composition was determined by FT-IR spectroscopy. The vibrational spectra of biogenic ferrihydrite nanoparticles revealed typical absorption peaks of exopolysaccharides. Morphological analysis based on Raman spectroscopy indicated the presence of exopolysaccharides on the surface as well as inside the pores of the ferrihydrite nanoparticles. Structural investigations of ultrasonic assisted samples of different concentration of water dispersed particles were performed using small angle X-ray scattering analysis. Model calculations and fitting procedures revealed scattering objects of an elongated shape with 6.73±0.16 nm radius of gyration.

  7. Size-selected copper oxide nanoparticles synthesized by laser ablation

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    Size-tuned copper oxide nanoparticles with sizes of 9, 12, and 15 nm were fabricated by laser ablation and on-line size selection using a differential mobility analyzer at a gas pressure of 666 Pa. The dependence of the particle properties on the in situ annealing temperatures and selection sizes was investigated. The crystalline phases of the nanoparticles fabricated at temperatures below 973 K were assigned to monoclinic cupric oxide (CuO) which converted into cubic cuprous oxide (Cu2O) when the annealing temperature was above 1,173 K. This indicates that the crystalline phases can be easily controlled by changing the annealing temperature. TEM images confirmed that well-crystallized and well-dispersed CuO and Cu2O nanoparticles with narrow size distributions were obtained using this method. This fabrication process is useful and promising for the future investigation of the intrinsic size-dependent properties of CuO and Cu2O.

  8. Generic approach for synthesizing asymmetric nanoparticles and nanoassemblies

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    Sun, Yugang; Hu, Yongxing

    2015-05-26

    A generic route for synthesis of asymmetric nanostructures. This approach utilizes submicron magnetic particles (Fe.sub.3O.sub.4--SiO.sub.2) as recyclable solid substrates for the assembly of asymmetric nanostructures and purification of the final product. Importantly, an additional SiO.sub.2 layer is employed as a mediation layer to allow for selective modification of target nanoparticles. The partially patched nanoparticles are used as building blocks for different kinds of complex asymmetric nanostructures that cannot be fabricated by conventional approaches. The potential applications such as ultra-sensitive substrates for surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) have been included.

  9. Characterization of bio-synthesized nanoparticles produced by Klebsiella oxytoca

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    Balasoiu, M.; Anghel, L.; Ishchenko, L. A.; Stolyar, S. V.; Meiszterics, A.; Almásy, L.; Rogachev, A. V.; Ivankov, O. I.; Soloviov, D. V.; Jigounov, Alexander; Kuklin, A. I.; Raikher, Yu. L.; Iskhakov, R. S.; Rosta, L.; Arzumanian, G. M.

    Dubna : Joint Institute for Nuclear Research, 2011. s. 43. ISBN 978-5-9530-0285-1. [SANS-YuMO User Meeting. 27.05.2011-30.05.2011, Dubna] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : nanoparticles * Klebsiella oxytoca Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  10. Characterization and Biocompatibility of Green Synthesized Silver Nanoparticles

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    There are currently ~1,000 commercially available products which contain some form of silver nanotechnology, ranging from topological creams and cosmetics, to anti-microbial socks and household cleansers. Previous studies have indicated that silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) have a ...

  11. Red luminescence from hydrothermally synthesized Eu-doped ZnO nanoparticles under visible excitation

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    P M Aneesh; M K Jayaraj

    2010-06-01

    Eu-doped ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized by hydrothermal method. The Eu-dopant concentration has been varied by varying the amount of Eu-dopant concentration. These nanoparticles were structurally characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and selected area electron diffraction and it confirms the formation of nanoparticles having standard wurtzite structure. Photoluminescence studies show that these nanoparticles exhibit a sharp red luminescence due to the intra-4 transitions of Eu3+ ions at an excitation of 397 nm and 466 nm. Luminescence quenching is observed in the nanoparticles as the Eu-dopant concentration increases. Incorporation of Eu in the nanoparticles was confirmed by the energy dispersive X-ray studies.

  12. Study of Ag and Au Nanoparticles Synthesized by Arc Discharge in Deionized Water

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    Der-Chi Tien

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The paper presents a study of Ag and Au nanofluids synthesized by the arc discharge method (ADM in deionized water. The metallic Ag nanoparticle (Ag0 and ionic Ag (Ag+ have played an important role in the battle against germs which are becoming more drug-resistant every year. Our study indicates that Ag nanoparticle suspension (SNPS fabricated by using ADM without added surfactants exclusively contains the metallic Ag nanoparticle and ionic Ag. Besides that, the ADM in deionized water has also been employed for the fabrication process of Au nanoparticles. The experimental results indicate that the prepared Ag nanoparticles can react with the dissolved H2CO3 in deionized water, leading to the formation of Ag2CO3. Significantly different to Ag, the prepared Au nanoparticles with their surfaces bonded by oxygen are suspended in deionized water by the formation of hydrogen bonded with the neighboring water molecules.

  13. Optimization of adsorption process of Cadmium ions from synthetic wastewater using synthesized iron magnetic nanoparticles (Fe3O4

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    Leila Karimi Takanlu

    2014-10-01

    Conclusion: Magnetite nanoparticles exhibit high capability for removal of cadmium. The nanoparticles synthesized could be used at industrial scale because of having the magnetic property, which make them easily recovered from aqueous solution through applying a magnetic field.

  14. Syntheses and applications of periodic mesoporous organosilica nanoparticles

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    Croissant, Jonas G.; Cattoën, Xavier; Wong Chi Man, Michel; Durand, Jean-Olivier; Khashab, Niveen M.

    2015-12-01

    Periodic Mesoporous Organosilica (PMO) nanomaterials are envisioned to be one of the most prolific subjects of research in the next decade. Similar to mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSN), PMO nanoparticles (NPs) prepared from organo-bridged alkoxysilanes have tunable mesopores that could be utilized for many applications such as gas and molecule adsorption, catalysis, drug and gene delivery, electronics, and sensing; but unlike MSN, the diversity in chemical nature of the pore walls of such nanomaterials is theoretically unlimited. Thus, we expect that PMO NPs will attract considerable interest over the next decade. In this review, we will present a comprehensive overview of the synthetic strategies for the preparation of nanoscaled PMO materials, and then describe their applications in catalysis and nanomedicine. The remarkable assets of the PMO structure are also detailed, and insights are provided for the preparation of more complex PMO nanoplatforms.

  15. Radio-synthesized protein-based nanoparticles for biomedical purposes

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    Protein-crosslinking whether done by enzymatic or chemically induced pathways increases the overall stability of proteins. In the continuous search for alternative routes for protein stabilization we report a novel technique – radio-induced synthesis of protein nanoparticles – to achieve size controlled particles with preserved bioactivity. Papain was used as model enzyme and the samples were irradiated at 10 kGy in a gammacell irradiator in phosphate buffer (pH=7.0) and additives such as ethanol (0–40%) and sodium chloride (0–25%). The structural rearrangement caused by irradiation under defined conditions led to an increase in papain particle size as a function of the additive and its concentration. These changes occur due to intermolecular bindings, of covalent nature, possibly involving the aromatic amino acids. Ethanol held major effects over papain particle size and particle size distribution if compared to sodium chloride. The particles presented relative retained bioactivity and the physic-chemical characterization revealed similar fluorescence spectra indicating preserved conformation. Differences in fluorescence units were observed according to the additive and its concentration, as a result of protein content changes. Therefore, under optimized conditions, the developed technique may be applied for enzyme nanoparticles formation of controllable size and preserved bioactivity. Highlights: • Novel technique for the development of protein nanoparticles using γ-irradiation. • Size control of papain particles with preserved conformation and bioactivity. • Alternative method for controlled protein crosslinking. • Bioactive protein nanoparticles of biotechnological and clinical interest. • Protein-based drug carrier potential of biotechnological and clinical interest

  16. A new way to synthesize ZnS nanoparticles

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    Heng Zhi Zeng; Ke Qiang Qiu; Yuan Yuan Du; Wen Zhang Li

    2007-01-01

    ZnS nanoparticles were prepared with normal ZnO and Na2S by solid-liquid chemical reaction under ultrasonic condition and characterized by XRD, TEM, SEM, IR and TG-DTG. The results showed that these particles were good crystal cubic zinc blended with average size of 50 nm, possess good IR transmittance in the range of 400-4000 cm and good thermal stability.

  17. Prediction of size distribution of Ag nanoparticles synthesized via gamma-ray radiolysis

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    The spherical shape Ag nanoparticles synthesized via gamma-ray radiolysis were observed with the transmission electron microscope (TEM). Diameters of Ag nanoparticles were measured from the TEM photographs. Statistical analysis showed that the particle diameter complied with a linear-converted Poisson distribution. The distribution parameter, which was the average of diameters, was related to the ultraviolet–visible spectrum peak position of the nanosilver collosol. An empirical equation was established to predicting size distribution of Ag nanoparticles with the peak position. Nanosilver of different sizes could be synthesized by adjusting the intensity of γ-irradiation, the kind and the addition amount of the stabilizing agent. Because particle size affects the physiochemical properties of nanosilver material, results of this paper would be of practical significance for the application of nanosilver. - Highlights: • Ag nanoparticles were produced by reduction using 60Co gamma radiolysis. • Observed Ag nanoparticles by using the transmission electron microscope. • Deduced a quasi-Poisson size distribution for the Ag nanoparticles. • Empirical equation for measuring the size of Ag nanoparticles with UV–vis spectrum. • Size-controlled synthesis of spherical Ag nanoparticles

  18. Comparative Study on the Synergistic Action of Differentially Synthesized Silver Nanoparticles with β-Cephem Antibiotics and Chloramphenicol

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    Neethu Hari

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Synergistic activity of cephem antibiotics with silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs was investigated. Silver nanoparticles were synthesized through biological and chemical method. The combined action of β-lactam cephem antibiotics with both green and chemically synthesized silver nanoparticles enhances the antibacterial activity against wide range of antibiotic resistant pathogens and making them applicable to medical devices and microbial control systems. Synergistic activity of chloramphenicol with silver nanoparticles was also studied.

  19. Comparative Study on the Synergistic Action of Differentially Synthesized Silver Nanoparticles with β-Cephem Antibiotics and Chloramphenicol

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    Synergistic activity of cephem antibiotics with silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) was investigated. Silver nanoparticles were synthesized through biological and chemical method. The combined action of β-lactam cephem antibiotics with both green and chemically synthesized silver nanoparticles enhances the antibacterial activity against wide range of antibiotic resistant pathogens and making them applicable to medical devices and microbial control systems. Synergistic activity of chloramphenicol with silver nanoparticles was also studied.

  20. A facile one-pot method to synthesize ultrasmall core-shell superparamagnetic and upconversion nanoparticles.

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    Cheng, Qian; Guo, Hongxuan; Li, Yu; Liu, Shouxin; Sui, Jiehe; Cai, Wei

    2016-08-01

    Ultrasmall core-shell Fe3O4@NaYF4:Yb(3+)/Er(3+) nanoparticles with bifunctional properties have been successfully synthesized via one pot thermolysis method using oleylamine as both solvent and stabilizer. X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), upconversion (UC) luminescence spectra and the physical properties measurement system (PPMS) were used to characterize the resulting samples. The synthesized samples have uniform morphology with a mean size of 14.5nm and excellent dispersibility. Moreover, these nanoparticles exhibit superparamagnetic behaviour with saturation magnetization of 8.45emμ/g and efficient up-conversion emission with a two-photon induced process when excited by a 980nm laser. These results suggest that the synthesized ultrasmall bifunctional nanoparticles may find many biomedical applications, such as clinical diagnosis and treatment of cancers. PMID:27135942

  1. An extracellular enzyme synthesizes narrow-sized silver nanoparticles in both water and methanol

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    Rai, Tripti; Panda, Debashis

    2015-03-01

    Cellulase reduces silver ions in both aqueous and methanolic media yielding stable narrow-sized silver nanoparticles (Ag-NP) at room temperature. The synthesized nanoparticles have been characterized by various spectroscopic, microscopic methods. The redox potentials of tyrosine residues and protein backbone play an instrumental role to reduce the metal ions. The average size of nanoparticles formed in aqueous medium is of 5.04 ± 3.50 nm. Post-synthesis of Ag-NP secondary structure of enzyme is completely lost whereas upon incubation with chemically synthesized Ag-NP a significant gain in secondary structure is observed. Cellulase as a capping ligand stabilizes the silver nanoparticles even in methanol.

  2. Adsorption of Reactive Black 5 on Synthesized Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles: Equilibrium Isotherm and Kinetic Studies

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    Majeed A. Shaheed; Falah H. Hussein

    2014-01-01

    The synthesized titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2-NPs) were used as adsorbent to remove reactive black 5 (RB 5) in aqueous solution. Various factors affecting adsorption of RB 5 aqueous solutions such as pH, initial concentration, contact time, dose of nanoparticles, and temperature were analyzed at fixed solid/solution ratio. Langmuir and Freundlich isotherms were used as model adsorption equilibrium data. Langmuir isotherm was found to be the most adequate model. The pseudo-first-order, ...

  3. A comparative study of TiO2 nanoparticles synthesized in premixed and diffusion flames

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    Ma, Hsiao-Kang; Yang, Hsiung-An

    2010-12-01

    Previous studies have been shown that synthesis of titania (TiO2) crystalline phase purity could be effectively controlled by the oxygen concentration through titanium tetra-isopropoxide (TTIP) via premixed flame from a Bunsen burner. In this study, a modified Hencken burner was used to synthesize smaller TiO2 nanoparticles via short diffusion flames. The frequency of collisions among particles would decrease and reduce TiO2 nanoparticle size in a short diffusion flame height. The crystalline structure of the synthesized nanoparticles was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope (TEM), Barrett-Joyner-Halenda (BJH) and Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) measurements. The characteristic properties of TiO2 nanoparticles synthesized from a modified Hencken burner were compared with the results from a Bunsen burner and commercial TiO2 (Degussa P25). The results showed that the average particle size of 6.63 nm from BET method was produced by a modified Hencken burner which was smaller than the TiO2 in a Bunsen burner and commercial TiO2. Moreover, the rutile content of TiO2 nanoparticles increased as the particle collecting height increased. Also, the size of TiO2 nanoparticles was highly dependent on the TTIP loading and the collecting height in the flame.

  4. Ag recovery from copper anode slime by acid leaching at atmospheric pressure to synthesize silver nanoparticles

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    Atefeh Khaleghi; Sattar Ghader; Dariush Afzali

    2014-01-01

    In this paper, recovery of silver from anode slime of Sarcheshmeh copper complex in Iran and subsequent synthesis of silver nanoparticles from leaching solution is investigated. Sarcheshmeh anode slime is mainly consisted of Cu, Ag, Pb and Se. Amount of Ag in the considered anode slime was 5.4%(by weight). The goal was to recover as much as possible Ag from anode slime at atmospheric pressure to synthesize Ag nanoparticles. Therefore, acid leaching was used for this purpose. The anode slime was leached with sulfuric and nitric acid from room to 90 ?C at different acid concentrations and the run which yielded the most recovery of Ag was selected for Ag nanoparticles synthesis. At this condition, Cu, Pb and Se are lea-ched as well as Ag. To separate Ag from leach solution HCl was added and silver was precipitated as AgCl which were then dissolved by ammonia solution. The Ag nanoparticles are synthesized from this solution by chemical reduction method by aid of sodium borohydride in the presence of PVP and PEG as stabiliz-ers. The synthesized Ag nanoparticles showed a peak of 394 nm in UV-vis spectrum and TEM images showed a rather uniform Ag nanoparticles of 12 nm.

  5. Studies on Mechanochemical Method to Synthesize LDH Nanoparticles%Studies on Mechanochemical Method to Synthesize LDH Nanoparticles

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    Jia, Chunxiao; Zhang, Xiaoqing; Li, Shuping

    2012-01-01

    Magnesium-ferrum layered double hydroxide (Mg-Fe-LDH) and zinic-aluminum layered double hydroxide (Zn-A1-LDH) compounds were prepared through a mechanochemical method. The influence of molar ratio of M2+ to M3+ (R value) on the property ofLDH nanoparticles has been studied and the results showed that R=3 : 1 is the optimum value for the both samples. Besides pure water, the mixture of water and ethanol with the volume ratio of 3 ; 1 is also used to wash the precipitates and used as suspending agent during the peptization process and our results showed that the addition of ethanol can improve the monodispersity of LDH nanoparticles greatly.

  6. Radio-synthesized protein-based nanoparticles for biomedical purposes

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    Varca, Gustavo H. C.; Ferraz, Caroline C.; Lopes, Patricia S.; Mathor, Monica beatriz; Grasselli, Mariano; Lugão, Ademar B.

    2014-01-01

    Protein-crosslinking whether done by enzymatic or chemically induced pathways increases the overall stability of proteins. In the continuous search for alternative routes for protein stabilization we report a novel technique - radio-induced synthesis of protein nanoparticles - to achieve size controlled particles with preserved bioactivity. Papain was used as model enzyme and the samples were irradiated at 10 kGy in a gammacell irradiator in phosphate buffer (pH=7.0) and additives such as ethanol (0-40%) and sodium chloride (0-25%). The structural rearrangement caused by irradiation under defined conditions led to an increase in papain particle size as a function of the additive and its concentration. These changes occur due to intermolecular bindings, of covalent nature, possibly involving the aromatic amino acids. Ethanol held major effects over papain particle size and particle size distribution if compared to sodium chloride. The particles presented relative retained bioactivity and the physic-chemical characterization revealed similar fluorescence spectra indicating preserved conformation. Differences in fluorescence units were observed according to the additive and its concentration, as a result of protein content changes. Therefore, under optimized conditions, the developed technique may be applied for enzyme nanoparticles formation of controllable size and preserved bioactivity.

  7. Measurement of discrete energy-level spectra in individual chemically synthesized gold nanoparticles

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    Kuemmeth, Ferdinand; Bolotin, Kirill I; Shi, Su-Fei;

    2008-01-01

    We form single-electron transistors from individual chemically synthesized gold nanoparticles, 5-15 nm in diameter, with monolayers of organic molecules serving as tunnel barriers. These devices allow us to measure the discrete electronic energy levels of individual gold nanoparticles that are, by...... virtue of chemical synthesis, well-defined in their composition, size and shape. We show that the nanoparticles are nonmagnetic and have spectra in good accord with random-matrix-theory predictions taking into account strong spin-orbit coupling....

  8. Properties of Er2O3 nanoparticles synthesized by a modified co-precipitation method

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    Er2O3 nanoparticles were synthesized by co-precipitation with the addition of ascorbate as stabilizing agent. The nanoparticles had spherical shapes with a mean diameter of 32 nm and were allocated in clusters, as determined by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy and optical microscopy. Characteristic green and red emissions from Er3+ were recorded by pumping the nanoparticles at 525 nm, 805 nm and 975 nm. However, the luminescence spectra show an enhancement of red emission for Nir pump wavelengths. We proposed this behavior was due to phonon-assisted depopulation mechanisms and energy transfer processes related to the different excitation schemes. (Author)

  9. Greener syntheses of metallic nanoparticles and zinc oxide nanopowders

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    Samson, Jacopo

    In recent years, nanotechnology and nanomaterials synthesis have attracted a great deal of attention in the scientific community. Nanomaterials display size and morphology-related optical properties that differ from their bulk counterparts and therefore can be used for many applications in different fields such as biomedicine, electronics, antibacterial agents, and energy. Attempts to fabricate different morphologies of metallic and metal oxide nanoparticles (NPs) have successfully yielded attractive nanostructures such as particles, rods, helices, combs, tetra-pods, and flowers, all displaying properties mainly related to their enhanced surface area and/or aspect ratios. Most of the above mentioned nanomaterials productions have employed harsh synthetic routes such as high temperatures, low pressures, and the use of costly equipments. Here we show how a greener approach to nanomaterials synthesis is feasible with both minimization of aqueous precursors, energy and employment of a multi-block heater for temperature control. We present in this thesis several methods for the preparation of NPs of several materials that focus on minimizing the environmental impact of the synthesis itself. First, we describe the use of the toroidal form of plasmid DNA as a rigid narrowly dispersed bio-polymeric nanocavity, which mold the formation of disc-shaped nanoparticles of several types of metals. This approach exploits several properties of plasmid DNA: (a) DNA affinity for metal cations, (b) toroidal plasmid DNA structures which are favored by metal ionic binding, and (c) the ability to vary plasmid size. Herein, we present a complementary synthetic method based on a kinetic approach wherein the plasmid DNA acts as a template to initiate and control the formation of Au and other metallic NPs by incubation at elevated temperatures. Also reported herein is a simple, scalable hydrothermal method to make ZnO NPs that exploits temperature to precisely control the range of pH values

  10. Mn doped GaN nanoparticles synthesized by rapid thermal treatment in ammonia

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    We present a novel route for the synthesis of manganese doped GaN nanoparticles. Nanoparticles in the form of hexagonal discs were synthesized by rapid thermal treatment of manganese doped ammonium hexafluorogallate in ammonium atmosphere. The morphology of GaN:Mn nanoparticles was investigated using scanning electron microscopy. A concentration over 0.7 wt.% of Mn was observed by X-ray fluorescence and electron microprobe. Structural and electronic properties were investigated using X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and micro-photoluminescence with excitation wavelength of 325 nm and 532 nm. The magnetic properties between 4.5 K and 300 K were investigated by a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometer. GaN:Mn nanoparticles show a purely paramagnetic behavior which can be interpreted in terms of Mn2+ ions exhibiting an antiferromagnetic interaction. - Highlights: • A new method for the synthesis of Mn doped GaN nanoparticles. • GaN:Mn nanoparticles form hexagonal discs. • None ferromagnetic ordering observed in GaN:Mn nanoparticles. • The concentration of Mn in GaN:Mn nanoparticles reach up to 0.8 wt.%

  11. Photocatalytic activity of biogenic silver nanoparticles synthesized using potato (Solanum tuberosum) infusion

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    Roy, Kaushik; Sarkar, C. K.; Ghosh, C. K.

    2015-07-01

    In this study, we have reported a fast and eco-benign procedure to synthesis silver nanoparticle at room temperature using potato (Solanum tuberosum) infusion along with the study of its photocatalytic activity on methyl orange dye. After addition of potato infusion to silver nitrate solution, the color of the mixture changed indicating formation of silver nanoparticles. Time dependent UV-Vis spectra were obtained to study the rate of nanoparticle formation with time. Purity and crystallinity of the biogenic silver nanoparticles were examined by X-ray diffraction (XRD). Average size and morphology of the nanoparticles were characterized by dynamic light scattering (DLS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (FTIR) was employed to detect functional bio-molecules responsible that contribute to the reduction and capping of biosynthesized Ag nanoparticles. Further, these synthesized nanoparticles were used to investigate their ability to degrade methyl orange dye under sunlight irradiation and the results showed effective photocatalytic property of these biogenic silver nanoparticles.

  12. Mn doped GaN nanoparticles synthesized by rapid thermal treatment in ammonia

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    Šimek, P.; Sedmidubský, D.; Huber, Š.; Klímová, K. [Dept. of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, Technická 5, 166 28 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Maryško, M. [Institute of Physics of the ASCR, v.v.i., Cukrovarnická 10/112, 162 00 Prague 6 (Czech Republic); Mikulics, M. [Peter-Grünberg Institute, PGI-9, Forschungszentrum Jülich, 52425 Jülich (Germany); Jülich-Aachen Research Alliance, JARA, Fundamentals of Future Information Technology (Germany); Sofer, Z., E-mail: Zdenek.Sofer@vscht.cz [Dept. of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, Technická 5, 166 28 Prague 6 (Czech Republic)

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    We present a novel route for the synthesis of manganese doped GaN nanoparticles. Nanoparticles in the form of hexagonal discs were synthesized by rapid thermal treatment of manganese doped ammonium hexafluorogallate in ammonium atmosphere. The morphology of GaN:Mn nanoparticles was investigated using scanning electron microscopy. A concentration over 0.7 wt.% of Mn was observed by X-ray fluorescence and electron microprobe. Structural and electronic properties were investigated using X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and micro-photoluminescence with excitation wavelength of 325 nm and 532 nm. The magnetic properties between 4.5 K and 300 K were investigated by a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) magnetometer. GaN:Mn nanoparticles show a purely paramagnetic behavior which can be interpreted in terms of Mn{sup 2+} ions exhibiting an antiferromagnetic interaction. - Highlights: • A new method for the synthesis of Mn doped GaN nanoparticles. • GaN:Mn nanoparticles form hexagonal discs. • None ferromagnetic ordering observed in GaN:Mn nanoparticles. • The concentration of Mn in GaN:Mn nanoparticles reach up to 0.8 wt.%.

  13. Plasma-Synthesized Silver Nanoparticles on Electrospun Chitosan Nanofiber Surfaces for Antibacterial Applications.

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    Annur, Dhyah; Wang, Zhi-Kai; Liao, Jiunn-Der; Kuo, Changshu

    2015-10-12

    Chitosan nanofibers have been electrospun with poly(ethylene oxide) and silver nitrate, as a coelectrospinning polymer and silver nanoparticle precursor, respectively. The average diameter of the as-spun chitosan nanofibers with up to 2 wt % silver nitrate loading was approximately 130 nm, and there was no evidence of bead formation or polymer agglomeration. Argon plasma was then applied for surface etching and synthesis of silver nanoparticles via precursor decomposition. Plasma surface bombardment induced nanoparticle formation primarily on the chitosan nanofiber surfaces, and the moderate surface plasma etching further encouraged maximum exposure of silver nanoparticles. UV-vis spectra showed the surface plasmon resonance signature of silver nanoparticles. The surface-immobilized nanoparticles were visualized by TEM and were found to have average particle diameters as small as 1.5 nm. Surface analysis by infrared spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirmed the interactions between the silver nanoparticles and chitosan molecules, as well as the effect of plasma treatment on the nanofiber surfaces. Finally, a bacteria inhibition study revealed that the antibacterial activity of the electrospun chitosan nanofibers correspondingly increased with the plasma-synthesized silver nanoparticles. PMID:26366749

  14. Physically synthesized Ni-Cu nanoparticles for magnetic hyperthermia

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    Bettge, Martin; Chatterjee, Jhunu; Haik, Yousef

    2004-01-01

    Background In this paper, a physical method to prepare copper-nickel alloy particles in the sub-micron range for possible self controlled magnetic hyperthermia treatment of cancer is described. It is reported that an increase in tumor temperature decreases the tumor resistance to chemo- and radiation therapies. Self controlled heating at the tumor site to avoid spot heating is managed by controlling the Curie temperature of the magnetic particles. The process described in this paper to produce the nanomagnetic particles allows for a large scale production of these particles. Methods The process used here is mainly composed of melting of the Cu-Ni mixture and ball milling of the resulted bulk alloy. Both mechanical abrasion and continuous grinding were used to break down the bulk amount into the desired particle size. Results It was found that the desired alloy is composed of 71% nickel and 29% copper by weight. It was observed that the coarse sand-grinded powder has a Curie temperature of 345 K and the fine ball-milled powder shows a temperature of 319 K – 320 K. Conclusion Self regulating magnetic hyperthermia can be achieved by synthesizing nanomagnetic particles with desired Curie temperature. In this study the desired range of Curie temperatures was obtained by combination of melting and ball milling of nickel-copper alloy. PMID:15132747

  15. Single crystal ZnO:Al nanoparticles directly synthesized using low-pressure spray pyrolysis

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    Aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) nanoparticles powder were prepared using low-pressure spray pyrolysis (LPSP). AZO nanoparticles sized 16 and 20 nm with nearly spherical shapes and a crystal size of 11 and 15 nm were yielded using zinc acetate precursor at a low-pressure of 8.0 kPa with a pyrolysis temperature of 800 and 1000 deg. C. The thin films were deposited using a dip-coating method derived from the as-prepared AZO nanoparticles. The thin films that were heated for 1.5 h showed a transmittance higher than 97% in the wavelength range of 400-800 nm and a resistivity of 4.0 x 103 ohm cm with a film thickness of 250 nm. The high crystallinity and high transmittance of AZO nanoparticles that are directly synthesized using the LPSP process have potential for applications as transparent conducting material

  16. Solvent effect on the size of platinum nanoparticle synthesized in microemulsion systems

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    Salabat, Alireza; Far, Mina Rahmati

    2012-05-01

    In this research work, the effect of solvent on the size of paltinum nanoparticles synthesized by microemulsion method was investigated. Platinum nanoparticles have been prepared by the reduction of H2PtCl6 with hydrazine in water-in-oil (w/o) microemulsions consisting of sodium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfo-succinate (AOT) and solvents n-hexane, cyclohexane and n-nonane. The size of the platinum nanoparticles was measured using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). It was verified that, for reduction of H2PtCl6 by hydrazine in microemulsion with different organic solvents, the solvents are arranged by their influence on nanoparticle sizes as follows: n-nonane > cyclohexane > n-hexane.

  17. Synthesis, characterization and biocompatibility of silver nanoparticles synthesized from Nigella sativa leaf extract in comparison with chemical silver nanoparticles.

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    Amooaghaie, Rayhaneh; Saeri, Mohammad Reza; Azizi, Morteza

    2015-10-01

    Despite the development potential in the field of nanotechnology, there is a concern about possible effects of nanoparticles on the environment and human health. In this study, silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were synthesized by 'green' and 'chemical' methods. In the wet-chemistry method, sodium borohydrate, sodium citrate and silver nitrate were used as raw materials. Leaf extract of Nigella sativa was used as reducing as well as capping agent to reduce silver nitrate in the green synthesis method. In addition, toxic responses of both synthesized AgNPs were monitored on bone-building stem cells of mice as well as seed germination and seedling growth of six different plants (Lolium, wheat, bean and common vetch, lettuce and canola). In both synthesis methods, the colorless reaction mixtures turned brown and UV-visible spectra confirmed the presence of silver nanoparticles. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) observations revealed the predominance of silver nanosized crystallites and fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy (FTIR) indicated the role of different functional groups in the synthetic process. MTT assay showed cell viability of bone-building stem cells of mice was further in the green AgNPs synthesized using black cumin extract than chemical AgNPs. IC50 (inhibitory concentrations) values for seed germination, root and shoot length for 6 plants in green AgNPs exposures were higher than the chemical AgNPs. These results suggest that cytotoxicity and phytotoxicity of the green synthesized AgNPs were significantly less than wet-chemistry synthesized ones. This study indicated an economical, simple and efficient ecofriendly technique using leaves of N. sativa for synthesis of AgNPs and confirmed that green AgNPs are safer than chemically-synthesized AgNPs. PMID:26122733

  18. In situ synthesized gold nanoparticles in hydrogels for catalytic reduction of nitroaromatic compounds

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • In situ preparing Au nanoparticles by photoreduction in chitosan hydrogels was firstly achieved. • In situ photoreduction for creating Au nanoparticles is environmentally friendly and the operation procedure is very simple. • The as-prepared Au nanoparticles have good catalytic performance. • Affording an effective strategy for converting some high explosive compounds such as 2,4,6-tNT to nonexplosive. - Abstract: Developing hydrogel systems featured by catalytic active is of importance to construct highly effective platforms for removing environmental pollutants/hazardous substances or for bio-/chemosensing. Reported herein are our recent finding that Au nanoparticles could be in situ prepared in chitosan-AuIII hydrogel system via photoreduction, and the as-prepared Au nanoparticles could be employed for the catalytic reduction of a series of nitroaromatic compounds by sodium borohydride (NaBH4). Experimental conditions of synthesizing Au nanoparticles, including pH, concentration of AuIII, and light irradiation time were systematically investigated. The as-prepared Au nanoparticles were characterized by UV–vis absorption spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission and field emission scanning electron microscopy (TEM and FESEM). This is the first example for in situ formed metal nanoparticles in chitosan hydrogel systems via photoreduction. The effectiveness of the as-prepared Au nanoparticles as nanocatalysts was evaluated by employing the reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) to 4-aminophenol (4-AP) by NaBH4 as a model reaction. The catalytic reduction reaction was found to be very efficient and to follow a pseudo-first-order kinetics. The as-prepared Au nanoparticles demonstrated good reusability and stability. The reduction of a series of other nitroaromatic compounds including highly explosives 2,4,6-trinitrophenol (2,4,6-tNP) and 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (2,4,6-tNT) was achieved by means of this catalytic system

  19. In situ synthesized gold nanoparticles in hydrogels for catalytic reduction of nitroaromatic compounds

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    Wu, Xiao-Qiong; Wu, Xing-Wen; Huang, Qing [Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xiamen 361021 (China); Shen, Jiang-Shan, E-mail: jsshen@iue.ac.cn [Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xiamen 361021 (China); Ningbo Urban Environment Observation and Research Station, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ningbo 315800 (China); Zhang, Hong-Wu, E-mail: hwzhang@iue.ac.cn [Institute of Urban Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Xiamen 361021 (China)

    2015-03-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • In situ preparing Au nanoparticles by photoreduction in chitosan hydrogels was firstly achieved. • In situ photoreduction for creating Au nanoparticles is environmentally friendly and the operation procedure is very simple. • The as-prepared Au nanoparticles have good catalytic performance. • Affording an effective strategy for converting some high explosive compounds such as 2,4,6-tNT to nonexplosive. - Abstract: Developing hydrogel systems featured by catalytic active is of importance to construct highly effective platforms for removing environmental pollutants/hazardous substances or for bio-/chemosensing. Reported herein are our recent finding that Au nanoparticles could be in situ prepared in chitosan-Au{sup III} hydrogel system via photoreduction, and the as-prepared Au nanoparticles could be employed for the catalytic reduction of a series of nitroaromatic compounds by sodium borohydride (NaBH{sub 4}). Experimental conditions of synthesizing Au nanoparticles, including pH, concentration of Au{sup III}, and light irradiation time were systematically investigated. The as-prepared Au nanoparticles were characterized by UV–vis absorption spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission and field emission scanning electron microscopy (TEM and FESEM). This is the first example for in situ formed metal nanoparticles in chitosan hydrogel systems via photoreduction. The effectiveness of the as-prepared Au nanoparticles as nanocatalysts was evaluated by employing the reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) to 4-aminophenol (4-AP) by NaBH{sub 4} as a model reaction. The catalytic reduction reaction was found to be very efficient and to follow a pseudo-first-order kinetics. The as-prepared Au nanoparticles demonstrated good reusability and stability. The reduction of a series of other nitroaromatic compounds including highly explosives 2,4,6-trinitrophenol (2,4,6-tNP) and 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (2,4,6-tNT) was achieved by means

  20. In situ synthesized gold nanoparticles in hydrogels for catalytic reduction of nitroaromatic compounds

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    Wu, Xiao-Qiong; Wu, Xing-Wen; Huang, Qing; Shen, Jiang-Shan; Zhang, Hong-Wu

    2015-03-01

    Developing hydrogel systems featured by catalytic active is of importance to construct highly effective platforms for removing environmental pollutants/hazardous substances or for bio-/chemosensing. Reported herein are our recent finding that Au nanoparticles could be in situ prepared in chitosan-AuIII hydrogel system via photoreduction, and the as-prepared Au nanoparticles could be employed for the catalytic reduction of a series of nitroaromatic compounds by sodium borohydride (NaBH4). Experimental conditions of synthesizing Au nanoparticles, including pH, concentration of AuIII, and light irradiation time were systematically investigated. The as-prepared Au nanoparticles were characterized by UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission and field emission scanning electron microscopy (TEM and FESEM). This is the first example for in situ formed metal nanoparticles in chitosan hydrogel systems via photoreduction. The effectiveness of the as-prepared Au nanoparticles as nanocatalysts was evaluated by employing the reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) to 4-aminophenol (4-AP) by NaBH4 as a model reaction. The catalytic reduction reaction was found to be very efficient and to follow a pseudo-first-order kinetics. The as-prepared Au nanoparticles demonstrated good reusability and stability. The reduction of a series of other nitroaromatic compounds including highly explosives 2,4,6-trinitrophenol (2,4,6-tNP) and 2,4,6-trinitrotoluene (2,4,6-tNT) was achieved by means of this catalytic system.

  1. Spectroscopic, microscopic and catalytic properties of silver nanoparticles synthesized using Saraca indica flower

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    Vidhu, V. K.; Philip, Daizy

    2014-01-01

    The bioprospective field is dynamic area of research in the recent years. The present article reports a green synthetic route for the production of highly stable, bio-inspired silver nanoparticles using dried Saraca indica flower. The method is facile, cost effective, simple and reproducible. The reduction of silver ions and the formation of silver nanoparticles has been monitored using UV-visible spectroscopy. The TEM, SAED and XRD result reveal that the silver nanoparticles are crystalline in nature. FTIR spectra are used to identify the biomolecules that bind on the surface of silver nanoparticles, which increased the stability of the particles. S. indica flower extract plays its role as an excellent reducing agent of silver ions and the biosynthesized silver nanoparticles are safer to environment. Also the size dependent catalytic activity of silver nanoparticles in the reduction of cationic dye, Methylene blue by NaBH4 is studied by UV-visible spectroscopy. The efficiency of synthesized nanoparticles as an excellent catalyst is proved by the reduction of Methylene blue which is confirmed by the decrease in the absorbance with time and is attributed to electron relay effect.

  2. Antibacterial Activity of Green Synthesized Silver Nanoparticles Using Vasaka (Justicia adhatoda L.) Leaf Extract.

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    Bose, Debadin; Chatterjee, Someswar

    2015-06-01

    There is an increasing demand for silver nanoparticles due to its wide applicability in various area of biological science such as in field of antimicrobial and therapeutics, biosensing, drug delivery etc. To use in bioprocess the silver nanoparticles should be biocompatible and free from toxic chemicals. In the present study we report a cost effective and environment friendly route for green synthesis of silver nanoparticles using Vasaka (Justicia adhatoda L.) leaf extract as reducing as well as capping agent. This plant has been opted for the present study for its known medicinal properties and it is easily available. The biosynthesized silver nanoparticles are characterized by UV-Vis spectroscopy and TEM analysis. It is observed the nanoparticles are well shaped and the average particle size is 20 nm in the range of 5-50 nm. The antibacterial activity of these nanoparticles against Pseudomonas aeruginosa MTCC 741 has been measured by disc diffusion method, agar cup assay and serial dilution turbidity measurement assay. The results show green synthesized silver nanoparticles, using Vasaka leaf extract, have a potential to inhibit the growth of bacteria. PMID:25805902

  3. Gas Sensors Based on Tin Oxide Nanoparticles Synthesized from a Mini-Arc Plasma Source

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    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Miniaturized gas sensors or electronic noses to rapidly detect and differentiate trace amount of chemical agents are extremely attractive. In this paper, we report on the fabrication and characterization of a functional tin oxide nanoparticle gas sensor. Tin oxide nanoparticles are first synthesized using a convenient and low-cost mini-arc plasma source. The nanoparticle size distribution is measured online using a scanning electrical mobility spectrometer (SEMS. The product nanoparticles are analyzed ex-situ by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM for morphology and defects, energy dispersive X-ray (EDX spectroscopy for elemental composition, electron diffraction for crystal structure, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS for surface composition. Nonagglomerated rutile tin oxide (SnO2 nanoparticles as small as a few nm have been produced. Larger particles bear a core-shell structure with a metallic core and an oxide shell. The nanoparticles are then assembled onto an e-beam lithographically patterned interdigitated electrode using electrostatic force to fabricate the gas sensor. The nanoparticle sensor exhibits a fast response and a good sensitivity when exposed to 100 ppm ethanol vapor in air.

  4. Sol-gel synthesized mesoporous anatase titanium dioxide nanoparticles for dye sensitized solar cell (DSSC) applications

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    R Govindaraj; M Senthil Pandian; P Ramasamy; Sumita Mukhopadhyay

    2015-04-01

    Hierarchically structured titanium dioxide nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by the sol-gel method. The synthesized nanoparticles were subjected to powder X-ray diffraction, UV-Vis DRS spectroscopy, Brunauer–Emmett–Teller method, Barrett–Joyner–Halenda analysis, field emission scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy and energy-dispersive X-ray analysis. The powder X-ray diffraction pattern shows that the obtained particles are of anatase phase with good crystallite nature. The nitrogen adsorption and desorption isotherms show that the prepared material has surface area of 31.71 m2 g-1 and the pore size distribution analysis shows the average pore diameters of mesoporous TiO2 nanostructures to be 7.1 and 9.3 nm. The UV–Vis DRS spectrum shows that the TiO2 nanoparticles are having absorption in the ultraviolet region. The optical band gap of the nanoparticles is 3.2 eV. The morphological studies show the morphology of the particles as spherical in shape. The elemental compositions of TiO2 nanoparticles were confirmed by energy-dispersive X-ray spectrum analysis. The conversion efficiency of the solar cell was 3.415% with open-circuit voltage (oc), short-circuit current (sc) and fill factor (FF) of 0.607 V, 13.206 mA cm-2 and 42.56%, respectively.

  5. Metal Carboxylate Nanorods and Metal Oxide Nanoparticles Synthesized Using Reverse Micelles

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    Ashok.K.Ganguli(Department; of; Chemistry; Indian; Institute; of; Technology

    2007-01-01

    1 Results Nanorods of transition metal (Cu,Ni,Mn,Zn,Co and Fe) carboxylates (oxalates and succinates) have been synthesized using a reverse-micellar technique[1-3].These oxalate nanorods have been shown to be an ideal source for obtaining monophasic and homogeneous nanoparticles of transition metal oxides at low temperatures of 450 ℃.Grain size of oxide nanoparticles could be controlled by optimizing the nature of non-polar solvent and surfactant.The metal oxalate precursor could be decomposed in suitab...

  6. SWAXS investigations on diffuse boundary nanostructures of metallic nanoparticles synthesized by electrical discharges

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    Metallic nanoparticles have attracted a particular interest in scientific research and industrial applications due to their unique size-dependent physical and chemical properties. An eco-friendly and cost-effective synthesis method called electrical discharge enables large scale production of metallic nanoparticles. Systematic investigations of such synthesized metallic nanoparticles help to optimize the synthesis process and improve the product quality. In this work, for the first time we have investigated the diffuse interfacial boundary nanostructures of the metallic nanoparticles, which were synthesized under different conditions by electrical glow and arc discharges in the carrier gas, by means of a small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering (SWAXS) technique using a laboratory X-ray source. Meanwhile, this unique SWAXS technique allows simultaneous study of the primary particle size, morphology, and crystallinity. The metallic nanoparticles (copper and nickel) under investigation cover a size range of 10–80 nm, and the determined thickness of the diffuse boundary nanostructured layer of metallic nanoparticles is in the range of 1–3 nm. The experimental results obtained by SWAXS were compared to the TEM/EDX observation and the XRD reference patterns from RRUFF database, and a good agreement was found. Our SWAXS investigations indicated that the existence of a diffuse nanostructured solid layer on the synthesized metallic nanoparticle surface causes a negative deviation of the scattering intensity (Ι∝q-α, α>4) from Porod’s law which corresponds to the case of ideal two-phase particle systems with sharp boundaries (Ι∝q-α, α=4) . This implies that the electron density profile is not sharp but changes gradually between two phases, and hence the exponent α is greater than four. Two electron density profile models, sigmoidal electron-density gradient model and linear electron-density gradient model, have been taken into account in determining the

  7. SWAXS investigations on diffuse boundary nanostructures of metallic nanoparticles synthesized by electrical discharges

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    Guo, Xiaoai, E-mail: xiaoai.guo@kit.edu; Gutsche, Alexander; Nirschl, Hermann [Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Institute for Mechanical Process Engineering and Mechanics (Germany)

    2013-11-15

    Metallic nanoparticles have attracted a particular interest in scientific research and industrial applications due to their unique size-dependent physical and chemical properties. An eco-friendly and cost-effective synthesis method called electrical discharge enables large scale production of metallic nanoparticles. Systematic investigations of such synthesized metallic nanoparticles help to optimize the synthesis process and improve the product quality. In this work, for the first time we have investigated the diffuse interfacial boundary nanostructures of the metallic nanoparticles, which were synthesized under different conditions by electrical glow and arc discharges in the carrier gas, by means of a small- and wide-angle X-ray scattering (SWAXS) technique using a laboratory X-ray source. Meanwhile, this unique SWAXS technique allows simultaneous study of the primary particle size, morphology, and crystallinity. The metallic nanoparticles (copper and nickel) under investigation cover a size range of 10–80 nm, and the determined thickness of the diffuse boundary nanostructured layer of metallic nanoparticles is in the range of 1–3 nm. The experimental results obtained by SWAXS were compared to the TEM/EDX observation and the XRD reference patterns from RRUFF database, and a good agreement was found. Our SWAXS investigations indicated that the existence of a diffuse nanostructured solid layer on the synthesized metallic nanoparticle surface causes a negative deviation of the scattering intensity (Ι∝q{sup -α}, α>4) from Porod’s law which corresponds to the case of ideal two-phase particle systems with sharp boundaries (Ι∝q{sup -α}, α=4) . This implies that the electron density profile is not sharp but changes gradually between two phases, and hence the exponent α is greater than four. Two electron density profile models, sigmoidal electron-density gradient model and linear electron-density gradient model, have been taken into account in

  8. Mn-Zn soft magnetic ferrite nanoparticles synthesized from spent alkaline Zn-Mn batteries

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    Research highlights: → This manuscript reports for the first time to prepare Mn-Zn soft magnetic ferrite nanoparticles using spent alkaline Zn-Mn batteries as raw material by multi-step processes including acid leaching, chemical treatment of battery iron shells and citrate-nitrate precursor auto-combustion. → Synthesized Mn0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4 ferrite nanoparticles have pure ferrite phase, larger saturation magnetization and lower coercivity compared with the same composition ferrites prepared by other techniques due to better crystallinity. → Auto-combustion Mn-Zn ferrite nanoparticles synthesis method presents a viable alternative for alkaline Zn-Mn batteries recycling due to its target product is not a single metal or its oxide. → It is original and not currently submitted for review to any other journal and their intent is to publish the article in the Journal of Alloys and Compounds. - Abstract: Using spent alkaline Zn-Mn batteries as raw material, Mn-Zn soft magnetic ferrite nanoparticles are prepared by multi-step processes including acid leaching, chemical treatment of battery iron shells and citrate-nitrate precursor auto-combustion. Acid leaching and chemical treatment mechanisms are investigated. Dried gels thermal decomposition process, auto-combustion, phase composition, morphological and magnetic properties of as-prepared Mn-Zn ferrite nanoparticles are characterized by thermogravimetric and differential thermal analysis, X-ray powder diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer. Synthesized Mn-Zn ferrite nanoparticles (Mn0.5Zn0.5Fe2O4) have pure ferrite phase, larger saturation magnetization (Ms = 60.62 emu g-1) and lower coercivity (Hc = 30 Oe) compared with the same composition ferrites prepared by other techniques due to better crystallinity. Mn-Zn ferrite nanoparticles synthesis method presents a viable alternative for alkaline Zn-Mn batteries recycling.

  9. Optical properties of ion-beam-synthesized Au nanoparticles in SiO2 matrix

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    Hsieh, Chang-Lin; Oyoshi, Keiji; Chao, Der-Sheng; Tsai, Hsu-Sheng; Hong, Wei-Lun; Takeda, Yoshihiko; Liang, Jenq-Horng

    2016-05-01

    In recent years, gold (Au) nanoparticles have been synthesized via various methods and used in optical and biomedical detection. Au nanoparticles contain some remarkable dimension-dependent optical properties due to surface plasmon resonance (SPR) in Au nanoparticles which causes high absorption in visible light regions. Since SPR in well-crystallized Au nanoparticles can enhance the local electromagnetic field, it is thus expected that greater efficiency in the photoluminescence (PL) originating from oxygen deficiency centers (ODC) can be achieved in Au-implanted SiO2 matrix. In order to demonstrate the enhancement of PL, Au nanoparticles were formed in SiO2 film using ion beam synthesis and their optical and microstructural properties were also investigated in this study. The results revealed that a clear absorption peak at approximately 530 nm was identified in the UV-Vis spectra and was attributed to SPR induced by Au nanoparticles in SiO2. The SPR of Au nanoparticles is also dependent on thermal treatment conditions, such as post-annealing temperature and ambient. The Au nanoparticle-containing SiO2 film also displayed several distinctive peaks at approximately 320, 360, 460, and 600 nm in the PL spectra and were found to be associated with ODC-related defects and non-bridging oxygen hole centers (NBOHC) in SiO2. In addition, the PL peak intensities increased as post-annealing temperature increased, a finding contradictory to the defect recovery but highly consistent with the SPR tendency. A maximum PL emission was achieved when the Au-implanted SiO2 film was annealed at 1100 °C for 1 h under N2. Therefore, the existence of Au nanoparticles in SiO2 film can induce SPR effects as well as enhance PL emission resulting from defect-related luminescence centers.

  10. A novel sol–gel process to facilely synthesize Ni3Fe nanoalloy nanoparticles supported with carbon and silica

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    Graphical abstract: The TEM and HRTEM images and the magnetization curves taken in both zero-field-cooled (ZFC) and field-cooled (FC) modes of Ni3Fe nanoparticles calcined at 300 °C for 2 h under Ar flowing. Display Omitted - Highlights: • Ultrafine Ni3Fe nanoalloy nanoparticles were synthesized via a modified novel sol–gel process. • The prepared Ni3Fe nanoalloy nanoparticles have a narrow size distribution. • The Ni3Fe nanoparticles exhibit superparamagnetic behaviors at room temperature. - Abstract: In this paper, we present a modified novel silica sol–gel process and explored the possibility, for the first time, to synthesize binary nanoalloy nanoparticles. We successfully prepared ultrafine Ni3Fe nanoparticles supported with carbon and silica via this simple one-pot reaction without H2 reduction. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and selected area electron diffraction (SAED) investigations of the Ni3Fe nanoparticles show that the nanoparticles have a face-centered-cubic (fcc) crystal structure. The TEM images show that grain sizes of Ni3Fe nanoparticles have a narrow size distribution. Moreover, the grain size of the nanoparticles is not very sensitive to the elevated annealing temperature. The Ni3Fe nanoparticles exhibit typical superparamagnetic behavior at room temperature, and the blocking temperatures (TB) are determined by the temperature-dependent magnetization (M–T curves) measurements. This novel silica sol–gel method is expected to have broad applications in synthesizing nanoalloy nanoparticles

  11. Size-tunable palladium nanoparticles synthesized using the solution plasma process and their electrocatalytic activities

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    Jo, Yu-Geun; Kim, Sung-Min; Lee, Sang-Yul

    2016-01-01

    In this work, for fuel cell applications, size-tunable Pd nanoparticles were synthesized by adjusting the applied voltage in a range from 2.4 to 3.2 kV in solution plasma. The crystalline structure and morphology of the size-tuned Pd nanoparticles were examined using X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM). The results revealed that the size of the Pd nanoparticles could be varied by tuning the Pd concentration in the plasma, which could be achieved by changing the applied voltages. The size of the Pd nanoparticles gradually decreased with increasing voltage, and the smallest Pd nanoparticles of 4.7 nm in diameter were observed at the highest voltage of 3.2 kV. According to the cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry tests, the Pd nanoparticles of 5.7 nm in diameter exhibited the enhanced catalytic activity and durability for methanol oxidation since the Pd surface was less covered by OH species.

  12. Mycosynthesis: antibacterial, antioxidant and antiproliferative activities of silver nanoparticles synthesized from Inonotus obliquus (Chaga mushroom) extract.

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    Nagajyothi, P C; Sreekanth, T V M; Lee, Jae-il; Lee, Kap Duk

    2014-01-01

    In the present study, silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were rapidly synthesized from silver nitrate solution at room temperature using Inonotus obliquus extract. The mycogenic synthesized AgNPs were characterized by UV-Visible absorption spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) with energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). SEM revealed mostly spherical nanoparticles ranging from 14.7 to 35.2nm in size. All AgNPs concentrations showed good ABT radical scavenging activity. Further, AgNPs showed effective antibacterial activity against both gram negative and gram positive bacteria and antiproliferative activity toward A549 human lung cancer (CCL-185) and MCF-7 human breast cancer (HTB-22) cell lines. The samples demonstrated considerably high antibacterial, and antiproliferative activities against bacterial strains and cell lines. PMID:24380885

  13. Kinetics of oxygen adsorption on ZnS nanoparticles synthesized by precipitation process

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    Ahmadi Reza

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available ZnS nanoparticles were synthesized through a one-step precipitation process. Effect of time and temperature on the formation reaction was investigated. The synthesized samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, ultraviolet (UV visible absorption and photoluminescence (PL spectrophotometry. Based on XRD and UV-Vis data, the particles produced at 70 °C had a mean particle size of about 5 nm. Increasing time and temperature of the synthesis reaction resulted in photoluminescence intensification. PL spectroscopy helped understanding the adsorption kinetics of oxygen on ZnS nanoparticles during the precipitation synthesis process. Fabrication of ZnS structures with appropriate oxygen adsorption capacity was suggested as a means of PL emission intensity control.

  14. Cytotoxicity of Biologically Synthesized Silver Nanoparticles in MDA-MB-231 Human Breast Cancer Cells

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    Sangiliyandi Gurunathan; Jae Woong Han; Vasuki Eppakayala; Muniyandi Jeyaraj; Jin-Hoi Kim

    2013-01-01

    Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) have been used as an antimicrobial and disinfectant agents. However, there is limited information about antitumor potential. Therefore, this study focused on determining cytotoxic effects of AgNPs on MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cells and its mechanism of cell death. Herein, we developed a green method for synthesis of AgNPs using culture supernatant of Bacillus funiculus, and synthesized AgNPs were characterized by various analytical techniques such as UV-visible spe...

  15. Preparation of transition metal nanoparticles and surfaces modified with (co)polymers synthesized by RAFT

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    McCormick, III, Charles L.; Lowe, Andrew B.; Sumerlin, Brent S.

    2011-12-27

    A new, facile, general one-phase method of generating thiol-functionalized transition metal nanoparticles and surfaces modified by (co)polymers synthesized by the RAFT method is described. The method includes the steps of forming a (co)polymer in aqueous solution using the RAFT methodology, forming a colloidal transition metal precursor solution from an appropriate transition metal; adding the metal precursor solution or surface to the (co)polymer solution, adding a reducing agent into the solution to reduce the metal colloid in situ to produce the stabilized nanoparticles or surface, and isolating the stabilized nanoparticles or surface in a manner such that aggregation is minimized. The functionalized surfaces generated using these methods can further undergo planar surface modifications, such as functionalization with a variety of different chemical groups, expanding their utility and application.

  16. A sol-gel method to synthesize indium tin oxide nanoparticles

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    Xiuhua Li; Xiujuan xu; Xin Yin; Chunzhong Li; Jianrong Zhang

    2011-01-01

    Transparent conductive indium tin oxide (ITO) nanoparticles were synthesized by a novel sol-gel method.Granulated indium and tin were dissolved in HNO3 and partially complexed with citric acid.A sol-gel process was induced when tertiary butyl alcohol was added dropwise to the above solution.ITO nanoparticles with an average crystallite size of 18.5 nm and surface area of 32.6 m2/g were obtained after the gel was heat-treated at 700 C.The ITO nanoparticles showed good sinterability,the starting sintering temperature decreased sharply to 900 C,and the 1400 C sintered pellet had a density of 98.1 % of theoretical density (TD).

  17. Cytotoxic effect of silver nanoparticles synthesized from Padina tetrastromatica on breast cancer cell line

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    Gnana Selvi, B. Clara; Madhavan, J.; Santhanam, Amutha

    2016-09-01

    In recent years researchers were attracted towards marine sources due to the presence of active components in it. Seaweeds were widely used in pharmaceutical research for their known biological activities. The biological synthesis method of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) using Padina tetrastromatica seaweed extract and their cytotoxicity against breast cancer MCF-7 cells was reported in this study. The synthesized AgNPs using seaweed extract were subjected to x-ray diffraction, UV–visible spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscope, energy dispersive x-ray, zeta potential to elucidate the structural, morphology, size as well as surface potential parameters. An absorption peak at 430 nm in UV-visible spectrum reveals the excitation and surface plasmon resonance of AgNPs. FE-SEM micrographs exhibits the biosynthesized AgNPs, which are pre-dominantly round shaped and the size ranges between 40–50 nm. The zeta potential value of ‑27.6 mV confirms the stable nature of biosynthesized silver nanoparticles. Furthermore, the biological synthesized Ag NPs exhibited a dose-dependent cytotoxicity against human breast cancer cell (MCF-7) and the inhibitory concentration (IC50) was found for AgNPs against MCF-7 at 24 h incubation. Biological method of synthesizing silver nanoparticles shows a environmental friendly property which helps in effective electrifying usage in many fields.

  18. Catalytic Activity of Mono- and Bi-Metallic Nanoparticles Synthesized via Microemulsions

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    Ramona Y.G. König

    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Water-in-oil (w/o microemulsions were used as a template for the synthesis of mono- and bi-metallic nanoparticles. For that purpose, w/o-microemulsions containing H2PtCl6, H2PtCl6 + Pb(NO32 and H2PtCl6 + Bi(NO3, respectively, were mixed with a w/o-microemulsion containing the reducing agent, NaBH4. The results revealed that it is possible to synthesize Pt, PtPb and PtBi nanoparticles of ~3–8 nm in diameter at temperatures of about 30°C. The catalytic properties of the bimetallic PtBi and PtPb nanoparticles were studied and compared with monometallic platinum nanoparticles. Firstly, the electrochemical oxidation of formic acid to carbon monoxide was investigated, and it was found that the resistance of the PtBi and PtPb nanoparticles against the catalyst-poisoning carbon monoxide was significantly higher compared to the Pt nanoparticles. Secondly, investigating the reduction of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol,we found that the bimetallic NPs are most active at 23 °C, while the order of the activity changes at higher temperatures, i.e., that the Pt nanoparticles are the most active ones at 36 and 49 °C. Furthermore, we observed a strong influence of the support, which was either a polymer or Al2O3. Thirdly, for the hydrogenation of allylbenzene to propylbenzene, the monometallic Pt NPs turned out to be the most active catalysts, followed by the PtPb and PtBi NPs. Comparing the two bimetallic nanoparticles, one sees that the PtPb NPs are significantly more active than the respective PtBi NPs.

  19. Luminescent and photocatalytic properties of cadmium sulfide nanoparticles synthesized via microwave irradiation

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    Uniform cadmium sulfide (CdS) nanoparticles of about 6 nm in crystal size have been successfully synthesized via microwave irradiation. The as-prepared sample has a uniform morphology and high purity. The red photoluminescence spectrum of the CdS nanoparticles displays a strong peak at 602 nm by using a 300 nm excitation wavelength. The photocatalytic oxidation of methyl orange (MeO) in CdS suspensions under ultraviolet illumination was investigated. The results indicate that a low pH value (pH 2.0) and low reaction temperatures (20-30 deg. C) will facilitate the decolorization of the MeO solution. The photodegradation degree decreases with increasing the pH value and temperature of solution. The efficiency of the recycled CdS semiconductor becomes lower due to the deposit of elemental Cd on the CdS surface, which weakens the photocatalytic activity. The luminescent and photocatalytic mechanisms of the as-prepared CdS nanoparticles were primarily discussed. Microwave irradiation is proved to be a convenient, efficient and environmental-friendly one-step route to synthesize nanoparticles

  20. Plasma Syntheses of Carbon Nanotube-Supported Pt-Pd Nanoparticles

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    Song, Ye; Wang, Qi; Meng, Yuedong

    2016-04-01

    It is reported that the highly dispersed Pt nanoparticles on carbon nanotubes can be synthesized under mild conditions by in situ plasma treatment. The carbon nanotube was pretreated by O2 plasma to transform into oxide carbon nanotubes (O-CNTs), and then it was mixed with the precursors (the mixture of H2PtCl6 and PdCl6). After that, the O-CNTs and the precursors were simultaneously treated by H2 plasma. The precursors were transformed into Pt-Pd nanoparticles (NPs) and the O-CNTs transformed into CNT. The synthesized CNT-based Pt-Pd nanoparticles were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. All the analysis showed that the Pt-Pd nanoparticles were deposited on CNT as a form of face-centered cubical structure. supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Nos. 11305218,11575253), the Youth Innovation Promotion Association of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (No. 2015262), the CASHIPS Director's Fund (No. YZJJ201505) and Anhui Provincial Natural Science Foundation for Distinguished Young Scholars of China (No. 1608085J03)

  1. Mechanistic aspects of biologically synthesized silver nanoparticles against food- and water-borne microbes.

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    Krishnaraj, Chandran; Harper, Stacey L; Choe, Ho Sung; Kim, Kwang-Pyo; Yun, Soon-Il

    2015-10-01

    In the present study, silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) synthesized from aqueous leaves extract of Malva crispa and their mode of interaction with food- and water-borne microbes were investigated. Formation of AgNPs was conformed through UV-Vis, FE-SEM, EDS, AFM, and HR-TEM analyses. Further the concentration of silver (Ag) in the reaction mixture was conformed through ICP-MS analysis. Different concentration of nanoparticles (1-3 mM) tested to know the inhibitory effect of bacterial pathogens such as Bacillus cereus, Staphylococcus aureus, Listeria monocytogenes, Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhi, Salmonella enterica and the fungal pathogens of Penicillium expansum, Penicillium citrinum, Aspergillus oryzae, Aspergillus sojae and Aspergillus niger. Interestingly, nanoparticles synthesized from 2 to 3 mM concentration of AgNO3 showed excellent inhibitory activities against both bacterial and fungal pathogens which are well demonstrated through well diffusion, poison food technique, minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC), and minimum fungicidal concentration (MFC). In addition, mode of interaction of nanoparticles into both bacterial and fungal pathogens was documented through Bio-TEM analysis. Further the genomic DNA isolated from test bacterial strains and their interaction with nanoparticles was carried out to elucidate the possible mode of action of nanoparticles against bacteria. Interestingly, AgNPs did not show any genotoxic effect against all the tested bacterial strains which are pronounced well in agarose gel electrophoresis and for supporting this study, UV-Vis and Bio-TEM analyses were carried out in which no significant changes observed compared with control. Hence, the overall results concluded that the antimicrobial activity of biogenic AgNPs occurred without any DNA damage. PMID:26178241

  2. Enhanced antibacterial activity of zinc oxide nanoparticles synthesized using Petroselinum crispum extracts

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    Stan, Manuela; Popa, Adriana; Toloman, Dana; Silipas, Teofil-Danut; Vodnar, Dan Cristian; Katona, Gabriel

    2015-12-01

    The present contribution reports the synthesis of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) using aqueous leaf and root extracts of Petroselinum crispum (parsley) and characterization of as-prepared samples. ZnO NPs are subjected to X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) studies. The XRD studies reveal a hexagonal wurtzite structure without supplementary diffraction lines for all ZnO samples. TEM analysis shows that the particle size is influenced by the type of plant extract. The EPR spectra indicate the presence of Mn2+ ions in ZnO sample synthesized using P. crispum leaf extract, while zinc vacancy complexes and oxygen vacancies are evidenced in all analyzed samples. ZnO NPs synthesized using P. crispum extracts exhibit increased (2-16 times) antibacterial activity as compared to chemically synthesized ZnO NPs.

  3. Enhanced antibacterial activity of zinc oxide nanoparticles synthesized using Petroselinum crispum extracts

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    Stan, Manuela, E-mail: manuela.stan@itim-cj.ro; Popa, Adriana; Toloman, Dana; Silipas, Teofil-Danut [National Institute for Research and Development of Isotopic and Molecular Technologies, 67-103 Donat, 400293 Cluj-Napoca (Romania); Vodnar, Dan Cristian [University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, Department of Food Science and Technology, 3-5 Manastur Street, 400372 Cluj-Napoca (Romania); Katona, Gabriel [Babes-Bolyai University, Faculty of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, 11 Arany Janos Street, 400028 Cluj-Napoca (Romania)

    2015-12-23

    The present contribution reports the synthesis of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) using aqueous leaf and root extracts of Petroselinum crispum (parsley) and characterization of as-prepared samples. ZnO NPs are subjected to X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) studies. The XRD studies reveal a hexagonal wurtzite structure without supplementary diffraction lines for all ZnO samples. TEM analysis shows that the particle size is influenced by the type of plant extract. The EPR spectra indicate the presence of Mn{sup 2+} ions in ZnO sample synthesized using P. crispum leaf extract, while zinc vacancy complexes and oxygen vacancies are evidenced in all analyzed samples. ZnO NPs synthesized using P. crispum extracts exhibit increased (2-16 times) antibacterial activity as compared to chemically synthesized ZnO NPs.

  4. Modifying the composition of hydrogen-terminated silicon nanoparticles synthesized in a nonthermal rf plasma

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    Hydrogen-terminated silicon nanoparticles were synthesized over a broad range of conditions in a continuous flow, nonthermal rf plasma. The effects of three operating parameters--rf power, reactor pressure, and hydrogen flow rate--were examined in terms of their effects on particle crystallinity, size, and surface composition. Silicon-hydrogen composition was characterized in situ by Fourier transform infrared spectrometry, and particle structural morphology was examined with a transmission electron microscope. Amorphous or crystalline particles could be synthesized by appropriately adjusting the operating parameters. Over the majority of settings examined, the minimum power required to produce discrete crystalline particles was ∼20-30 W. Depending on the parameter settings, particles also exhibited hydrogen coverage ranging from predominantly monohydride (SiH) functional groups to more complex compositions of higher hydrides. Particles with the highest proportion of surface SiH bonds were consistently synthesized in the smallest diameter (4 mm i.d.) tube reactor.

  5. Enhanced antibacterial activity of zinc oxide nanoparticles synthesized using Petroselinum crispum extracts

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    The present contribution reports the synthesis of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) using aqueous leaf and root extracts of Petroselinum crispum (parsley) and characterization of as-prepared samples. ZnO NPs are subjected to X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) studies. The XRD studies reveal a hexagonal wurtzite structure without supplementary diffraction lines for all ZnO samples. TEM analysis shows that the particle size is influenced by the type of plant extract. The EPR spectra indicate the presence of Mn2+ ions in ZnO sample synthesized using P. crispum leaf extract, while zinc vacancy complexes and oxygen vacancies are evidenced in all analyzed samples. ZnO NPs synthesized using P. crispum extracts exhibit increased (2-16 times) antibacterial activity as compared to chemically synthesized ZnO NPs

  6. A simple aqueous electrochemical method to synthesize TiO₂ nanoparticles.

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    Bezares, Ivan; del Campo, Adolfo; Herrasti, Pilar; Muñoz-Bonilla, Alexandra

    2015-11-21

    Here, a simple and rapid electrochemical approach to synthesize TiO2 nanoparticles in aqueous solution is reported. This method consists in the electro-oxidation of titanium foil in a tetrabutylammonium bromide aqueous solution, which acts as both an electrolyte and a surfactant. Amorphous TiO2 particles in the nanoscale (∼5 nm), well dispersed in aqueous solution, were directly formed by applying low current densities in a short reaction time. It was demonstrated that several experimental parameters influence the reaction yield; an increase in the current, temperature and reaction time augments the quantity of the obtained material. Then, the amorphous nanoparticles were completely crystallized into a pure anatase phase by thermal treatment under an air atmosphere as analyzed by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy. Besides, the size of the nanoparticles increased to approximately 12 nm in the calcination process. The band gap energies of the resulting TiO2 anatase nanoparticles were determined by diffuse reflectance measurements according to the Kubelka Munk theory, revealing low values between 2.95 and 3.10 eV. Therefore, the results indicate the success of this method to create TiO2 nanoparticles in aqueous medium with good optical properties. PMID:26469391

  7. Structural and Morphological Properties of Cr2O3 Nanoparticles Synthesized By Novel Solvent Free Method

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    Meenambika .R

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Nanoparticles of chromium oxide (Cr2O3 are widely used in many fields serving as catalysts, wear resistance materials, and advanced colorants. For the first time, we have reported the solvent free synthesis of Cr2O3 nanoparticles via microwave irradiation followed by calcinations at 200, 400, 600 and 800°C for 1h. The influence of calcination temperature on the particle size, microstructure and morphology was examined by X-ray diffraction, Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM and Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM, Elemental compositions have been estimated by energy dispersive X-ray Absorption EDAX and thermo gravimetrv analysis (TGA-DTA. The average particle size of the synthesized Cr2O3 nanoparticles is calculated using the Scherrer's formula and found to be of less than 60 nm and is compared with Williamson Hall method . It is found that the molar ratio 1:3 is considered to be the best proportion to synthesis Cr2O3nanoparticles. These results also indicate that there is an improvement in the crystallinity of Cr2O3 nanoparticles with the increase in the annealing temperature. As the process is simple and low-cost, it has the potential to be produced on a large scale.

  8. Sonochemically synthesized Ag nanoparticles as a SERS active substrate and effect of surfactant

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    Highlights: • Solid state Ag SERS active substrates were sonochemically synthesized. • High intensity SERS spectra of both crystal violet and rhodamine 6G were observed. • We discovered that PVP aided synthesized substrates showed higher SERS intensity. - Abstract: Surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) enables the detection of substances at low concentrations using silver or gold nanostructure. The SERS technique has many applications, such as environmental detection and biosensing. Sonochemistry is an excellent and cheap deposition technique for coating substrates in a form of nanostructure at ambient temperature. It can also be utilized to prepare large SERS substrates. Here, we used the advantages of sonochemistry to deposit solid SERS substrates immobilized on GaN nanostructure. Morphology was studied by scanning electron microscopy. The elemental composition and the spatial distribution were examined by energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. The crystal structure and atomic presence was confirmed by X-ray diffraction. SERS substrates were examined with the analytes crystal violet (10−5 M) and rhodamine 6G (10−6 M), they showed prominent characteristic peaks. We discovered that the SERS intensity of poly-vinyl-pyrrolidinone aided sonochemical deposition of Ag nanoparticles was increased. The reason for the effect is morphological changes of the Ag nanoparticles. Smaller nanoparticles were fabricated, which increase their SERS intensity

  9. X-ray synthesized PEGylated (polyethylene glycol coated) gold nanoparticles in mice strongly accumulate in tumors

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    Wang, Chang-Hai [Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Nankang, Taipei 115, Taiwan (China); Liu, Chi-Jen, E-mail: cjliuc@phys.sinica.edu.tw [Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Nankang, Taipei 115, Taiwan (China); Chien, Chia-Chi [Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Nankang, Taipei 115, Taiwan (China); Department of Engineering and System Science, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China); Chen, Hsin-Tai; Hua, Tzu-En; Leng, Wei-Hua; Chen, Hsiang-Hsin; Kempson, Ivan M. [Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Nankang, Taipei 115, Taiwan (China); Hwu, Y., E-mail: phhwu@sinica.edu.tw [Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica, Nankang, Taipei 115, Taiwan (China); Department of Engineering and System Science, National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu 300, Taiwan (China); Institute of Optoelectronic Science, National Taiwan Ocean University, Keelung 202, Taiwan (China); Hsiao, Michael; Lai, Tsung-Ching; Wang, J.L. [Genomic Research Center, Academia Sinica, Nankang, Taipei 115, Taiwan (China); Yang, Chung-Shi [Center for Nanomedicine, National Health Research Institutes, Miaoli 350, Taiwan (China); Lin, Hong-Ming [Department of Materials Engineering, Tatung University, Taipei 115, Taiwan (China); Chen, Yu-Jen [Department of Radiation Oncology and Medical Research, Mackay Memorial Hospital, Taipei 251, Taiwan (China); Margaritondo, G. [Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), CH-1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)

    2011-03-15

    Research highlights: {yields} PEG coated Au nanoparticles synthesized by intense X-rays. {yields} PEG-Au nanoparticles accumulate up to {approx}25 times in tumor regions more than in normal muscle tissue. {yields} The accumulation increases with the time after injection for up to {approx}12 h in tumor. - Abstract: The spatial distribution of X-ray synthesized, PEG coated Au nanoparticles in cancer-bearing mice and their time dependent accumulation were investigated with inductive coupled plasma - optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and histological imaging. The results conclusively demonstrate that the particles strongly accumulate in tumor regions; up to {approx}25 times more than in normal muscle tissue. This accumulation increases with the time after injection for up to {approx}12 h in tumor, spleen and liver tissues, whereas for most non-tumor regions it saturates or decreases (blood, lung, brain, heart, and kidney). The impact of this result is discussed with special emphasis on passive targeted drug delivery and could also be used for the delineation and early-stage imaging of small tumors.

  10. Screening of zinc oxide nanoparticles for cell proliferation synthesized through Adhatoda vasica nees

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    G. Bhumi

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Nano science is the basic Study of systems and materials at the nanoscale. The objective of the present study focuses on the Phytoconstituent mediated biological synthesis of ZnO-NPs by Zinc acetate and sodium hydroxide by utilizing the biocomponents of leaves of Adhatoda vasica .The samples are characterized by UV-Vis Spectroscopy, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM, Energy Dispersive Xray (EDAX, X-ray diffraction (XRD and FT-Raman Spectroscopy. The Synthesized ZnO-NPs were found to be discoid in Shape with an average size of 19 - 60 nm .The diffraction pattern also confirmed that the higher percentage of ZnO with fine particle size. Phytochemicals present in the plant were responsible for the quick reduction of Zn+ ion to metallic Zinc Oxide nanoparticles. The synthesized ZnO-NPs had the potential to mitigate the bacterial cell proliferation particularly Escherichia coli, Bacillus thuringiensis, Pseudomonas aeurogonisa and Staphylococcus aureus. Adhatoda vasica is a good source for rapid reduction of metallic Zinc oxide in to nanoparticles with antibacterial activity. These green synthesized ZnO-NPs are possess therapeutic values.

  11. Synthesis, Characterization and Antimicrobial Activity of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles Synthesized From Calotropis procera

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to compare the yield, nature and antimicrobial activity of nanoparticles synthesized using Calotropis procera leaf extract. ZnO NPs synthesized were characterized by FTIR and SEM. It was evident from SEM images that the size of the particles obtained by biological method is ranging from 100-200 nm. Antibacterial study was carried out on human bacterial and plant bacterial pathogens and their MIC values were determined. The antibacterial activity towards human bacterial and plant pathogen showed good sensitivity towards the green synthesized ZnO NP’s at all concentrations and maximum zone of inhibition occurred at the concentration of 30μg/mL. Minimum Inhibitory concentrations of NPs against human pathogenic bacteria and plant bacterial pathogens, shows that all tested microorganisms were completely inhibited at the concentration of 50 to 12.5μg/ml of nano-ZnO. The antifungal activity of ZnO NPs against fungi shows that different concentration of ZnO nanoparticles caused significant inhibition in the spore germination.

  12. Photoluminescent characteristics of ion beam synthesized Ge nanoparticles in thermally grown SiO2 films

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    Prospects of developing into numerous silicon-based optoelectronic applications have prompted many studies on the optical properties of Ge nanoparticles within a silicon oxide (SiO2) matrix. Even with such abundant studies, the fundamental mechanism underlying the Ge nanoparticle-induced photoluminescence (PL) is still an open question. In order to elucidate the mechanism, we dedicate this study to investigating the correlation between the PL properties and microstructure of the Ge nanoparticles synthesized in thermally grown SiO2 films. Our spectral data show that the peak position, at ∼3.1 eV or 400 nm, of the PL band arising from the Ge nanoparticles was essentially unchanged under different Ge implantation fluences and the temperatures of the following annealing process, whereas the sample preparation parameters modified or even fluctuated (in the case of the annealing temperature) the peak intensity considerably. Given the microscopically observed correlation between the nanoparticle structure and the sample preparation parameters, this phenomenon is consistent with the mechanism in which the oxygen-deficiency-related defects in the Ge/SiO2 interface act as the major luminescence centers; this mechanism also successfully explains the peak intensity fluctuation with the annealing temperature. Moreover, our FTIR data indicate the formation of GeOx upon ion implantation. Since decreasing of the oxygen-related defects by the GeOx formation is expected to be correlated with the annealing temperature, presence of the GeOx renders further experimental support to the oxygen defect mechanism. This understanding may assist the designing of the manufacturing process to optimize the Ge nanoparticle-based PL materials for different technological applications

  13. Curved wall-jet burner for synthesizing titania and silica nanoparticles

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    Ismail, Mohamed

    2015-01-01

    A novel curved wall-jet (CWJ) burner was designed for flame synthesis, by injecting precursors through a center tube and by supplying fuel/air mixtures as an annular-inward jet for rapid mixing of the precursors in the reaction zone. Titanium dioxide (TiO2) and silicon dioxide (SiO2) nanoparticles were produced in ethylene (C2H4)/air premixed flames using titanium tetraisopropoxide (TTIP) and hexamethyldisiloxane (HMDSO) as the precursors, respectively. Particle image velocimetry measurements confirmed that the precursors can be injected into the flames without appreciably affecting flow structure. The nanoparticles were characterized using X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) method, and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. In the case of TiO2, the phase of nanoparticles could be controlled by adjusting the equivalence ratio, while the particle size was dependent on the precursor loading rate and the flame temperature. The synthesized TiO2 nanoparticles exhibited high crystallinity and the anatase phase was dominant at high equivalence ratios (φ > 1.3). In the case of SiO2, the particle size could be controlled from 11 to 18 nm by adjusting the precursor loading rate. © 2014 The Combustion Institute. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Magnetic nanoparticles for biophysical applications synthesized by high-power physical dispersion

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    The low cost and high output methods of high-power physical dispersion: the electrical explosion of wire and the laser target evaporation were elaborated for the production of iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) with controlled dispersion parameters and highly reproducible functional properties. The synthesized MNPs were spherical in shape with mean diameter 10 nm and lognormal particle size distribution. The phase composition, shape, particle size and functional properties of MNPs were cross-examined by a variety of contemporary experimental techniques. The phase structure of MNPs corresponds to the inverse spinel of magnetite. Meanwhile, due to the non-equilibrium conditions of the dispersion chemical composition of MNPs is close to maghemite—γ-Fe2O3. Their magnetic properties are reproducible and very close to the single domain superparamagnetic behavior. The stability of the suspensions of these MNPs and their applicability in the biophysical purposes such as magneto-induced heating have been demonstrated. - Highlights: • We present two methods of low-cost and high output production of iron oxide nanoparticles. • We obtained 10 nm spherical maghemite nanoparticles with close to superparamagnetic behavior. • The suspensions of obtained nanoparticles are stable to salt in physiological concentration. • Magneto-induced heating of suspensions fits well with the theoretical predictions

  15. Catalytic Activity of Mono- and Bi-Metallic Nanoparticles Synthesized via Microemulsions

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    Ramona Y.G. König; Michael Schwarze; Reinhard Schomäcker; Cosima Stubenrauch

    2014-01-01

    Water-in-oil (w/o) microemulsions were used as a template for the synthesis of mono- and bi-metallic nanoparticles. For that purpose, w/o-microemulsions containing H2PtCl6, H2PtCl6 + Pb(NO3)2 and H2PtCl6 + Bi(NO)3, respectively, were mixed with a w/o-microemulsion containing the reducing agent, NaBH4. The results revealed that it is possible to synthesize Pt, PtPb and PtBi nanoparticles of ~3–8 nm in diameter at temperatures of about 30°C. The catalytic properties of the bimetallic PtBi and...

  16. Au, Ag and Au:Ag colloidal nanoparticles synthesized by pulsed laser ablation as SERS substrates

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    M. Vinod; K.G.Gopchandran

    2014-01-01

    Chemically pure colloidal suspensions of gold and silver nanoparticles were synthesized using pulsed laser ablation. The dependence of laser fluence on the surface plasmon characteristics of the nanoparticles was investigated. Au:Ag colloidal suspensions were prepared by mixing highly monodisperse Au and Ag nanocolloids. The plasmon band of these mixtures was found to be highly sensitive to Au:Ag concentration ratio and wavelength of the laser beam used in the ablation process. The Au:Ag mixture consists of almost spherical shaped nanostructures with a tendency to join with adjacent ones. The surface enhanced Raman scattering activity of the Au, Ag and Au:Ag colloidal suspensions was tested using crystal violet as probe molecules. Enhancement in Raman signal obtained with Au:Ag substrates was found to be promising and strongly depends on its plasmon characteristics.

  17. Au, Ag and Au:Ag colloidal nanoparticles synthesized by pulsed laser ablation as SERS substrates

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Chemically pure colloidal suspensions of gold and silver nanoparticles were synthesized using pulsed laser ablation. The dependence of laser fluence on the surface plasmon characteristics of the nanoparticles was investigated. Au:Ag colloidal suspensions were prepared by mixing highly monodisperse Au and Ag nanocolloids. The plasmon band of these mixtures was found to be highly sensitive to Au:Ag concentration ratio and wavelength of the laser beam used in the ablation process. The Au:Ag mixture consists of almost spherical shaped nanostructures with a tendency to join with adjacent ones. The surface enhanced Raman scattering activity of the Au, Ag and Au:Ag colloidal suspensions was tested using crystal violet as probe molecules. Enhancement in Raman signal obtained with Au:Ag substrates was found to be promising and strongly depends on its plasmon characteristics.

  18. A solvothermal method to synthesize fluorescent carbon nanoparticles and application to photocatalysis and electrocatalysis.

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    Hongren, Li; Feng, Li; Aimin, Deng

    2015-09-01

    A novel solvothermal approach to synthesize fluorescent carbon nanoparticles (CNPs) was developed using glucose and ammonium oxalate as the carbon source, and glycol as the solvent. The solution of as-prepared CNPs emitted blue-green fluorescence under ultraviolet (UV) light at 365 nm, and the carbon nanoparticle formation was investigated through XRD, TEM, DLS, FT-IR, UV, PL, XPS. The particle was well dispersed with an average diameter of about 10-30 nm. In contrast with previous methods, in this synthesis process neither strong acid treatment nor further surface modification was necessary. The solution of as-prepared CNPs were applied to photocatalytic degradation of mountain green in the present H2 O2 , and the decolorization rate was over 97% when the reaction time was more than 7 h under visible light. The as-prepared CNPs were also applied to electrocatalysis and showed excellent electrocatalytic activity. PMID:25408385

  19. Adsorption of Reactive Black 5 on Synthesized Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles: Equilibrium Isotherm and Kinetic Studies

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    Majeed A. Shaheed

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The synthesized titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2-NPs were used as adsorbent to remove reactive black 5 (RB 5 in aqueous solution. Various factors affecting adsorption of RB 5 aqueous solutions such as pH, initial concentration, contact time, dose of nanoparticles, and temperature were analyzed at fixed solid/solution ratio. Langmuir and Freundlich isotherms were used as model adsorption equilibrium data. Langmuir isotherm was found to be the most adequate model. The pseudo-first-order, pseudo-second-order, and intraparticle diffusion models were used to describe the adsorption kinetics. The experimental data was fitted to pseudo-second-order kinetics. The thermodynamic parameters such as Gibbs-free energy, enthalpy, and entropy changes were determined. These parameters indicated the endothermic and spontaneity nature of the adsorption. The results demonstrated the fact that the TiO2-NPs are promising adsorbent for the removal of RB 5 from aqueous solutions.

  20. Orientation relationship in WC-Co composite nanoparticles synthesized by in situ reactions

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    Using the nanoscale violet tungsten oxide as the tungsten source, the WC-Co composite powder was synthesized by the in situ reactions. The particle size of the WC-Co composite powder has a narrow distribution with the mean particle size below 100 nm, and the single composite particle has a nanocrystalline structure with a mean grain size smaller than 10 nm. The detailed characterizations of the nanoparticle microstructure reveal that the orientation relationship and coherence at the interfaces can form during the in situ reactions and further inherit in the consolidated cemented carbide bulk material. The favorable crystallographic characteristics of the WC-Co composite nanoparticles play a significant role in the enhancement of the mechanical properties of the prepared cemented carbide bulk material. (paper)

  1. Orientation relationship in WC-Co composite nanoparticles synthesized by in situ reactions

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    Wang, Xilong; Song, Xiaoyan; Liu, Xuemei; Liu, Xingwei; Wang, Haibin; Zhou, Cheng

    2015-04-01

    Using the nanoscale violet tungsten oxide as the tungsten source, the WC-Co composite powder was synthesized by the in situ reactions. The particle size of the WC-Co composite powder has a narrow distribution with the mean particle size below 100 nm, and the single composite particle has a nanocrystalline structure with a mean grain size smaller than 10 nm. The detailed characterizations of the nanoparticle microstructure reveal that the orientation relationship and coherence at the interfaces can form during the in situ reactions and further inherit in the consolidated cemented carbide bulk material. The favorable crystallographic characteristics of the WC-Co composite nanoparticles play a significant role in the enhancement of the mechanical properties of the prepared cemented carbide bulk material.

  2. Antibacterial and Photocatalytic Activities of ZnO Nanoparticles: Synthesized Using Water Melon Juice as Fuel

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    Yadav, L. S. Reddy; Kumar, Danith; Kavitha, C.; Rajanaika, H.; Prasad, B. Daruka; Nagabhushana, H.; Nagaraju, G.

    2016-02-01

    In the present work, Zinc Oxide nanoparticles (ZnO Nps) have been prepared by a simple and low temperature solution combustion method using Zinc nitrate as a precursor and solid water melon juice as a novel fuel for the first time. The structure and morphology of the synthesized ZnO NPs have been analyzed using various analytical techniques such as Powder X-ray diffraction, FTIR spectroscopy, Raman spectroscopy, UV-Visible spectroscopy, photoluminescence spectroscopy, scanning electron microscope and transmission electron microscope. ZnO NPs show good photo catalytic activity for the degradation of methylene blue (MB) dye. It also shows significant antibacterial activities against three bacterial strains.

  3. Large CZTS Nanoparticles Synthesized by Hot-Injection for Thin Film Solar Cells.

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    Engberg, Sara Lena Josefin; Lam, Yeng Ming; Schou, Jørgen

    2015-01-01

    The kesterite material, Cu2ZnSn(SxSe1-x)4 (CZTS), shows great promise as the absorber layer for future thin film solar cells. Solution processing allows for comparatively fast and inexpensive fabrication, and holds the record efficiency in the kesterite family. However, for nanoparticle (NP) solution processing to be a feasible fabrication route, the amount of carbon in the film has to be limited. In our work, we try to limit the organic material in the film by synthesizing larger NPs. Larger...

  4. Antiproliferative effect of silver nanoparticles synthesized using amla on Hep2 cell line

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    Fathima Stanley Rosarin; Vadivel Arulmozhi; Samuthira Nagarajan; Sankaran Mirunalini

    2013-01-01

    Objective: To synthesize silver nanoparticles by amla extract, screen the cytotoxic, oxidative stress and apoptotic effect of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) on Hep2 cell line (laryngeal carcinoma cells) in vitro, and to compare the effect of Phyllanthus emblica (P. emblica) (amla) with AgNPs synthesized by amla and 5-FU. Methods: AgNPs was synthesized by P. emblica (aqueous extract) and nanoparticles were characterized UV-Vis spec, the presence of biomoloecules of amla capped in AgNPs was found by FT-IR analysis, shape and size were examined by SEM and DLS. Cytotoxicity of experimental drugs was tested to find IC50 value. ROS generation in cells have been measured by DCFH-DA staining, AO-EtBr, Rhodamine-123 staining and DNA fragmentation were performed to assess apoptotic cell death, mitochondrial membrane potential and apoptotic DNA damage, respectively. Oxidative stress was analyzed by measuring lipid peroxides and antioxidants level to understand the cancer cell death by pro-oxidant mechanism.Results:PE-AgNPs was synthesized and confirmed through kinetic behavior of NPs. The shape of PE-AgNPs was spherical and cubic since it was agglomerated, and the nanoparticle surface was complicated. Average particle size distribution of PE-AgNPs was found to be 188 nm. Potent biomolecules of P. emblica such as polyphenols were capped with AgNPs and reduced its toxicity. In cytotoxicity assay the concentration in which the maximum number of cell death was 60 μg/mL and 50 μg/mL for P. emblica (alone) and AgNPs, respectively and IC50 values were fixed as 30 μg/mL and 20 μg/mL. ROS generation, apoptotic morphological changes, mitochondrial depolarization, DNA damage and oxidative stress was observed as more in AgNPs treated cells than in P. emblica (30 μg/mL) (alone) treated cells and 5-FU treated cells gave similar result.Conclusions:The results suggest that the AgNPs are capped with biomolecules of amla enhanced cytotoxicity in laryngeal cancer cells through oxidative

  5. Study on antibacterial activity of silver nanoparticles synthesized by gamma irradiation method using different stabilizers

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    Van Phu, Dang; Quoc, Le Anh; Duy, Nguyen Ngoc; Lan, Nguyen Thi Kim; Du, Bui Duy; Luan, Le Quang; Hien, Nguyen Quoc

    2014-01-01

    Colloidal solutions of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were synthesized by gamma Co-60 irradiation using different stabilizers, namely polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP), polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), alginate, and sericin. The particle size measured from TEM images was 4.3, 6.1, 7.6, and 10.2 nm for AgNPs/PVP, AgNPs/PVA, AgNPs/alginate, and AgNPs/sericin, respectively. The influence of different stabilizers on the antibacterial activity of AgNPs was investigated. Results showed that AgNPs/alginate exhibite...

  6. Ni-Doped SnO2 Nanoparticles Synthesized by Chemical Co-Precipitation Method

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    Mousa Aliahmad; Mohsen Dehbashi

    2013-01-01

    Ni-doped SnO2 nanocrystalline powders have been synthesized by the co-precipitation method from SnCl2.2H2O and NiCl2.6H2O. Nanoparticles crystallize in lower temperature (350°C) and shorter time (2hours) respect to other methods. The samples have been characterized by various advanced techniques such as, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and Vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The X-ray diffraction reveals that al...

  7. Size-dependent antimicrobial properties of sugar-encapsulated gold nanoparticles synthesized by a green method

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    Badwaik, Vivek D.; Vangala, Lakshmisri M.; Pender, Dillon S.; Willis, Chad B.; Aguilar, Zoraida P.; Gonzalez, Matthew S.; Paripelly, Rammohan; Dakshinamurthy, Rajalingam

    2012-11-01

    The antimicrobial properties of dextrose-encapsulated gold nanoparticles (dGNPs) with average diameters of 25, 60, and 120 nm (± 5) and synthesized by green chemistry principles were investigated against both Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria. Studies were performed involving the effect of dGNPs on the growth, morphology, and ultrastructural properties of bacteria. dGNPs were found to have significant dose-dependent antibacterial activity which was also proportional to their size. Experiments revealed the dGNPs to be bacteriostatic as well as bactericidal. The dGNPs exhibited their bactericidal action by disrupting the bacterial cell membrane which leads to the leakage of cytoplasmic content. The overall outcome of this study suggests that green-synthesized dGNPs hold promise as a potent antibacterial agent against a wide range of disease-causing bacteria by preventing and controlling possible infections or diseases.

  8. Acaricidal activity of synthesized titanium dioxide nanoparticles using Calotropis gigantea against Rhipicephalus microplus and Haemaphysalis bispinosa

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    Sampath Marimuthu; Moorthy Iyappan; Chinnadurai Siva; Loganathan Karthik; Kokati Venkata Bhaskara Rao; Abdul Abdul Rahuman; Chidambaram Jayaseelan; Arivarasan Vishnu Kirthi; Thirunavukkarasu Santhoshkumar; Kanayairam Velayutham; Asokan Bagavan; Chinnaperumal Kamaraj; Gandhi Elango

    2013-01-01

    Objective: To assess the acaricidal activity of titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) synthesized from flower aqueous extract of Calotropis gigantea (C. gigantea) against the larvae of Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus [R. (B.) microplus] and the adult of Haemaphysalis bispinosa (H. bispinosa). Methods: The lyophilized C. gigantea flower aqueous extract of 50 mg was added with 100 mL of TiO(OH)2 (10 mM) and magnetically stirred for 6 h. Synthesized TiO2 NPs were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The synthesised TiO2 NPs were tested against the larvae of R. (B.) microplus and adult of H. bispinosa were exposed to filter paper impregnated method. Results:XRD confirmed the crystalline nature of the nanoparticles with the mean size of 10.52 nm. The functional groups for synthesized TiO2 NPs were 1 405.19, and 1 053.45 cm-1 for-NH2 bending, primary amines and amides and 1 053.84 and 1 078.45 cm-1 for C-O. SEM micrographs of the synthesized TiO2 NPs showed the aggregated and spherical in shape. The maximum efficacy was observed in the aqueous flower extract of C. gigantea and synthesized TiO2 NPs against R. (B.) microplus (LC50=24.63 and 5.43 mg/L and r2=0.960 and 0.988) and against H. bispinosa (LC50=35.22 and 9.15 mg/L and r2=0.969 and 0.969), respectively. Conclusions: The synthesized TiO2 NPs were highly stable and had significant acaricidal activity against the larvae of R. (B.) microplus and adult of H. bispinosa. This study provides the first report of synthesized TiO2 NPs and possessed excellent anti-parasitic activity.

  9. Antibacterial and cytotoxic potential of silver nanoparticles synthesized using latex of Calotropis gigantea L.

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    Rajkuberan, Chandrasekaran; Sudha, Kannaiah; Sathishkumar, Gnanasekar; Sivaramakrishnan, Sivaperumal

    2015-02-01

    The present study aimed to synthesis silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in a greener route using aqueous latex extract of Calotropis gigantea L. toward biomedical applications. Initially, synthesis of AgNPs was confirmed through UV-Vis spectroscopy which shows the surface plasmonic resonance peak (SPR) at 420 nm. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis provides clear evidence that protein fractions present in the latex extract act as reducing and stabilizing bio agents. Energy dispersive X-ray (EDAX) spectroscopy confirms the presence of silver as a major constituent element. X-ray diffractograms displays that the synthesized AgNPs were biphasic crystalline nature. Electron microscopic studies such as Field emission scanning electron microscopic (Fe-SEM) and Transmission electron microscope (TEM) reveals that synthesized AgNPs are spherical in shape with the size range between 5 and 30 nm. Further, crude latex aqueous extract and synthesized AgNPs were evaluated against different bacterial pathogens such as Bacillus cereus, Enterococci sp, Shigella sp, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Klebsiella pneumonia, Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli. Compared to the crude latex aqueous extract, biosynthesized AgNPs exhibits a remarkable antimicrobial activity. Likewise invitro anticancer study manifests the cytotoxicity value of synthesized AgNPs against tested HeLa cells. The output of this study clearly suggesting that biosynthesized AgNPs using latex of C. gigantea can be used as promising nanomaterial for therapeutic application in context with nanodrug formulation.

  10. Structural and electrical properties of TiO2/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles synthesized by hydrothermal method

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    TiO2/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by hydrothermal method in two stages: first stage is the hydrothermal synthesis of ZnO nanoparticles and second stage the obtained ZnO nanoparticles are encapsulated in TiO2. The obtained ZnO, TiO2 and TiO2/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles were investigated by means of X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, Brunauer, Emmett, Teller and resistance measurements. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed the presence of both, TiO2 and ZnO phases in TiO2/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles. According to transmission electron microscopy images, ZnO nanoparticles have hexagonal shapes, TiO2 nanoparticles have a spherical shape, and TiO2/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles present agglomerates and the shape of particles is not well defined. The activation energy of TiO2/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles was about 101 meV. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • TiO2/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles were synthesized by hydrothermal method. • TiO2/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles were investigated by means of XRD, TEM and BET. • Electrical properties of TiO2/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles were investigated. • The activation energy of TiO2/ZnO core–shell nanoparticles was about Ea = 101 meV

  11. Nanometre Ni and core/shell Ni/Au nanoparticles with controllable dimensions synthesized in reverse microemulsion

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    Chen Dong [Tianjin Key Laboratory of Composite and Functional Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Liu Shuo [Tianjin Key Laboratory of Applied Catalysis Science and Technology, School of Chemical Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Li Jiajun [Tianjin Key Laboratory of Composite and Functional Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China); Zhao Naiqin [Tianjin Key Laboratory of Composite and Functional Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China)], E-mail: nqzhao@tju.edu.cn; Shi Chunsheng; Du Xiwen; Sheng Jing [Tianjin Key Laboratory of Composite and Functional Materials, School of Materials Science and Engineering, Tianjin University, Tianjin 300072 (China)

    2009-05-05

    Ni nanoparticles with different diameters were chemically synthesized in reverse microemulsion. Furthermore, core/shell Ni/Au nanoparticles with different core diameters and shell thickness were chemically synthesized from the above Ni nanoparticles through an in situ redox-transmetalation method in reverse microemulsion. The X-ray diffraction patterns revealed the presence of crystalline nickel and gold of the core/shell Ni/Au nanoparticles. The spherical Ni nanoparticles and the core/shell structured Ni/Au nanoparticles could be clearly observed by the transmission electron microscope. The diameter of the Ni nanoparticles with narrow size distribution could be controlled to range from about 8 to 30 nm. The diameter of the core/shell Ni/Au nanoparticles could be controlled to range from about 14 to 30 nm, with about 7-21 nm core diameter and about 3-7 nm shell thickness. The ZFC (zero-field-cooled) and FC (field-cooled) curves of the core/shell Ni/Au nanoparticles indicated that the blocking temperature increased from 16 to 53 K as the diameter of the Ni cores increased from about 7 to 15 nm.

  12. Potent antimicrobial and antibiofilm activities of bacteriogenically synthesized gold-silver nanoparticles against pathogenic bacteria and their physiochemical characterizations.

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    Ramasamy, Mohankandhasamy; Lee, Jin-Hyung; Lee, Jintae

    2016-09-01

    The objective of this study was to develop a bimetallic nanoparticle with enhanced antibacterial activity that would improve the therapeutic efficacy against bacterial biofilms. Bimetallic gold-silver nanoparticles were bacteriogenically synthesized using γ-proteobacterium, Shewanella oneidensis MR-1. The antibacterial activities of gold-silver nanoparticles were assessed on the planktonic and biofilm phases of individual and mixed multi-cultures of pathogenic Gram negative (Escherichia coli and Pseudomonas aeruginosa) and Gram positive bacteria (Enterococcus faecalis and Staphylococcus aureus), respectively. The minimum inhibitory concentration of gold-silver nanoparticles was 30-50 µM than that of other nanoparticles (>100 µM) for the tested bacteria. Interestingly, gold-silver nanoparticles were more effective in inhibiting bacterial biofilm formation at 10 µM concentration. Both scanning and transmission electron microscopy results further accounted the impact of gold-silver nanoparticles on biocompatibility and bactericidal effect that the small size and bio-organic materials covering on gold-silver nanoparticles improves the internalization and thus caused bacterial inactivation. Thus, bacteriogenically synthesized gold-silver nanoparticles appear to be a promising nanoantibiotic for overcoming the bacterial resistance in the established bacterial biofilms. PMID:27117745

  13. Evaluation of plant-mediated synthesized silver nanoparticles against vector mosquitoes.

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    Veerakumar, Kaliyan; Govindarajan, Marimuthu; Hoti, S L

    2014-12-01

    Diseases transmitted by blood-feeding mosquitoes, such as dengue fever, dengue hemorrhagic fever, Japanese encephalitis, malaria, and filariasis, are increasing in prevalence, particularly in tropical and subtropical zones. To control mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases, which have worldwide health and economic impacts, synthetic insecticide-based interventions are still necessary, particularly in situations of epidemic outbreak and sudden increases of adult mosquitoes. Green nanoparticle synthesis has been achieved using environmentally acceptable plant extract and eco-friendly reducing and capping agents. In view of the recently increased interest in developing plant origin insecticides as an alternative to chemical insecticide, in the present study, the adulticidal activity of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) synthesized using Heliotropium indicum plant leaf extract against adults of Anopheles stephensi, Aedes aegypti, and Culex quinquefasciatus was determined. Adult mosquitoes were exposed to varying concentrations of aqueous extract of H. indicum and synthesized AgNPs for 24 h. AgNPs were rapidly synthesized using the leaf extract of H. indicum, and the formation of nanoparticles was observed within 6 h. The results recorded from UV-vis spectrum, Fourier transform infrared, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy support the biosynthesis and characterization of AgNPs. The maximum efficacy was observed in synthesized AgNPs against the adult of A. stephensi (lethal dose (LD)₅₀ = 26.712 μg/mL; LD₉₀ = 49.061 μg/mL), A. aegypti (LD₅₀ = 29.626 μg/mL; LD₉₀ = 54.269 μg/mL), and C. quinquefasciatus (LD₅₀ = 32.077 μg/mL; LD₉₀ = 58.426 μg/mL), respectively. No mortality was observed in the control. These results suggest that the leaf aqueous extracts of H.indicum and green synthesis of AgNPs have the potential to be used as an ideal eco-friendly approach for the control of

  14. Antitumour, antimicrobial and catalytic activity of gold nanoparticles synthesized by different pH propolis extracts

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    The Romanian propolis was extracted in five different media, respectively, in water (pH 6.8), glycine buffer (pH 2.5), acetate buffer (pH 5), phosphate buffer (pH 7.4) and carbonate buffer (pH 9.2). The extracts presented different amounts of flavonoids and phenolic acids, increasing pH leading to higher concentrations of active compounds. Five variants of gold nanoparticles suspensions based on different pH Romanian propolis aqueous extracts were successfully synthesized. The obtained nanoparticles presented dimensions between 20 and 60 nm in dispersion form and around 18 nm in dried form, and different morphologies (spherical, hexagonal, triangular). Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy proved the attachment of organic compounds from propolis extracts to the colloidal gold suspensions and X-ray diffraction certified that the suspensions contain metallic gold. The obtained propolis gold nanoparticles do not exhibit any antibacterial or antifungal activity, but presented different catalytic activities and toxicity on tumour cells

  15. Durable antibacterial and UV protections of in situ synthesized zinc oxide nanoparticles onto cotton fabrics.

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    Shaheen, Th I; El-Naggar, Mehrez E; Abdelgawad, Abdelrahman M; Hebeish, A

    2016-02-01

    Herein we represent a new discovery based on amine material called hexamethyltriethylene tetramine (HMTETA). We have observed that when an aqueous solution of Zn(NO3)·6H2O was added to aqueous solution of HMTETA followed by shaking for a time, the colorless solution was converted to milky color under the alkaline medium provided by HMTETA prior to formation of uniform zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs). The latter are in situ formed within the cotton fabrics without the support of capping or other stabilizing agents. Obviously, then, the new made of formation of ZnO NPs speaks of a single-stage process where cotton fabric is immersed in a prepared solution of the new precursors through which binding of ZnO NPs into the textile fabrics takes place. Textile fabrics are, indeed, used as a template, which is capable of maintaining the size and surface distribution of the as-synthesized nanoparticles in a uniform domain. It is also likely that nanoparticles is confined inside the fibril and microfibrils of the cotton fibers. World-class facilities have been employed to follow up the synthesis of ZnO NPs, their characterization and their application to confer, in particular, high durable antibacterial and UV protective function on cotton fabrics. PMID:26546870

  16. Characterization and electrocatalytic properties of sonochemical synthesized PdAg nanoparticles

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    Godinez-Garcia, Andres, E-mail: agodinez@qro.cinvestav.mx [Depto. Materiales, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Libramiento norponiente 2000, Fracc. Real de Juriquilla, C.P. 76230 Santiago de Queretaro, Qro. (Mexico); Perez-Robles, Juan Francisco [Depto. Materiales, Centro de Investigacion y de Estudios Avanzados del IPN, Libramiento norponiente 2000, Fracc. Real de Juriquilla, C.P. 76230 Santiago de Queretaro, Qro. (Mexico); Martinez-Tejada, Hader Vladimir [Grupo de Energia y Termodinamica, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medellin, Antioquia C.P. 050031 (Colombia); Solorza-Feria, Omar [Depto. Quimica, CINVESTAV-IPN, Av. IPN 2508, A. P. 14-740, 07360 D.F. Mexico (Mexico)

    2012-06-15

    High intensity ultrasound was used in the synthesis of PdAg nanoparticles. PdAg nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Catalytic properties for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) were determined by electrochemical techniques of cyclic voltammetry (CV) and thin-film rotating disk electrode (TF-RDE). Finally the electrocatalyst was tested as a cathode in a single polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC). Sonochemical synthesis (SS) decreased the overpotential required for the ORR and increased the double-layer capacitance (DLC) respect to the sodium borohydride reduction method due to a better distribution on vulcan carbon support. The electrocatalytic activity of the nanometric bimetallic electrocatalyst for the ORR in acid media showed a favorable multielectron charge transfer process (n = 4e{sup -}) to water formation. The performance of the membrane electrode assembly (MEA) prepared with dispersed PdAg/C as a cathode catalyst in a single PEMFC is lower in comparison to platinum. - Highlights: Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer Sonochemical synthesized PdAg nanoparticles supported on carbon were produced. Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The material showed catalytic properties for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). Black-Right-Pointing-Pointer The ORR favored the pathway to water formation.

  17. Antitumour, antimicrobial and catalytic activity of gold nanoparticles synthesized by different pH propolis extracts

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    Gatea, Florentina; Teodor, Eugenia Dumitra, E-mail: eu-teodor@yahoo.com [National Institute for Biological Sciences, Centre of Bioanalysis (Romania); Seciu, Ana-Maria [National Institute for Biological Sciences, Cellular and Molecular Biology Department (Romania); Covaci, Ovidiu Ilie [SARA Pharm Solutions (Romania); Mănoiu, Sorin [National Institute for Biological Sciences, Cellular and Molecular Biology Department (Romania); Lazăr, Veronica [University of Bucharest, Faculty of Biology (Romania); Radu, Gabriel Lucian [University “Politehnica” Bucharest, Faculty of Applied Chemistry and Materials Science (Romania)

    2015-07-15

    The Romanian propolis was extracted in five different media, respectively, in water (pH 6.8), glycine buffer (pH 2.5), acetate buffer (pH 5), phosphate buffer (pH 7.4) and carbonate buffer (pH 9.2). The extracts presented different amounts of flavonoids and phenolic acids, increasing pH leading to higher concentrations of active compounds. Five variants of gold nanoparticles suspensions based on different pH Romanian propolis aqueous extracts were successfully synthesized. The obtained nanoparticles presented dimensions between 20 and 60 nm in dispersion form and around 18 nm in dried form, and different morphologies (spherical, hexagonal, triangular). Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy proved the attachment of organic compounds from propolis extracts to the colloidal gold suspensions and X-ray diffraction certified that the suspensions contain metallic gold. The obtained propolis gold nanoparticles do not exhibit any antibacterial or antifungal activity, but presented different catalytic activities and toxicity on tumour cells.

  18. Characterization and electrocatalytic properties of sonochemical synthesized PdAg nanoparticles

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    High intensity ultrasound was used in the synthesis of PdAg nanoparticles. PdAg nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopy (AFM), energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS), scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). Catalytic properties for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) were determined by electrochemical techniques of cyclic voltammetry (CV) and thin-film rotating disk electrode (TF-RDE). Finally the electrocatalyst was tested as a cathode in a single polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cell (PEMFC). Sonochemical synthesis (SS) decreased the overpotential required for the ORR and increased the double-layer capacitance (DLC) respect to the sodium borohydride reduction method due to a better distribution on vulcan carbon support. The electrocatalytic activity of the nanometric bimetallic electrocatalyst for the ORR in acid media showed a favorable multielectron charge transfer process (n = 4e−) to water formation. The performance of the membrane electrode assembly (MEA) prepared with dispersed PdAg/C as a cathode catalyst in a single PEMFC is lower in comparison to platinum. - Highlights: ► Sonochemical synthesized PdAg nanoparticles supported on carbon were produced. ► The material showed catalytic properties for the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR). ► The ORR favored the pathway to water formation.

  19. Microstructure, morphology and magnetic properties of Ni nanoparticles synthesized by hydrothermal method

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    Bouremana, A. [LPM, Faculty of Sciences, USTHB, BP 32, El-Alia, Bab Ezzouar, Algiers (Algeria); Guittoum, A., E-mail: aguittoum@gmail.com [Nuclear Research Centre of Algiers, 02 Bd Frantz Fanon, BP 399, Alger-Gare, Algiers (Algeria); Hemmous, M. [Nuclear Research Centre of Algiers, 02 Bd Frantz Fanon, BP 399, Alger-Gare, Algiers (Algeria); Martínez-Blanco, D. [SCTs, University of Oviedo, EPM, 33600 Mieres (Spain); Gorria, Pedro [Department of Physics & IUTA, EPI, University of Oviedo, 33203 Gijón (Spain); Blanco, J.A. [Department of Physics, University of Oviedo, Calvo Sotelo St., 33007 Oviedo (Spain); Benrekaa, N. [LPM, Faculty of Sciences, USTHB, BP 32, El-Alia, Bab Ezzouar, Algiers (Algeria)

    2015-06-15

    Powder samples containing high purity nickel nanoparticles (NPs) were prepared by hydrothermal method from Ni(II) chloride hexahydrate (NiCl{sub 2}·6H{sub 2}O) under the presence of sodium hydroxide (NaOH) with different concentrations between 5 and 25 mol/L. The synthesis of the NPs occurs through chemical reduction at relatively low temperature (140 °C). The Ni NPs have a face-centred cubic (fcc) crystal structure with a lattice parameter value close to that of pure Ni (a = 3.52 Å). The average crystallite size determined from x-ray diffraction is around 20 nm, except for the sample synthesized under the highest NaOH concentration (25 mol/L), which has the largest average size (>30 nm). The powder morphology at the sub-micrometre length scale looks like agglomerates of Ni-NPs that drastically changes their shape depending on the NaOH concentration, from flower (5 mol/L) to a dendritic-like (25 mol/L). All the samples are ferromagnetic at room temperature with saturation magnetization values between 50 and 52emu/g, and a coercive field that increases with the NaOH concentration from around 135 (5 mol/L) up to 180Oe (25 mol/L). - Highlights: • Pure Nickel nanoparticles have been synthesized by a chemical reaction process. • Different morphologies were observed with the change of NaOH concentration. • The coercive field increases with increasing the NaOH concentration and depends on the shape of nanoparticles.

  20. High stable suspension of magnetite nanoparticles in ethanol by using sono-synthesized nanomagnetite in polyol medium

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The sonochemical synthesis of magnetite nanoparticles was carried out in EG without any surfactant. • The nanoparticles with sizes ∼24 nm were composed of small building blocks with sizes ∼2 nm. • The hydrophilic magnetite nanoparticles were stable in ethanol even after 8 months. • Ultrasonic intensity showed a crucial role on the obtained high stable magnetite nanoparticles in ethanol. - Abstract: The sonochemical synthesis of magnetite nanoparticles was carried out at relatively low temperature (80 °C) in ethylene glycol (EG) as a polyol solvent. The particle size was determined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The magnetite nanoparticles with an average size of 24 nm were composed of small building blocks with an average size of 2–3 nm and the particles exhibited nearly spherical shape. The surface characterization was investigated by using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The stability of magnetite nanoparticles was studied in ethanol as a polar solvent. The nanoparticles showed an enhanced stability in ethanol which is due to the hydrophilic surface of the particles. The colloidal stability of magnetite nanoparticles in ethanol was monitored by UV–visible spectrophotometer. According to the results, the nanoparticles synthesized in 30 min of sonication with intensity of 35 W/cm2 (50%) led to a maximum stability in ethanol as a polar solvent with respect to the other applied intensities. The obtained magnetite nanoparticles were stable for more than12 months

  1. High stable suspension of magnetite nanoparticles in ethanol by using sono-synthesized nanomagnetite in polyol medium

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    Bastami, Tahereh Rohani; Entezari, Mohammad H., E-mail: moh_entezari@yahoo.com

    2013-09-01

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • The sonochemical synthesis of magnetite nanoparticles was carried out in EG without any surfactant. • The nanoparticles with sizes ∼24 nm were composed of small building blocks with sizes ∼2 nm. • The hydrophilic magnetite nanoparticles were stable in ethanol even after 8 months. • Ultrasonic intensity showed a crucial role on the obtained high stable magnetite nanoparticles in ethanol. - Abstract: The sonochemical synthesis of magnetite nanoparticles was carried out at relatively low temperature (80 °C) in ethylene glycol (EG) as a polyol solvent. The particle size was determined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The magnetite nanoparticles with an average size of 24 nm were composed of small building blocks with an average size of 2–3 nm and the particles exhibited nearly spherical shape. The surface characterization was investigated by using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). The stability of magnetite nanoparticles was studied in ethanol as a polar solvent. The nanoparticles showed an enhanced stability in ethanol which is due to the hydrophilic surface of the particles. The colloidal stability of magnetite nanoparticles in ethanol was monitored by UV–visible spectrophotometer. According to the results, the nanoparticles synthesized in 30 min of sonication with intensity of 35 W/cm{sup 2} (50%) led to a maximum stability in ethanol as a polar solvent with respect to the other applied intensities. The obtained magnetite nanoparticles were stable for more than12 months.

  2. Spectroscopic investigations, antimicrobial, and cytotoxic activity of green synthesized gold nanoparticles

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    Lokina, S.; Suresh, R.; Giribabu, K.; Stephen, A.; Lakshmi Sundaram, R.; Narayanan, V.

    2014-08-01

    The gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) were synthesized by using naturally available Punica Granatum fruit extract as reducing and stabilizing agent. The biosynthesized AuNPs was characterized by using UV-Vis, fluorescence, high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and thermogravimetric (TGA) analysis. The surface plasmon resonance (SPR) band at 585 nm confirmed the reduction of auric chloride to AuNPs. The crystalline nature of the biosynthesized AuNPs was confirmed from the HRTEM images, XRD and selected area electron diffraction (SAED) pattern. The HRTEM images showed the mixture of triangular and spherical-like AuNPs having size between 5 and 20 nm. The weight loss of the AuNPs was measured by TGA as a function of temperature under a controlled atmosphere. The biomolecules are responsible for the reduction of AuCl4- ions and the formation of stable AuNPs which was confirmed by FTIR measurement. The synthesized AuNPs showed an excellent antibacterial activity against Candida albicans (ATCC 90028), Aspergillus flavus (ATCC 10124), Staphylococcus aureus (ATCC 25175), Salmonella typhi (ATCC 14028) and Vibrio cholerae (ATCC 14033). The minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) of AuNPs was recorded against various microorganisms. Further, the synthesized AuNPs shows an excellent cytotoxic result against HeLa cancer cell lines at different concentrations.

  3. Study on antibacterial activity of silver nanoparticles synthesized by gamma irradiation method using different stabilizers

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    Van Phu, Dang; Quoc, Le Anh; Duy, Nguyen Ngoc; Lan, Nguyen Thi Kim; Du, Bui Duy; Luan, Le Quang; Hien, Nguyen Quoc

    2014-04-01

    Colloidal solutions of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were synthesized by gamma Co-60 irradiation using different stabilizers, namely polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP), polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), alginate, and sericin. The particle size measured from TEM images was 4.3, 6.1, 7.6, and 10.2 nm for AgNPs/PVP, AgNPs/PVA, AgNPs/alginate, and AgNPs/sericin, respectively. The influence of different stabilizers on the antibacterial activity of AgNPs was investigated. Results showed that AgNPs/alginate exhibited the highest antibacterial activity against Escherichia coli ( E. coli) among the as-synthesized AgNPs. Handwash solution has been prepared using Na lauryl sulfate as surfactant, hydroxyethyl cellulose as binder, and 15 mg/L of AgNPs/alginate as antimicrobial agent. The obtained results on the antibacterial test of handwash for the dilution to 3 mg AgNPs/L showed that the antibacterial efficiency against E. coli was of 74.6%, 89.8%, and 99.0% for the contacted time of 1, 3, and 5 min, respectively. Thus, due to the biocompatibility of alginate extracted from seaweed and highly antimicrobial activity of AgNPs synthesized by gamma Co-60 irradiation, AgNPs/alginate is promising to use as an antimicrobial agent in biomedicine, cosmetic, and in other fields.

  4. Acaricidal activity of synthesized titanium dioxide nanoparticles using Calotropis gigantea against Rhipicephalus microplus and Haemaphysalis bispinosa

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    Sampath; Marimuthu; Abdul; Abdul; Rahuman; Chidambaram; Jayaseelan; Arivarasan; Vishnu; Kirthi; Thirunavukkarasu; Santhoshkumar; Kanayairam; Velayutham; Asokan; Bagavan; Chinnaperumal; Kamaraj; Gandhi; Elango; Moorthy; Iyappan; Chinnadurai; Siva; Loganathan; Karthik; Kokati; Venkata; Bhaskara; Rao

    2013-01-01

    Objective:To assess the acaricidal activity of titanium dioxide nanoparticles(TiO2 NPs)synthesized from flower aqueous extract of Calotropis gigantea(C.gigantea)against the larvae of Rhipicephalus(Boophilus)microplus[R.(B.)microplus]and the adult of Haemaphrysalis bispinosa(H.bispinosa).Methods:The lyophilized C.gigantea flower aqueous extract of 50 mg was added with 100 mL of TiO(OH2)(10 mM)and magnetically stirred for 6 h.Synthesized TiO2 NPs were characterized by X-ray diffraction(XRD).Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy(FTIR),Scanning electron microscopy(SEM),and Energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy(EDX).The synthesised TiO2 NPs were tested against the larvae of R(B.)microplus and adult of H.bispinosa were exposed to filter paper impregnated method.Results:XRD confirmed the crystalline nature of the nanoparticles with the mean size of 10.52 nm.The functional groups for synthesized TiO2NPs were 1405.19,and 1053.45 cm-1for-NH2 bending,primary amines and amides and 1053.84and 1078.45 cm-1for C-O.SEM micrographs of the synthesized TiO2 NPs showed the aggregated and spherical in shape.The maximum efficacy was observed in the aqueous flower extract of C.gigantea and synthesized TiO2 NPs against R.(B.)microplus(LC50=24.63 and 5.43 mg/L and r2=0.960 and 0.988)and against H.bispinosa(LC50=35.22 and 9.15 mg/L and r2=0.969 and 0.969).respectively.Conclusions:The synthesized TiO2 NPs were highly stable and had significant acaricidal activity against the larvae of R.(B.)microplus and adult of H.bispinosa.This study provides the first report of synthesized TiO2 NPs and possessed excellent anti-parasitic activity.

  5. Effect of aging on copper nanoparticles synthesized by pulsed laser ablation in water: structural and optical characterizations

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    R K Swarnkar; S C Singh; R Gopal

    2011-12-01

    Effect of aging on copper nanoparticles synthesized by pulsed laser ablation of copper plate in water was studied. By characterization studies of the aged nanoparticles, it is found that copper nanoparticles converted into Cu@Cu2O nanostructure. The synthesized nanomaterial is characterized with UV-Visible absorption, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman and photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopic techniques. TEM image shows that the aged nanoparticles get assembled into cactus like structure and are spherical in shape with average diameter 7 nm and dispersion 2 nm. XRD and FTIR spectrum confirm the formation of Cu@Cu2O in the aged sample. Raman spectrum also confirms the presence of Cu2O nanoparticles. PL spectrum of the aged nanoparticles shows a direct allowed transition with bandgap energy of 2.24 eV. The mechanism for synthesis of core-shell nanoparticles and formation of self-assembly of nanoparticles is also discussed.

  6. Nanostructural Features of Silver Nanoparticles Powder Synthesized through Concurrent Formation of the Nanosized Particles of Both Starch and Silver

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    A. Hebeish; El-Rafie, M. H.; El-Sheikh, M. A.; Mehrez E. El-Naggar

    2013-01-01

    Green innovative strategy was developed to accomplish silver nanoparticles formation of starch-silver nanoparticles (St-AgNPs) in the powder form. Thus, St-AgNPs were synthesized through concurrent formation of the nanosized particles of both starch and silver. The alkali dissolved starch acts as reducing agent for silver ions and as stabilizing agent for the formed AgNPs. The chemical reduction process occurred in water bath under high-speed homogenizer. After completion of the reaction, the...

  7. Microalgae associated Brevundimonas sp. MSK 4 as the nano particle synthesizing unit to produce antimicrobial silver nanoparticles

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    Rajamanickam, Karthic; Sudha, S. S.; Francis, Mebin; Sowmya, T.; Rengaramanujam, J.; Sivalingam, Periyasamy; Prabakar, Kandasamy

    2013-09-01

    The biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles and its antimicrobial property was studied using bacteria isolated from Spirulina products. Isolated bacteria were identified as Bacillus sp. MSK 1 (JX495945), Staphylococcus sp. MSK 2 (JX495946), Bacillus sp. MSK 3 (JX495947) and Brevundimonas sp. MSK 4 (JX495948). Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were synthesized using bacterial culture filtrate with AgNO3. The initial syntheses of Ag nanoparticles were characterized by UV-vis spectrophotometer (by measuring the color change to intense brown). Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR) study showed evidence that proteins are possible reducing agents and Energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) study showing the metal silver as major signal. The structure of AgNPs was determined by Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Synthesized Ag nanoparticles with an average size of 40-65 nm have antimicrobial property against human pathogens like Proteus vulgaris, Salmonella typhi, Vibrio cholera, Streptococcus sp., Bacillus subtilis, Staphylococcus aureus, and Escherichia coli. Among the isolates Brevundimonas sp. MSK 4 alone showed good activity in both synthesis of AgNPs and antimicrobial activity. This work demonstrates the possible use of biological synthesized silver nanoparticles to combat the drug resistant problem.

  8. Effect of zinc oxide nanoparticles synthesized by a precipitation method on mechanical and morphological properties of the CR foam

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    Rudeerat Suntako

    2015-08-01

    ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized by a precipitation method in aqueous media from zinc nitrate hexahydrate and sodium hydroxide. The synthesized ZnO nanoparticles exhibited a crystalline structure with hexagonal structure of the wurtzite. The morphology of the synthesized ZnO nanoparticles presented a spherical shape with the average primary size of 54.53 nm and the specific surface area of 20.28 m2 g−1. The effect of the synthesized ZnO nanoparticles by the precipitation method as a crosslinking agent for chloroprene rubber foam (CR foam) on cure characteristics, mechanical properties and morphologies was investigated. The aim of this study is to vary the synthesized ZnO nanoparticles’ level in the range of 0.5–5 parts per hundred parts of rubber (phr) compared with the conventional ZnO at 5 phr. The rheological characterization showed that the maximum torque (H), the minimum torque (L), the differential torque (H–L) and Mooney viscosity increased with the increase in synthesized ZnO nanoparticles’ content, whereas the optimum cure time (90) and scorch time (5) decreased. On the other hand, the mechanical properties such as hardness, tensile strength and specific gravity were improved. For CR foam, the results compared to the amount of conventional ZnO, only 60 wt% (3 phr) nano-ZnO was enough to obtain similar cure characteristics and mechanical properties. The synthesized ZnO nanoparticles showed the mechanical properties higher than conventional ZnO because of small particle size and large specific surface area which led to the increase in the degree of crosslinking.

  9. In-vitro anticancer activity of green synthesized silver nanoparticles on MCF-7 human breast cancer cells.

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    Jang, Suk Ju; Yang, In Jun; Tettey, Clement O; Kim, Ki Mo; Shin, Heung Mook

    2016-11-01

    In recent years, green synthesis of metallic nanoparticles is a growing area of research because of their potential applications in nanomedicine. In the present study we synthesized silver nanoparticles (silver NPs) from AgNO3 using aqueous extract of Lonicera hypoglauca flower as reducing and capping agents. The synthesized silver NPs were characterized using UV-Vis spectroscopy, FTIR, SEM-ED, TEM and SAED. Silver NPs were found to be significantly toxic to MCF-7 cells via the induction of apoptosis whereas sparing normal immune system (RAW 264.7) cells. PMID:27524038

  10. Biogenic ZnO nanoparticles synthesized using L. aculeata leaf extract and their antifungal activity against plant fungal pathogens

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    S Narendhran; Rajeshwari Sivaraj

    2016-02-01

    In this study, Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles were synthesized using aqueous extract of Lantana aculeata Linn. leaf and assessed their effects on antifungal activity against the plant fungal pathogens. Synthesized nanoparticles were confirmed by ultraviolet–visible spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectrometer, energy-dispersive X-ray spectrometer, X-ray diffractometer, Field-emission scanning electron microscopy, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy. The antifungal activity of ZnO nanoparticles were determined using the well diffusion method. All the characterization analyses revealed that nanoparticles were highly stable and crystalline in nature. L. aculeata-mediated ZnO nanoparticles were spherical in shape with an average particle size of 12 ± 3 nm. Antifungal studies concluded that the maximum zone of inhibition was observed in Aspergillus flavus (21 ± 1.0 mm) and Fusarium oxysporum (19 ± 1.0 mm) at 100 g ml-1 concentration. These results clearly indicated the benefits of using ZnO nanoparticles synthesized using biological methods and shown to have antifungal activities and also that it can be effectively used as antifungal agent in environmental aspect of agricultural development.

  11. Isolation and identification of gold nanoparticles synthesizing fungi from Indian Kolar Gold Field mine soil.

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    Lakshmi, V Jhansi; Kannan, K P

    2016-07-01

    An indigenous fungal strain was isolated from Indian Kolar Gold Field mine soil. The isolate was heterothallic, branched septate, deeply floccose, fast-growing, dull green with white background conidial columnar mycelium from Aspergillus section Fumigati. Diverse metabolic patterns of the isolate exhibit high metal, thermal resistance which grews well from 28 ± 1 degrees C to 37 degrees C and pH concentration was significant on the growth of isolate. Phylogenetic analysis of 16srRNA β-Tubulin gene sequence established relationship among isolate and other taxa. Molecular identification and morphological features of fungal isolate were consistent with those of Neosartorya udagawae. Heterothallic N. udagawae FJ830683 strain was closely related to homothallic N. aureola EF661890. Fungal isolate extract synthesized narrow sized stable Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). PMID:27498502

  12. Nano-biocomposite films with modified cellulose nanocrystals and synthesized silver nanoparticles.

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    Fortunati, E; Rinaldi, S; Peltzer, M; Bloise, N; Visai, L; Armentano, I; Jiménez, A; Latterini, L; Kenny, J M

    2014-01-30

    Ternary nano-biocomposite films based on poly(lactic acid) (PLA) with modified cellulose nanocrystals (s-CNC) and synthesized silver nanoparticles (Ag) have been prepared and characterized. The functionalization of the CNC surface with an acid phosphate ester of ethoxylated nonylphenol favoured its dispersion in the PLA matrix. The positive effects of the addition of cellulose and silver on the PLA barrier properties were confirmed by reductions in the water permeability (WVP) and oxygen transmission rate (OTR) of the films tested. The migration level of all nano-biocomposites in contact with food simulants were below the permitted limits in both non-polar and polar simulants. PLA nano-biocomposites showed a significant antibacterial activity influenced by the Ag content, while composting tests showed that the materials were visibly disintegrated after 15 days with the ternary systems showing the highest rate of disintegration under composting conditions. PMID:24299883

  13. Photodegradation of m-cresol with synthesized Mn doped ZnO nanoparticles under visible light

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    Full text: Various percent of Mn-doped ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized by co-precipitation method. They have been tested in photodegradation of m-cresol under visible light irradiation. Optimum photodegradation was observed with 1.0 wt % Mn-doped ZnO. Undoped and 1.0 wt % Mn doped Photo catalysts were characterized by means of X-ray diffraction (XRD), atomic force microscopic (AFM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The optical absorption was examined using UV-vis spectrophotometer. The results showed that 1.0 wt % Mn-doped ZnO comparing with undoped ZnO had higher surface area, and finer particles size. Also optical absorption shifted to visible light in 1.0 wt % Mn doped ZnO. Therefore, Mn doping in ZnO may enhance the photo catalyst activity of ZnO under visible light. (author)

  14. Phytoextracts-Synthesized Silver Nanoparticles Inhibit Bacterial Fish Pathogen Aeromonas hydrophila.

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    Mahanty, Arabinda; Mishra, Snehasish; Bosu, Ranadhir; Maurya, Uk; Netam, Surya Prakash; Sarkar, Biplab

    2013-12-01

    Fish disease is a major stumbling block towards sustainable growth of the fisheries sector. Aeromonas hydrophila, which is a major infectious aquatic pathogen is reportedly the causative agent of ulcers, fin-rot, tail-rot, hemorrhagic septicemia in fish, and has reportedly developed resistance against many of the available antibiotics. In this context, the inhibitory function of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) against A. hydrophila was studied to evaluate its possible application in aquaculture as alternative to antibiotics. AgNPs were synthesized using the leaf extracts of subtropical plants Mangifera indica (Mango), Eucalyptus terticornis (Eucalyptus), Carica papaya (Papaya) and Musa paradisiaca (Banana). The absorbance maxima, size range and shape of the AgNPs as characterized by the UV-Vis spectroscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX) were, Mangifera-442, 50-65 nm, ovular; Eucalyptus-465, 60-150 nm, oval; Carica-442, 25-40 nm, round, irregular; and Musa-454, 10-50 nm, round, irregular, respectively. Well-diffusion of these AgNPs for their antimicrobial characteristics exhibited that, the papaya leaf extract synthesized AgNPs had maximum antimicrobial activity at 153.6 μg/ml concentrations, and that from the eucalyptus leaves was least effective. As observed, the potency of the nanoparticles enhanced with the decrease in particle size, from 60-150 nm in eucalyptus to 25-40 nm in papaya. Due to its purely natural sourcing, phytosynthesized AgNPs can be applied as alternative to antibiotics and other biocides as a cost-effective and eco-friendly therapeutic agent against A. hydrophila stimulated diseases in aquatic animals. PMID:24426148

  15. Biological approach to synthesize TiO2 nanoparticles using Aeromonas hydrophila and its antibacterial activity

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    Jayaseelan, Chidambaram; Rahuman, Abdul Abdul; Roopan, Selvaraj Mohana; Kirthi, Arivarasan Vishnu; Venkatesan, Jayachandran; Kim, Se-Kwon; Iyappan, Moorthy; Siva, Chinnadurai

    2013-04-01

    Nanosized materials have been an important subject in basic and applied sciences. A novel, low-cost, green and reproducible bacteria, Aeromonas hydrophila mediated biosynthesis of titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) was reported. The resulting nanoparticles were characterized by FTIR, XRD, AFM and FESEM with EDX. FTIR showed characteristic bands (1643 and 3430 cm-1) finds the role of carboxyl group Osbnd H stretching amine Nsbnd H stretch in the formation of TiO2 NPs. The XRD spectrum confirmed that the synthesized TiO2 NPs were in the form of nanocrystals, as evidenced by the peaks at 2θ values of 27.47°, 31.77°, 36.11°, 41.25°, 54.39°, 56.64° and 69.54° were identified as 110, 100, 101, 111, 211, 220 and 301 reflections, respectively. The crystallite sizes were calculated using Scherrer's formula applied to the major intense peaks and found to be the size of 40.50 nm. The morphological characterization was analyzed by FESEM and the analysis showed the NPs smooth shaped, spherical and uneven. GC-MS analysis showed the main compounds found in A. hydrophila were uric acid (2.95%), glycyl-L-glutamic acid (6.90%), glycyl-L-proline (74.41%) and l-Leucyl-d-leucine (15.74%). The potential glycyl-L-proline could have played an important role as a capping agent. A possible mechanism for the biosynthesis of TiO2 NPs has been proposed. The antibacterial activity of the synthesized TiO2 NPs was assessed by well diffusion method toward A. hydrophila, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes and Enterococcus faecalis and showed effective inhibitory activity against S. aureus (33 mm) and S. pyogenes (31 mm).

  16. Biological approach to synthesize TiO2 nanoparticles using Aeromonas hydrophila and its antibacterial activity.

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    Jayaseelan, Chidambaram; Rahuman, Abdul Abdul; Roopan, Selvaraj Mohana; Kirthi, Arivarasan Vishnu; Venkatesan, Jayachandran; Kim, Se-Kwon; Iyappan, Moorthy; Siva, Chinnadurai

    2013-04-15

    Nanosized materials have been an important subject in basic and applied sciences. A novel, low-cost, green and reproducible bacteria, Aeromonas hydrophila mediated biosynthesis of titanium dioxide nanoparticles (TiO2 NPs) was reported. The resulting nanoparticles were characterized by FTIR, XRD, AFM and FESEM with EDX. FTIR showed characteristic bands (1643 and 3430 cm(-1)) finds the role of carboxyl group OH stretching amine NH stretch in the formation of TiO2 NPs. The XRD spectrum confirmed that the synthesized TiO2 NPs were in the form of nanocrystals, as evidenced by the peaks at 2θ values of 27.47°, 31.77°, 36.11°, 41.25°, 54.39°, 56.64° and 69.54° were identified as 110, 100, 101, 111, 211, 220 and 301 reflections, respectively. The crystallite sizes were calculated using Scherrer's formula applied to the major intense peaks and found to be the size of 40.50 nm. The morphological characterization was analyzed by FESEM and the analysis showed the NPs smooth shaped, spherical and uneven. GC-MS analysis showed the main compounds found in A. hydrophila were uric acid (2.95%), glycyl-L-glutamic acid (6.90%), glycyl-L-proline (74.41%) and L-Leucyl-D-leucine (15.74%). The potential glycyl-L-proline could have played an important role as a capping agent. A possible mechanism for the biosynthesis of TiO2 NPs has been proposed. The antibacterial activity of the synthesized TiO2 NPs was assessed by well diffusion method toward A. hydrophila, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes and Enterococcus faecalis and showed effective inhibitory activity against S. aureus (33 mm) and S. pyogenes (31 mm). PMID:23416912

  17. Size dependence of the bandgap of plasma synthesized silicon nanoparticles through direct introduction of sulfur hexafluoride

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    Theingi, S.; Guan, T. Y.; Kendrick, C.; Klafehn, G.; Gorman, B. P.; Taylor, P. C.; Lusk, M. T.; Stradins, P.; Collins, R. T.

    2015-10-01

    Developing silicon nanoparticle (SiNP) synthesis techniques that allow for straightforward control of nanoparticle size and associated optical properties is critical to potential applications of these materials. In addition, it is, in general, hard to probe the absorption threshold in these materials due to silicon's low absorption coefficient. In this study, size is controlled through direct introduction of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) into the dilute silane precursor of plasma synthesized SiNPs. Size reduction by nearly a factor of two with high crystallinity independent of size is demonstrated. The optical absorption spectra of the SiNPs in the vicinity of the bandgap are measured using photothermal deflection spectroscopy. Bandgap as a function of size is extracted taking into account the polydispersity of the samples. A systematic blue shift in absorption edge due to quantum confinement in the SiNPs is observed with increasing flow of SF6. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra show a similar blue shift with size. However, a ˜300 meV difference in energy between emission and absorption for all sizes suggests that PL emission involves a defect related process. This shows that, while PL may allow size-induced shifts in the bandgap of SiNPs to be monitored, it cannot be relied on to give an accurate value for the bandgap as a function of size.

  18. Effects of ultrasound-related variables on sonochemically synthesized SAPO-34 nanoparticles

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    Askari, Sima; Halladj, Rouein

    2013-05-01

    The sonochemical method was developed to synthesize uniform SAPO-34 (silicoaluminophosphate molecular sieve) nanoparticles with high crystallinity using TEAOH as a structure-directing agent (SDA). The physicochemical characteristics of SAPO-34 products, i.e. crystallinity, particle size and shape can be controlled by varying the ultrasonic-related variable such as ultrasound power intensity, ultrasonic irradiation time, sonication temperature and geometrical characteristics of the ultrasonic device (e.g., sonotrode size). The products were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM and BET. It is found that each of the parameters can play a significant role in acoustic cavitation, number of nuclei and the crystal growth. The experimental data establish that the crystallinity is related to ultrasonic intensity and diameter of the sonotrode, as well as sonication temperature. By increasing the ultrasonic power, duration and the sonication temperature, the mean sizes of particles decrease and the morphology of the products efficiently alters from spherical aggregates of cube type SAPO-34 particles to uniform spherical nanoparticles.

  19. Size dependence of the bandgap of plasma synthesized silicon nanoparticles through direct introduction of sulfur hexafluoride

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    Theingi, S.; Guan, T. Y.; Klafehn, G.; Taylor, P. C.; Lusk, M. T.; Collins, R. T., E-mail: rtcollin@mines.edu [Department of Physics, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado 80401 (United States); Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado 80401 (United States); Kendrick, C. [Department of Physics, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado 80401 (United States); Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado 80401 (United States); Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan 49931 (United States); Gorman, B. P. [Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado 80401 (United States); Stradins, P. [Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado 80401 (United States); National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado 80401 (United States)

    2015-10-19

    Developing silicon nanoparticle (SiNP) synthesis techniques that allow for straightforward control of nanoparticle size and associated optical properties is critical to potential applications of these materials. In addition, it is, in general, hard to probe the absorption threshold in these materials due to silicon's low absorption coefficient. In this study, size is controlled through direct introduction of sulfur hexafluoride (SF{sub 6}) into the dilute silane precursor of plasma synthesized SiNPs. Size reduction by nearly a factor of two with high crystallinity independent of size is demonstrated. The optical absorption spectra of the SiNPs in the vicinity of the bandgap are measured using photothermal deflection spectroscopy. Bandgap as a function of size is extracted taking into account the polydispersity of the samples. A systematic blue shift in absorption edge due to quantum confinement in the SiNPs is observed with increasing flow of SF{sub 6}. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra show a similar blue shift with size. However, a ∼300 meV difference in energy between emission and absorption for all sizes suggests that PL emission involves a defect related process. This shows that, while PL may allow size-induced shifts in the bandgap of SiNPs to be monitored, it cannot be relied on to give an accurate value for the bandgap as a function of size.

  20. Size Dependence of the Bandgap of Plasma Synthesized Silicon Nanoparticles Through Direct Introduction of Sulfur Hexafluoride

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    Theingi, S.; Guan, T. Y.; Kendrick, C.; Klafehn, G.; Gorman, B. P.; Taylor, P. C.; Lusk, M. T.; Stradins, Pauls; Collins, R. T.

    2015-10-19

    Developing silicon nanoparticle (SiNP) synthesis techniques that allow for straightforward control of nanoparticle size and associated optical properties is critical to potential applications of these materials. In addition, it is, in general, hard to probe the absorption threshold in these materials due to silicon's low absorption coefficient. In this study, size is controlled through direct introduction of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) into the dilute silane precursor of plasma synthesized SiNPs. Size reduction by nearly a factor of two with high crystallinity independent of size is demonstrated. Optical absorption spectra of the SiNPs in the vicinity of the bandgap are measured using photothermal deflection spectroscopy. Bandgap as a function of size is extracted taking into account the polydispersity of the samples. A systematic blue shift inabsorption edge due to quantum confinement in the SiNPs is observed with increasing flow of SF6. Photoluminescence (PL) spectra show a similar blue shift with size. However, a ~300 meV difference in energy between emission and absorption for all sizes suggests that PL emission involves a defect related process. While PL may allow size-induced shifts in the bandgap of SiNPs to be monitored, it cannot be relied on to give an accurate value for the bandgap as a function of size.

  1. Synthesis and Raman analysis of SnS nanoparticles synthesized by PVP assisted polyol method

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    SnS film was prepared by a simple drop casting method after synthesizing SnS nanoparticles by using PVP assisted polyol method. Confocal Raman study was carried out for the as deposited and annealed (150, 300 and 400 °C) films at two different excitation wavelengths 514 and 785 nm. At the excitation wavelength of 514 nm, the Raman modes showed for a mixed phase of SnS and SnS2 up to 150 °C and then only a pure SnS phase was observed up to 400 °C due to the dissociation of SnS2 in to SnS by releasing S. The increase in intensity of Raman (Ag and B3g) as well as IR (B3u) active modes of SnS are observed with increasing annealing temperature at excitation wavelength 785 nm due to the increased crystallinity and inactiveness of SnS2 modes. X-ray diffraction confirming the formation of a single phase of SnS while the greater homogeneity in both size and shape of SnS nanoparticles were confirmed through surface morphology from SEM

  2. Synthesis and Raman analysis of SnS nanoparticles synthesized by PVP assisted polyol method

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    Baby, Benjamin Hudson; Mohan, D. Bharathi, E-mail: d.bharathimohan@gmail.com [Department of Physics, School of Physical, Chemical and Applied Sciences, Pondicherry University, R.V. Nagar, Kalapet, Puducherry-605014 (India)

    2015-06-24

    SnS film was prepared by a simple drop casting method after synthesizing SnS nanoparticles by using PVP assisted polyol method. Confocal Raman study was carried out for the as deposited and annealed (150, 300 and 400 °C) films at two different excitation wavelengths 514 and 785 nm. At the excitation wavelength of 514 nm, the Raman modes showed for a mixed phase of SnS and SnS{sub 2} up to 150 °C and then only a pure SnS phase was observed up to 400 °C due to the dissociation of SnS{sub 2} in to SnS by releasing S. The increase in intensity of Raman (A{sub g} and B{sub 3g}) as well as IR (B{sub 3u}) active modes of SnS are observed with increasing annealing temperature at excitation wavelength 785 nm due to the increased crystallinity and inactiveness of SnS{sub 2} modes. X-ray diffraction confirming the formation of a single phase of SnS while the greater homogeneity in both size and shape of SnS nanoparticles were confirmed through surface morphology from SEM.

  3. Microstructural and ionic transport studies of hydrothermally synthesized lanthanum fluoride nanoparticles

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    Patro, L. N., E-mail: laxminar@chemie.uni-marburg.de, E-mail: kbharath@umd.edu [Department of Physics, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai, 600 036 (India); Department of Chemistry, Philips University of Marburg, 35032, Marburg (Germany); Kamala Bharathi, K., E-mail: laxminar@chemie.uni-marburg.de, E-mail: kbharath@umd.edu [Materials Science and Engineering Division, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg 20899 (United States); Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park 20742 (United States); Ravi Chandra Raju, N. [School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, The University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus, Brisbane 4072 (Australia)

    2014-12-15

    This article presents the structural and transport characteristics of hydrothermally synthesized LaF{sub 3} nanoparticles with an average crystallite size of 35nm. The phase formation of the material is confirmed by both X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy techniques. In addition, phase purity of the LaF{sub 3} nanoparticles is corroborated by micro-Raman spectroscopy studies. The complex impedance plots at different temperatures reveal that the conductivity is predominantly due to the intrinsic bulk grains and the conductivity relaxation is non-Debye in nature. The frequency variation of conductivity exhibits dispersion at higher frequencies that can be explained with the frame work of Almond-West formalism. The conduction process is controlled by the mobility of the charge carriers and the charge of transport of mobile fluoride ions occur through hopping mechanism. The scaling behavior of both frequency dependence of conductivity and complex impedance plots at different temperatures confirm that the relaxation mechanism of the mobile fluoride ions is independent of temperature.

  4. Structural and optical properties of chromium doped zinc oxide nanoparticles synthesized by sol-gel method

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    Naqvi, Syed Mohd. Adnan, E-mail: adiaks2004@yahoo.co.in [Department of Fundamental and Applied Sciences, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Bandar Seri Iskandar, Perak (Malaysia); Irshad, Kashif, E-mail: alig.kashif@gmail.com [Department of Mechanical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Bandar Seri Iskandar, Perak (Malaysia); Soleimani, Hassan, E-mail: hassan.soleimani@petronas.com.my, E-mail: noorhana-yahya@petronas.com.my; Yahya, Noorhana, E-mail: hassan.soleimani@petronas.com.my, E-mail: noorhana-yahya@petronas.com.my

    2014-10-24

    Nanosized Cr-doped ZnO nano particles were synthesized by facile sol-gel auto combustion method. The structural and optical properties of Cr-doped ZnO nanoparticles have been investigated by XRD and UV-Vis spectroscopy at room temperature for 0% to 8% concentration. X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that the Cr-doped ZnO crystallizes in a single phase polycrystalline nature with wurtzite lattice. With every % of doping, the peaks are shifting scarcely and doping of Cr is possible up to 7%. After that, the last peak vanishes, that signifies its structure is transmuted from 8% doping. The average crystallite size decreases with increase in Cr concentration (i.e. 28.9 nm for 0% to 25.8 nm for 8%). The UV-Vis spectra of the nanoparticles betoken an incrementation in the band gap energy from 3.401, 3.415, 3.431, 3.437,3.453, 3.514,3.521, 3.530 and 3.538 eV respectively, for 0,1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 % doping concentration.

  5. Structural and optical properties of chromium doped zinc oxide nanoparticles synthesized by sol-gel method

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    Nanosized Cr-doped ZnO nano particles were synthesized by facile sol-gel auto combustion method. The structural and optical properties of Cr-doped ZnO nanoparticles have been investigated by XRD and UV-Vis spectroscopy at room temperature for 0% to 8% concentration. X-ray diffraction analysis reveals that the Cr-doped ZnO crystallizes in a single phase polycrystalline nature with wurtzite lattice. With every % of doping, the peaks are shifting scarcely and doping of Cr is possible up to 7%. After that, the last peak vanishes, that signifies its structure is transmuted from 8% doping. The average crystallite size decreases with increase in Cr concentration (i.e. 28.9 nm for 0% to 25.8 nm for 8%). The UV-Vis spectra of the nanoparticles betoken an incrementation in the band gap energy from 3.401, 3.415, 3.431, 3.437,3.453, 3.514,3.521, 3.530 and 3.538 eV respectively, for 0,1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 % doping concentration

  6. Bactericidal, structural and morphological properties of ZnO2 nanoparticles synthesized under UV or ultrasound irradiation

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    Colonia, R.; Solís, J. L.; Gómez, M.

    2014-03-01

    Nanoparticles of ZnO2 were synthesized by a sol-gel method using Zn(CH3COO)2 and H2O2 in an aqueous solution exposed to either ultraviolet (UV) or ultrasound irradiation. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy showed that the nanostructures consisted of spherical blackberry-like clusters. Nanoparticles fabricated by using UV irradiation had smaller sizes and narrower size distributions than nanoparticles prepared by using ultrasound. Bacillus subtilis (B. subtilis), Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) were used as test microorganisms, and the antibacterial activity of the ZnO2 nanoparticles was studied by use of the well diffusion agar bacteriological test. ZnO2 nanoparticles synthetized using UV had the best antibacterial properties. The inhibition zone was largest for B. subtilis but was present also for S. aureus and E. coli.

  7. Bactericidal, structural and morphological properties of ZnO2 nanoparticles synthesized under UV or ultrasound irradiation

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    Nanoparticles of ZnO2 were synthesized by a sol–gel method using Zn(CH3COO)2 and H2O2 in an aqueous solution exposed to either ultraviolet (UV) or ultrasound irradiation. X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy showed that the nanostructures consisted of spherical blackberry-like clusters. Nanoparticles fabricated by using UV irradiation had smaller sizes and narrower size distributions than nanoparticles prepared by using ultrasound. Bacillus subtilis (B. subtilis), Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) were used as test microorganisms, and the antibacterial activity of the ZnO2 nanoparticles was studied by use of the well diffusion agar bacteriological test. ZnO2 nanoparticles synthetized using UV had the best antibacterial properties. The inhibition zone was largest for B. subtilis but was present also for S. aureus and E. coli. (paper)

  8. Effects of ultrasound-related variables on sonochemically synthesized SAPO-34 nanoparticles

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    The sonochemical method was developed to synthesize uniform SAPO-34 (silicoaluminophosphate molecular sieve) nanoparticles with high crystallinity using TEAOH as a structure-directing agent (SDA). The physicochemical characteristics of SAPO-34 products, i.e. crystallinity, particle size and shape can be controlled by varying the ultrasonic-related variable such as ultrasound power intensity, ultrasonic irradiation time, sonication temperature and geometrical characteristics of the ultrasonic device (e.g., sonotrode size). The products were characterized by XRD, SEM, TEM and BET. It is found that each of the parameters can play a significant role in acoustic cavitation, number of nuclei and the crystal growth. The experimental data establish that the crystallinity is related to ultrasonic intensity and diameter of the sonotrode, as well as sonication temperature. By increasing the ultrasonic power, duration and the sonication temperature, the mean sizes of particles decrease and the morphology of the products efficiently alters from spherical aggregates of cube type SAPO-34 particles to uniform spherical nanoparticles. - Graphical abstract: Increasing US power by increasing either US power intensity or the sonotrode diameter leads to smaller particle size and the morphology changes from spherical aggregates of cubic particles to uniform nanospheres. Highlights: ► Effects of ultrasonic parameters on sonochemical synthesis of SAPO-34 nanoparticles. ► The higher crystallinity by increasing ultrasonic power, duration and sonication temperature. ► The morphology changes from spherical aggregates of cubic particles to uniform nanospheres. ► Decreasing the particle size by increasing ultrasonic power, duration and sonication temperature

  9. Physicochemical characterization of silver nanoparticles synthesize using Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)

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    Kuponiyi, Abiola; Kassama, Lamin; Kukhtareva, Tatiana

    2014-08-01

    Production of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) using different biological methods is gaining recognition due to their multiple applications. Although, several physical and chemical methods have been used for the synthesis and stabilizing of AgNPs, yet, a green chemistry method is preferable because it is cost effective and environmentally friendly. The synthesis was done using Aloe Vera (AV) extract because it has chemical compounds such as "Antrokinon" that are known for its antibacterial, antivirus and anticancer properties. We hypothesize that AV extract can produce a stable nanoparticles within the 100 nm range and be biologically active. The biological compounds were extracted from AV skin with water and ethanol which was used as the reduction agent for the synthesis of nanoparticles. The biological extract and AgNO3 were blended and heated to synthesize AgNPs. The reaction process was monitored using UV-Visible spectroscopy. Fourier Transfer Infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) was used for the characterization of biological compounds and their substituent groups before and after the reaction process. Dynamic Light scattering (DLS) method was used to characterize particle size of AgNPs and their biomolecular stability. Results showed that biological compounds such as aliphatic amines, alkenes (=C-H), alkanes (C-H), alcohol (O-H) and unsaturated esters(C-O), which has an average particle size of 109 and 215.8 nm and polydispersity index of 0.451 and 0.375 for ethanol and water extract, respectively. According to TEM measurements the size of AgNPs are in the range 5-20 nm The results suggested that ethanol derived AgNPs contained higher yield of organic compounds, thus has better solubility power than water. Ag NPs can be used to control salmonella in poultry industry.

  10. Effects of discharge duration on the size and shape of gold nanoparticles synthesized using solution plasma processing

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    Gold nanoparticles were synthesized with various discharge durations using solution plasma processing (SPP), and the effects of the discharge duration between 120 and 900 s on the size and shape of the gold nanoparticles were investigated using UV-Vis NIR spectrophotometry and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The results showed that discharge duration had a strong effect on the formation of gold nanoparticles. The results from the UV-Vis NIR spectrophotometer showed that an absorption coefficient peak at a wavelength of approximately 520 nm was observed, which indicated the formation of gold nanoparticles. As the discharge duration increased, the average particle diameter and the size distribution became smaller. Especially for the discharge duration of 900 s, the average diameter of gold nanoparticles was measured to be the smallest, less than ≤25 nm in diameter, and most uniform in size distribution. The particle shape became more spherical as the discharge duration increased. Possible mechanisms for the formation of nanoparticles in SPP were suggested in that electrons and electric energy provided from SPP are to increase the surface potential of nanoparticles and, consequently, the increment of electrons and electric energy produces many charged nanoparticles. The charged particles prevent or reduce particle aggregation strongly so that the diameter of the nanoparticles decreased.

  11. Cytotoxicity Evaluation and Magnetic Characteristics of Mechano-thermally Synthesized CuNi Nanoparticles for Hyperthermia

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    Amrollahi, P.; Ataie, A.; Nozari, A.; Seyedjafari, E.; Shafiee, A.

    2015-03-01

    CuNi alloys are very well known, both in academia and industry, based on their wide range of applications. In the present investigation, the previously synthesized Cu0.5Ni0.5 nanoparticles (NPs) by mechano-thermal method were studied more extensively. Phase composition and morphology of the samples were studied by employing x-ray diffraction (XRD), field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques. The Curie temperature ( T c) was determined by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). In vitro cytotoxicity was studied through methyl-thiazolyl-tetrazolium (MTT) assay. XRD and FESEM results indicated the formation of single-phase Cu0.5Ni0.5. TEM micrographs showed that the mean particle size of powders is 20 nm. DSC results revealed that T c of mechano-thermally synthesized Cu0.5Ni0.5 is 44 °C. The MTT assay results confirmed the viability and proliferation of human bone marrow stem cells in contact with Cu0.5Ni0.5 NPs. In summary, the fabricated particles were demonstrated to have potential in low concentrations for cancer treatment applications.

  12. Sonocatalytic removal of naproxen by synthesized zinc oxide nanoparticles on montmorillonite.

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    Karaca, Melike; Kıranşan, Murat; Karaca, Semra; Khataee, Alireza; Karimi, Atefeh

    2016-07-01

    ZnO/MMT nanocomposite as sonocatalyst was prepared by immobilizing synthesized ZnO on the montmorillonite surface. The characteristics of as-prepared nanocomposite were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) techniques. The synthesized samples were used as a catalyst for sonocatalytic degradation of naproxen. ZnO/MMT catalyst in the presence of ultrasound irradiation was more effective compared to pure ZnO nanoparticles and MMT particles in the sonocatalysis of naproxen. The effect of different operational parameters on the sonocatalytic degradation of naproxen including initial drug concentration, sonocatalyst dosage, solution pH, ultrasonic power and the presence of organic and inorganic scavengers were evaluated. It was found that the presence of the scavengers suppressed the sonocatalytic degradation efficiency. The reusability of the nanocomposite was examined in several consecutive runs, and the degradation efficiency decreased only 2% after 5 repeated runs. The main intermediates of naproxen degradation were determined by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-Mass). PMID:26964947

  13. Observation of magnetic anomalies in one-step solvothermally synthesized nickel-cobalt ferrite nanoparticles

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    Datt, Gopal; Sen Bishwas, Mousumi; Manivel Raja, M.; Abhyankar, A. C.

    2016-02-01

    Magnetic anomalies corresponding to the Verwey transition and reorientation of anisotropic vacancies are observed at 151 K and 306 K, respectively, in NiCoFe2O4 nanoparticles (NPs) synthesized by a modified-solvothermal method followed by annealing. Cationic disorder and spherical shape induced non-stoichiometry suppress the Verwey transition in the as-synthesized NPs. On the other hand, reorientation of anisotropic vacancies is quite robust. XRD and electron microscopy investigations confirm a single phase spinel structure and the surface morphology of the as-synthesized NPs changes from spherical to octahedral upon annealing. Rietveld analysis reveals that the Ni2+ ions migrate from tetrahedral (A) to octahedral (B) sites upon annealing. The Mössbauer results show canted spins in both the NPs and the strength of superexchange is stronger in Co-O-Fe than Ni-O-Fe. Magnetic force images show that the as-synthesised NPs are single-domain whereas the annealed NPs are multi-domain octahedral particles. The FMR study reveals that both the NPs have a broad FMR line-width; and resonance properties are consistent with the random anisotropy model. The broad inhomogeneous FMR line-width, observation of the Verwey transition, tuning of the magnetic domain structure as well as the magnetic properties suggest that the NiCoFe2O4 ferrite NPs may be promising for future generation spintronics, magneto-electronics, and ultra-high-density recording media as well as for radar absorbing applications.Magnetic anomalies corresponding to the Verwey transition and reorientation of anisotropic vacancies are observed at 151 K and 306 K, respectively, in NiCoFe2O4 nanoparticles (NPs) synthesized by a modified-solvothermal method followed by annealing. Cationic disorder and spherical shape induced non-stoichiometry suppress the Verwey transition in the as-synthesized NPs. On the other hand, reorientation of anisotropic vacancies is quite robust. XRD and electron microscopy investigations

  14. Observation of magnetic anomalies in one-step solvothermally synthesized nickel-cobalt ferrite nanoparticles.

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    Datt, Gopal; Sen Bishwas, Mousumi; Manivel Raja, M; Abhyankar, A C

    2016-02-25

    Magnetic anomalies corresponding to the Verwey transition and reorientation of anisotropic vacancies are observed at 151 K and 306 K, respectively, in NiCoFe2O4 nanoparticles (NPs) synthesized by a modified-solvothermal method followed by annealing. Cationic disorder and spherical shape induced non-stoichiometry suppress the Verwey transition in the as-synthesized NPs. On the other hand, reorientation of anisotropic vacancies is quite robust. XRD and electron microscopy investigations confirm a single phase spinel structure and the surface morphology of the as-synthesized NPs changes from spherical to octahedral upon annealing. Rietveld analysis reveals that the Ni(2+) ions migrate from tetrahedral (A) to octahedral (B) sites upon annealing. The Mössbauer results show canted spins in both the NPs and the strength of superexchange is stronger in Co-O-Fe than Ni-O-Fe. Magnetic force images show that the as-synthesised NPs are single-domain whereas the annealed NPs are multi-domain octahedral particles. The FMR study reveals that both the NPs have a broad FMR line-width; and resonance properties are consistent with the random anisotropy model. The broad inhomogeneous FMR line-width, observation of the Verwey transition, tuning of the magnetic domain structure as well as the magnetic properties suggest that the NiCoFe2O4 ferrite NPs may be promising for future generation spintronics, magneto-electronics, and ultra-high-density recording media as well as for radar absorbing applications. PMID:26880070

  15. Aerosol characterization and lung deposition of synthesized TiO2 nanoparticles for murine inhalation studies

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    This study presents a novel exposure protocol for synthesized nanoparticles (NPs). NPs were synthesized in gas phase by thermal decomposition of metal alkoxide vapors in a laminar flow reactor. The exposure protocol was used to estimate the deposition fraction of titanium dioxide (TiO2) NPs to mice lung. The experiments were conducted at aerosol mass concentrations of 0.8, 7.2, 10.0, and 28.5 mg m−3. The means of aerosol geometric mobility diameter and aerodynamic diameter were 80 and 124 nm, and the geometric standard deviations were 1.8 and 1.7, respectively. The effective density of the particles was approximately from 1.5 to 1.7 g cm−3. Particle concentration varied from 4 × 105 cm−3 at mass concentrations of 0.8 mg m−3 to 12 × 106 cm−3 at 28.5 mg m−3. Particle phase structures were 74% of anatase and 26% of brookite with respective crystallite sized of 41 and 6 nm. The brookite crystallites were approximately 100 times the size of the anatase crystallites. The TiO2 particles were porous and highly agglomerated, with a mean primary particle size of 21 nm. The specific surface area of TiO2 powder was 61 m2 g−1. We defined mice respiratory minute volume (RMV) value during exposure to TiO2 aerosol. Both TiO2 particulate matter and gaseous by-products affected respiratory parameters. The RMV values were used to quantify the deposition fraction of TiO2 matter by using two different methods. According to individual samples, the deposition fraction was 8% on an average, and when defined from aerosol mass concentration series, it was 7%. These results show that the exposure protocol can be used to study toxicological effects of synthesized NPs.

  16. Methods to synthesize NiPt bimetallic nanoparticles by a reversed-phase microemulsion, deposition of NiPt bimetallic nanoparticles on a support, and application of the supported catalyst for CO.sub.2 reforming of methane

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    2015-04-28

    Methods to synthesize NiPt bimetallic nanoparticles by a reversed-phase microemulsion, deposition of NiPt bimetallic nanoparticles on a support, and application of the supported catalyst for CO.sub.2 reforming of methane

  17. Evaluation of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) sol-gel coatings, modified with green synthesized zinc oxide nanoparticles for combating microfouling.

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    Krupa, A Nithya Deva; Vimala, R

    2016-04-01

    Green synthesis of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-NPs) is gaining importance as an eco-friendly alternative to conventional methods due to its enormous applications. The present work reports the synthesis of ZnO-NPs using the endosperm of Cocos nucifera (coconut water) and the bio-molecules responsible for nanoparticle formation have been identified. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized using UV-Visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) and Zeta potential measurement. The results obtained reveal that the synthesized nanoparticles are moderately stable with the size ranging from 20 to 80 nm. The bactericidal effect of the nanoparticles was proved by well diffusion assay and determination of minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) against marine biofilm forming bacteria. Further the green synthesized ZnO-NPs were doped with TEOS sol-gels (TESGs) in order to assess their antimicrofouling capability. Different volumes of liquid sol-gels were coated on to 96-well microtitre plate and cured under various conditions. The optimum curing conditions were found to be temperature 60 °C, time 72 h and volume 200 μl. Antiadhesion test of the undoped (SG) and ZnO-NP doped TEOS sol-gel (ZNSG) coatings were evaluated using marine biofilm forming bacteria. ZNSG coatings exhibited highest biofilm inhibition (89.2%) represented by lowest OD value against Pseudomonasotitidis strain NV1. PMID:26838903

  18. Magnetic Properties and AC Losses in AFe2O4 (A = Mn, Co, Ni, Zn Nanoparticles Synthesized from Nonaqueous Solution

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    Full Text Available Nanosized particles of AFe2O4 (A = Mn, Co, Ni, or Zn spinel ferrites were synthesized by coprecipitation from nonaqueous solutions using nitrate salts as starting reagents. The particles were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and magnetic measurements. Quasistatic magnetic measurements show superparamagnetic behavior with blocking temperature below room temperature for cobalt, nickel, and zinc spinel ferrite nanoparticles. Characteristic magnetic parameters of the particles including average magnetic moment of an individual nanoparticle and blocking temperature have been determined. The specific loss power which is released on the exposure of an ensemble of synthesized particles to a magnetic field is calculated and measured experimentally. It is shown that among all nanoferrites under study, the ZnFe2O4 nanoparticles demonstrate the highest heating efficiency in AC magnetic fields. The key parameters responsible for the heating efficiency in AC magnetic field have been determined. The directions to enhance the SLP value have been outlined.

  19. Comparison of three labeled silica nanoparticles used as tracers in transport experiments in porous media. Part I: Syntheses and characterizations

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    The synthesis and the characterization of three kinds of labeled silica nanoparticles were performed. Three different labeling strategies were investigated: fluorescent organic molecule (FITC) embedded in silica matrix, heavy metal core (Ag(0)) and radioactive core (110mAg) surrounded by a silica shell. The main properties and the suitability of each kind of labeled nanoparticle in terms of size, surface properties, stability, detection limits, and cost were determined and compared regarding its use for transport studies. Fluorescent labeling was found the most convenient and the cheapest, but the best detection limits were reached with chemical (Ag(0)) and radio-labeled (110mAg) nanoparticles, which also allowed nondestructive quantifications. This work showed that the choice of labeled nanoparticles as surrogates of natural colloids or manufactured nanoparticles strongly depends on the experimental conditions, especially the concentration and amount required, the composition of the effluent, and the timescale of the experiment. Highlights: • Labeled silica nanotracers were synthesized using the sol–gel method. • The nanotracers were detectable by fluorescence, analytical chemistry or radioactivity measurement. • The nanotracers were characterized regarding their size, surface properties, stability, and detection limits. • The suitability of these nanotracers was evaluated in experiments dealing with colloid transport in natural porous media. -- How to synthesize and choose suitable tracers for engineered silica nanoparticles or natural colloids?

  20. Zn/ZnO core/shell nanoparticles synthesized by laser ablation in aqueous environment: Optical and structural characterizations

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    S C Singh; R K Swarnkar; R Gopal

    2010-02-01

    Zn/ZnO core/shell nanoparticles are synthesized by pulsed laser ablation (PLA) of Zn metal plate in the aqueous environment of sodium dodacyl sulfate (SDS). Solution of nanoparticles is found stable in the colloidal form for a long time, and is characterized by UV-visible absorption, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), photoluminescence (PL) and Raman spectroscopic techniques. UV-visible absorption spectrum has four peaks at 231, 275, 356, and 520 nm, which provides primary information about the synthesis of core-shell and elongated nanoparticles. TEM micrographs reveal that synthesized nanoparticles are monodispersed with three different average sizes and size distributions. Colloidal solution of nanoparticles has significant absorption in the green region, therefore, it absorbs 514.7 nm light of Ar+ laser and emits in the blue region centred at 350 and 375 nm, violet at 457 nm and green at 550 nm regions. Raman shift is observed at 300 cm-1 with PL spectrum, which corresponds to ${}^{3}$2N and 3L mode of vibrations of ZnO shell layer. Synthesis mechanism of Zn/ZnO core/shell nanoparticles is discussed.

  1. Magnetic and dielectric properties of HoMnO{sub 3} nanoparticles synthesized by the polymerized complex method

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    Liu, Xianguo, E-mail: liuxianguohugh@gmail.com [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Anhui University of technology, Ma' anshan, Anhui 243002 (China); Department of Electrical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon (Hong Kong); Or, Siu Wing, E-mail: eeswor@polyu.edu.hk [Department of Electrical Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon (Hong Kong); Sun, Yuping [Center for Engineering practice and Innovation Education, Anhui University of technology, Ma' anshan, Anhui 243002 (China); Jin, Chuangui; Lv, Yaohui [School of Materials Science and Engineering, Anhui University of technology, Ma' anshan, Anhui 243002 (China); Wu, Yuxi [Institute of Molecular Engineering and Applied Chemistry, Anhui University of Technology, Ma' anshan, Anhui 243002 (China)

    2013-06-15

    In this paper, we report on the magnetic and dielectric properties of HoMnO{sub 3} nanoparticles with different size synthesized by a polymerized complex method have been investigated. The HoMnO{sub 3} nanoparticles crystallized in hexagonal perovskite-type structure. The zero-field-cooled magnetic susceptibility curve of HoMnO{sub 3} nanoparticles with averaged size of 30 nm shows that complicated magnetic transitions occurred in a temperature range from 2 to 100 K, which was confirmed by magnetic hysteresis loops. With increasing the particle size, the antiferromagnetic (AFM) transition temperature increases from 56 to 77 K, due to the reduced surface-to-volume ratio. Moreover, with a decrease in particle size, the Mn-spin reorientation temperature (T{sub SR}) is enhanced from 44 to 48 K. - Highlights: • HoMnO{sub 3} nanoparticles have been synthesized by a polymerized complex method. • The magnetic properties of HoMnO{sub 3} nanoparticles have been investigated. • The dielectric properties of HoMnO{sub 3} nanoparticles have been investigated. • The antiferromagnetic transition temperature increases with the particle size.

  2. Effect of Magnesium Doping on Structural and Optical Properties of ZnO Nanoparticles Synthesized by Mechanochemical Processing

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    This paper presents the structural and optical properties of magnesium doped zinc oxide nanoparticles synthesized by mechanochemical processing. ZnO nanoparticles of different crystallite size were synthesized by milling the precursor materials for 5 h in a high energy planetary ball mill in Zr2O3 media. NaCl was added as diluent to control the reaction rate in order to avoid the growth of nanoparticles. The milled powders were heat treated at 600 deg. C and then NaCl was leached out using distilled water. X-ray Diffraction (XRD) technique was employed for the phase and crystallite size analysis of the nanoparticles. Crystallite sizes were calculated from the XRD peak broadening using the Sherrer's formula. Scanning Electron Microscope was employed to analyze the particle morphology and size distribution of the Mg doped ZnO nanoparticles. Ultraviolet-Visible (Uv-Vis) spectroscope also was employed to analyze the optical absorption of the ZnO nano particles. Tauc plots were used to determine the energy gap of the nanoparticles samples.

  3. Simple Method of Synthesizing Nickel-Nitrilotriacetic Acid Gold Nanoparticles with a Narrow Size Distribution for Protein Labeling

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    Kitai, Toshiyuki; Watanabe, Yuta; Toyoshima, Yoko Y.; Kobayashi, Takuya; Murayama, Takashi; Sakaue, Hiroyuki; Suzuki, Hitoshi; Takahagi, Takayuki

    2011-09-01

    We developed a simple method to synthesize nickel-nitrilotriacetic acid gold nanoparticles (Ni-NTA Au NPs) with a narrow size distribution for site-specific labeling in protein complexes. Au NPs were synthesized by the reduction of HAuCl4 using trisodium citrate and tannin acid. Then, the nanoparticle surfaces were modified with NTA and subsequent complexation with Ni2+. The mean diameter of the synthesized Ni-NTA Au NPs was 4.3 nm, and the coefficient of variation was 9%. The specific binding of the Ni-NTA Au NPs to polyhistidine-tagged (His-tagged) proteins was determined by transmission electron microscopy using kinesin and the p62 subunit of dynactin. Consequently, our method is useful for analyzing the substructures of protein complexes.

  4. Catalytic and biological activities of green silver nanoparticles synthesized from Plumeria alba (frangipani) flower extract.

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    Mata, Rani; Reddy Nakkala, Jayachandra; Rani Sadras, Sudha

    2015-06-01

    Herein, we report the green synthesis of silver nanoparticles using Plumeria alba (frangipani) flower extract (FFE) and their biological applications. The formation of frangipani silver nanoparticles (FSNPs) was confirmed by UV-visible spectroscopy and characterized by DLS particle size analyzer, SEM/EDAX, FTIR, TGA/DSC and XRD. The synthesized spherical FSNPs were found to be 36.19nm in size as determined by DLS particle size analyzer. EDAX data and XRD pattern of FSNPs confirmed the presence and face-centered cubic (fcc) phase structure of silver. The bioactive groups C-C and C-N present in FFE were involved in the formation of FSNPs as identified by FTIR analysis. FSNPs exhibited powerful catalytic activity by reducing 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol within 8min and the other organic dyes namely methylene blue and ethidium bromide were moderately degraded. Biological activities of FSNPs are evaluated by means of antioxidant, antibacterial and cytotoxic effect. Antioxidant potential of FSNPs was assessed by various in vitro assays in which they exhibited moderate antioxidant activity. The antibacterial effect of FSNPs was tested in two different pathogenic bacterial strains and their bacteriostatic effect was confirmed by growth kinetic study in Escherichia coli. The cytotoxic effect of FSNPs in COLO 205 was analyzed by MTT assay and the IC50 concentration was found at 5.5 and 4μg/ml respectively after 24 and 48h of incubation. Cytotoxic effect of FSNPs in COLO 205 cells was associated with the loss of membrane integrity and chromatin condensation which might have played a crucial role in the induction of apoptosis as evidenced in AO/EB staining. PMID:25842128

  5. Nanoscale size effect on surface spin canting in iron oxide nanoparticles synthesized by the microemulsion method

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    Uniformly sized and crystalline iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs) with spinel structure and mean diameters of about 3, 6 and 9 nm were synthesized in high yield using the microemulsion route at room temperature. The nanoparticles (NPs) were stabilized in situ by organic surfactant molecules which acted both as a stabilizer of the microemulsion system and as a capping layer of the NP surface. NP size control was attained by careful adjustment of the preparation conditions. The structure, morphology and NP size distribution were investigated by x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopy. A particular effort was devoted in this work to study the effect of size and capping of these NPs on their magnetic structure by in-field Mössbauer spectroscopy at 4.2 K. The mean canting angle (relative to the applied field direction) of the Fe spins was observed to increase with decreasing NP size due to the enhanced surface-to-volume ratio. Comparing bare and capped NPs of the same diameter, we verified that the spin canting was not affected by the organic capping. This implied almost identical magnetic orientations of bare and capped NPs. Simultaneously, the capping material was capable of preventing agglomeration effects which can occur in case of direct particle contact. Using a core/shell model, we showed that spin canting originated from the surface shell of the NPs. Furthermore, the Mössbauer spectral parameters provided evidence for the existence of a high fraction of Fe3O4 (magnetite) in the IONP. (paper)

  6. Oxidation of o-chloro and o-hydroxy benzyl alcohols catalyzed by copper (II) tetraphenylporphyrin nanoparticles synthesized by mixed solvent method

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    Rahmatollah Rahimi; Ensieh Gholamrezapor; Mohammad Reza Naimi-Jamal; Mahboubeh Rabbani

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    Tetraphenylporphyrin (TPP) and copper tetraphenylporphyrin (CuTPP) were synthesized and characterized by IR, UV-Vis, 1HNMR and 13CNMR. The CuTPP nanoparticles were synthesized by sonication and mixed solvent methods. These nanoparticles were characterized by AFM and SEM images and UV-Vis spectra. The catalytic activity of nanoparticles was investigated by oxidation of o-choloro and o-hydroxy benzyl alcohols in presence of molecular oxygen and isobutyraldehyde. The yields of oxidation of o-hyd...

  7. Biodistribution of gold nanoparticles synthesized by γ-irradiation after intravenous administration in mice

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    Luan Le, Quang; Phuong Linh Do, Thi; Phuong Uyen Nguyen, Huynh; Phu Dang, Van; Hien Nguyen, Quoc

    2014-06-01

    In the present research work we evaluate the in vivo distribution of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) at different time durations after intravenous administration in mice. AuNPs with size of about 20 nm and concentration of 1 mM were synthesized by gamma irradiation method using 0.5% alginate as a stabilizer. AuNPs were characterized by UV-Vis spectrum and transmission electron microscope (TEM) image. The as-synthesized AuNPs solution was centrifuged to concentrate to 2 mg AuNPs/1 ml solution. Intravenous administration of AuNPs in mice was done at the tail with 1 mg AuNPs (0.5 ml). After 1, 3, 6 and 12 h of injection, blood was collected, mice were sacrificed and various tissues/organs were removed. The blood haematology and serum clinical chemistry indexes of mice intravenously injected with AuNPs were not significantly different compared to those of the control ones. In addition, gold content in the samples was quantitatively determined by k0-neutron activation analysis (k0-NAA) at nuclear research reactor, Da Lat Vietnam. Results showed that after 1 h of administration, AuNPs were mainly accumulated in blood (41.56%), in liver (51.60.%), in lung (6.16%) and in kidney (0.53%). After that the content of AuNPs in blood was decreased to nearly normal at 6 h while the content of AuNPs in liver, lung and kidney was accumulatively increased. After 6 h of administration AuNPs were mainly accumulated in organs like liver (76.33%), lung (11.86%) and kidney (2.23%). Thus, the obtained results are practically useful for using AuNPs as x-ray contrast agent, especially for blood and liver.

  8. Biodistribution of gold nanoparticles synthesized by γ-irradiation after intravenous administration in mice

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    In the present research work we evaluate the in vivo distribution of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) at different time durations after intravenous administration in mice. AuNPs with size of about 20 nm and concentration of 1 mM were synthesized by gamma irradiation method using 0.5% alginate as a stabilizer. AuNPs were characterized by UV-Vis spectrum and transmission electron microscope (TEM) image. The as-synthesized AuNPs solution was centrifuged to concentrate to 2 mg AuNPs/1 ml solution. Intravenous administration of AuNPs in mice was done at the tail with 1 mg AuNPs (0.5 ml). After 1, 3, 6 and 12 h of injection, blood was collected, mice were sacrificed and various tissues/organs were removed. The blood haematology and serum clinical chemistry indexes of mice intravenously injected with AuNPs were not significantly different compared to those of the control ones. In addition, gold content in the samples was quantitatively determined by k0-neutron activation analysis (k0-NAA) at nuclear research reactor, Da Lat Vietnam. Results showed that after 1 h of administration, AuNPs were mainly accumulated in blood (41.56%), in liver (51.60.%), in lung (6.16%) and in kidney (0.53%). After that the content of AuNPs in blood was decreased to nearly normal at 6 h while the content of AuNPs in liver, lung and kidney was accumulatively increased. After 6 h of administration AuNPs were mainly accumulated in organs like liver (76.33%), lung (11.86%) and kidney (2.23%). Thus, the obtained results are practically useful for using AuNPs as x-ray contrast agent, especially for blood and liver. (papers)

  9. Antibacterial and Antioxidant Activities of ZnO Nanoparticles Synthesized Using Extracts of Allium sativum, Rosmarinus officinalis and Ocimum basilicum

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    Manuela Stan; Adriana Popa; Dana Toloman; Teofil-Danut Silipas; Dan Cristian Vodnar

    2016-01-01

    ZnO nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) were synthesized by chemical method (coprecipitation) and biological method using aqueous extracts of garlic (Allium sativum),rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) and basil (Ocimum basilicum).The influence of plant extract on the antibacterial and antioxidant activities of green synthesized nanoparticles was investigated.The X-ray diffraction studies reveal that all ZnO samples have hexagonal wurtzite structure.The particle size of ZnO NPs estimated by transmission electron microscopy analysis (between 14 and 27 nm) varies depending on the synthesis method of nanoparticles and the type of extracts from the plants used.The functional groups involved in the biosynthetic procedure were evidenced by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy.The presence of Mn2+ ions,Zn vacancy complexes and oxygen vacancies in ZnO samples was highlighted by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy.The green synthesized ZnO NPs have shown a good bactericidal activity against Staphylococcus aureus,Bacillus subtilis,Listeria monocytogenes,Escherichia coli,Salmonella typhimurium and Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacterial strains.ZnO NPs synthesized using extracts of the selected plant species have been found to exhibit more enhanced antibacterial and antioxidant activities as compared to chemical ZnO NPs.

  10. Photocatalytic activity of biogenic silver nanoparticles synthesized using yeast ( Saccharomyces cerevisiae) extract

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    Roy, Kaushik; Sarkar, C. K.; Ghosh, C. K.

    2015-11-01

    Synthesis of metallic and semiconductor nanoparticles through physical and chemical route is quiet common but biological synthesis procedures are gaining momentum due to their simplicity, cost-effectivity and eco-friendliness. Here, we report green synthesis of silver nanoparticles from aqueous solution of silver salts using yeast ( Saccharomyces cerevisiae) extract. The nanoparticles formation was gradually investigated by UV-Vis spectrometer. X-ray diffraction analysis was done to identify different phases of biosynthesized Ag nanoparticles. Transmission electron microscopy was performed to study the particle size and morphology of silver nanoparticles. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy of the nanoparticles was performed to study the role of biomolecules capped on the surface of Ag nanoparticles during interaction. Photocatalytic activity of these biosynthesized nanoparticles was studied using an organic dye, methylene blue under solar irradiation and these nanoparticles showed efficacy in degrading the dye within a few hours of exposure.

  11. Films of covalently bonded gold nanoparticles synthesized by a sol–gel process

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    Gold nanoparticles (NPs) with a size close to 1.5 nm, coated with organic ligands bearing Si(OEt)3 groups, were synthesized and used to obtain self-standing films by a sol–gel process catalyzed by formic acid. Using FESEM images, FTIR, and UV–visible spectra, it was observed that very small gold NPs self-assembled by Si–O–Si covalent bonds forming crosslinked clusters with sizes up to about 50 nm in which NPs preserve their individuality. The possibility of fixing very small gold NPs in a crosslinked film opens a variety of potential applications based on the specific properties of small-size particles. As an example, we illustrated the way in which one can take advantage of the low melting temperature of these NPs to generate tiny gold crystals partially embedded at the surface, a process that might be used for the development of catalysts or sensors. Besides, the shift and change in the intensity of the plasmon band produced by heating to 100 °C may be employed to develop an irreversible sensor of undesirable temperature excursions during the life-time of a specific product.

  12. Optical and vibrational properties of PbSe nanoparticles synthesized in clinoptilolite

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    Flores-Valenzuela, J.; Cortez-Valadez, M.; Ramírez-Bon, R.; Arizpe-Chavez, H.; Román-Zamorano, J. F.; Flores-Acosta, M.

    2015-08-01

    In this work, the optical and vibrational properties of composites based on PbSe semiconductor immersed in a zeolite matrix are reported. The natural zeolite, (clinoptilolite) was used as the host material of PbSe nanoparticles. The method for obtaining these particles is also reported here, which is based on ion exchange processes inside the natural zeolite in alkaline aqueous solution that contains the precursor ions Pb2+ and Se2-. The process of synthesis was conducted temperature, volume, concentration and reaction time of the precursors. The samples were studied by powder X-ray diffraction, TEM (transmission electron microscopy), diffuse reflectance and Raman spectroscopy. The experimental results demonstrate that with this method, the particles with nanometric PbSe sizes were synthesized in the zeolite matrix. Vibrational Raman bands at low wave numbers were detected in these particles by the presence of a shoulder located at 135 cm-1 and a band at around 149 cm-1. The vibrational calculations for small clusters of PbSe at LSDA (Local Spin Density Approximation) level combined with the basis set LANDL2DZ (Los Alamos National Laboratory 2 double ζ), were considered through DFT (Density Functionl Theory). The "breathing" Raman modes located at 119-152 cm-1 were detected for this level of theory.

  13. Si/C composite lithium-ion battery anodes synthesized using silicon nanoparticles from porous silicon

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    The synthesis of Si nanoparticles by ultrasonication processing of porous Si powder and a novel method for preparing a high-capacity Si/C composite using this technique is reported. The porous Si powder is prepared by selectively etching the silicide phase of a Ti24Si76 alloy consisting of Si and silicide phases. The particle size of the nanocrystalline Si is determined by the crystallite size of the Si and silicide phases in the alloy powder. Ultrasonication of the porous Si obtained from the mechanically alloyed Ti24Si76 alloy generates nanocrystalline Si particles of size about 5 nm. Growth of the Si and silicide phases in the alloy is induced by annealing of the mechanically alloyed sample, with a consequent increase in the size of the Si particles obtained after ultrasonication. Application of the ultrasonication process to the fabrication of Si/C composite anode materials generates nanometer-scale Si particles in situ that are distributed in the matrix. Analysis of the phases obtained and evaluation of the distribution of the nanometer-scale Si particles in the composites via XRD/TEM measurements show that the nanometer-scale Si particles are effectively synthesized and uniformly distributed in the carbon matrix, leading to enhanced electrochemical performance of the Si/C composites

  14. Self-assembly of gas-phase synthesized magnesium nanoparticles on room temperature substrates

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    Magnesium nanoparticles (NPs) with initial size in the 10–50 nm range were synthesized by inert gas condensation under helium flow and deposited on room temperature substrates. The morphology and crystal structure of the NPs ensemble were investigated as a function of the deposition time by complementary electron microscopy techniques, including high resolution imaging and chemical mapping. With increasing amount of material, strong coarsening phenomena were observed at room temperature: small NPs disappeared while large faceted NPs developed, leading to a 5-fold increase of the average NPs size within a few minutes. The extent of coarsening and the final morphology depended also on the nature of the substrate. Furthermore, large single-crystal NPs were seen to arise from the self-organization of primary NPs units, providing a mechanism for crystal growth. The dynamics of the self-assembly process involves the basic steps of NPs sticking, diffusion on substrate, coordinated rotation and attachment/coalescence. Key features are the surface energy anisotropy, reflected by the faceted shape of the NPs, and the low melting point of the material. The observed phenomena have strong implications in relation to the synthesis and stability of nanostructures based on Mg or other elements with similar features. (paper)

  15. Optical and Structural Properties of ZnO Nanoparticles Synthesized by CO2 Microwave Plasma at Atmospheric Pressure

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    Se Min Chun

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The results of carbon-doped zinc oxide nanoparticles synthesized by CO2 microwave plasma at atmospheric pressure are presented. The 2.45-GHz microwave plasma torch and feeder for injecting Zn granules are used in the synthesis of zinc oxide nanoparticles. The Zn granules (13.5 g/min were introduced into the microwave plasma by CO2 (5 l/min swirl gas. The microwave power delivered to the CO2 microwave plasma was 1 kW. The synthesis of carbon-doped zinc oxide nanoparticles was carried out in accordance with CO2 + Zn → carbon-doped ZnO + CO. The synthesized carbon-doped zinc oxide nanoparticles have a high purity hexagonal phase. The absorption edge of carbon-doped zinc oxide nanoparticles exhibited a red shift from a high-energy wavelength to lower in the UV-visible spectrum, due to band gap narrowing. A UV-NIR spectrometer, X-ray diffraction, emission scanning electron-microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, and a UV-Vis-NIR spectrophotometer were used for the characterization of the as-produced products.

  16. X-ray absorption spectroscopy characterization of iron-oxide nanoparticles synthesized by high temperature plasma processing

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    Iron-oxide nanoparticles have been synthesized by high temperature arc plasma route with different plasma currents and characterized for their structure, morphology and local atomic order. Fe K-edge x-ray absorption spectra reveal distinct local structure of the samples grown with different plasma currents. We have shown that the local disorder is higher for the higher plasma current grown samples that also have a larger average particle-size. The results provide useful information to control structural and morphological properties of nanoparticles grown by high temperature plasma synthesis process

  17. Thermal stability and microstructure characterization of MgAl2O4 nanoparticles synthesized by reverse microemulsion method

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    Ping Fu; Wenzhong Lu; Wen Lei; Ke Wu; Yong Xu; Jiamin Wu

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    Magnesium aluminate (MgAl2O4) spinel nanoparticles were synthesized by reverse microemulsion process in cyclohexane by using two kinds of surfactants, n-amyl alcohol as cosurfactant and mixture of aluminic/magnesic salt aqueous solution as basic reagents. The effects of surfactant types and titration methods on the morphologies and sizes of the MgAl2O4 nanoparticles were characterized by TEM, TGA-DTA, XRD, HR-TEM and FT-IR. TEM images show that the particles prepared by forward-titration meth...

  18. Newly Synthesized Water Soluble Cholinium-Purpurin Photosensitizers and Their Stabilized Gold Nanoparticles as Promising Anticancer Agents

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    Full Text Available For possible future use in Photodynamic Therapy (PDT and/or Photothermal Therapy (PTT of cancer and screening of cancer cells a new type of ionic liquid photosensitizer –Cholinium-Purpurin-18 (Chol-Pu-18 – was synthesized and small gold (Au nanoparticles, stabilized by this photosensitizer were prepared without adding any particular reducing agents and CTAB. UV-Vis spectroscopy and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM were used for characterization of the nanoparticles and FAB-MS and NMR of the ionic liquid choline hydroxide, purpurin carboxylate and their ionic liquid type of photosensitizer were obtained.

  19. Phycosynthesis of silver nanoparticles and photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange dye using silver (Ag) nanoparticles synthesized from Hypnea musciformis (Wulfen) J.V. Lamouroux

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    Ganapathy Selvam, G.; Sivakumar, K.

    2015-06-01

    In the present investigation, simple and eco-friendly chemical reaction for the synthesis reported on biological synthesis of nano-sized silver and biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles using Hypnea musciformis at room temperature along with photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange dye. The nanoparticles of silver were formed by the reduction of silver nitrate to aqueous silver metal ions during exposure to the extract of red alga H. musciformis. The optical properties of the obtained silver nanoparticles were characterized by applying UV-visible absorption and room temperature photoluminescence. The X-ray diffraction results revealed that the synthesized silver nanoparticles were in the cubic phase. The existence of functional groups was identified using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The morphology and size of the synthesized particles were studied with atomic force microscope measurements. Photocatalytic degradation of methyl orange was measured spectrophotometrically by using silver as nanocatalyst under visible light illumination. The results revealed that biosynthesized silver nanoparticles using H. musciformis was found to be impressive in degrading methyl orange.

  20. Using Glutamic Acid, Phenylalanine and Tryptophan to Synthesize Capped Gold Nanoparticles

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    Kamyar Khoshnevisan; Mohammad Barkhi; Nasim Bararpour; Shahram Tangestaninejad; Azim Akbarzadeh; Davood Zare

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    Introduction: The study and investigation of gold nanoparticles produced by amino acid is one of the interesting and applied issues in nanotechnology. In this study, amino acids were used to reduce gold cations as well as an agent to cap gold nanoparticles. In fact, strong bound of amino groups to amino acid and protein on the gold nanoparticles surface indicate the medical applications of these materials. Methods: In this study, gold nanoparticles were prepared and functionalized by using so...

  1. Phase transformations of high-purity PbI2 nanoparticles synthesized from lead-acid accumulator anodes

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    Malevu, T. D.; Ocaya, R. O.; Tshabalala, K. G.

    2016-09-01

    High-purity hexagonal lead iodide nanoparticles have been synthesized from a depleted sealed lead acid battery anode. The synthesized product was found to consist of the rare 6R polytype form of PbI2 that is thought to have good potential in photovoltaic applications. We investigate the effects of annealing time and post-melting temperature on the structure and optical properties using 1.5418 Å CuKα radiation. Photoluminescence measurements were done under 150 W/221 nm wavelength xenon excitation. Phase transformation was observed through XRD peaks when annealing time increased from 0.5-5 h. The nanoparticle grain size and inter-planar distance appeared to be independent of annealing time. PL measurements show three broad peaks in a range of 400 nm to 700 nm that are attributed to excitonic, donor-acceptor pair and luminescence bands from the deep levels.

  2. Room temperature synthesized rutile TiO2 nanoparticles induced by laser ablation in liquid and their photocatalytic activity

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    TiO2 nanoparticles were prepared by one-step pulsed laser ablation of a titanium target immersed in a poly-(vinylpyrrolidone) solution at room temperature. The products were systematically characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Raman spectroscopy and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The results indicated that the rutile TiO2 nanocrystalline particles were one-step synthesized at room temperature and the mean size in diameter is about 50 nm with a narrow size distribution. A probable formation process was proposed on the basis of the microstructure and the instantaneous plasma plume induced by the laser. Photocatalytic activity was monitored by degradation of a methylene blue solution. The as-prepared rutile TiO2 nanoparticles demonstrate a good photocatalytic performance. This work shows that pulsed laser ablation in liquid media is a good method to synthesize some nanosized materials which are difficult to produce by other conventional methods.

  3. Electrochemical Sensing of Dopamine and Antibacterial Properties of ZnO Nanoparticles Synthesized from Solution Combustion Method

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    Manjunath, K.; Lingaraju, K.; Kumar, D.; Nagabhushan, H.; Samrat, D.; Reddy, V.; Dupont, J.; Ramakrishnappa, T.; Nagaraju, G.

    2015-03-01

    We have successfully synthesized ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) from solution combustion method using combustible fuel (Green gram). XRD pattern confirms that the prepared compound is composed of wurtzite hexagonal zinc-oxide. FTIR spectrum of ZnO NPs shows the band at 417 cm-1 associated with the characteristic vibration of Zn-O. The UV-Vis spectrum shows a strong absorption band at 365 nm which is blue shifted due to quantum confinement effect. TEM images show the average sizes of the nanoparticles are found to be almost 15-30 nm. The as-synthesized product shows good electrochemical sensing of dopamine. Furthermore the antibacterial properties of ZnO NPs were investigated by their bactericidal activity against four bacterial strains using the agar well diffusion method.

  4. Conducting polymer hydrogel reactor for synthesizing Au nanoparticles and its use in the reduction of p-nitrophenol

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    We describe a novel approach of synthesizing Au nanoparticles (NPs) using a conducting poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)/poly(acrylic acid) (PEDOT/PAA) hydrogel reactor. The resulted composite hydrogel (Au/PEDOT/PAA) displays enhanced strength due to the formation of Au NPs (30–100 nm in diameter) within the hydrogel. Also, it exhibits excellent catalytic activity for the reduction of p-nitrophenol (p-NP). By adjusting the concentration of HAuCl4 during the preparation, the content of Au NPs can be facilely modulated. The present findings may shed some light on designing and preparing new composites containing noble metal NPs.Graphical AbstractWe describe a novel approach of synthesizing Au nanoparticles (NPs) by using a conducting poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene)/poly (acrylic acid) (PEDOT/PAA) hydrogel reactor. Those Au NPs display excellent catalytic activity for reduction of p-nitrophenol.

  5. Controlling the morphology and properties of solvothermal synthesized Cu2ZnSnS4 nanoparticles by solvent type

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    Highlights: • CZTS nanoparticles are fabricated by solvothermal method with different solvents. • Different morphologies are achieved by EDA, TETA, EG, and OA solvents. • Property and chelating ability of the solvents have a key role on nanoparticles formation. • TETA and OA are strongly recommended for solar cell applications. - Abstract: The copper–zinc–tin sulfide Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) semiconductors are recently considered as one of the favorable materials for application as absorber layers in solar cells due to their appropriate direct band gap energy and high optical absorption coefficient. In this study, the effect of solvent type on properties of solvothermal synthesized CZTS nanoparticles has been investigated. Ethylenediamine (EDA), triethylenetetramine (TETA), ethylene glycol (EG), and oleic acid (OA) have been used as the solvent. X-ray diffraction technique and Raman spectroscopy confirmed the formation of crystalline CZTS nanoparticles with kesterite crystal structure in these solvents with the exception of EDA, which forms wurtzite crystal structure. Morphological characterizations show that several distinct morphologies including spherical (70–160 nm), nanoplates (∼45 nm thickness and more than 1 μm length), peculiar flower-like particles (with diameter of ∼0.4–1.5 μm), truncated hexagonal disks, irregular particles, and hexagonal microdisks are obtained by varying the solvent type. Optical studies revealed broad absorption of the CZTS particles in the visible region. Compared with other solvents, OA synthesized CZTS particles show higher absorption in the visible region. However, CZTS nanoparticles synthesized by TETA solvent show the most appropriate properties for application as an absorber materials in solar cells due to high crystallinity, low impurity phases, suitable size, and proper band gap energy

  6. Novel microbial route to synthesize ZnO nanoparticles using Aeromonas hydrophila and their activity against pathogenic bacteria and fungi

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    Jayaseelan, C.; Rahuman, A. Abdul; Kirthi, A. Vishnu; Marimuthu, S.; Santhoshkumar, T.; Bagavan, A.; Gaurav, K.; Karthik, L.; Rao, K. V. Bhaskara

    2012-05-01

    In the present work, we describe a low-cost, unreported and simple procedure for biosynthesis of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) using reproducible bacteria, Aeromonas hydrophila as eco-friendly reducing and capping agent. UV-vis spectroscopy, XRD, FTIR, AFM, NC-AFM and FESEM with EDX analyses were performed to ascertain the formation and characterization of ZnO NPs. The synthesized ZnO NPs were characterized by a peak at 374 nm in the UV-vis spectrum. XRD confirmed the crystalline nature of the nanoparticles and AFM showed the morphology of the nanoparticle to be spherical, oval with an average size of 57.72 nm. Synthesized ZnO NPs showed the XRD peaks at 31.75°, 34.37°, 47.60°, 56.52°, 66.02° and 75.16° were identified as (1 0 0), (0 0 2), (1 0 1), (1 0 2), (1 1 0), (1 1 2) and (2 02 ) reflections, respectively. Rietveld analysis to the X-ray data indicated that ZnO NPs have hexagonal unit cell at crystalline level. The size and topological structure of the ZnO NPs was measured by NC-AFM. The morphological characterization of synthesized nanoparticles was analyzed by FESEM and chemical composition by EDX. The antibacterial and antifungal activity was ended with corresponding well diffusion and minimum inhibitory concentration. The maximum zone of inhibition was observed in the ZnO NPs (25 μg/mL) against Pseudomonas aeruginosa (22 ± 1.8 mm) and Aspergillus flavus (19 ± 1.0 mm). Bacteria-mediated ZnO NPs were synthesized and proved to be a good novel antimicrobial material for the first time in this study.

  7. Band gap engineering and enhanced photoluminescence of Mg doped ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by wet chemical route

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    Arshad, Mohd; Meenhaz Ansari, Mohd [Department of Applied Physics, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh (India); Ahmed, Arham S. [Department of Physics, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh (India); Tripathi, Pushpendra [Department of Applied Physics, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh (India); Ashraf, S.S.Z. [Department of Physics, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh (India); Naqvi, A.H. [Department of Applied Physics, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh (India); Azam, Ameer, E-mail: azam222@rediffmail.com [Department of Applied Physics, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh (India)

    2015-05-15

    In the present investigations Mg doped ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized using sol–gel method. Mg doping in nanoparticles was found to be a good method for tuning of band gap and photoluminescence of ZnO nanoparticles. Simultaneously, Mg doping also inhibited the growth of particle size and it decreased from 36.1 to 13.5 nm with the increase in doping concentration from 0% to 12%. Optical band gap was found to increase from 3.23 to 3.47 eV and photoluminescence studies revealed that visible PL emission was enhanced with doping concentration. - Highlights: • Significant decrease in particle size with Mg doping. • Increase in band gap with Mg doping. • Enhanced luminescence as a result of Mg doping.

  8. Properties of Er{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles synthesized by a modified co-precipitation method

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    Castaneda C, J.; Maranon R, V. F.; Perez Ladron de G, H.; Rodriguez R, R. A.; Chiu Z, R. [Universidad de Guadalajara, Centro Universitario de los Lagos, Av. Enrique Diaz de Leon s/n, Lagos de Moreno 47460, Jalisco (Mexico); Meneses N, M. A., E-mail: jcc050769@yahoo.com.mx [Centro de Investigaciones en Optica, A. C., Apdo. Postal 1-948, Leon, Guanajuato (Mexico)

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    Er{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles were synthesized by co-precipitation with the addition of ascorbate as stabilizing agent. The nanoparticles had spherical shapes with a mean diameter of 32 nm and were allocated in clusters, as determined by X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy and optical microscopy. Characteristic green and red emissions from Er{sup 3+} were recorded by pumping the nanoparticles at 525 nm, 805 nm and 975 nm. However, the luminescence spectra show an enhancement of red emission for Nir pump wavelengths. We proposed this behavior was due to phonon-assisted depopulation mechanisms and energy transfer processes related to the different excitation schemes. (Author)

  9. Characterization of InSb Nanoparticles Synthesized Using Inert Gas Condensation

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    Pandya, Sneha G.; Kordesch, Martin E.

    2015-06-01

    Nanoparticles (NPs) of indium antimonide (InSb) were synthesized using a vapor phase synthesis technique known as inert gas condensation (IGC). NPs were directly deposited, at room temperature and under high vacuum, on glass cover slides, TEM grids and (111) p-type silicon wafers. TEM studies showed a bimodal distribution in the size of the NPs with average particle size of 13.70 nm and 33.20 nm. The Raman spectra of InSb NPs exhibited a peak centered at 184.27 cm-1, which corresponds to the longitudinal optical (LO) modes of phonon vibration in InSb. A 1:1 In-to-Sb composition ratio was confirmed by energy dispersive X-ray (EDX). X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) studies revealed polycrystalline behavior of these NPs with lattice spacing around 0.37 and 0.23 nm corresponding to the growth directions of (111) and (220), respectively. The average crystallite size of the NPs obtained using XRD peak broadening results and the Debye-Scherrer formula was 25.62 nm, and the value of strain in NPs was found to be 0.0015. NP's band gap obtained using spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy was around 0.43-0.52 eV at 300 K, which is a blue shift of 0.26-0.35 eV. The effects of increased particle density resulting into aggregation of NPs are also discussed in this paper.

  10. Antioxidation Properties and Surface Interactions of Polyvinylpyrrolidone-Capped Zerovalent Copper Nanoparticles Synthesized in Supercritical Water.

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    Morioka, Takuya; Takesue, Masafumi; Hayashi, Hiromichi; Watanabe, Masaru; Smith, Richard L

    2016-01-27

    Zerovalent copper nanoparticles (CuNPs) (diameter, 26.5 ± 9 nm) capped with polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) were synthesized in supercritical water at 400 °C and 30 MPa with a continuous flow reactor. The PVP-capped CuNPs were dispersed in distilled water, methanol, ethanol, 1-propanol, 2-propanol, butanol, and their mixed solvents to study their long-term stability. Temporal variation of UV-vis spectra and surface plasmon resonance were measured and showed that ethanol, the propanols, and butanol solvents provided varying degrees of oxidative protection for Cu(0). Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy showed that PVP adsorbed onto the surface of the CuNPs with a pyrrolidone ring of PVP even if the CuNPs were oxidized. Intrinsic viscosities of PVP were higher for solvents that provided antioxidation protection than those that give oxidized CuNPs. In solvents that provided Cu(0) with good oxidative protection (ethanol, the propanols, and butanol), PVP polymer chains formed large radii of gyration and coil-like conformations in the solvents so that they were arranged uniformly and orderly on the surface of the CuNPs and could provide protection of the Cu(0) surface against dissolved oxygen. In solvents that provided poor oxidative protection for Cu(0) (water, alcohol-water mixed solvents with 30% water), PVP polymer chains had globular-like conformations due to their relatively high hydrogen-bonding interactions and sparse adsorption onto the CuNP surface. Antioxidative properties of PVP-capped CuNPs in a solvent can be ascribed to the conformation of PVP polymer chains on the Cu(0) particle surface that originates from the interaction between polymer chains and its interaction with the solvent. PMID:26716468

  11. Dispersion and Functionalization of Nanoparticles Synthesized by Gas Aggregation Source: Opening New Routes Toward the Fabrication of Nanoparticles for Biomedicine.

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    Oprea, B; Martínez, L; Román, E; Vanea, E; Simon, S; Huttel, Y

    2015-12-29

    The need to find new nanoparticles for biomedical applications is pushing the limits of the fabrication methods. New techniques with versatilities beyond the extended chemical routes can provide new insight in the field. In particular, gas aggregation sources offer the possibility to fabricate nanoparticles with controlled size, composition, and structure out of thermodynamics. In this context, the milestone is the optimization of the dispersion and functionalization processes of nanoparticles once fabricated by these routes as they are generated in the gas phase and deposited on substrates in vacuum or ultra-high vacuum conditions. In the present work we propose a fabrication route in ultra-high vacuum that is compatible with the subsequent dispersion and functionalization of nanoparticles in aqueous media and, which is more remarkable, in one single step. In particular, we will present the fabrication of nanoparticles with a sputter gas aggregation source using a Fe50B50 target and their further dispersion and functionalization with polyethyleneglycol (PEG). Characterization of these nanoparticles is carried out before and after PEG functionalization. During functionalization, significant boron dissolution occurs, which facilitates nanoparticle dispersion in the aqueous solution. The use of different complementary techniques allows us to prove the PEG attachment onto the surface of the nanoparticles, creating a shell to make them biocompatible. The result is the formation of nanoparticles with a structure mainly composed by a metallic Fe core and an iron oxide shell, surrounded by a second PEG shell dispersed in aqueous solution. Relaxivity measurements of these PEG-functionalized nanoparticles assessed their effectiveness as contrast agents for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) analysis. Therefore, this new fabrication route is a reliable alternative for the synthesis of nanoparticles for biomedicine. PMID:26640032

  12. Facile approach to synthesize magnesium oxide nanoparticles by using Clitoria ternatea—characterization and in vitro antioxidant studies

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    John Sushma, N.; Prathyusha, D.; Swathi, G.; Madhavi, T.; Deva Prasad Raju, B.; Mallikarjuna, K.; Kim, Hak-Sung

    2016-03-01

    Facile approach to synthesize the metal oxide nanoparticles is getting an increased attention in various biomedical applications such as, to treat antibiotic resistant diseases. Magnesium oxide nanoparticles (MgO·NPs) were synthesized by using Clitoria ternatea as the stabilizer in a green synthesis approach. The preliminary screening of MgO·NPs in the presence of C. ternatea extract was observed by UV-visible spectrophotometer. X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern have proved the crystalline nature of the MgO·NPs; Photoluminescence (PL) measurement studies are used to identify the quality and defects in the crystal structure. FE-SEM with EDS has showed the size of 50-400 nm with specific binding energies. FT-IR has revealed the functional groups present in the plant extract and the peak at 521 cm-1 indicated the characteristic absorption bands of MgO·NPs. The DPPH activity and reducing power assay of biologically synthesized MgO·NPs could reach 65 % at a concentration of 150 µg/ml, respectively. From the results it was concluded that the biologically synthesized MgO·NPs exhibit good antioxidant activity.

  13. Structural and photoluminescence studies of TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles synthesized by solution combustion method

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    Balamurugan, M., E-mail: chem.muruga@gmail.com; Silambarasan, M. [Centre for Photonics and Nanotechnology, Department of Science, Sona College of Technology, Salem – 636 005, Tamilnadu (India); Saravanan, S. [Centre for Photonics and Nanotechnology, Department of Science, Sona College of Technology, Salem – 636 005, Tamilnadu (India); Department of Frontier Materials, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya - 466-8555 (Japan); Soga, Tetsuo [Department of Frontier Materials, Nagoya Institute of Technology, Nagoya - 466-8555 (Japan)

    2015-06-24

    In this study titanium dioxide nanoparticle is prepared by simple solution combustion method. The powder X-ray diffraction pattern indicates the prepared titanium dioxide nanoparticles crystalline nature with tetragonal structure. Also it shows the nanoparticle is anatase and rutile mixed phase. The Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy image shows the nanostructure of particles in the size range about 50 nm. Room temperature photoluminescence shows intrinsic defects of oxygen vacancies.

  14. Structural and photoluminescence studies of TiO2 nanoparticles synthesized by solution combustion method

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    In this study titanium dioxide nanoparticle is prepared by simple solution combustion method. The powder X-ray diffraction pattern indicates the prepared titanium dioxide nanoparticles crystalline nature with tetragonal structure. Also it shows the nanoparticle is anatase and rutile mixed phase. The Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy image shows the nanostructure of particles in the size range about 50 nm. Room temperature photoluminescence shows intrinsic defects of oxygen vacancies

  15. Injection of synthesized FePt nanoparticles in hole-patterns for bit patterned media

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    FePt nanoparticles of uniform sizes, compositions, and crystal structures can be obtained by chemical synthesis. Additionally, the nanoparticles can be well dispersed by the adsorption of a surfactant on the nanoparticle surface. Previously, the immobilization of FePt nanoparticles on a thermal oxide Si substrate was carried out by chemical synthesis, utilizing the Pt-S bonding between the -SH functional group in (3-mercaptopropyl)trimethoxysilane, MPTMS and Pt in FePt nanoparticles. However, controlling FePt nanoparticle arrays by this synthesis method was very difficult. In the present study, we attempted to control the distortion of the arrangement of FePt nanoparticles using an MPTMS layer modified with a silane coupling reaction and a geometrical structure prepared by ultraviolet nanoimprint lithography (UV-NIL). In this study, the hole-patterns used for the geometrical structure on Si(1 0 0) were 200 nm wide, 40 nm deep, and had a 500 nm pitch. The 5.6 nm FePt nanoparticles were used to coat the hole-patterns by using a picoliter pipette. An XHR-SEM image clearly revealed that the FePt nanoparticles were successfully arranged as a single layer with an average pitch of 10.0 nm by Pt-S bonding in the hole-patterns on Si(1 0 0). - Research highlights: → BPM offers a candidate to developing next-generation ultra-high density data storage. → L10-FePt alloys have the very high uniaxial magnetic crystalline anisotropy energy. → FePt nanoparticles with partial L10-ordering were prepared by chemical synthesis. → FePt nanoparticles arrays were immobilized Pt-S and controlled hole-patterns. → FePt nanoparticle arrays were controlled at 10 nm intervals on Si(1 0 0).

  16. Bismuth nanoparticles synthesized by laser ablation in lubricant oils for tribological tests

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    Highlights: • Bismuth nanoparticles have been obtained by laser ablation of solids in liquids. • The technique allows controlling the size and concentration of the samples. • Bi np’s in base oils can improve the tribological characteristics of the lubricant. - Abstract: The improvement of the tribological properties of mineral base oils through the addition of bismuth nanoparticles as an additive, together with the idea of obtaining lubricants free of heavy metals, was evaluated. Bismuth nanoparticles were produced directly in the heavy and light viscosity mineral base oils (BS900 and BS6500) using the technique of laser ablation of solids immersed in liquids. Transmission electron microscopy measurements showed the presence of pure bismuth nanoparticles. Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) measurements showed that the average size of the nanoparticles was between 7 and 65 nm depending on the experimental conditions used. The tribological properties of the base oil with the bismuth nanoparticles additives were evaluated using a four-ball tester. Tests were performed using the base oil with and without Bi nanoparticles. It was observed that the coefficient of friction of the oil decrease with an increasing concentration of the nanoparticles. The results also showed that the wear rate was reduced when the Bi nanoparticle additives were used

  17. Magnetic properties and morphology of Ni nanoparticles synthesized in gas phase

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    We report on the size, structure and magnetic properties of Ni nanoparticles fabricated with a free-jet sputtering nanoparticle source. It is found how the pressure of the inert gas and the diameter of the source nozzle can control the particle size and coercivity in a wide range. Measurements of the specific magnetic moment of Ni nanoparticles are reported. A particular growing regime is found at high pressures over 1.8 mbar observing a further aggregation process that leads to nanoparticle agglomerates with diameters larger than 100 nm with a low dispersion in size.

  18. Bismuth nanoparticles synthesized by laser ablation in lubricant oils for tribological tests

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    Flores-Castañeda, M., E-mail: mar.floc@hotmail.com [Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Av. Instituto Literario No. 100, Oriente Col. Centro, Toluca, Estado de México C.P. 50000, México (Mexico); Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Carretera México-Toluca s/n, La Marquesa, Ocoyoacac, Edo. de México C.P. 52750, México (Mexico); Camps, E. [Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Nucleares, Carretera México-Toluca s/n, La Marquesa, Ocoyoacac, Edo. de México C.P. 52750, México (Mexico); Camacho-López, M. [Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Av. Instituto Literario No. 100, Oriente Col. Centro, Toluca, Estado de México C.P. 50000, México (Mexico); Muhl, S. [Instituto de Investigación en Materiales (UNAM), Circuito Exterior, Ciudad Universitaria, Coyoacán, 04510 México, D.F., México (Mexico); and others

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • Bismuth nanoparticles have been obtained by laser ablation of solids in liquids. • The technique allows controlling the size and concentration of the samples. • Bi np’s in base oils can improve the tribological characteristics of the lubricant. - Abstract: The improvement of the tribological properties of mineral base oils through the addition of bismuth nanoparticles as an additive, together with the idea of obtaining lubricants free of heavy metals, was evaluated. Bismuth nanoparticles were produced directly in the heavy and light viscosity mineral base oils (BS900 and BS6500) using the technique of laser ablation of solids immersed in liquids. Transmission electron microscopy measurements showed the presence of pure bismuth nanoparticles. Small Angle X-ray Scattering (SAXS) measurements showed that the average size of the nanoparticles was between 7 and 65 nm depending on the experimental conditions used. The tribological properties of the base oil with the bismuth nanoparticles additives were evaluated using a four-ball tester. Tests were performed using the base oil with and without Bi nanoparticles. It was observed that the coefficient of friction of the oil decrease with an increasing concentration of the nanoparticles. The results also showed that the wear rate was reduced when the Bi nanoparticle additives were used.

  19. Characterization, antioxidant and cytotoxicity evaluation of green synthesized silver nanoparticles using Cleistanthus collinus extract as surface modifier

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    Graphical abstract: The figure is the TEM image of green synthesized silver nanoparticles from Cleistanthus collinus. In this investigation we have used the poisonous plant as a reducing and capping agent. This is a first time data to synthesis the metal nanoparticles using poisonous plant. - Highlights: • A hitherto unreported venomous plant mediated AgNPs synthesis. • The particle size is observed in the range of 20–40 nm. • Surface morphology of the well-dispersed silver nanoparticles is studied using SEM and TEM. • Crystalline nature of AgNPs is confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis. • Antioxidant activities of green synthesized AgNPs are tested in vitro. - Abstract: We report, here a simple green method for the preparation of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) using the plant extract of Cleistanthus collinus as potential phyto reducer. The synthesized AgNPs were characterized by UV–vis spectra, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The obtained results confirmed that the AgNPs were crystalline in nature and the morphological studies reveal the spherical shape of AgNPs with size ranging from 20 to 40 nm. The in vitro antioxidant activity of AgNPs showed a significant effect on scavenging of free radicals. The cytotoxicity study exhibited a dose-dependent effect against human lung cancer cells (A549) and normal cells (HBL-100), the inhibitory concentration (IC50) were found to be 30 μg/mL and 60 μg/mL respectively. The in vivo histopathology of mouse organs proved that AgNPs does not possess toxic effect and can be extensively applied in biomedical sciences

  20. Characterization, antioxidant and cytotoxicity evaluation of green synthesized silver nanoparticles using Cleistanthus collinus extract as surface modifier

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    Kanipandian, Nagarajan [Laboratory of Aquabiotics/Nanoscience, Department of Animal Science, School of Life Sciences, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli 620 024, Tamil Nadu (India); Kannan, Soundarapandian [Proteomics and Molecular Cell Physiology Laboratory, Department of Zoology, Periyar University, Salem 636 011, Tamil Nadu (India); Ramesh, Ramar; Subramanian, Periyasamy [Laboratory of Aquabiotics/Nanoscience, Department of Animal Science, School of Life Sciences, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli 620 024, Tamil Nadu (India); Thirumurugan, Ramasamy, E-mail: ramthiru72@gmail.com [Laboratory of Aquabiotics/Nanoscience, Department of Animal Science, School of Life Sciences, Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli 620 024, Tamil Nadu (India)

    2014-01-01

    Graphical abstract: The figure is the TEM image of green synthesized silver nanoparticles from Cleistanthus collinus. In this investigation we have used the poisonous plant as a reducing and capping agent. This is a first time data to synthesis the metal nanoparticles using poisonous plant. - Highlights: • A hitherto unreported venomous plant mediated AgNPs synthesis. • The particle size is observed in the range of 20–40 nm. • Surface morphology of the well-dispersed silver nanoparticles is studied using SEM and TEM. • Crystalline nature of AgNPs is confirmed by X-ray diffraction analysis. • Antioxidant activities of green synthesized AgNPs are tested in vitro. - Abstract: We report, here a simple green method for the preparation of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) using the plant extract of Cleistanthus collinus as potential phyto reducer. The synthesized AgNPs were characterized by UV–vis spectra, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The obtained results confirmed that the AgNPs were crystalline in nature and the morphological studies reveal the spherical shape of AgNPs with size ranging from 20 to 40 nm. The in vitro antioxidant activity of AgNPs showed a significant effect on scavenging of free radicals. The cytotoxicity study exhibited a dose-dependent effect against human lung cancer cells (A549) and normal cells (HBL-100), the inhibitory concentration (IC{sub 50}) were found to be 30 μg/mL and 60 μg/mL respectively. The in vivo histopathology of mouse organs proved that AgNPs does not possess toxic effect and can be extensively applied in biomedical sciences.

  1. Highly magnetic Fe2O3 nanoparticles synthesized by laser pyrolysis used for biological and heat transfer applications

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    Highlights: • Laser pyrolysis technique was employed for gamma iron oxide nanoparticles synthesis. • Hydrophobicity was induced by higher synthesis temperature due to C2H4 decomposition. • They show or ferro or superpamagnetic behavior and 70 emu/g saturation magnetization. • Nanoparticles (20 g/l)/L-DOPA aqueous suspensions have enhanced thermal conductivity. • The suspensions show no cytotoxic effects on human tumor or normal mouse immune cells. - Abstract: γFe2O3-based nanoparticles were synthesized by laser pyrolysis using various optimized Fe(CO)5, O2 and C2H4 flow ratios in the reactive mixture, and different laser power values. Depending on particular conditions, two different iron oxide-based nanoparticles (MNPs) were synthesized, with a hydrophilic or hydrophobic behavior, both presenting a high magnetization saturation (around 70 emu/g). TEM, EDX, XRD and magnetic analyses were performed for a comprehensive characterization. The raw powders were successfully dispersed in aqueous media using L-DOPA as stabilizing agent. Dispersed samples, with or without stabilization agents, have been tested and DLS measurements proved their good stability, with the hydrodynamic diameter varying between 70 and 150 nm when the stabilizing agent was used. Thermal conductivity and viscosity tests on L-DOPA-functionalized MNPs suspensions reveal the increasing (up to 40%) of their thermal conductivity, accompanied by a viscosity increase of only 5%, validating them as thermal transfer fluids. Water-based nanoparticle dispersions and also those stabilized with L-DOPA proved a good biocompatibility, as demonstrated by a preliminary in vitro study on mouse primary leukocytes and human breast carcinoma cell line MCF-7; although ingested by the investigated cells, MNPs do not decrease cellular viability and proliferation

  2. Cytotoxic effect of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles synthesized via seaweed aqueous extract

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    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Farideh Namvar,1,2 Heshu Sulaiman Rahman,3,4 Rosfarizan Mohamad,1,5 Javad Baharara,2 Mahnaz Mahdavi,6 Elaheh Amini,7 Max Stanley Chartrand,8 Swee Keong Yeap31Institute of Tropical Forestry and Forest Products, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia; 2Research Center for Animal Development Applied Biology, Mashhad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Mashhad, Iran; 3Institute of Bioscience, 4Department of Microbiology and Pathology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, 5Department of Bioprocess Technology, Faculty of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Selangor, Malaysia; 6Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Islamic Azad University, Shiraz Branch, Shiraz, 7Kharazmi University, Tehran, Iran; 8DigiCare Behavioral Research, Casa Grande, AZ, USAAbstract: Magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (Fe3O4 MNPs are among the most useful metal nanoparticles for multiple applications across a broad spectrum in the biomedical field, including the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. In previous work, we synthesized and characterized Fe3O4 MNPs using a simple, rapid, safe, efficient, one-step green method involving reduction of ferric chloride solution using brown seaweed (Sargassum muticum aqueous extract containing hydroxyl, carboxyl, and amino functional groups mainly relevant to polysaccharides, which acts as a potential stabilizer and metal reductant agent. The aim of this study was to evaluate the in vitro cytotoxic activity and cellular effects of these Fe3O4 MNPs. Their in vitro anticancer activity was demonstrated in human cell lines for leukemia (Jurkat cells, breast cancer (MCF-7 cells, cervical cancer (HeLa cells, and liver cancer (HepG2 cells. The cancer cells were treated with different concentrations of Fe3O4 MNPs, and an MTT (3-[4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl]-2,5 diphenyl tetrazolium bromide assay was used to test for cytotoxicity, resulting in an inhibitory concentration 50 (IC50 value of 23.83±1.1

  3. Advances of Ag, Cu, and Ag-Cu alloy nanoparticles synthesized via chemical reduction route

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    Tan, Kim Seah; Cheong, Kuan Yew, E-mail: cheong@eng.usm.my [Universiti Sains Malaysia, Electronic Materials Research Group, School of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering (Malaysia)

    2013-04-15

    Silver (Ag) and copper (Cu) nanoparticles have shown great potential in variety applications due to their excellent electrical and thermal properties resulting high demand in the market. Decreasing in size to nanometer scale has shown distinct improvement in these inherent properties due to larger surface-to-volume ratio. Ag and Cu nanoparticles are also shown higher surface reactivity, and therefore being used to improve interfacial and catalytic process. Their melting points have also dramatically decreased compared with bulk and thus can be processed at relatively low temperature. Besides, regularly alloying Ag into Cu to create Ag-Cu alloy nanoparticles could be used to improve fast oxidizing property of Cu nanoparticles. There are varieties methods have been reported on the synthesis of Ag, Cu, and Ag-Cu alloy nanoparticles. This review aims to cover chemical reduction means for synthesis of those nanoparticles. Advances of this technique utilizing different reagents namely metal salt precursors, reducing agents, and stabilizers, as well as their effects on respective nanoparticles have been systematically reviewed. Other parameters such as pH and temperature that have been considered as an important factor influencing the quality of those nanoparticles have also been reviewed thoroughly.

  4. Gold nanoparticles synthesized by gamma radiation and stabilized by bovine serum albumin

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    Leal, Jessica; Silva, Andressa A.; Geraldes, Adriana N.; Lugao, Ademar B., E-mail: jessicaleal@usp.br [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas e Nucleares (IPEN/CNEN-SP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil); Grasselli, Mariano, E-mail: mariano.grasselli@gmail.com [Departamento de Ciencia y Tecnologia, Universidad Nacional de Quilmes, Bernal (Argentina)

    2015-07-01

    Gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) are a new option for pharmaceutical and cosmetic industries due to their interesting chemical, electrical and catalytic properties. Research for cancer treatments have been developed using this promising radiotherapy agent. The challenge of gold nanoparticles is to keep them stable, due to metallic behavior. It is know that surface plasma resonance promotes agglomeration of metallic nanoparticles, but they are not stable. Stabilizers have been used to reduce agglomeration. The aim of this work is reduction of HAuCl{sub 4} salt to AuNPs performed by gamma radiation {sup 60}Co source and the stabilization of gold nanoparticles using bovine serum albumin (BSA) fraction V as stabilizer agent. AuNPs were characterized by UV-visible to verify the nanoparticles formation. Samples containing BSA and samples obtained by the conventional method (without stabilizer) were monitored for two weeks and analyzed. Results were compared. (author)

  5. Inhibition of Phytophthora parasitica and P. capsici by Silver Nanoparticles Synthesized Using Aqueous Extract of Artemisia absinthium.

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    Ali, Mohammad; Kim, Bosung; Belfield, Kevin D; Norman, David; Brennan, Mary; Ali, Gul Shad

    2015-09-01

    Application of nanoparticles for controlling plant pathogens is a rapidly emerging area in plant disease management, and nanoparticles synthesis methods that are economical and ecofriendly are extensively investigated. In this project, we investigated the potential of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) synthesized with aqueous extract of Artemisia absinthium against several Phytophthora spp., which cause many economically important crop diseases. In in vitro dose-response tests conducted in microtiter plates, 10 µg ml⁻¹ of AgNPs inhibited mycelial growth of P. parasitica, P. infestans, P. palmivora, P. cinnamomi, P. tropicalis, P. capsici, and P. katsurae. Detailed in vitro dose-response analyses conducted with P. parasitica and P. capsici revealed that AgNPs synthesized with A. absinthium extract were highly potent (IC50: 2.1 to 8.3 µg ml⁻¹) and efficacious (100%) in inhibiting mycelial growth, zoospore germination, germ tube elongation, and zoospore production. Interestingly, AgNP treatment accelerated encystment of zoospores. Consistent with in vitro results, in planta experiments conducted in a greenhouse revealed that AgNP treatments prevented Phytophthora infection and improved plant survival. Moreover, AgNP in in planta experiments did not produce any adverse effects on plant growth. These investigations provide a simple and economical method for controlling Phytophthora with AgNP without affecting normal plant physiology. PMID:25871856

  6. Gold nanoparticles synthesized by Brassica oleracea (Broccoli) acting as antimicrobial agents against human pathogenic bacteria and fungi

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    Piruthiviraj, Prakash; Margret, Anita; Krishnamurthy, Poornima Priyadharsani

    2016-04-01

    Production of antimicrobial agents through the synthesis of gold nanoparticles using green technology has been extensively made consistent by various researchers; yet, this study uses the flower bud's aqueous extracts of Brassica oleracea (Broccoli) as a reducing agent for chloroauric acid (1 mM). After 30 min of incubation, synthesis of gold nanoparticles (AuNps) was observed by a change in extract color from pale yellow to purple color. Synthesis of AuNps was confirmed in UV-visible spectroscopy at the range of approximately 560 nm. The SEM analysis showed the average nanoparticles size of 12-22 nm. The antimicrobial activity of AuNps was analyzed by subjecting it to human pathogenic bacteria (Gram-positive Staphylococcus aureus and Gram-negative Klebsiella pneumonia) and fungi (Aspergillus flavus, Aspergillus niger and Candida albicans) using disc diffusion method. The broccoli-synthesized AuNps showed the efficient antibacterial and antifungal activity of above-mentioned microbes. It was confirmed that AuNps have the best antimicrobial agent compared to the standard antibiotics (Gentamicin and Fluconazole). When the concentrations of AuNps were increased (10, 25, and 50 µg/ml), the sensitivity zone also increased for all the tested microbes. The synthesized AuNps are capable of rendering high antimicrobial efficacy and, hence, have a great potential in the preparation of drugs used against major bacterial and fungal diseases in humans.

  7. A new green chemistry method based on plant extracts to synthesize gold nanoparticles

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    Montes Castillo, Milka Odemariz

    Extraordinary chemical and physical properties exhibited by nanomaterials, as compared to their bulk counterparts, have made the area of nanotechnology a growing realm in the past three decades. It is the nanoscale size (from 1 to 100 nm) and the morphologies of nanomaterials that provide several properties and applications not possible for the same material in the bulk. Magnetic and optical properties, as well as surface reactivity are highly dependent on the size and morphology of the nanomaterial. Diverse nanomaterials are being widely used in molecular diagnostics as well as in medicine, electronic and optical devices. Among the most studied nanomaterials, gold nanoparticles are of special interest due to their multifunctional capabilities. For instance, spherical gold nanoparticles measuring 15-20 nm in diameter have been studied due to their insulin binding properties. Also, thiol functionalized gold nanoparticles between 5 and 30 nm are used in the detection of DNA. Thus, harnessing the shape and size of gold nanoparticles plays an important role in science and technology. The synthesis of gold nanoparticles via the reduction of gold salts, using citrate or other reducing agents, has been widely studied. In recent years, algae, fungi, bacteria, and living plants have been used to reduce trivalent gold (Au3+) to its zero oxidation state (Au 0) forming gold nanoparticles of different sizes and shapes. In addition, plant biomasses have also been studied for their gold-reducing power and nanoparticle formation. Although there is information about the synthesis of the gold nanoparticles by biologically based materials; to our knowledge, the study of the use of alfalfa extracts has not been reported. This innovation represents a significant improvement; that is an environmentally friendly method that does not use toxic chemicals. Also, the problem of extracting the formed gold nanoparticles from biomaterials is addressed in this research but still remains to be

  8. Novel morphology of needle-Like nanoparticles of Na2Mo2O7 synthesized by using Ultrasonic spray pyrolysis

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    Ivana Lj. Validžić

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available Low-temperature method for the synthesis of novel morphology of needle-like nanoparticles of disodium dimolybdate (Na2Mo2O7 in the process of ultrasonic spray pyrolysis (USP using aqueous solutions of thermodynamically stable molybdenum (VI oxide clusters as precursor is described. Needle-like Na2Mo2O7 particles were obtained and collected in toluene, while centrifugation was employed to isolate solid material from solution. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM confirmed that the morphology of the synthesized Na2Mo2O7 particles is needle-like collected into bundles. The X-ray Powder Diffraction (XRPD analysis revealed appearance of orthorhombic Na2Mo2O7, synthesized at 300 °C. By comparing the XRPD pattern of the synthesized needle-like Na2Mo2O7 powder obtained in the process of USP with the XRPD pattern simulated for randomly-distributed crystallites by planes, the most prefered growth plane of needle-like nanoparticles were found.

  9. Novel Morphology of Needle-Like Nanoparticles of Na2Mo2O7 Synthesized by Using Ultrasonic Spray Pyrolysis

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    Full Text Available Low-temperature method for the synthesis of novel morphology of needle-like nanoparticles of disodium dimolybdate (Na2Mo2O7 in the process of ultrasonic spray pyrolysis (USP using aqueous solutions of thermodynamically stable molybdenum (VI oxide clusters as precursor is described. Needle-like Na2Mo2O7 particles were obtained and collected in toluene, while centrifugation was employed to isolate solid material from solution. The scanning electron microscopy (SEM confirmed that the morphology of the synthesized Na2Mo2O7 particles is needle-like collected into bundles. The X-ray Powder Diffraction (XRPD analysis revealed appearance of orthorhombic Na2Mo2O7, synthesized at 300 °C. By comparing the XRPD pattern of the synthesized needle-like Na2Mo2O7 powder obtained in the process of USP with the XRPD pattern simulated for randomly-distributed crystallites by planes, the most prefered growth plane of needle-like nanoparticles were found.

  10. Synthesis, characterization and biocompatibility of ``green'' synthesized silver nanoparticles using tea polyphenols

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    Moulton, Michael C.; Braydich-Stolle, Laura K.; NadagoudaPresent Address: Pegasus Technical Services, 46 E. Hollister Street, Cincinnati, 45219, Ohio, Usa., Mallikarjuna N.; Kunzelman, Samantha; Hussain, Saber M.; Varma, Rajender S.

    2010-05-01

    Since ancient times, people have taken advantage of the antimicrobial effects of colloidal silver particles. Aside from the medical prospects, silver nanoparticles are found in a wide range of commercially available consumer products ranging from cosmetics to household cleansers. Current synthetic methods for creating silver nanoparticles typically call for potentially hazardous chemicals, extreme heat, and produce environmentally dangerous byproducts. Therefore, it is essential that novel ``green'' synthesis of nanoparticles becomes a reality, and it is imperative to fully analyze the potential toxic effects of these nanoparticles. In this study, we have shown that by reducing silver nitrate in solutions of tea extract or epicatechin of varying concentrations, spherical silver nanoparticles were formed that had controllable size distributions depending on the concentration of tea extract or epicatechin in the samples. Our ultra-resolution microscopy demonstrated that the nanoparticles were in fact interacting with the keratinocytes. Furthermore, evaluation of mitochondrial function (MTS) to assess cell viability and membrane integrity (LDH) in human keratinocytes showed that the silver nanoparticles were nontoxic. These results demonstrated that these nanoparicles are potentially biocompatible and warrant further evaluation in other biological systems.

  11. Structural, morphological and gas sensing study of zinc doped tin oxide nanoparticles synthesized via hydrothermal technique

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    Singh, Davender; Kundu, Virender Singh; Maan, A. S.

    2016-07-01

    The pure and Zn-doped SnO2 nanoparticles were prepared successfully by hydrothermal route on large scale having different doping concentration of zinc from 0 to 0.20%. The calcined nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscope (SEM) for structural and morphological studies. XRD analyses reveal that the nanoparticles of these doping concentrations are polycrystalline in nature and existed as tetragonal rutile structure, SEM study of images confirms the existence of very small, homogeneously distributed, and spherical nanoparticles. The particles size of the nanoparticles was calculated by Scherrer formula and was found in the range of 9-21 nm. The presence of dopant (i.e. zinc) and formation of Sn-O phase and hydrous nature of Zn-doped SnO2 nanoparticles are confirmed by EDX and FTIR study. The gas sensing properties of pure and Zn-doped SnO2 nanoparticles were investigated for various concentrations of methanol, ethanol and acetone at different operating temperatures and it has been found that with doping concentration of zinc (x = 0.20%) shows the maximum response 78% to methanol, 65% to ethanol and 62% to acetone respectively at different operating temperature within the measurement limit for a concentration of 100 ppm of each gases.

  12. Synthesis, characterization and biocompatibility of "green" synthesized silver nanoparticles using tea polyphenols.

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    Moulton, Michael C; Braydich-Stolle, Laura K; Nadagouda, Mallikarjuna N; Kunzelman, Samantha; Hussain, Saber M; Varma, Rajender S

    2010-05-01

    Since ancient times, people have taken advantage of the antimicrobial effects of colloidal silver particles. Aside from the medical prospects, silver nanoparticles are found in a wide range of commercially available consumer products ranging from cosmetics to household cleansers. Current synthetic methods for creating silver nanoparticles typically call for potentially hazardous chemicals, extreme heat, and produce environmentally dangerous byproducts. Therefore, it is essential that novel "green" synthesis of nanoparticles becomes a reality, and it is imperative to fully analyze the potential toxic effects of these nanoparticles. In this study, we have shown that by reducing silver nitrate in solutions of tea extract or epicatechin of varying concentrations, spherical silver nanoparticles were formed that had controllable size distributions depending on the concentration of tea extract or epicatechin in the samples. Our ultra-resolution microscopy demonstrated that the nanoparticles were in fact interacting with the keratinocytes. Furthermore, evaluation of mitochondrial function (MTS) to assess cell viability and membrane integrity (LDH) in human keratinocytes showed that the silver nanoparticles were nontoxic. These results demonstrated that these nanoparicles are potentially biocompatible and warrant further evaluation in other biological systems. PMID:20648322

  13. Using Glutamic Acid, Phenylalanine and Tryptophan to Synthesize Capped Gold Nanoparticles

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    Kamyar Khoshnevisan

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: The study and investigation of gold nanoparticles produced by amino acid is one of the interesting and applied issues in nanotechnology. In this study, amino acids were used to reduce gold cations as well as an agent to cap gold nanoparticles. In fact, strong bound of amino groups to amino acid and protein on the gold nanoparticles surface indicate the medical applications of these materials. Methods: In this study, gold nanoparticles were prepared and functionalized by using solution reduction containing gold cations with optimum concentration (0.005 M, and also prepared by using glutamic acid, phenylalanine and tryptophan with optimum concentration (0.025 M. Results: The investigation of optimum condition for gold solution and amino acids and also determination of gold nanoparticles were done by UV-Vis. The nanoparticles size were reported 5-20, 10-20 and 20-30 nm respectively by transmission electron microscopy and dynamic light scattering techniques, which is appropriate for biological activities. Conclusion: The comparison of the data from experimental and quantum calculations demonstrated that amino acids have strong band when they are conjugated by anion state. Free carboxylic groups of capped gold nanoparticles with glutamic acid are one of the suitable and capable beads for binding to biological agents.

  14. Study of photocatalytic activities of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanoparticles synthesized by fast microwave-assisted method

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    Phu, Nguyen Dang [Faculty of Physics, Hanoi National University of Education, 136 Xuanthuy, Cau Giay, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Hoang, Luc Huy, E-mail: hoanglhsp@hnue.edu.vn [Faculty of Physics, Hanoi National University of Education, 136 Xuanthuy, Cau Giay, Hanoi (Viet Nam); Chen, Xiang-Bai, E-mail: xchen@wit.edu.cn [School of Science and Laboratory of Optical Information Technology, Wuhan Institute of Technology, Wuhan 430205 (China); Kong, Meng-Hong [School of Science and Laboratory of Optical Information Technology, Wuhan Institute of Technology, Wuhan 430205 (China); Wen, Hua-Chiang; Chou, Wu Ching [Department of Electrophysics, National Chiao Tung University, Hsin-Chu 30010, Taiwan (China)

    2015-10-25

    We present a study of photocatalytic activities of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanoparticles synthesized by fast microwave-assisted method. The photocatalytic activities of the nanoparticles were evaluated by the decolorization of methylene-blue under visible-light-irradiation. Our results show that the surface area of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanoparticles plays a major role for improving photocatalytic activity, while visible-light absorption has only a weak effect on photocatalytic activity. This suggests efficient transportation of photo-generated electrons and holes to the oxidation active sites on the surface of nanoparticles, indicating Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanoparticles synthesized by fast microwave-assisted method are promising for achieving high photocatalytic activity under visible-light-irradiation. - Highlights: • The Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanoparticles were synthesized via fast microwave-assisted method. • The obtained Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanoparticles exhibited visible-light absorbance. • The surface area of Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanoparticles plays major role for improving photocatalytic activity. • The Bi{sub 2}WO{sub 6} nanoparticles are promising for achieving high photocatalytic activity under visible-light-irradiation.

  15. Assembly and electroanalytical performance of Prussian blue/polypyrrole composite nanoparticles synthesized by the reverse micelle method

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    Miao Yuqing; Liu Jiwei, E-mail: biosensors@zjnu.c [Laboratory of Biocatalysis and Biosensor, Institute of Physical Chemistry, Zhejiang Normal University, Jinhua 321004 (China)

    2009-04-15

    We report on the characterization, assembly and electroanalytical performance of Prussian blue/polypyrrole (PBPPy) composite nanoparticles synthesized by the reverse micelle method. Scanning electron microscopy suggests the formation of nanosized PBPPy particles with diameters between 40 and 50 nm. Optical absorption confirms that the particles are composed of Prussian blue (PB) and polypyrrole. PB and PBPPy nanoparticles were anchored onto the surface of cysteine-modified Au electrodes. Cyclic voltammetry experiments show that PB- or PBPPy-modified electrodes exhibit intrinsic electrochemical properties and a high electrocatalytic activity towards H{sub 2}O{sub 2}. PBPPy-modified electrodes exhibit a higher sensitivity to H{sub 2}O{sub 2} than PB-modified electrodes. A linear calibration curve in the concentration range 0.99 {mu}M-8.26 mM H{sub 2}O{sub 2} is constructed with a detection limit of 0.23 {mu}M at a signal-to-noise ratio of 3. Excellent stability is observed for PBPPy-composite-nanoparticle-modified electrodes even in a pH 6 phosphate buffer solution with a high H{sub 2}O{sub 2} concentration (0.99 mM). Glutaraldehyde and Nafion were also employed to immobilize glucose oxidase for the development of PBPPy-based biosensors. The results show that PBPPy composite nanoparticles can be used to develop oxidase-based biosensors.

  16. Combined structural, electrical, magnetic and optical characterization of bismuth ferrite nanoparticles synthesized by auto-combustion route

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    Sanjay Godara

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Phase-pure multiferroic bismuth ferrite (BFO nanoparticles were synthesized by energy efficient, simple and low temperature sol–gel followed by auto-combustion route. Highly crystalline and well-shaped BFO nanoparticles of size about 50 nm were observed in TEM. Thermal analysis was used to optimize the calcination temperature as 500 °C. An endothermic peak at 834 °C has been detected in the DTA curve, representing the Curie temperature. The dielectric anomaly around Neel temperature (TN was observed signifying the magnetoelectric coupling. The BFO nanoparticles were found to be highly resistive (ρ ∼ 3 × 109 Ω-cm and had very low leakage current of the order of μA/cm2, which resulted from phase purity. A significantly enhanced weak ferromagnetism was observed due to smaller particles size and remnant magnetization and coercive field were 0.067 emu/g and 185 Oe, respectively. P–E loop confirmed the ferroelectric behavior of BFO nanoparticles. The direct band gap energy was calculated to be 2.2 eV from UV–vis studies.

  17. Inactivation of Escherichia coli Under Fluorescent Lamp using TiO2 Nanoparticles Synthesized Via Sol Gel Method

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    Titanium dioxide nanoparticles were synthesized by using sol gel method and their physico-chemical properties were characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and UV-Vis spectrophotometer. The photo catalytic property of TiO2 nanoparticles was investigated by inactivation of Escherichia coli under irradiation of fluorescent lamp. The results showed that the size of TiO2 was in the range of 3 to 7 nm with high crystallinity of anatase phase. The sharp peaks in FTIR spectrum determined the purity of TiO2 nanoparticles and absorbance peak of UV-Vis spectrum showed the energy band gap of 3.2 eV. Optimum inactivation of E. coli was obtained at 1.0 g/ L TiO2 nanoparticles, with 80 % of E. coli population was inactivated. The light scattering effect and insufficient concentration are the factors that cause the less effective inactivation reaction for 2.5 g/ L and 0.1 g/ L TiO2 concentration. (author)

  18. Microscopic evolution of dielectric nanoparticles at different calcination temperatures synthesized via sol-gel auto-combustion

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    Dielectric nano powder synthesis is carried by a simple and fast sol-gel auto-combustion method. The transformation of crystalline phases of as-synthesized nano powders is investigated through the detailed transmission electron microscopy (TEM), revealed the crystallographic alterations and morphological information even at lattice scale. From specific area electron diffraction (SAED) pattern, has specified the d-spacing and corresponding planes supported by the observed lattice fringes. The morphological characterization of nanoparticles is performed through field-emission scanning electron microscopy (FESEM), exhibiting the increment in particle size due to agglomeration with the increase in annealing temperature. Furthermore, EDX pattern has been used to verify the formation of nanoparticles by revealing the presence of required elements

  19. Optical, magnetic and structural characterization of Zn1−CoO nanoparticles synthesized by solvothermal method

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    Tokeer Ahmad; Sarvari Khatoon; Kelsey Coolahan

    2013-11-01

    Nanoparticles of Co-doped ZnO with 3.8, 7.2 and 11.5 wt% were synthesized by solvothermal method through oxalate precursor route. X-ray diffraction studies showed the formation of hexagonal ZnO structure for = 0.038, however, secondary phase of Co3O4 arises on increasing the Co content up to 11.5%. Transmission electron microscopic studies showed that particles are in the nano-metric regime and the grain size decreases on increasing the Co concentration. Optical reflectance measurements showed an energy bandgap, which decreases on increasing Co concentration. Specific surface area of these nanoparticles was found to be very high and comes out to be 97.6, 112.1 and 603.8 m2g-1, respectively. All the solid solutions showed paramagnetism with weak antiferromagnetic interactions. It is seen that the antiferromagnetic interaction increases on increasing Co concentration.

  20. Nanoparticles from Cu-Zn-Al shape memory alloys physically synthesized by ion milling deposition

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    Pavon, Luis Alberto Lopez [Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (UANL), Nuevo Leon (Mexico); Cuellara, Enrique Lopez; Castro, Alejandro Torres; Cruza, Azael Martinez de la [Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (CIIDIT/UANL), Nuevo Leon (Mexico). Centro de Innovacion, Investigacion y Desarrollo en Ingenieria y Tecnologia; Ballesteros, Carmen [Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Madrid (Spain). Departamento de Fisica; Araujo, Carlos Jose de [Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), Campina Grande, PB (Brazil). Departamento de Engenharia Mecanica

    2012-05-15

    In this research, an ion milling equipment was used to elaborate nanoparticles from Cu-Zn-Al alloys with shape memory effect. Two different compositions were used, target A: 75.22Cu-17.12Zn-7.66Al at % with an Ms of -9 deg C and target B: 76.18Cu-15.84Zn-7.98Al with an Ms of 20 degree C. Nanoparticles were characterized by High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy, Electron Diffraction and Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy. The obtained nanoparticles showed a small dispersion, with a size range of 3.2-3.5 nm. Their crystal structure is in good agreement with the bulk martensitic structure of the targets. In this sense, results on morphology, composition and crystal structure have indicated that it is possible to produce nanoparticles of CuZnAl shape memory alloys with martensitic structure in a single process using Ion Milling. (author)

  1. A facile method to synthesize polypyrrole nanoparticles in the presence of natural organic phosphate

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    The conductive polymers with unique nanostructures have attracted intense interest due to their potential application. Here the well-defined polypyrrole nanoparticles were facile fabricated via the facile chemical oxidative polymerization of pyrrole with high feeding ratio of phytic acid. Phytic acid is a renewable resource and a natural carbohydrate compound with a vast number of phosphate groups from plant which was used as the template and dopant for the nanostructured conductive polymer for the first time. The samples exhibit the well-defined nanoparticles observed by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and atomic force microscope (AFM). The PPy nanoparticles were achieved and outstanding electrical conductivity as high as 5263 S m−1 was obtained with the feeding mass ratio of phytic acid: pyrrole=3:7. Furthermore, the polypyrrole nanoparticles were characterized with Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and electrical conductivity techniques

  2. A facile method to synthesize polypyrrole nanoparticles in the presence of natural organic phosphate

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    Yang, Chao; Mo, Haodao; Zang, Limin; Qiu, Jianhui; Sakai, Eiichi; Wu, Xueli

    2014-09-01

    The conductive polymers with unique nanostructures have attracted intense interest due to their potential application. Here the well-defined polypyrrole nanoparticles were facile fabricated via the facile chemical oxidative polymerization of pyrrole with high feeding ratio of phytic acid. Phytic acid is a renewable resource and a natural carbohydrate compound with a vast number of phosphate groups from plant which was used as the template and dopant for the nanostructured conductive polymer for the first time. The samples exhibit the well-defined nanoparticles observed by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and atomic force microscope (AFM). The PPy nanoparticles were achieved and outstanding electrical conductivity as high as 5263 S m-1 was obtained with the feeding mass ratio of phytic acid: pyrrole=3:7. Furthermore, the polypyrrole nanoparticles were characterized with Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and electrical conductivity techniques.

  3. A facile method to synthesize polypyrrole nanoparticles in the presence of natural organic phosphate

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    Yang, Chao; Mo, Haodao [State Key Laboratory Breeding Base of Nonferrous Metals and Specific Materials Processing, College of Material Science and Engineering, Guilin University of Technology, Guilin 541004 (China); Zang, Limin, E-mail: D14S004@akita-pu.ac.jp [Department of Machine Intelligence and Systems Engineering, Faculty of Systems Engineering, Akita Prefectural University, Yurihonjo City, Akita 015-0055 (Japan); Qiu, Jianhui; Sakai, Eiichi; Wu, Xueli [Department of Machine Intelligence and Systems Engineering, Faculty of Systems Engineering, Akita Prefectural University, Yurihonjo City, Akita 015-0055 (Japan)

    2014-09-15

    The conductive polymers with unique nanostructures have attracted intense interest due to their potential application. Here the well-defined polypyrrole nanoparticles were facile fabricated via the facile chemical oxidative polymerization of pyrrole with high feeding ratio of phytic acid. Phytic acid is a renewable resource and a natural carbohydrate compound with a vast number of phosphate groups from plant which was used as the template and dopant for the nanostructured conductive polymer for the first time. The samples exhibit the well-defined nanoparticles observed by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and atomic force microscope (AFM). The PPy nanoparticles were achieved and outstanding electrical conductivity as high as 5263 S m{sup −1} was obtained with the feeding mass ratio of phytic acid: pyrrole=3:7. Furthermore, the polypyrrole nanoparticles were characterized with Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and electrical conductivity techniques.

  4. Surface-Enhanced Infrared Absorption of o-Nitroaniline on Nickel Nanoparticles Synthesized by Electrochemical Deposition

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    Yufang Niu; Jie Yao; Keyu Wang

    2014-01-01

    Nickel nanoparticles were electrochemically deposited on indium-tin oxide (ITO) coated glass plate in a modified Watt’s electrolyte. The surface-enhanced infrared absorption (SEIRA) effect of the nanoparticles was evaluated by attenuated total reflection spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR) using o-nitroaniline as a probe molecule. Electrodeposition parameters such as deposition time, pH value, and the type of surfactants were investigated. The morphology and the microstructure of the deposits were charac...

  5. Chemical durability of metallic copper nanoparticles in silica thin films synthesized by sol-gel

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    In this study, chemical durability of metallic copper nanoparticles dispersed in sol-gel silica thin films was investigated by exposing the films to air after a reduction process. At first, heat treatment in air for 1 h produced silica films containing crystalline cupric oxide nanoparticles agglomerated on the film surface. Subsequently, reduction of the oxidized films in a reducing environment of N2-H2 for another 1 h at temperatures of 400, 500 and 600 deg. C resulted in the formation of crystalline metallic Cu nanoparticles diffused in the silica matrix. The time evolution of the surface plasmon resonance absorption peak of the reduced Cu nanoparticles was studied after the reduction processes at different temperatures. By fitting the optical absorption spectra with the Mie model, the conversion of Cu into CuO in the silica films exposed to air was examined as a function of the elapsing time. It was found that increasing the reducing temperature resulted in greater diffusion of the reduced Cu nanoparticles into the substrate, and also, in a decrease in the water content of the silica film. Diffusion of the nanoparticles decreased the number of particles exposed to air, and further, the decrease in the water content densified the silica film surrounding the diffused nanoparticles. While after the reduction process of the films at 400 deg. C, the presence of water in the film and considerable copper on the surface resulted in conversion of 94% of the reduced Cu into CuO in just 24 h, by reducing the film at the high temperature of 600 deg. C, no water and small copper concentration could be detected on the silica film so that only 8% of the Cu nanoparticles converted to CuO in as much as 12 months.

  6. Silicon and zinc telluride nanoparticles synthesized by pulsed laser ablation: Size distributions and nanoscale structure

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    Lowndes, D.H.; Rouleau, C.M.; Duscher, G. [and others

    1997-08-01

    Size distributions of Si and ZnTe nanoparticles produced by low energy density ArF (193 nm) pulsed laser ablation into ambient gases were measured as a function of the gas pressure and target-substrate separation, D{sub ts}, using atomic force microscopy (AFM) and high resolution scanning electron microscopy (HRSEM). For low energy density (Ed = 1.04 J/cm{sup 2}) ablation of Si into He at pressures of 0.5, 1.5, 4 and 10 torr, large nanoparticles were most numerous at D{sub ts} = 10 mm, with smaller nanoparticles found at 20 mm and 40 mm. For each D{sub ts} value a maximum of the mean nanoparticle diameter occurred for a He pressure near 6 torr, in contrast to other recent measurements in which the size of Si nanoparticles increased monotonically with the He pressure. High resolution Z-contrast transmission electron microscopy (HRZTEM) and electron energy loss spectroscopy (EELS) revealed that ZnTe nanoparticles formed by ablation into nitrogen at E{sub d} = 0.74 J/cm{sup 2} consisted of a crystalline ZnTe core surrounded by an amorphous ZnO shell. Growth defects and surface steps were clearly visible in the ZnTe crystalline core. The dependences of the mean diameter of ZnTe nanocrystals on nitrogen pressure and D{sub ts}, were qualitatively similar to those found for Si in He.

  7. Optimized Packing Density of Large CZTS Nanoparticles Synthesized by Hot-injection for Thin Film Solar Cells

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    Engberg, Sara Lena Josefin; Lam, Yeng Ming; Schou, Jørgen

    The absorbing kesterite material, Cu2ZnSn(SxSe1-x)4 (CZTS), is very promising for future thin film solar cells. The material is non-toxic, the elements abundant, and it has a high absorption coefficient. These properties make CZTS a potential candidate also for large-scale applications. Here......, solution processing allows for comparatively fast and inexpensive fabrication, and also holds the record efficiency in the kesterite family. Unfortunately, the record cell is deposited with a highly toxic solvent, hydrazine. This toxic solvent can be avoided through the nanocrystal ink approach...... the amount of ligands necessary to stabilize the particles in solution. Today, CZTS nanoparticles synthesized through the so-called hot-injection method vary between 2 nm and 60 nm in diameter. In our group, we have synthesized particles larger than 200 nm. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) allows us...

  8. Possible size control and emission characteristics of Eu3+-doped Y2O3 nanoparticles synthesized by surfactant-assembly

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    Akita, Yukihiko; Harada, Takashi; Sasai, Ryo; Tomita, Koji; Nishiyama, Katsura

    2016-08-01

    Yttrium oxide nanoparticles doped with 2.0 wt% Eu (Eu@Y2O3) were synthesized via the surfactant-assembly method. The average diameter of Eu@Y2O3 (dav) depends on the alkyl chain number (N) of the sodium alkyl sulfates employed as surfactants. Using surfactants with N = 8, 10, and 12, Eu@Y2O3 with dav = 35, 200, and 500 nm, respectively were obtained. Such changes in dav are ascribed to the difference in the micelle aggregation numbers, supporting the use of rare-earth ions in the assembly. The Eu@Y2O3 particles synthesized presently emitted through Eu3+ transitions under UV excitation of Y2O3, making them applicable to nanoemitters.

  9. Biosynthesis, characterization and antimicrobial studies of green synthesized silver nanoparticles from fruit extract of Syzygium alternifolium (Wt.) Walp. an endemic, endangered medicinal tree taxon

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    Yugandhar, P.; Savithramma, N.

    2016-02-01

    In nanotechnology, the plant mediated synthesis of nanoparticles has terrific application in biomedicine due to its novel properties and its eco-friendly nature. The present study deals with the biosynthesis of stable silver nanoparticles (SNPs) from aqueous fruit extract of S. alternifolium an endemic medicinal plant to Eastern Ghats. The synthesized nanoparticles are characterized by UV-VIS spectroscopy, FTIR, XRD, AFM, SEM with EDAX and TEM. Colour change from brown to grey indicates the formation of nanoparticles and UV-VIS surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy observed at 442 nm further confirms the synthesized nanoparticles are SNPs. FTIR studies reveal that the phenols and primary amines of proteins are main responsible for reduction, stabilization and capping agents towards these SNPs. The XRD data show crystalline nature of nanoparticles and EDAX measurements reveal the (12.74 %) percentage presence of Ag metal. AFM, SEM and TEM microscopic analyses revealed that the size of synthesized SNPs ranging from 5 to 68 nm has spherical shape and they are in polydispersed condition. Further, the antimicrobial studies of synthesized SNPs show high toxicity towards different bacterial and fungal isolates. This is the first report on fruit mediated synthesis of silver nanoparticles from S. alternifolium.

  10. Characterization of intracellular palladium nanoparticles synthesized by Desulfovibrio desulfuricans and Bacillus benzeovorans

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    Omajali, Jacob B., E-mail: JBO037@bham.ac.uk, E-mail: jbomajali@gmail.com; Mikheenko, Iryna P. [University of Birmingham, Unit of Functional Bionanomaterials, School of Biosciences, Institute of Microbiology and Infection (United Kingdom); Merroun, Mohamed L. [University of Granada, Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Sciences (Spain); Wood, Joseph [University of Birmingham, School of Chemical Engineering (United Kingdom); Macaskie, Lynne E. [University of Birmingham, Unit of Functional Bionanomaterials, School of Biosciences, Institute of Microbiology and Infection (United Kingdom)

    2015-06-15

    Early studies have focused on the synthesis of palladium nanoparticles within the periplasmic layer or on the outer membrane of Desulfovibrio desulfuricans and on the S-layer protein of Bacillus sphaericus. However, it has remained unclear whether the synthesis of palladium nanoparticles also takes place in the bacterial cell cytoplasm. This study reports the use of high-resolution scanning transmission electron microscopy with a high-angle annular dark field detector and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry attachment to investigate the intracellular synthesis of palladium nanoparticles (Pd NPs). We show the intracellular synthesis of Pd NPs within cells of two anaerobic strains of D. desulfuricans and an aerobic strain of B. benzeovorans using hydrogen and formate as electron donors. The Pd nanoparticles were small and largely monodispersed, between 0.2 and 8 nm, occasionally from 9 to 12 nm with occasional larger nanoparticles. With D. desulfuricans NCIMB 8307 (but not D. desulfuricans NCIMB 8326) and with B. benzeovorans NCIMB 12555, the NPs were larger when made at the expense of formate, co-localizing with phosphate in the latter, and were crystalline, but were amorphous when made with H{sub 2,} with no phosphorus association. The intracellular Pd nanoparticles were mainly icosahedrons with surfaces comprising {111} facets and about 5 % distortion when compared with that of bulk palladium. The particles were more concentrated in the cell cytoplasm than the cell wall, outer membrane, or periplasm. We provide new evidence for synthesis of palladium nanoparticles within the cytoplasm of bacteria, which were confirmed to maintain cellular integrity during this synthesis.

  11. Structural characterization, antioxidant and anticancer properties of gold nanoparticles synthesized from leaf extract(decoction)of Antigonon leptopus Hook. &Arn.

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    Balasubramani, Govindasamy; Ramkumar, Rajendiran; Krishnaveni, Narayanaswamy; Pazhanimuthu, Annamalai; Natarajan, Thillainathan; Sowmiya, Rajamani; Perumal, Pachiappan

    2015-04-01

    Tea is an aromatic beverage prepared by pouring boiling water over alleviated leaves of the tea plant. Tea prepared from the aerial parts of Antigonon leptopus has been traditionally used as remedy for cold, diabetes and pain in many countries. The gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) synthesized from powdered leaf extract (decoction) of A. leptopus were characterized by UV–visible spectroscopy (UV–vis), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform-infrared (FT-IR), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED) pattern and energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) analyses to define the formation of Au NPs. Further, the synthesized Au NPs were well characterized based on their strong surface plasmon resonance (SPR), crystalline nature, functional groups, size and dispersed shapes, purity and Bragg's reflections of face centered cubic (fcc) structure of metallic gold. The Au NPs showed higher free radical scavenging property when compared to the effect of leaf extract. Cytotoxicity study of synthesized Au NPs exhibited the growth inhibitory property at the concentration (GI50) of 257.8 μg/mL in human adenocarcinoma breast cancer (MCF-7) cells after 48 h. Thus, the Au NPs synthesized from the Mexican creeper, A. leptopus revealed the important biological properties: as a free radical as well as anticancer agent. We conclude that the A. leptopus derived biological materials have promising potential as a source for the development of anticancer drug in future. PMID:25432487

  12. Size-controlled, magnetic, and core-shell nanoparticles synthesized by inert-gas condensation

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    Koten, Mark A.

    Interest in nanoparticles (2 to 100 nm in diameter) and clusters of atoms (0.5 to 2 nm in diameter) has heightened over the past two and a half decades on both fundamental and functional levels. Nanoparticles and clusters of atoms are an exciting branch of materials science because they do not behave like normal bulk matter, nor do they act like molecules. They can have shockingly different physical, chemical, optical, or magnetic properties from the same material at a larger scale. In the case of nanoparticles, the surface-to-volume ratio can change fundamental properties like melting temperature, binding energy, or electron affinity. The definitions of markers used to distinguish between metallic, semiconducting, and insulating bulk condensed matter, such as the band gap and polarizability, can even be blurred or confused on the nanoscale. Similarly, clusters of atoms can form in structures that are only stable at finite sizes, and do not translate to bulk condensed matter. Thermodynamics of finite systems changes dramatically in nanovolumes such as wires, rods, cubes, and spheres, which can lead to complex core-shell and onion-like nanostructures. Consequently, these changes in properties and structure have led to many new possibilities in the field of materials engineering. Inert-gas condensation (IGC) is a well-established method of producing nanoparticles that condense from the gas phase. Its first use dates back to the early 1990s, and it has been used to fabricate nanoparticles both commercially and in research and development for applications in magnetism, biomedicine, and catalysts. In this dissertation, IGC was used to produce a wide variety of nanoparticles. First, control over the size distributions of Cu nanoparticles and how it relates to the plasma properties inside the nucleation chamber was investigated. Next, the formation of phase pure WFe2 nanoparticles revealed that this Laves phase is ferromagnetic instead of non-magnetic. Finally, core

  13. Induction of Apoptosis by Green Synthesized Gold Nanoparticles Through Activation of Caspase-3 and 9 in Human Cervical Cancer Cells

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    Baharara, Javad; Ramezani, Tayebe; Divsalar, Adeleh; Mousavi, Marzieh; Seyedarabi, Arefeh

    2016-01-01

    Background: Gold Nanoparticles (GNPs) are used in imaging and molecular diagnostic applications. As the development of a novel approach in the green synthesis of metal nanoparticles is of great importance and a necessity, a simple and safe method for the synthesis of GNPs using plant extracts of Zataria multiflora leaves was applied in this study and the results on GNPs’ anticancer activity against HeLa cells were reported. Methods: The GNPs were characterized by UV-visible spectroscopy, FTIR, TEM, DLS and Zeta-potential measurements. In addition, the cellular up-take of nanoparticles was investigated using Dark Field Microscopy (DFM). Induction of apoptosis by high dose of GNPs in HeLa cells was assessed by MTT assay, Acridin orange, DAPI staining, Annexin V/PI double-labeling flow cytometry and caspase activity assay. Results: UV-visible spectroscopy results showed a surface plasmon resonance band for GNPs at 530 nm. FTIR results demonstrated an interaction between plant extract and nanoparticles. TEM images revealed different shapes for GNPs and DLS results indicated that the GNPs range in size from 10 to 42 nm. The Zeta potential values of the synthesized GNPs were between 30 to 50 Mev, indicating the formation of stable particles. As evidenced by MTT assay, GNPs inhibit proliferation of HeLa cells in dose-dependent GNPs and cytotoxicity of GNPs in Bone Marrow Mesenchymal Stem Cell (BMSCs) was lower than cancerous cells. At nontoxic concentrations, the cellular up-take of the nanoparticles took place. Acridin orange and DAPI staining showed morphological changes in the cell’s nucleus due to apoptosis. Finally, caspase activity assay demonstrated HeLa cell’s apoptosis through caspase activation. Conclusion: The results showed that GNPs have the ability to induce apoptosis in HeLa cells. PMID:27141266

  14. Air-stable Fe@Au nanoparticles synthesized by the microemulsion's methods

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    Rivas, José; Redondo, Yolanda Piñeiro; Iglesias-Silva, Esther; Vilas-Vilela, J. M.; León, L. M.; López-Quintela, Manuel Arturo

    2013-05-01

    Magnetic particles covered by gold are very important in many biological applications. However, there are not simple methods to produce small (microemulsions, can avoid such problems and is able to produce very stable core-shell Fe@Au nanoparticles. With this procedure, nanoparticles of ˜6 nm with a Fe core of 3 nm can easily be obtained. These Fe@Au nanoparticles, with a saturation magnetization of 1.13 emu/g, are very stable even in air after magnetic separation from the solution, which shows the good covering of the Fe core by the Au shell. In this contribution we will report the key parameters, which have to be taken into account, to prepare such stable Fe@Au dispersions and analyze their optical and magnetic properties, as well as their possible applications as biosensors, targeted magnetic separation, etc.

  15. Supported palladium nanoparticles synthesized by living plants as a catalyst for Suzuki-Miyaura reactions.

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    Helen L Parker

    Full Text Available The metal accumulating ability of plants has previously been used to capture metal contaminants from the environment; however, the full potential of this process is yet to be realized. Herein, the first use of living plants to recover palladium and produce catalytically active palladium nanoparticles is reported. This process eliminates the necessity for nanoparticle extraction from the plant and reduces the number of production steps compared to traditional catalyst palladium on carbon. These heterogeneous plant catalysts have demonstrated high catalytic activity in Suzuki coupling reactions between phenylboronic acid and a range of aryl halides containing iodo-, bromo- and chloro- moieties.

  16. Cymbopogon citratus-synthesized gold nanoparticles boost the predation efficiency of copepod Mesocyclops aspericornis against malaria and dengue mosquitoes.

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    Murugan, Kadarkarai; Benelli, Giovanni; Panneerselvam, Chellasamy; Subramaniam, Jayapal; Jeyalalitha, Tirupathi; Dinesh, Devakumar; Nicoletti, Marcello; Hwang, Jiang-Shiou; Suresh, Udaiyan; Madhiyazhagan, Pari

    2015-06-01

    Plant-borne compounds can be employed to synthesize mosquitocidal nanoparticles that are effective at low doses. However, how they affect the activity of mosquito predators in the aquatic environment is unknown. In this study, we synthesized gold nanoparticles (AuN) using the leaf extract of Cymbopogon citratus, which acted as a reducing and capping agent. AuN were characterized by a variety of biophysical methods and sorted for size in order to confirm structural integrity. C. citratus extract and biosynthesized AuN were tested against larvae and pupae of the malaria vector Anopheles stephensi and the dengue vector Aedes aegypti. LC₅₀ of C. citratus extract ranged from 219.32 ppm to 471.36 ppm. LC₅₀ of AuN ranged from 18.80 ppm to 41.52 ppm. In laboratory, the predatory efficiency of the cyclopoid crustacean Mesocyclops aspericornis against A. stephensi larvae was 26.8% (larva I) and 17% (larva II), while against A. aegypti was 56% (I) and 35.1% (II). Predation against late-instar larvae was minimal. In AuN-contaminated environment,predation efficiency against A. stephensi was 45.6% (I) and 26.7% (II), while against A. aegypti was 77.3% (I) and 51.6% (II). Overall, low doses of AuN may help to boost the control of Anopheles and Aedes larval populations in copepod-based control programs. PMID:25819295

  17. Colloidally Synthesized Monodisperse Rh Nanoparticles Supported on SBA-15 for Size- and Pretreatment-Dependent Studies of CO Oxidation

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    Grass, Michael E.; Joo, Sang Hoon; Somorjai, Gabor A.

    2009-02-12

    A particle size dependence for CO oxidation over rhodium nanoparticles of 1.9-11.3 nm has been investigated and determined to be modified by the existence of the capping agent poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP). The particles were prepared using a polyol reduction procedure with PVP as the capping agent. The Rh nanoparticles were subsequently supported on SBA-15 during hydrothermal synthesis to produce Rh/SBA-15 supported catalysts for size-dependent catalytic studies. CO oxidation by O{sub 2} at 40 Torr CO and 100 Torr O{sub 2} was investigated over two series of Rh/SBA-15 catalysts: as-synthesized Rh/SBA-15 covering the full range of Rh sizes and the same set of catalysts after high temperature calcination and reduction. The turnover frequency at 443 K increases from 0.4 to 1.7 s{sup -1} as the particle size decreases from 11.3 to 1.9 nm for the as-synthesized catalysts. After calcination and reduction, the turnover frequency is between 0.1 and 0.4 s{sup -1} with no particle size dependence. The apparent activation energy for all catalysts is {approx}30 kcal mol{sup -1} and is independent of particle size and thermal treatment. Infrared spectroscopy of CO on the Rh nanoparticles indicates that the heat treatments used influence the mode of CO adsorption. As a result, the particle size dependence for CO oxidation is altered after calcination and reduction of the catalysts. CO adsorbs at two distinct bridge sites on as-synthesized Rh/SBA-15, attributable to metallic Rh(0) and oxidized Rh(I) bridge sites. After calcination and reduction, however, CO adsorbs only at Rh(0) atop sites. The change in adsorption geometry and oxidation activity may be attributable to the interaction between PVP and the Rh surface. This capping agent affect may open new possibilities for the tailoring of metal catalysts using solution nanoparticle synthesis methods.

  18. Nanostructural Features of Silver Nanoparticles Powder Synthesized through Concurrent Formation of the Nanosized Particles of Both Starch and Silver

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    A. Hebeish

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Green innovative strategy was developed to accomplish silver nanoparticles formation of starch-silver nanoparticles (St-AgNPs in the powder form. Thus, St-AgNPs were synthesized through concurrent formation of the nanosized particles of both starch and silver. The alkali dissolved starch acts as reducing agent for silver ions and as stabilizing agent for the formed AgNPs. The chemical reduction process occurred in water bath under high-speed homogenizer. After completion of the reaction, the colloidal solution of AgNPs coated with alkali dissolved starch was cooled and precipitated using ethanol. The powder precipitate was collected by centrifugation, then washed, and dried; St-AgNPs powder was characterized using state-of-the-art facilities including UV-vis spectroscopy, Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM, particle size analyzer (PS, Polydispersity index (PdI, Zeta potential (ZP, XRD, FT-IR, EDX, and TGA. TEM and XRD indicate that the average size of pure AgNPs does not exceed 20 nm with spherical shape and high concentration of AgNPs (30000 ppm. The results obtained from TGA indicates that the higher thermal stability of starch coated AgNPS than that of starch nanoparticles alone. In addition to the data obtained from EDX which reveals the presence of AgNPs and the data obtained from particle size analyzer and zeta potential determination indicate that the good uniformity and the highly stability of St-AgNPs.

  19. Phase composition and morphology of nanoparticles of yttrium orthophosphates synthesized by microwave-hydrothermal treatment: The influence of synthetic conditions

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    Highlights: • We synthesized YPO4 and YPO4⋅0.8H2O nanoparticles by microwave-hydrothermal treatment. • We studied “conditions–composition–properties” relations for this synthetic path. • We revealed the mechanism of stabilization of YPO4⋅0.8H2O phase at high temperatures. - Abstract: Herein we report the study of the influence of synthesis conditions during the microwave-hydrothermal crystallization of freshly precipitated gels on the phase composition and morphology of the rare-earth doped yttrium orthophosphates nanoparticles. We characterize the nanoparticles of YPO4 and YPO4⋅0.8H2O using X-ray diffraction analysis, TEM, and FT-IR spectroscopy. Furthermore, we argue that for the given phase the degree of crystallinity and thus the sample morphology depend strongly on the synthesis conditions. We establish that the hexagonal hydrate phase can be obtained by means of microwave-hydrothermal method if one uses phosphate anion excess or adjusts pH of the reaction mixture. Also we show that the metastable hydrate phase is most likely stabilized by hydroxyl groups at elevated temperatures

  20. A facile route to synthesize core/shell structured carbon/magnetic nanoparticles hybrid and their magnetic properties

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    Graphical abstract: Controllable synthesis of core/shell structured carbon/magnetic nanoparticles hybrid and their tunable magnetic properties. - Highlights: • The paper reports a simple route for core/shell structured carbon/magnetic nanoparticles hybrid. • By controlling the temperature, Fe3O4@CNCs, Fe@HCNTs and Fe@LCNTs were produced selectively. • The magnetic properties of the obtained core/shell structured hybrid could be tuned effectively. - Abstract: By controlling the pyrolysis temperature, core/shell structured Fe3O4/carbon nanocages, Fe/helical carbon nanotubes and Fe/low helicity of carbon nanotubes could be synthesized selectively over Fe2O3 nanotubes generated by a hydrothermal method. The transmission electron microscopic and scanning electron microscopic investigations revealed that the efficiency of generating core/shell structured hybrid was high, exceeding 90%. Because of the magnetic nanoparticles tightly wrapped in graphitic layers, the obtained core/shell structured hybrids showed high stability and good magnetic properties. And the magnetic properties of the obtained core/shell structured hybrid could be tuned by the decomposition temperature and time. Therefore, a simple, inexpensive and environment-benign route was proposed to produce magnetism-tunable core/shell structured hybrid in large quantities

  1. Phase composition and morphology of nanoparticles of yttrium orthophosphates synthesized by microwave-hydrothermal treatment: The influence of synthetic conditions

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    Vanetsev, A.S., E-mail: alexander.vanetsev@ut.ee [Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Ravila 14c, Tartu 50411 (Estonia); Samsonova, E.V. [Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Ravila 14c, Tartu 50411 (Estonia); Gaitko, O.M. [Kurnakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry RAS, Leninskii Prospekt 31, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation); Keevend, K. [Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Ravila 14c, Tartu 50411 (Estonia); Popov, A.V. [Prokhorov General Physics Institute RAS, Vavilov St. 38, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation); Mäeorg, U. [Institute of Chemistry, University of Tartu, Ravila 14a, Tartu 50411 (Estonia); Mändar, H.; Sildos, I. [Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Ravila 14c, Tartu 50411 (Estonia); Orlovskii, Yu.V. [Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Ravila 14c, Tartu 50411 (Estonia); Prokhorov General Physics Institute RAS, Vavilov St. 38, Moscow 119991 (Russian Federation)

    2015-08-05

    Highlights: • We synthesized YPO{sub 4} and YPO{sub 4}⋅0.8H{sub 2}O nanoparticles by microwave-hydrothermal treatment. • We studied “conditions–composition–properties” relations for this synthetic path. • We revealed the mechanism of stabilization of YPO{sub 4}⋅0.8H{sub 2}O phase at high temperatures. - Abstract: Herein we report the study of the influence of synthesis conditions during the microwave-hydrothermal crystallization of freshly precipitated gels on the phase composition and morphology of the rare-earth doped yttrium orthophosphates nanoparticles. We characterize the nanoparticles of YPO{sub 4} and YPO{sub 4}⋅0.8H{sub 2}O using X-ray diffraction analysis, TEM, and FT-IR spectroscopy. Furthermore, we argue that for the given phase the degree of crystallinity and thus the sample morphology depend strongly on the synthesis conditions. We establish that the hexagonal hydrate phase can be obtained by means of microwave-hydrothermal method if one uses phosphate anion excess or adjusts pH of the reaction mixture. Also we show that the metastable hydrate phase is most likely stabilized by hydroxyl groups at elevated temperatures.

  2. An eco-friendly method of synthesizing gold nanoparticles using an otherwise worthless weed pistia (Pistia stratiotes L.

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    J. Anuradha

    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available A biomimetic method of gold nanoparticles synthesis utilizing the highly invasive aquatic weed pistia (Pistia stratiotes is presented. In an attempt to utilize the entire plant, the efficacy of the extracts of all its parts – aerial and submerged – was explored with different proportions of gold (III solution in generating gold nanoparticles (GNPs. The progress of the synthesis, which occurred at ambient temperature and pressure and commenced soon after mixing the pistia extracts and gold (III solutions, was tracked using UV–visible spectrophotometry. The electron micrographs of the synthesized GNPs revealed that, depending on the metal-extract concentrations used in the synthesis, GNPs of either monodispersed spherical shape were formed or there was anisotropy resulting in a mixture of triangular, hexagonal, pentagonal, and truncated triangular shaped GNPs. This phenomenon was witnessed with the extracts of aerial parts as well as submerged parts of pistia. The presence of gold atoms in the nanoparticles was confirmed from the EDAX and X-ray diffraction studies. The FT-IR spectral study indicated that the primary and secondary amines associated with the polypeptide biomolecules could have been responsible for the reduction of the gold (III ions to GNPs and their subsequent stabilization.

  3. Silver nanoparticles of variable morphology synthesized in aqueous foams as novel templates

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    Saikat Mandal; Sujatha K Arumugam; Renu Pasricha; Murali Sastry

    2005-08-01

    In this paper, we describe the synthesis of silver nanocrystals within aqueous foams as a template. More specifically, we show that aqueous Ag+ ions may be electrostatically complexed with the anionic surfactants aerosol OT (sodium bis-2-ethylhexyl-sulfosuccinate, (AOT) and sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS)) in a highly stable liquid foam. After drainage of the foam, the silver ions are reduced in situ by introducing sodium borohydride into the foam by capillary flow. This leads to the formation of silver nanoparticles of spherical, tape- and sheet-like morphology in the foam. The structure of the foam is extremely complex and presents reaction sites of different spatial extent. The differences in foam reaction–site geometry are believed to be responsible for the morphology variation in the silver nanoparticles observed. The silver nanoparticles are observed to be extremely stable in solution suggesting that the AOT or SDS molecules stabilize them. This approach appears promising for application in large-scale synthesis of nanoparticles and may be readily extended to other chemical compositions.

  4. Nanoparticles from Cu-Zn-Al shape memory alloys physically synthesized by ion milling deposition

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    Luis Alberto López Pavón

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available In this research, an ion milling equipment was used to elaborate nanoparticles from Cu-Zn-Al alloys with shape memory effect. Two different compositions were used, target A: 75.22Cu-17.12Zn-7.66Al at % with an Ms of -9 °C and target B: 76.18Cu-15.84Zn-7.98Al with an Ms of 20 °C. Nanoparticles were characterized by High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy, Electron Diffraction and Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy. The obtained nanoparticles showed a small dispersion, with a size range of 3.2-3.5 nm. Their crystal structure is in good agreement with the bulk martensitic structure of the targets. In this sense, results on morphology, composition and crystal structure have indicated that it is possible to produce nanoparticles of CuZnAl shape memory alloys with martensitic structure in a single process using Ion Milling.

  5. Structure and composition of iron nanoparticles synthesized using a novel anionic-element complex

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    Skoropata, E.; Desautels, R. D.; Lierop, J. van, E-mail: johan@physics.umanitoba.ca [Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2 (Canada); Rowe, M. [Toyota Research Institute of North America, 1555 Woodridge Ave., Ann Arbor, Michigan 48105 (United States)

    2015-05-07

    We use a novel solution-based disassociation synthesis scheme of the ionic complex Fe(LiBH{sub 4}){sub 2} to form Fe nanoparticles. The complex was formed initially using a gentle mechanochemical process, and the Fe nanoparticles emerged after 4 h of ball milling in an air-free environment. Rietveld refinement of x-ray diffraction measurements in an air-free sample holder identified a Im3{sup ¯}m α-Fe phase. A room temperature Mössbauer spectrum of the sample presented a six-line spectrum unique to Fe{sup 0} metal, and the Fe nanoparticles were extremely well crystallized. Magnetometry results presented a reduced saturation magnetization (e.g., M{sub s}∼ 85 emu/g at 50 K) that had a Bloch-like T{sup 2} temperature dependence, consistent with a gap in the magnon fluctuation spectrum due to finite-size effects. The Fe nanoparticles were magnetically soft, with a coercivity ranging from ∼10 to 20 mT with decreasing temperature from 350 K.

  6. Structure and composition of iron nanoparticles synthesized using a novel anionic-element complex

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    We use a novel solution-based disassociation synthesis scheme of the ionic complex Fe(LiBH4)2 to form Fe nanoparticles. The complex was formed initially using a gentle mechanochemical process, and the Fe nanoparticles emerged after 4 h of ball milling in an air-free environment. Rietveld refinement of x-ray diffraction measurements in an air-free sample holder identified a Im3¯m α-Fe phase. A room temperature Mössbauer spectrum of the sample presented a six-line spectrum unique to Fe0 metal, and the Fe nanoparticles were extremely well crystallized. Magnetometry results presented a reduced saturation magnetization (e.g., Ms∼ 85 emu/g at 50 K) that had a Bloch-like T2 temperature dependence, consistent with a gap in the magnon fluctuation spectrum due to finite-size effects. The Fe nanoparticles were magnetically soft, with a coercivity ranging from ∼10 to 20 mT with decreasing temperature from 350 K

  7. Structure and electrochemical properties of Mg2SnO4 nanoparticles synthesized by a facile co-precipitation method

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    Nanosized Mg2SnO4 has been synthesized by a facile co-precipitation method. The structure and morphology of the as-prepared samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS), fourier Transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It is found that Mg2SnO4 sample is very sensitive to the aging time of the precursor. The single phase Mg2SnO4 nanoparticles with ∼23 nm can be obtained at 900 °C using the aging 35 min percusor as source. The electrochemical properties of the powder obtained at 900 °C are investigated by galvanostatic discharge-charge tests and cyclic voltammograms (CVs). The initial specific discharge capacity reaches as high as 927.7 mAh g−1 at 0.2 mA cm−2 in 0.05–3.0 V, which indicates that Mg2SnO4 nanoparticles could be a promising candidate of anode material for Li-ion batteries. - Highlights: • Nanosized Mg2SnO4 has been synthesized by a facile co-precipitation method. • We find that Mg2SnO4 sample is very sensitive to the ageing time of the precursor. • The single phase Mg2SnO4 nanoparticles with about 23 nm can be obtained by calcining the ageing 35 min percusor at 900 °C. • The obtained powders show a better electrochemical performance

  8. Characterization and antibacterial properties of stable silver substituted hydroxyapatite nanoparticles synthesized through surfactant assisted microwave process

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    Highlights: • Stable nano sized silver substitute hydroxyapatite is prepared under surfactant assisted microwave process at 600 W power for 7 min. • The nanoparticles are in the size range of 58–72 nm and exert uniform elongated spheroid morphology. • Increase in silver concentration resulted in better dielectric properties. • Good antibacterial activity and silver release. - Abstract: The present study reports a relatively simple method for the synthesis of stable silver substituted hydroxyapatite nanoparticles with controlled morphology and particle size. In order to achieve this, CTAB is included as a surfactant in the microwave refluxing process (600 W for 7 min). The nanoparticles produced with different silver ion concentrations (0.05, 0.1 and 0.2 wt%) were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) and Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) analysis. XRD and FTIR analyses reveal that the Ag-HA nanoparticles were phase pure at 1000 °C. FESEM images showed that the produced nanoparticles are in the size range of 58–72 nm and exert uniform elongated spheroid morphology. The dielectric properties suggest that the increase in dielectric constant (ε′) and dissipation factor (D) values with increasing Ag concentrations. Antibacterial performance of the Ag-HA samples elucidated using disk diffusion technique (DDT) and minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) demonstrates anti-bacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli. This effect was dose dependent and was more pronounced against Gram-negative bacteria than Gram-positive organisms

  9. Characterization and antibacterial properties of stable silver substituted hydroxyapatite nanoparticles synthesized through surfactant assisted microwave process

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    Iqbal, Nida [Medical Implant Technology Group (MEDITEG), Faculty of Bioscience and Medical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 Skudai, Johor Darul Takzim (Malaysia); Abdul Kadir, Mohammed Rafiq, E-mail: rafiq@biomedical.utm.my [Medical Implant Technology Group (MEDITEG), Faculty of Bioscience and Medical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 Skudai, Johor Darul Takzim (Malaysia); Nik Malek, Nik Ahmad Nazim [Faculty of Bioscience and Medical Engineering (FBME), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 Skudai, Johor Darul Takzim (Malaysia); Mahmood, Nasrul Humaimi Bin [Medical Implant Technology Group (MEDITEG), Faculty of Bioscience and Medical Engineering, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, 81310 Skudai, Johor Darul Takzim (Malaysia); Murali, Malliga Raman; Kamarul, T. [Tissue Engineering Group, NOCERAL, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    2013-09-01

    Highlights: • Stable nano sized silver substitute hydroxyapatite is prepared under surfactant assisted microwave process at 600 W power for 7 min. • The nanoparticles are in the size range of 58–72 nm and exert uniform elongated spheroid morphology. • Increase in silver concentration resulted in better dielectric properties. • Good antibacterial activity and silver release. - Abstract: The present study reports a relatively simple method for the synthesis of stable silver substituted hydroxyapatite nanoparticles with controlled morphology and particle size. In order to achieve this, CTAB is included as a surfactant in the microwave refluxing process (600 W for 7 min). The nanoparticles produced with different silver ion concentrations (0.05, 0.1 and 0.2 wt%) were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, field emission scanning electron microscope (FESEM), energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) and Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) analysis. XRD and FTIR analyses reveal that the Ag-HA nanoparticles were phase pure at 1000 °C. FESEM images showed that the produced nanoparticles are in the size range of 58–72 nm and exert uniform elongated spheroid morphology. The dielectric properties suggest that the increase in dielectric constant (ε′) and dissipation factor (D) values with increasing Ag concentrations. Antibacterial performance of the Ag-HA samples elucidated using disk diffusion technique (DDT) and minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) demonstrates anti-bacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Bacillus subtilis, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Escherichia coli. This effect was dose dependent and was more pronounced against Gram-negative bacteria than Gram-positive organisms.

  10. Study on Nanoparticles of ZnSe Synthesized by Chemical Method and Their Characterization

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    M.P. Deshpande

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available The properties of semiconductor nanoparticles depend mainly on their shape and size due to high surface-to-volume ratio. The II – VI semiconductors have many applications such as, LED, acousto-optical effects and biological sensors. The ZnSe nanoparticles have wide-ranging applications in laser, optical instruments etc. because it has wide band gap and transmittance range, high luminescence efficiency, low absorption coefficient. In recent years, much attention was paid on the preparation methods, performances and applications of ZnSe nanoparticles and thin solid films, and a lot of important accomplishments have been obtained. In the present study ZnSe nanoparticles were successfully prepared by reacting Zn(CH3COO2·2H2O and Na2SeSO3 at 343 K. The size of the crystallite was estimated by X-ray diffraction and TEM, whereas EDAX has confirmed of no foreign impurity inclusion in ZnSe nanoparticles. XRD shows the crystallite size of 5.68 nm and TEM gives a distribution ranging from 20 nm to 71 nm. A SEM image shows that the particles are spherical in a shape. Quantum confinement has resulted in the blue shift compared to bulk ZnSe as observed from the absorption spectra of particles dispersed in DMF. We obtained the photoluminescence spectra on these particles with two different excitation wavelength which shows broad band emission peak at 573 nm. Photoluminescence spectra taken with other excitation wavelength also gives sharp emission peaks at 484 nm, 530 nm, 551 nm and 600 nm.

  11. Syntheses of Cu2SnS3 and Cu2ZnSnS4 nanoparticles with tunable Zn/Sn ratios under multibubble sonoluminescence conditions.

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    Park, Jongpil; Song, Miyeon; Jung, Won Mok; Lee, Won Young; Kim, Hanggeun; Kim, Youngkwon; Hwang, Chahwan; Shim, Il-Wun

    2013-08-01

    Cu2ZnSnS4 (CZTS) nanoparticles were synthesized by sonochemical reactions under multibubble sonoluminescence (MBSL) conditions. First, Cu2SnS3 (CTS) nanoparticles were synthesized by the sonochemical method with a 91.3% yield. Second, ZnS was coated on Cu2SnS3 nanoparticles by the same method. Then, they were transformed into CZTS nanoparticles of 90-300 nm diameter by heating them at 450 °C for 1 hour. The ratios between Zn and Sn could be controlled from 0.20 to 1.32 by adjusting the relative concentrations of Cu2SnS3 and ZnCl2. With relatively lower Zn : Sn ratios (0.20-0.41), there was a mixture of CTS and CZTS nanoparticles. The prepared nanoparticles show different band gaps from 1.19 to 1.52 eV depending on the zinc to tin ratio. In this sonochemical method without using any toxic or high temperature solvents, the specific stoichiometric element ratios in CZTS were controllable on demand and their experimental results were always reproducible in separate syntheses. The CZTS nanoparticles were investigated by using X-ray diffraction, a UV-Vis spectrophotometer, a scanning electron microscope, Raman spectroscopy, and a high resolution-transmission electron microscope. PMID:23759949

  12. Artificial neural network modeling of photocatalytic removal of a disperse dye using synthesized of ZnO nanoparticles on montmorillonite

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    Kıranşan, Murat; Khataee, Alireza; Karaca, Semra; Sheydaei, Mohsen

    2015-04-01

    In this study, the photocatalytic ability of ZnO/Montmorilonite (ZnO/MMT) nanocomposite under UV-A, UV-B and UV-C radiation was investigated. ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized on the surface of MMT and used as photocatalyst in decolorization of Disperse Red 54 (DR54) solution. Synthesized nanocomposite was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques and nitrogen adsorption/desorption isotherms curves. The average width of synthesized ZnO particles is in the range of 30-45 nm. Effect of UV light regions, initial dye concentration, initial dosage of nanocomposite, and reusability of catalyst was studied on decolorization efficiency. The highest decolorization efficiency was achieved under UV-C radiation. A three-layered feed forward back propagation artificial neural network model was developed to predict the photocatalysis of DR54 under UV-C radiation. According to ANN model the ZnO/MMT dosage with a relative importance of 49.21% is the most influential parameter in the photocatalytic decolorization process.

  13. The Effect of Green Synthesized CuO Nanoparticles on Callogenesis and Regeneration of Oryza sativa L.

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    Anwaar, Sadaf; Maqbool, Qaisar; Jabeen, Nyla; Nazar, Mudassar; Abbas, Fazal; Nawaz, Bushra; Hussain, Talib; Hussain, Syed Z.

    2016-01-01

    In this study, we have investigated the effect of copper oxide nanoparticles (CuO-NPs) on callogenesis and regeneration of Oryza sativa L (Super Basmati, Basmati 2000, Basmati 370, and Basmati 385). In this regard, CuO-NPs have been bio-synthesized via Azadirachta indica leaf extract. Scanning electron microscope (SEM) analysis depicts average particle size of 40 ± 5 nm with highly homogenous and spherical morphology. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) have been employed to confirm the phase purity of the synthesized NPs. It is found that CuO-NPs exhibit very promising results against callus induction. It is attributed to the fact that green synthesized CuO-NPs at optimum dosage possess very supportive effects on plant growth parameters. In contrast to callogenesis, differential regeneration pattern has been observed against all of the examined O. sativa L. indigenous verities. Overall observation concludes that CuO, being one of the essential plant nutrients, has greatly tailored the nutritive properties at nano-scale.

  14. A Novel DNA Nanosensor Based on CdSe/ZnS Quantum Dots and Synthesized Fe3O4 Magnetic Nanoparticles

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    Roozbeh Hushiarian

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Although nanoparticle-enhanced biosensors have been extensively researched, few studies have systematically characterized the roles of nanoparticles in enhancing biosensor functionality. This paper describes a successful new method in which DNA binds directly to iron oxide nanoparticles for use in an optical biosensor. A wide variety of nanoparticles with different properties have found broad application in biosensors because their small physical size presents unique chemical, physical, and electronic properties that are different from those of bulk materials. Of all nanoparticles, magnetic nanoparticles are proving to be a versatile tool, an excellent case in point being in DNA bioassays, where magnetic nanoparticles are often used for optimization of the hybridization and separation of target DNA. A critical step in the successful construction of a DNA biosensor is the efficient attachment of biomolecules to the surface of magnetic nanoparticles. To date, most methods of synthesizing these nanoparticles have led to the formation of hydrophobic particles that require additional surface modifications. As a result, the surface to volume ratio decreases and nonspecific bindings may occur so that the sensitivity and efficiency of the device deteriorates. A new method of large-scale synthesis of iron oxide (Fe3O4 nanoparticles which results in the magnetite particles being in aqueous phase, was employed in this study. Small modifications were applied to design an optical DNA nanosensor based on sandwich hybridization. Characterization of the synthesized particles was carried out using a variety of techniques and CdSe/ZnS core-shell quantum dots were used as the reporter markers in a spectrofluorophotometer. We showed conclusively that DNA binds to the surface of ironoxide nanoparticles without further surface modifications and that these magnetic nanoparticles can be efficiently utilized as biomolecule carriers in biosensing devices.

  15. Nanoparticles of complex metal oxides synthesized using the reverse-micellar and polymeric precursor routes

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    Ashok K Ganguli; Tokeer Ahmad; Padam R Arya; Pika Jha

    2005-11-01

    Current interest in the properties of materials having grains in the nanometer regime has led to the investigation of the size-dependent properties of various dielectric and magnetic materials. We discuss two chemical methods, namely the reverse-micellar route and the polymeric citrate precursor route used to obtain homogeneous and monophasic nanoparticles of several dielectric oxides like BaTiO3, Ba2TiO4, SrTiO3, PbTiO3, PbZrO3 etc. In addition we also discuss the synthesis of some transition metal (Mn and Cu) oxalate nanorods using the reverse-micellar route. These nanorods on decomposition provide a facile route to the synthesis of transition metal oxide nanoparticles. We discuss the size dependence of the dielectric and magnetic properties in some of the above oxides.

  16. Donnan-exclusion-driven distribution of catalytic ferromagnetic nanoparticles synthesized in polymeric fibers

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    Alonso González, Amanda; Macanás de Benito, Jorge; Shafir, Alexandr; Muñoz Tapia, Maria; Vallribera Massó, Adelina; Prodius, Denis; Melnic, Silvia; Turta, Constantin; Muraviev, Dmitri N

    2010-01-01

    One of the routes to overcome the high instability of metal nanoparticles (MNPs) lies in the use of polymeric materials for their synthesis and stabilization. Besides, one of the most serious concerns associated with the growing production and use of MNPs is the possibility of their uncontrollable escape into the medium under treatment and the environment. A possible solution to this problem could be the synthesis of ferromagnetic MNPs with desired functionality, that might not only prevent t...

  17. Phytoextracts-Synthesized Silver Nanoparticles Inhibit Bacterial Fish Pathogen Aeromonas hydrophila

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    Mahanty, Arabinda; Mishra, Snehasish; Bosu, Ranadhir; Maurya, UK; Netam, Surya Prakash; Sarkar, Biplab

    2013-01-01

    Fish disease is a major stumbling block towards sustainable growth of the fisheries sector. Aeromonas hydrophila, which is a major infectious aquatic pathogen is reportedly the causative agent of ulcers, fin-rot, tail-rot, hemorrhagic septicemia in fish, and has reportedly developed resistance against many of the available antibiotics. In this context, the inhibitory function of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) against A. hydrophila was studied to evaluate its possible application in aquaculture ...

  18. Low-organics method to synthesize silver nanoparticles in an aqueous medium

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    Ballarini, N.; Cavani, F.; Degli Esposti, E.; Sobalík, Zdeněk; Dědeček, Jiří

    Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2010 - (Gaigneaux, E.), s. 823-826. (Studies in Surface Science and Catalysis. Vol. 175). ISBN 978-0-444-53601-3. [International Conference Scientific bases for the preparation of heterogenous Catalysts /10./. Louvain-la-Neuve (BE), 11.07.2010-15.07.2010] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40400503 Keywords : silver nanoparticles * nasnoparticles quantification Subject RIV: CF - Physical ; Theoretical Chemistry

  19. Structure and Plasmonic Properties of Thin PMMA Layers with Ion-Synthesized Ag Nanoparticles

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    Popok, V. N.; Hanif, M.; Macková, Anna; Mikšová, Romana

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    Roč. 53, č. 9 (2015), s. 664-672. ISSN 0887-6266 R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GBP108/12/G108; GA MŠk LM2011019 Institutional support: RVO:61389005 Keywords : atomic force microscopy (AFM) * carbonization of polymers * ion implantation * localized surface plasmon resonance * nanocomposites * nanoparticles * optics * sputtering of polymers Subject RIV: BG - Nuclear, Atomic and Molecular Physics, Colliders Impact factor: 3.830, year: 2014

  20. Magnetic properties of Ni nanoparticles embedded in silica matrix (KIT-6) synthesized via novel chemical route

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    Dalavi, Shankar B.; Panda, Rabi N., E-mail: rnp@goa.bits-pilani.ac.in [Department of Chemistry, BITS-Pilani, K. K. Birla Goa Campus, Zuarinagar, Goa-403726 (India); Raja, M. Manivel [Defence Metallurgical Research Laboratory, Hyderabad-500058 (India)

    2015-06-24

    Thermally stable Ni nanoparticles have been embedded in mesoporous silica matrix (KIT-6) via novel chemical reduction method by using superhydride as reducing agent. X-ray diffraction (XRD) study confirms that pure and embedded Ni nanoparticles crystallize in face centered cubic (fcc) structure. Crystallite sizes of pure Ni, 4 wt% and 8 wt% Ni in silica were estimated to be 6.0 nm, 10.4 nm and 10.5 nm, respectively. Morphology and dispersion of Ni in silica matrix were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Magnetic study shows enhancement of magnetic moments of Ni nanoparticles embedded in silica matrix compared with that of pure Ni. The result has been interpreted on the basis of size reduction and magnetic exchange effects. Saturation magnetization values for pure Ni, 4 wt% and 8 wt% Ni in silica were found to be 15.77 emu/g, 5.08 emu/g and 2.00 emu/g whereas coercivity values were 33.72 Oe, 92.47 Oe and 64.70 Oe, respectively. We anticipate that the observed magnetic properties may find application as soft magnetic materials.

  1. Mechanistic antimicrobial approach of extracellularly synthesized silver nanoparticles against gram positive and gram negative bacteria

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    Tamboli, Dhawal P.; Lee, Dae Sung, E-mail: daesung@knu.ac.kr

    2013-09-15

    Highlights: • Bacterial extracelluar enzymes stabilized the silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). • AgNPs formation was characterized by analytical techniques such as UV–vis, TEM, and FTIR. • AgNPs showed obvious antimicrobial activity against both gram positive and gram negative microorganisms. • A mechanism of AgNPs’ antimicrobial activity was proposed. -- Abstract: The development of eco-friendly and reliable processes for the synthesis of nanoparticles has attracted considerable interest in nanotechnology. In this study, an extracellular enzyme system of a newly isolated microorganism, Exiguobacterium sp. KNU1, was used for the reduction of AgNO{sub 3} solutions to silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). The extracellularly biosynthesized AgNPs were characterized by UV–vis spectroscopy, Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The AgNPs were approximately 30 nm (range 5–50 nm) in size, well-dispersed and spherical. The AgNPs were evaluated for their antimicrobial effects on different gram negative and gram positive bacteria using the minimum inhibitory concentration method. Reasonable antimicrobial activity against Salmonella typhimurium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus was observed. The morphological changes occurred in all the microorganisms tested. In particular, E. coli exhibited DNA fragmentation after being treated with the AgNPs. Finally, the mechanism for their bactericidal activity was proposed according to the results of scanning electron microscopy and single cell gel electrophoresis.

  2. Magnetic properties of Ni nanoparticles embedded in silica matrix (KIT-6) synthesized via novel chemical route

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    Thermally stable Ni nanoparticles have been embedded in mesoporous silica matrix (KIT-6) via novel chemical reduction method by using superhydride as reducing agent. X-ray diffraction (XRD) study confirms that pure and embedded Ni nanoparticles crystallize in face centered cubic (fcc) structure. Crystallite sizes of pure Ni, 4 wt% and 8 wt% Ni in silica were estimated to be 6.0 nm, 10.4 nm and 10.5 nm, respectively. Morphology and dispersion of Ni in silica matrix were studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Magnetic study shows enhancement of magnetic moments of Ni nanoparticles embedded in silica matrix compared with that of pure Ni. The result has been interpreted on the basis of size reduction and magnetic exchange effects. Saturation magnetization values for pure Ni, 4 wt% and 8 wt% Ni in silica were found to be 15.77 emu/g, 5.08 emu/g and 2.00 emu/g whereas coercivity values were 33.72 Oe, 92.47 Oe and 64.70 Oe, respectively. We anticipate that the observed magnetic properties may find application as soft magnetic materials

  3. Synchrotron X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy Study of Self-Assembled Nanoparticles Synthesized from Fe(acac)3 and Pt(acac)2

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    Chokprasombat, K.; Sirisathitkul, C; Harding, P.; S. Chandarak; R. Yimnirun

    2012-01-01

    The synchrotron X-ray absorption technique was used to complement electron microscopy in the investigation of nanoparticles synthesized from the coreduction of iron acetylacetonate, Fe(acac)3 and platinum acetylacetonate, Pt(acac)2. A much higher Pt composition than Fe leads to an extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) spectrum for the sample that differs from that of fcc FePt nanoparticles. Most importantly, X-ray absorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectra clearly indicate the ...

  4. A Green Approach to Synthesize Silver Nanoparticles in Starch-co-Poly(acrylamide) Hydrogels by Tridax procumbens Leaf Extract and Their Antibacterial Activity

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    Siraj Shaik; Madhusudana Rao Kummara; Sudhakar Poluru; Chandrababu Allu; Jaffer Mohiddin Gooty; Chowdoji Rao Kashayi; Marata Chinna Subbarao Subha

    2013-01-01

    A series of starch-co-poly(acrylamide) (starch-co-PAAm) hydrogels were synthesized by employing free radical redox polymerization. A novel green approach, Tridax procumbens (TD) leaf extract, was used for reduction of silver ions (Ag+) into silver nanoparticles in the starch-co-PAAm hydrogel network. The formation of silver nanoparticles was confirmed by UV-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TE...

  5. Study of magnetic and structural and optical properties of Zn doped Fe3O4 nanoparticles synthesized by co-precipitation method for biomedical application

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    Zahra Rezay Marand; Mitra Helmi Rashid Farimani; Nasser Shahtahmasebi

    2014-01-01

    Abstract Objective(s): This paper describes synthesizing of magnetic nanocomposite with co-precipitation method. Materials and Methods: Magnetic ZnxFe3-xO4 nanoparticles with 0-14% zinc doping (x=0, 0.025, 0.05, 0.075, 0.1 and 0.125) were successfully synthesized by co-precipitation method. The prepared zinc-doped Fe 3O4 nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), vibrating sample magnetom...

  6. Effect of Polyethylene Glycol on the Formation of Magnetic Nanoparticles Synthesized by Magnetospirillum magnetotacticum MS-1

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    Hirokazu Shimoshige; Hideki Kobayashi; Toru Mizuki; Yutaka Nagaoka; Akira Inoue; Toru Maekawa

    2015-01-01

    Magnetotactic bacteria (MTB) synthesize intracellular magnetic nanocrystals called magnetosomes, which are composed of either magnetite (Fe3O4) or greigite (Fe3S4) and covered with lipid membranes. The production of magnetosomes is achieved by the biomineralization process with strict control over the formation of magnetosome membrane vesicles, uptake and transport of iron ions, and synthesis of mature crystals. These magnetosomes have high potential for both biotechnological and nanotechnolo...

  7. Large CZTS Nanoparticles Synthesized by Hot-Injection for Thin Film Solar Cells

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    Engberg, Sara Lena Josefin; Lam, Yeng Ming; Schou, Jørgen

    The kesterite material, Cu2ZnSn(SxSe1-x)4 (CZTS), shows great promise as the absorber layer for future thin film solar cells. Solution processing allows for comparatively fast and inexpensive fabrication, and holds the record efficiency in the kesterite family. However, for nanoparticle (NP...... microscopy (SEM) as well as other surface characterization techniques. Our first photovoltaic device consisting of soda lime glass/Mo/CZTS/CdS/ZnO has been built from doctor blading of approx. 20 nm Cu2ZnSnS4 NPs in octanethiol, and annealed in Se-atmosphere. It had an efficiency of 1.4%....

  8. A Fluorescent Sensor Synthesized Using Silica Nanoparticles for Detecting Hg²⁺ in Aqueous Solution.

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    Zhao, Wenqi; Liu, Xingliang; Lv, Haitang; Fu, Hua; Huang, Ziping; Han, Aixia

    2016-01-01

    With the aim of detecting Hg²⁺ in aqueous solution, a new fluorescent nanosensor (RhB-APTES-SiNPs) for the determination of Hg²⁺ has been successfully developed. This senor was synthesized by immobilizing RhB-APTES on the surface of silica nanoparticles (SiNPs), which were prepared using the reverse microemulsion method. RhB-APTES-SiNPs can detect Hg²⁺ on-line, in real time and with the naked eye, thus providing "turn-on" fluorescence enhancement. The developed nanosensor exhibits highly sensitivity and selectivity over several cations in aqueous solution. Additionally, RhB-APTES-SiNPs exhibits an excellent ability to detect Hg²⁺ within a linear range from 1 to 6 µM, and its detection limit was calculated to be 0.5 ppb. PMID:27398518

  9. Spectroscopic studies on the formation kinetics of SnO2 nanoparticles synthesized in a planetary ball mill

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    Kozma, G.; Kukovecz, Á.; Kónya, Z.

    2007-05-01

    SnO2 nanoparticles with an average diameter of 9 nm were synthesized by the mechanochemical reaction between SnCl2 and Na2CO3 in a planetary ball mill. The pressure and the temperature were continuously monitored in the milling drum and the reaction products were characterized by TEM, SEM, FT-Raman, mid-IR and far-IR spectroscopy. The pressure in the drum was found to be a highly nonlinear function of the milling time. This finding could be adequately explained on the basis of the spectroscopic evidence collected. We suggest that the speed of the mechanochemical reaction is given by a fast-slow-fast(-slow) series which is caused by the variation of the wetness of the reaction mixture during milling. The measured pressure nonlinearity is thus a direct consequence of the kinetics of the mechanochemical reaction.

  10. ROS-dependent anticandidal activity of zinc oxide nanoparticles synthesized by using egg albumen as a biotemplate

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    Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) have attracted great attention because of their superior optical properties and wide application in biomedical science. However, little is known about the anticandidal activity of ZnO NPs against Candida albicans (C. albicans). This study was designed to develop the green approach to synthesize ZnO NPs using egg white (denoted as EtZnO NPs) and investigated its possible mechanism of antimicrobial activity against C. albicans 077. It was also notable that anticandidal activity of EtZnO NPs is correlated with reactive oxygen species (ROS) production in a dose dependent manner. Protection of histidine against ROS clearly suggests the implication of ROS in anticandidal activity of EtZnO NPs. This green approach based on egg white-mediated synthesis of ZnO NPs paves the way for developing cost effective, eco-friendly and promising antimicrobial nanomaterial for applications in medicine. (paper)

  11. Mesoporous CeO{sub 2} nanoparticles synthesized by an inverse miniemulsion technique and their catalytic properties in methane oxidation

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    Nabih, Nermeen; Schiller, Renate; Lieberwirth, Ingo; Weiss, Clemens K; Landfester, Katharina [Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Ackermannweg 10, 55128 Mainz (Germany); Kockrick, Emanuel; Frind, Robert; Kaskel, Stefan, E-mail: landfester@mpip-mainz.mpg.de [Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Dresden University of Technology, Mommsenstrasse 6, 01069 Dresden (Germany)

    2011-04-01

    Cerium(IV) oxide nanoparticles were synthesized using an inverse miniemulsion technique with cerium nitrate hexahydrate as precursor. The resulting nanocrystallites are as small as 5 nm with a specific surface area of 158 m{sup 2} g{sup -1} after calcination at 400 deg. C. With the addition of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) or (poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(propylene oxide)-b-poly(ethylene oxide)) triblock copolymers (PEO-PPO-PEO) as template in the miniemulsion droplets, the specific surface area can be increased up to 255 m{sup 2} g{sup -1}. The miniemulsions were characterized by dynamic light scattering (DLS) and the obtained oxides were examined by x-ray diffraction (XRD), nitrogen sorption (BET and BJH), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The catalytic activity of the resulting ceria was investigated for the temperature-programmed oxidation (TPO) of methane.

  12. Osteoconductive composite graft based on bacterial synthesized hydroxyapatite nanoparticles doped with different ions: From synthesis to in vivo studies.

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    Ahmadzadeh, Elham; Talebnia, Farid; Tabatabaei, Meisam; Ahmadzadeh, Hossein; Mostaghaci, Babak

    2016-07-01

    To repair damaged bone tissues, osteoconductive bone graft substitutes are required for enhancement of the regenerative potential of osteoblast cells. Nanostructured hydroxyapatite is a bioactive ceramic used for bone tissue engineering purposes. In this study, carbonate hydroxyapatite (cHA) and zinc-magnesium substituted hydroxyapatite (Zn-Mg-HA) nanoparticles were synthesized via biomineralization method using Enterobacter aerogenes. The structural phase composition and the morphology of the samples were analyzed using appropriate powder characterization methods. Next, a composite graft was fabricated by using polyvinyl alcohol and both cHA and Zn-Mg-HA samples. In vivo osteogenic potential of the graft was then investigated in a rabbit tibial osteotomy model. Histological, radiological and morphological studies showed that the graft was mineralized by the newly formed bone tissue without signs of inflammation or infection after 4 weeks of implantation. These histomorphometric results suggest that the fabricated graft can function as a potent osteoconductive bone tissue substitute. PMID:26956413

  13. Mesoporous CeO2 nanoparticles synthesized by an inverse miniemulsion technique and their catalytic properties in methane oxidation

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    Nabih, Nermeen; Schiller, Renate; Lieberwirth, Ingo; Kockrick, Emanuel; Frind, Robert; Kaskel, Stefan; Weiss, Clemens K.; Landfester, Katharina

    2011-04-01

    Cerium(IV) oxide nanoparticles were synthesized using an inverse miniemulsion technique with cerium nitrate hexahydrate as precursor. The resulting nanocrystallites are as small as 5 nm with a specific surface area of 158 m2 g - 1 after calcination at 400 °C. With the addition of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) or (poly(ethylene oxide)-b-poly(propylene oxide)-b-poly(ethylene oxide)) triblock copolymers (PEO-PPO-PEO) as template in the miniemulsion droplets, the specific surface area can be increased up to 255 m2 g - 1. The miniemulsions were characterized by dynamic light scattering (DLS) and the obtained oxides were examined by x-ray diffraction (XRD), nitrogen sorption (BET and BJH), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The catalytic activity of the resulting ceria was investigated for the temperature-programmed oxidation (TPO) of methane.

  14. Electrical properties of aluminum-doped zinc oxide (AZO) nanoparticles synthesized by chemical vapor synthesis

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    Aluminum-doped zinc oxide nanoparticles have been prepared by chemical vapor synthesis, which facilitates the incorporation of a higher percentage of dopant atoms, far above the thermodynamic solubility limit of aluminum. The electrical properties of aluminum-doped and undoped zinc oxide nanoparticles were investigated by impedance spectroscopy. The impedance is measured under hydrogen and synthetic air between 323 and 673 K. The measurements under hydrogen as well as under synthetic air show transport properties depending on temperature and doping level. Under hydrogen atmosphere, a decreasing conductivity with increasing dopant content is observed, which can be explained by enhanced scattering processes due to an increasing disorder in the nanocrystalline material. The temperature coefficient for the doped samples switches from positive temperature coefficient behavior to negative temperature coefficient behavior with increasing dopant concentration. In the presence of synthetic air, the conductivity firstly increases with increasing dopant content by six orders of magnitude. The origin of the increasing conductivity is the generation of free charge carriers upon dopant incorporation. It reaches its maximum at a concentration of 7.7% of aluminum, and drops for higher doping levels. In all cases, the conductivity under hydrogen is higher than under synthetic air and can be changed reversibly by changing the atmosphere.

  15. Study of Methylene Blue Degradation by Gold Nanoparticles Synthesized within Natural Zeolites

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    Ericka Rodríguez León

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available We carried out the in situ synthesis of gold nanoparticles inside a natural clinoptilolite-type zeolite matrix, using ascorbic acid as reducing agent. The microstructure of both zeolite and zeolite-gold nanocomposite was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM, Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy (STEM, and Energy-Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS techniques. Size distribution as assessed by STEM indicated that 60% of gold nanoparticles measured less than 2.5 nm. Determination of the surface area by the BET method revealed a specific value of 27.35 m2/g. The catalytic activity of zeolite-gold regarding methylene blue degradation under different light-exposing conditions was evaluated by UV-Vis spectroscopy. The results indicated that 50% degradation was achieved in only 11 min in presence of sunlight. This reaction was faster in comparison with those obtained using a white LED light. A notable aspect of this study is that catalysis was carried out without the addition of any strong reducing agents, such as sodium borohydride (NaBH4.

  16. Characterization and antimicrobial properties of cotton fabric loaded with green synthesized silver nanoparticles.

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    Ibrahim, Haytham M M; Hassan, Mahmoud S

    2016-10-20

    In the present study, antimicrobial formulations, based on silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) and butyl acrylate binder, were prepared and applied to a cotton fabric, followed by gamma-radiation or thermal curing, to protect it against the undesirable microbial effects. AgNPs were prepared by a biological method, using the biomass filtrate of fungus Alternaria alternata. Nanoparticles were characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, and dynamic light scattering. Besides, the thermal stability, surface morphology, color strength, and mechanical properties of treated fabric were investigated. Treated cotton fabric showed good quantitative and qualitative antimicrobial activity; the bacterial reduction efficiency reached ∼100% for Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureus. They revealed excellent resistance to biodegradation caused by soil microflora. Moreover, they exhibited high durability of the attained antimicrobial activities, even after 20 washing cycles; where they achieved 99.1% and 98.7% reduction of E. coli and S. aureus bacterial counts, respectively. PMID:27474632

  17. Synthesizing Nanoparticles of Co-P-Se compounds as Electrocatalysts for the Hydrogen Evolution Reaction

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    A new catalyst based on Co-P-Se compound that is comprised entirely of cheap and earthabundant elements, was first reported for electrolytic hydrogen production. The hydrothermal method at only 473 K was employed to prepare the nanoparticles (NPs) of Co-P-Se compound. The transmission electron microscope images reveal the nanoparticles of quasis-spherical structure and extremely small size with an average diameter of around 5 nm. The composites of Co-P-Se NPs and multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) was loaded onto the electrode surface as an active hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) electrocatalyst, which is observed using a scanning electron microscopy. The electrochemical study shows that MWCNT helps to load more Co-P-Se catalysts and enhance the electron transfer between catalysts and electrode, and Co-P-Se exhibits more catalytic activity than Co-P or Co-Se alone. A small Tafel slope of 46 mV/dec and good acid stability was observed for the hydrogen evolution reaction of Co-P-Se/MWCNT

  18. Properties of Co2FeAl Heusler Alloy Nano-particles Synthesized by Coprecipitation and Thermal Deoxidization Method

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    J.H.Du; Y.L.Zuo; Z.Wang; J.H.Ma; L.Xi

    2013-01-01

    Co2FeAl nanoparticles were synthesized by reducing the coprecipitated precursor of CoCl2·6H2O,Fe(NO3)3·9H2O and Al2(SO4)3·18H2O under H2 atmosphere with various annealing temperatures and durations.X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy were used to characterize the crystal structure and microstructure of Co2FeAl particles,respectively.The investigation indicates that the crystal structure of Co2FeAl particles tends to be B2 structure,in which atoms are partially ordered.The saturation magnetization and hyperfine field of Co2FeAl particles,which were measured under a vibrating sample magnetometer and a 57Fe M(o)ssbauer spectroscope,are consistent with those of the bulk sample and thin films.Furthermore,the higher annealing temperature and the longer annealing time,the better crystallinity of Co2FeAl and more ordered arrangement of atoms will be.It turned out that the coprecipitation thermal deoxidization method could be an easy and high efficient way to obtain the half-metallic Co2FeAl nanoparticles.

  19. Antimicrobial efficacy of green synthesized drug blended silver nanoparticles against dental caries and periodontal disease causing microorganisms.

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    Emmanuel, R; Palanisamy, Selvakumar; Chen, Shen-Ming; Chelladurai, K; Padmavathy, S; Saravanan, M; Prakash, P; Ajmal Ali, M; Al-Hemaid, Fahad M A

    2015-11-01

    Development of biologically inspired green synthesis of silver nanoparticles is evolving into an important branch of nano-biotechnology. In the present investigation, we report the green synthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) employing the leaf extract of Justicia glauca. Water-soluble organics present in the leaf extract are mainly responsible for the reduction of silver nitrate (AgNO3) solution to AgNPs. The AgNPs are 10-20nm in dimensions as determined by TEM images. The antimicrobial activities of green synthesized AgNPs and drug blended AgNPs have been evaluated against the dental caries and periodontal disease causing microorganisms such as Streptococcus mutans, Staphylococcus aureus, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Micrococcus luteus, Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Candida albicans. The AgNPs and drug blended AgNPs show a significant antibacterial and antifungal activity. Minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) value of AgNPs determined against the selected dental caries and periodontal disease causing microorganisms are noticeable between the range of 25-75μg/mL. PMID:26249603

  20. Thermal stability and microstructure characterization of MgAl2O4 nanoparticles synthesized by reverse microemulsion method

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    Magnesium aluminate (MgAl2O4) spinel nanoparticles were synthesized by reverse microemulsion process in cyclohexane by using two kinds of surfactants, n-amyl alcohol as cosurfactant and mixture of aluminic/magnesic salt aqueous solution as basic reagents. The effects of surfactant types and titration methods on the morphologies and sizes of the MgAl2O4 nanoparticles were characterized by TEM, TGA-DTA, XRD, HR-TEM and FT-IR. TEM images show that the particles prepared by forward titration method with SPAN-80/Triton X-100 compound emulsifier have uniform spherical shape and good monodispersity with an average size of 9.5 nm. However, the average size of the particles prepared by reverse-titration method was about 10 nm and some particles have irregular plate like appearance. The products prepared with NP-40 surfactant and forward-titration method were agglomerated with an average size of 13 nm. TGA and XRD results show that the reverse microemulsion method has dramatically lowered the calcination temperature of MgAl2O4 with a degree of 700°C, and the precursor can transform to single spinel phase at 900 °C. (author)

  1. Field Test Of Capability To Prevent Cabbage Clubroot Disease Caused By Plasmodiophora brassicae Of Silver Nanoparticles Synthesized By Gamma Radiation

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    The effects of four dose rates 0.27; 0.90; 1.80 and 3.60 kGy/h on the solution of silver (Ag+ 10-2 M, PVP 2%, ethylenglycol 6%) irradiated at 25 kGy were investigated. The results showed that as the dose rates increased, the absorption peak shifted to blue wavelengths and also the particles decreased in size. For field test, nano particles were prepared by irradiation of silver solution at 25 kGy with the dose rate of 3.60 kGy/h. The absorption peaks of the synthesized nanoparticles were obtained at wavelengths of 412 nm and the average diameter of particles were 14 nm. Using two concentrations of 15 and 20 ppm, silver nanoparticles had not affected the growth and development of cabbage but showed antifungal activity against Plasmodiophora brassicae cause club root in cabbage. Using nano particles, the clubroot disease index were 9-10% compared to 5% of nebijin (fungicide), and 12% of control. The yield of cabbage were 55 tons/ha, 63 tons/ha and 70 tons/ha for the control, nanosilver group, and nebijin group, respectively. (author)

  2. Silica-coated iron-oxide nanoparticles synthesized as a T2 contrast agent for magnetic resonance imaging by using the reverse micelle method

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    We synthesized iron-oxide (Fe3O4) nanoparticles by using the reverse micelle method and coated them with biocompatible silica. The coated nanoparticles were found to be spherical in the TEM images and showed a uniform size distribution with an average diameter of 10 nm. The T1 and the T2 relaxation times of hydrogen protons in aqueous solutions with various concentrations of silica-coated nanoparticles were determined by using a magnetic resonance (MR) scanner. We found that the T2 relaxivity was much larger than the T1 relaxivity for the nanoparticle contrast agent, which reflected the fact that the T2 relaxation was mainly influenced by outer sphere processes. The T2 relaxivity was found to be 15 times larger than that for the commercial Gd-DTPA-BMA contrast agent. This result demonstrates that silica-coated iron oxide nanoparticles are applicable as a T2 agent in magnetic resonance imaging.

  3. Spectroscopy investigation on chemo-catalytic, free radical scavenging and bactericidal properties of biogenic silver nanoparticles synthesized using Salicornia brachiata aqueous extract

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    Seralathan, Janani; Stevenson, Priscilla; Subramaniam, Shankar; Raghavan, Rachana; Pemaiah, Brindha; Sivasubramanian, Aravind; Veerappan, Anbazhagan

    2014-01-01

    Nanosized silver have been widely used in many applications, such as catalysis, photonics, sensors, medicine etc. Thus, there is an increasing need to develop high-yield, low cost, non-toxic and eco-friendly procedures for the synthesis of nanoparticles. Herein, we report an efficient, green synthesis of silver nanoparticles utilizing the aqueous extract of Salicornia brachiata, a tropical plant of the Chenopodiaceae family. Silver nanoparticles have been characterized by ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy. The morphology of the particles formed consists of highly diversified shapes like spherical, rod-like, prism, triangular, pentagonal and hexagonal pattern. However, addition of sodium hydroxide to the extract produces mostly spherical particles. The stable nanoparticles obtained using this green method show remarkable catalytic activity in the reduction of 4-nitro phenol to 4-amino phenol. The reduction catalyzed by silver nanoparticles followed the first-order kinetics, with a rate constant of, 0.6 × 10-2 s-1. The bactericidal activity of the synthesized silver nanoparticles against the pathogenic bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus aureus E, Bacillus subtilis and Escherichia coli, was also explored using REMA. The obtained results showed that the minimum inhibitory concentration required to induce bactericidal effect is lower than the control antibiotic, ciprofloxacin. In addition to these, the biogenic synthesized nanoparticles also exhibited excellent free radical scavenging activity.

  4. Highly Sensitive Ethanol Sensor Based on Au-Decorated SnO2 Nanoparticles Synthesized Through Precipitation and Microwave Irradiation

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    Li, Yan; Zhao, Fang-Xian; Lian, Xiao-Xue; Zou, Yun-Ling; Wang, Qiong; Zhou, Qing-Jun

    2016-03-01

    Gold (Au)-decorated SnO2 nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized through a precipitation and microwave irradiation process. The as-prepared products were characterized by x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The results indicated that the as-prepared products consisted of nanometer-scale tetragonal crystalline SnO2 and face-centered cubic gold metal NPs. The gas sensing measurements showed that the sensor based on Au-decorated SnO2 NPs exhibited an extremely high response (239.5) toward 500-ppm ethanol at a relatively low working temperature (220°C). In addition, the response and recovery times of this sensor to ethanol were 1 s and 31 s, respectively. The excellent gas sensing performance of the synthesized NPs in terms of high response, fast response-recovery, superior selectivity, and good stability was attributed to the small nanometer size of the particles, Schottky barrier, and Au NP catalysis. Finally, we demonstrated that our Au-decorated SnO2 NPs could be a potential candidate for use in highly sensitive and selective gas sensors for ethanol.

  5. Highly Sensitive Ethanol Sensor Based on Au-Decorated SnO2 Nanoparticles Synthesized Through Precipitation and Microwave Irradiation

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    Li, Yan; Zhao, Fang-Xian; Lian, Xiao-Xue; Zou, Yun-Ling; Wang, Qiong; Zhou, Qing-Jun

    2016-06-01

    Gold (Au)-decorated SnO2 nanoparticles (NPs) were synthesized through a precipitation and microwave irradiation process. The as-prepared products were characterized by x-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscopy. The results indicated that the as-prepared products consisted of nanometer-scale tetragonal crystalline SnO2 and face-centered cubic gold metal NPs. The gas sensing measurements showed that the sensor based on Au-decorated SnO2 NPs exhibited an extremely high response (239.5) toward 500-ppm ethanol at a relatively low working temperature (220°C). In addition, the response and recovery times of this sensor to ethanol were 1 s and 31 s, respectively. The excellent gas sensing performance of the synthesized NPs in terms of high response, fast response-recovery, superior selectivity, and good stability was attributed to the small nanometer size of the particles, Schottky barrier, and Au NP catalysis. Finally, we demonstrated that our Au-decorated SnO2 NPs could be a potential candidate for use in highly sensitive and selective gas sensors for ethanol.

  6. New procedure to synthesize silver nanoparticles and their interaction with local anesthetics

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    Mocanu A

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available Aurora Mocanu,1 Roxana Diana Pasca,1 Gheorghe Tomoaia,2 Corina Garbo,1 Petre T Frangopol,1 Ossi Horovitz,1 Maria Tomoaia-Cotisel11Chemical Engineering Department, Babes-Bolyai University, 2Orthopedic Department, Iuliu Hatieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Cluj-Napoca, RomaniaAbstract: Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs were prepared in aqueous colloid dispersions by the reduction of Ag+ with glucose in alkaline medium. Tetraethyl orthosilicate and l-asparagine were added as stabilizers of NPs. The AgNPs were characterized, and their interaction with three local anesthetics (procaine, dibucaine, or tetracaine was investigated. Optical spectra show the characteristic absorption band of AgNPs, due to surface plasmon resonance. Modifications in the position and shape of this band reflect the self-assembly of metal NPs mediated by anesthetic molecules and the progress in time of the aggregation process. Zeta-potential measuring was applied in order to characterize the electrostatic stability of the NPs. The size and shape of the AgNPs, as well as the features of the assemblies formed by their association in the presence of anesthetics, were evidenced by transmission electron microscopy images. Atomic force microscopy images showed the characteristics of the films of AgNPs deposited on glass support. The effect of the anesthetics could be described in terms of electrostatic forces between the negatively charged AgNPs and the anesthetic molecules, existing also in their cationic form at the working pH. But also hydrophobic and hydrogen bonding interactions between the coated nanoparticles and anesthetics molecular species should be considered.Keywords: self-assembled nanostructures, UV-vis spectra, TEM, AFM, zeta potential

  7. Investigation of laundering and dispersion approaches for silica and calcium phosphosilicate composite nanoparticles synthesized in reverse micelles

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    Tabakovic, Amra

    Nanotechnology, the science and engineering of materials at the nanoscale, is a booming research area with numerous applications in electronic, cosmetic, automotive and sporting goods industries, as well as in biomedicine. Composite nanoparticles (NPs) are of special interest since the use of two or more materials in NP design imparts multifunctionality on the final NP constructs. This is especially relevant for applications in areas of human healthcare, where the use of dye or drug doped composite NPs is expected to improve the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other serious illnesses. Since the physicochemical properties of NP suspensions dictate the success of these systems in biomedical applications, especially drug delivery of chemotherapeutics, synthetic routes which offer precise control of NP properties, especially particle diameter and colloidal stability, are utilized to form a variety of composite NPs. Formation of NPs in reverse, or water-in-oil, micelles is one such synthetic approach. However, while the use of reverse micelles to form composite NPs offers precise control over NP size and shape, the post-synthesis laundering and dispersion of synthesized NP suspensions can still be a challenge. Reverse micelle synthetic approaches require the use of surfactants and low dielectric constant solvents, like hexane and cyclohexane, as the oil phase, which can compromise the biocompatibility and colloidal stability of the final composite NP suspensions. Therefore, appropriate dispersants and solvents must be used during laundering and dispersion to remove surfactant and ensure stability of synthesized NPs. In the work presented in this dissertation, two laundering and dispersion approaches, including packed column high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) and centrifugation (sedimentation and redispersion), are investigated for silver core silica (Ag-SiO2) and calcium phosphosilicate (Caw(HxPO4)y(Si(OH)zOa) b · cH2O, CPS) composite NP suspensions

  8. Biologically Synthesized Gold Nanoparticles Ameliorate Cold and Heat Stress-Induced Oxidative Stress in Escherichia coli

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    Xi-Feng Zhang

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Due to their unique physical, chemical, and optical properties, gold nanoparticles (AuNPs have recently attracted much interest in the field of nanomedicine, especially in the areas of cancer diagnosis and photothermal therapy. Because of the enormous potential of these nanoparticles, various physical, chemical, and biological methods have been adopted for their synthesis. Synthetic antioxidants are dangerous to human health. Thus, the search for effective, nontoxic natural compounds with effective antioxidative properties is essential. Although AuNPs have been studied for use in various biological applications, exploration of AuNPs as antioxidants capable of inhibiting oxidative stress induced by heat and cold stress is still warranted. Therefore, one goal of our study was to produce biocompatible AuNPs using biological methods that are simple, nontoxic, biocompatible, and environmentally friendly. Next, we aimed to assess the antioxidative effect of AuNPs against oxidative stress induced by cold and heat in Escherichia coli, which is a suitable model for stress responses involving AuNPs. The response of aerobically grown E. coli cells to cold and heat stress was found to be similar to the oxidative stress response. Upon exposure to cold and heat stress, the viability and metabolic activity of E. coli was significantly reduced compared to the control. In addition, levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS and malondialdehyde (MDA and leakage of proteins and sugars were significantly elevated, and the levels of lactate dehydrogenase activity (LDH and adenosine triphosphate (ATP significantly lowered compared to in the control. Concomitantly, AuNPs ameliorated cold and heat-induced oxidative stress responses by increasing the expression of antioxidants, including glutathione (GSH, glutathione S-transferase (GST, super oxide dismutase (SOD, and catalase (CAT. These consistent physiology and biochemical data suggest that AuNPs can ameliorate cold and

  9. Biologically Synthesized Gold Nanoparticles Ameliorate Cold and Heat Stress-Induced Oxidative Stress in Escherichia coli.

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    Zhang, Xi-Feng; Shen, Wei; Gurunathan, Sangiliyandi

    2016-01-01

    Due to their unique physical, chemical, and optical properties, gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) have recently attracted much interest in the field of nanomedicine, especially in the areas of cancer diagnosis and photothermal therapy. Because of the enormous potential of these nanoparticles, various physical, chemical, and biological methods have been adopted for their synthesis. Synthetic antioxidants are dangerous to human health. Thus, the search for effective, nontoxic natural compounds with effective antioxidative properties is essential. Although AuNPs have been studied for use in various biological applications, exploration of AuNPs as antioxidants capable of inhibiting oxidative stress induced by heat and cold stress is still warranted. Therefore, one goal of our study was to produce biocompatible AuNPs using biological methods that are simple, nontoxic, biocompatible, and environmentally friendly. Next, we aimed to assess the antioxidative effect of AuNPs against oxidative stress induced by cold and heat in Escherichia coli, which is a suitable model for stress responses involving AuNPs. The response of aerobically grown E. coli cells to cold and heat stress was found to be similar to the oxidative stress response. Upon exposure to cold and heat stress, the viability and metabolic activity of E. coli was significantly reduced compared to the control. In addition, levels of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and malondialdehyde (MDA) and leakage of proteins and sugars were significantly elevated, and the levels of lactate dehydrogenase activity (LDH) and adenosine triphosphate (ATP) significantly lowered compared to in the control. Concomitantly, AuNPs ameliorated cold and heat-induced oxidative stress responses by increasing the expression of antioxidants, including glutathione (GSH), glutathione S-transferase (GST), super oxide dismutase (SOD), and catalase (CAT). These consistent physiology and biochemical data suggest that AuNPs can ameliorate cold and heat stress

  10. Room temperature ferromagnetism in liquid-phase pulsed laser ablation synthesized nanoparticles of nonmagnetic oxides

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    Singh, S. C., E-mail: subhash.laserlab@gmail.com; Gopal, R. [Laser Spectroscopy and Nanomaterials Lab, Department of Physics, University of Allahabad, Allahabad-211002 (India); Kotnala, R. K. [Magnetic Standardization Division, National Physical Laboratory, K.S. Krishnan Road, New Delhi (India)

    2015-08-14

    Intrinsic Room Temperature Ferromagnetism (RTF) has been observed in undoped/uncapped zinc oxide and titanium dioxide spherical nanoparticles (NPs) obtained by a purely green approach of liquid phase pulsed laser ablation of corresponding metal targets in pure water. Saturation magnetization values observed for zinc oxide (average size, 9 ± 1.2 nm) and titanium dioxide (average size, 4.4 ± 0.3 nm) NPs are 62.37 and 42.17 memu/g, respectively, which are several orders of magnitude larger than those of previous reports. In contrast to the previous works, no postprocessing treatments or surface modification is required to induce ferromagnetism in the case of present communication. The most important result, related to the field of intrinsic ferromagnetism in nonmagnetic materials, is the observation of size dependent ferromagnetism. Degree of ferromagnetism in titanium dioxide increases with the increase in particle size, while it is reverse for zinc oxide. Surface and volume defects play significant roles for the origin of RTF in zinc oxide and titanium dioxide NPs, respectively. Single ionized oxygen and neutral zinc vacancies in zinc oxide and oxygen and neutral/ionized titanium vacancies in titanium dioxide are considered as predominant defect centres responsible for observed ferromagnetism. It is expected that origin of ferromagnetism is a consequence of exchange interactions between localized electron spin moments resulting from point defects.

  11. Antibacterial activity of silver nanoparticles synthesized In-situ by solution spraying onto cellulose.

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    Yan, Jinhua; Abdelgawad, Abdelrahman M; El-Naggar, Mehrez E; Rojas, Orlando J

    2016-08-20

    Spray technique was used for the adsorption of in-situ silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) onto and inside the surface of nano- and micro- fibrillar cellulose (NFC and MFC) as well as filter paper. The abundance of hydroxyl and carboxyl groups located in NFC and MFC are used to stabilize Ag ions (Ag(+)) which were then in-situ reduced to (AgNPs) by chemical or UV reduction. The surface characteristic features, elemental analysis, particle size as well as size distribution of the obtained MFC, NFC and filter paper loaded with AgNPs were characterized via field emission scanning electron microscopy connected to energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (FESEM- EDX) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The associated chemical changes after growth of AgNPs onto the cellulose substrates were assessed by fourier transform infra-red (FT-IR) while the thermal stability of such systems were investigated by thermogravimetrical analyses (TGA). The antibacterial properties of AgNPs loaded NFC, MFC and filter paper as well was investigated against Escherichia Coli. The resulted data indicate that the particle size was found to be 11 and 26nm for AgNPs nucleated on NFC and MFC-based papers respectively. The antibacterial activity of AgNPs loaded MFC exhibited higher antibacterial activity than that of AgNPs loaded NFC. Overall, the present research demonstrates facile and fast method for in-situ antibacterial AgNPs loading on cellulose substrates. PMID:27178957

  12. Resistive Switching of Individual, Chemically Synthesized TiO2 Nanoparticles.

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    Schmidt, Dirk Oliver; Hoffmann-Eifert, Susanne; Zhang, Hehe; La Torre, Camilla; Besmehn, Astrid; Noyong, Michael; Waser, Rainer; Simon, Ulrich

    2015-12-22

    Resistively switching devices are considered promising for next-generation nonvolatile random-access memories. Today, such memories are fabricated by means of "top-down approaches" applying thin films sandwiched between nanoscaled electrodes. In contrast, this work presents a "bottom-up approach" disclosing for the first time the resistive switching (RS) of individual TiO2 nanoparticles (NPs). The NPs, which have sizes of 80 and 350 nm, respectively, are obtained by wet chemical synthesis and thermally treated under oxidizing or vacuum conditions for crystallization, respectively. These NPs are deposited on a Pt/Ir bottom electrode and individual NPs are electrically characterized by means of a nanomanipulator system in situ, in a scanning electron microscope. While amorphous NPs and calcined NPs reveal no switching hysteresis, a very interesting behavior is found for the vacuum-annealed, crystalline TiO(2-x) NPs. These NPs reveal forming-free RS behavior, dominantly complementary switching (CS) and, to a small degree, bipolar switching (BS) characteristics. In contrast, similarly vacuum-annealed TiO2 thin films grown by atomic layer deposition show standard BS behavior under the same conditions. The interesting CS behavior of the TiO(2-x) NPs is attributed to the formation of a core-shell-like structure by re-oxidation of the reduced NPs as a unique feature. PMID:26540646

  13. Electrical properties of samarium cobaltite nanoparticles synthesized using Sol–Gel autocombustion route

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    Sathyamoorthy, B.; Md Gazzali, P.M.; Murugesan, C.; Chandrasekaran, G., E-mail: chandgc@gmail.com

    2014-05-01

    Highlights: • The structural evolution and its electrical properties of samarium cobaltite nanograins are discussed. • Optimization of SmCoO{sub 3} nanograins is achieved by post sintering as-prepared gel at 800 °C. • The impedance spectra indicate the semiconducting behavior SmCoO{sub 3} nanograins. - Abstract: Nanograins of SmCoO{sub 3} are prepared by citric acid assisted Sol–Gel autocombustion route. The characterizations of crystal structure, surface morphology and electrical properties of SmCoO{sub 3} powder are done using XRD, HRSEM, FTIR and BDS. The structural evolution of SmCoO{sub 3} upon increasing the annealing temperature is followed using XRD and FTIR analyses. The powder sample contains polycrystalline grains with average size equal to 35 nm and orthorhombic perovskite structure with Pbnm space group. The vibrational bands observed in FTIR spectrum at 545 cm{sup −1} and 439 cm{sup −1} correspond to Co-O stretching modes in cobaltite system. HRSEM images of the sample show the formation of hexagonal shaped grains of samarium cobaltite. The AC electrical conductivity of 4.914 × 10{sup −5} S cm{sup −1} at 295 K is measured for SmCoO{sub 3} nanoparticles. The impedance spectra bring out the semiconducting behavior of the material.

  14. Morphological and Rheological Characterization of Gold Nanoparticles Synthesized Using Pluronic P103 as Soft Template

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    Nancy Tepale

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The synthesis of gold nanoparticles (Au-NPs, using Pluronic® P103 as soft template to design tuned hybrid gold/P103 nanomaterials, is reported here. The effect of the concentration of P103 and the synthesis temperature on the growth, size, and morphology of Au-NPs were studied. The rheological properties of these hybrid nanomaterials at different measured temperatures were studied as well. By increasing the concentration of P103, the micelles progressively grew due to an increase in the number of surface cavities. These cavities came together causing large nucleation centers and developing larger Au-NPs. The synthesis temperature was varied to induce significant dehydration of the P103 micelles. Below the cloud point temperature micelles underwent distinct changes related to spherical-to-polymer-like micelles transitions. Two nanostructures were formed: (1 small Au-NPs arranged on the surface of micelles, which acted as soft templates, and (2 large and independent Au-NPs. Above the cloud point temperature, Au-NPs were related to the shape and size of the P103 micellar aggregates. Rheological measurements showed that viscosity was sensitive to the concentration of P103. Also, it was demonstrated that synthesis temperature had a considerable influence on viscosity of the produced nanomaterials.

  15. Oxidation of o-chloro and o-hydroxy benzyl alcohols catalyzed by copper (II tetraphenylporphyrin nanoparticles synthesized by mixed solvent method

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    Rahmatollah Rahimi

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Tetraphenylporphyrin (TPP and copper tetraphenylporphyrin (CuTPP were synthesized and characterized by IR, UV-Vis, 1HNMR and 13CNMR. The CuTPP nanoparticles were synthesized by sonication and mixed solvent methods. These nanoparticles were characterized by AFM and SEM images and UV-Vis spectra. The catalytic activity of nanoparticles was investigated by oxidation of o-choloro and o-hydroxy benzyl alcohols in presence of molecular oxygen and isobutyraldehyde. The yields of oxidation of o-hydroxy benzyl alcohol by the two catalysts, CuTPP NPs and CuTPP, are 96.5% and ~ 2%, respectively. It is very obvious that the oxidation at the presence of CuTPP NPs catalyst is very high but selectivity for both reactants is 100%.‎

  16. Oxide or carbide nanoparticles synthesized by laser ablation of a bulk Hf target in liquids and their structural, optical, and dielectric properties

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    Semaltianos, N. G.; Friedt, J.-M.; Chassagnon, R.; Moutarlier, V.; Blondeau-Patissier, V.; Combe, G.; Assoul, M.; Monteil, G.

    2016-05-01

    Laser ablation of a bulk Hf target in deionized (DI) water, ethanol, or toluene was carried out for the production of nanoparticles' colloidal solutions. Due to the interaction of the ablation plasma plume species with the species which are produced by the liquid decomposition at the plume-liquid interface, hafnia (HfO2) nanoparticles are synthesized in DI water, hafnium carbide (HfC) nanoparticles in toluene, and a mixture of these in ethanol. The hafnia nanoparticles are in the monoclinic low temperature phase and in the tetragonal and fcc high temperature phases. Their size distribution follows log-normal function with a median diameter in the range of 4.3-5.3 nm. Nanoparticles synthesized in DI water have band gaps of 5.6 and 5.4 eV, in ethanol 5.72 and 5.65 eV (using low and high pulse energy), and in toluene 3 eV. The values for the relative permittivity in the range of 7.74-8.90 were measured for hafnia nanoparticles' thin films deposited on substrates by drop-casting (self-assembled layers) in parallel plate capacitor structures.

  17. A simple way to obtain high saturation magnetization for superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles synthesized in air atmosphere: Optimization by experimental design

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    Karaagac, Oznur; Kockar, Hakan

    2016-07-01

    Orthogonal design technique was applied to obtain superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles with high saturation magnetization, Ms. Synthesis of the nanoparticles were done in air atmosphere according to the orthogonal table L934. Magnetic properties of the synthesized nanoparticles were measured by a vibrating sample magnetometer. Structural analysis of the nanoparticles was also carried out by X-ray diffraction technique (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). After the analysis of magnetic data, the optimized experimental parameters were determined as [Fe+2]/[Fe+3]=6/6, iron ion concentration=1500 mM, base concentration=6.7 M and reaction time=2 min. Magnetic results showed that the synthesis carried out according to the optimized conditions gave the highest Ms of 69.83 emu/g for the nanoparticles synthesized in air atmosphere. Magnetic measurements at 10 K and 300 K showed the sample is superparamagnetic at room temperature. Structural analysis by XRD, FTIR and selected area electron diffraction showed that the sample had the inverse spinel crystal structure of iron oxide. The particle size of the optimized sample determined from the TEM image is 7.0±2.2 nm. The results indicated that the Ms of superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles can be optimized by experimental design with the suitable choice of the synthesis parameters.

  18. A New Method of Synthesizing Black Birnessite Nanoparticles: From Brown to Black Birnessite with Nanostructures

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    Joseph M. Okoh

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available A new method for preparing black birnessite nanoparticles is introduced. The initial synthesis process resembles the classical McKenzie method of preparing brown birnessite except for slower cooling and closing the system from the ambient air. Subsequent process, including wet-aging at 7∘C for 48 hours, overnight freezing, and lyophilization, is shown to convert the brown birnessite into black birnessite with complex nanomorphology with folded sheets and spirals. Characterization of the product is performed by X-ray diffraction (XRD, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA, and N2 adsorption (BET techniques. Wet-aging and lyophilization times are shown to affect the architecture of the product. XRD patterns show a single phase corresponding to a semicrystalline birnessite-based manganese oxide. TEM studies suggest its fibrous and petal-like structures. The HRTEM images at 5 and 10 nm length scales reveal the fibrils in folding sheets and also show filamentary breaks. The BET surface area of this nanomaterial was found to be 10.6 m2/g. The TGA measurement demonstrated that it possessed an excellent thermal stability up to 400∘C. Layer-structured black birnessite nanomaterial containing sheets, spirals, and filamentary breaks can be produced at low temperature (−49∘C from brown birnessite without the use of cross-linking reagents.

  19. Reductive reactivity of borohydride- and dithionite-synthesized iron-based nanoparticles: A comparative study.

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    Ma, Xiaoming; He, Di; Jones, Adele M; Collins, Richard N; Waite, T David

    2016-02-13

    In this study sodium dithionite (NaS2O4) and sodium borohydride (NaBH4) were employed as reducing agents for the synthesis of nanosized iron-based particles. The particles formed using NaBH4 (denoted nFe(BH4)) principally contained (as expected) Fe(0) according to XAS and XRD analyses while the particles synthesized using NaS2O4, (denoted nFe(S2O4)) were dominated by the mixed Fe(II)/Fe(III) mineral magnetite (Fe3O4) though with possible presence of Fe(0). The ability of both particles to reduce trichloroethylene (TCE) under analogous conditions demonstrated remarkable differences with nFe(BH4) resulting in complete reduction of 1.5mM of TCE in 2h while nFe(S2O4) were unable to effect complete reduction of TCE in 120 h. Moreover, acetylene was the major reaction product formed in the presence of nFe(S2O4) while the major reaction product formed following reaction with nFe(BH4) was ethylene, which was further reduced to ethane as the reaction proceeded. Considering that effective Pd reduction to Pd(0) requires the presence of Fe(0), this is consistent with our finding that Fe(0) is not the dominant phase formed when employing dithionite as a reducing agent under the conditions employed in this study. PMID:26513569

  20. Effect of Polyethylene Glycol on the Formation of Magnetic Nanoparticles Synthesized by Magnetospirillum magnetotacticum MS-1.

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    Hirokazu Shimoshige

    Full Text Available Magnetotactic bacteria (MTB synthesize intracellular magnetic nanocrystals called magnetosomes, which are composed of either magnetite (Fe3O4 or greigite (Fe3S4 and covered with lipid membranes. The production of magnetosomes is achieved by the biomineralization process with strict control over the formation of magnetosome membrane vesicles, uptake and transport of iron ions, and synthesis of mature crystals. These magnetosomes have high potential for both biotechnological and nanotechnological applications, but it is still extremely difficult to grow MTB and produce a large amount of magnetosomes under the conventional cultural conditions. Here, we investigate as a first attempt the effect of polyethylene glycol (PEG added to the culture medium on the increase in the yield of magnetosomes formed in Magnetospirillum magnetotacticum MS-1. We find that the yield of the formation of magnetosomes can be increased up to approximately 130 % by adding PEG200 to the culture medium. We also measure the magnetization of the magnetosomes and find that the magnetosomes possess soft ferromagnetic characteristics and the saturation mass magnetization is increased by 7 %.

  1. Effect of Polyethylene Glycol on the Formation of Magnetic Nanoparticles Synthesized by Magnetospirillum magnetotacticum MS-1.

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    Shimoshige, Hirokazu; Kobayashi, Hideki; Mizuki, Toru; Nagaoka, Yutaka; Inoue, Akira; Maekawa, Toru

    2015-01-01

    Magnetotactic bacteria (MTB) synthesize intracellular magnetic nanocrystals called magnetosomes, which are composed of either magnetite (Fe3O4) or greigite (Fe3S4) and covered with lipid membranes. The production of magnetosomes is achieved by the biomineralization process with strict control over the formation of magnetosome membrane vesicles, uptake and transport of iron ions, and synthesis of mature crystals. These magnetosomes have high potential for both biotechnological and nanotechnological applications, but it is still extremely difficult to grow MTB and produce a large amount of magnetosomes under the conventional cultural conditions. Here, we investigate as a first attempt the effect of polyethylene glycol (PEG) added to the culture medium on the increase in the yield of magnetosomes formed in Magnetospirillum magnetotacticum MS-1. We find that the yield of the formation of magnetosomes can be increased up to approximately 130 % by adding PEG200 to the culture medium. We also measure the magnetization of the magnetosomes and find that the magnetosomes possess soft ferromagnetic characteristics and the saturation mass magnetization is increased by 7 %. PMID:25993286

  2. An evidence-based environmental perspective of manufactured silver nanoparticle in syntheses and applications: A systematic review and critical appraisal of peer-reviewed scientific papers

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    Background: Most recently, renewed interest has arisen in manufactured silver nanomaterials because of their unusually enhanced physicochemical properties and biological activities compared to the bulk parent materials. A wide range of applications has emerged in consumer products ranging from disinfecting medical devices and home appliances to water treatment. Because the hypothesized mechanisms that govern the fate and transport of bulk materials may not directly apply to materials at the nanoscale, there are great concerns in the regulatory and research communities about potential environmental impacts associated with the use of silver nanoparticles. In particular, the unlimited combinations of properties emerging from the syntheses and applications of silver nanoparticles are presenting an urgent need to document the predominant salt precursors, reducing agents and stabilizing agents utilized in the synthesis processes of silver nanoparticles to guide the massive efforts required for environmental risk assessment and management. Objectives: The primary objective of this study is to present an evidence-based environmental perspective of silver nanoparticle properties in syntheses and applications. The following specific aims are designed to achieve the study objective: Aim 1 - to document the salt precursors and agents utilized in synthesizing silver nanoparticles; Aim 2 - to determine the characteristics of silver nanoparticles currently in use in the scientific literature when integrated in polymer matrices to form nanocomposites and combined with other metal nanoparticles to form bimetallic nanoparticles; Aim 3 - to provide a summary of the morphology of silver nanoparticles; and (4) Aim 4 - to provide an environmental perspective of the evidence presented in Aims 1 to 3. Methods: A comprehensive electronic search of scientific databases was conducted in support of the study objectives. Specific inclusion criteria were applied to gather the most pertinent

  3. Application of gamma irradiation method to synthesize silver nanoparticle and fix them on porous ceramics for water treatment

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    The colloidal silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) solution with the AgNPs diameter of 10-15 nm was synthesized by gamma irradiation method using polyvinylpyrrolidone as stabilizer. Porous ceramic samples were functionalized by treatment with an aminosilane (AS) agent (3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane) and then impregnated in colloidal silver nanoparticles solution for fixing through coordination bonds between - NH2 groups of the aminosilane and the silver atoms. The AgNPs content attached in porous ceramic (AgNPs/PC) was of about 200-250 mg/kg. The contents silver release from AgNPs/PC into filtrated water by flowing test with the rate of about 5 litters/h were less than 10 μg/L analyzed by neutron activation analysis method, it is satisfactory to the WHO guideline of 100 μg/L for drinking water. The antimicrobial effect of AgNPs/PC for E. coli was carried out by flowing test with an inoculated initial contamination of E.coli in water of about 106 CFU/100 ml. Results showed that the contamination of E. coli in filtrated water through AgNPs/PC (up to 500 litters) was less than 1 CFU/100 ml compared to 2.5x104 CFU/100 ml for base porous ceramic (only up to 60 litters). The antimicrobial effect of AgNPs/PC is in accordance with the TCVN 6096-2004 for bottled drinking. Thus, AgNPs/PC with the silver content of 200-250 mg/kg and the specific surface area of 1.51 m2/g, average pore size of 48.2 Å and pore volume of 1.8x10-3 cm3/g has highly antimicrobial effect that can be applied for point-of-use drinking water treatment. (author)

  4. Effects of green-synthesized silver nanoparticles on lung cancer cells in vitro and grown as xenograft tumors in vivo

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    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Yan He,1,* Zhiyun Du,1,* Shijing Ma,1 Yue Liu,2 Dongli Li,1 Huarong Huang,1 Sen Jiang,1 Shupeng Cheng,1 Wenjing Wu,1 Kun Zhang,1 Xi Zheng1,2 1Allan H Conney Laboratory for Anticancer Drug Research, School of Chemical Engineering and Light Industry, Guandong University of Technology, Guangzhou, People’s Republic of China; 2Susan Lehman Cullman Laboratory for Cancer Research, Department of Chemical Biology, Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ, USA *These authors contributed equally to this work Abstract: Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs have now been recognized as promising therapeutic molecules and are extending their use in cancer diagnosis and therapy. This study demonstrates for the first time the antitumor activity of green-synthesized AgNPs against lung cancer in vitro and in vivo. Cytotoxicity effect was explored on human lung cancer H1299 cells in vitro by MTT and trypan blue assays. Apoptosis was measured by morphological assessment, and nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB transcriptional activity was determined by a luciferase reporter gene assay. The expressions of phosphorylated stat3, bcl-2, survivin, and caspase-3 were examined by Western blot analysis. AgNPs showed dose-dependent cytotoxicity and stimulation of apoptosis in H1299 cells. The effects on H1299 cells correlated well with the inhibition of NF-κB activity, a decrease in bcl-2, and an increase in caspase-3 and survivin expression. AgNPs significantly suppressed the H1299 tumor growth in a xenograft severe combined immunodeficient (SCID mouse model. The results demonstrate the anticancer activities of AgNPs, suggesting that they may act as potential beneficial molecules in lung cancer chemoprevention and chemotherapy, especially for early-stage intervention. Keywords: silver nanoparticles, antitumor, lung cancer, cytotoxicity, H1299

  5. Microstructure, electronic structure and optical properties of combustion synthesized Co doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    We report on the microstructure, electronic structure and optical properties of nanocrystalline Zn1−xCoxO (x=0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05 and 0.07) particles prepared by solution combustion technique using L-Valine as fuel. The detailed structural and micro-structural studies were carried out by XRD, HRTEM and TEM-SAED respectively, which confirms the formation of single phased, nano-sized particles. The electronic structure was determined through NEXAFS and atomic multiplet calculations/simulations performed for various symmetries and valence states of ‘Co’ to determine the valance state, symmetry and crystal field splitting. The correlations between the experimental NEXAFS spectra and atomic multiplet simulations, confirms that, ‘Co’ present is in the 2+ valence state and substituted at the ‘Zn’ site in tetrahedral symmetry with crystal field splitting, 10Dq =−0.6 eV. The optical properties and ‘Co’ induced defect formation of as-synthesized materials were examined by using diffuse reflectance and Photoluminescence spectroscopy, respectively. Red-shift of band gap energy (Eg) was observed in Zn1−xCoxO samples due to Co (0.58 Å) substitution at Zn (0.60 Å) site of the host ZnO. Also, in PL spectra, a prominent pre-edge peak corresponds to ultraviolet (UV) emission around 360–370 nm was observed with Co concentration along with near band edge emission (NBE) of the wide band gap ZnO and all samples show emission in the blue region

  6. Microstructure, electronic structure and optical properties of combustion synthesized Co doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Srinatha, N. [Department of Physics, JB Campus, Bangalore University, Bangalore 560056 (India); Nair, K.G.M. [UGC-DAE-CSR, Kalpakkam Node, Kalpakkam, Kokilamedu 603102 (India); Angadi, Basavaraj, E-mail: brangadi@gmail.com [Department of Physics, JB Campus, Bangalore University, Bangalore 560056 (India)

    2015-10-01

    We report on the microstructure, electronic structure and optical properties of nanocrystalline Zn{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}O (x=0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05 and 0.07) particles prepared by solution combustion technique using L-Valine as fuel. The detailed structural and micro-structural studies were carried out by XRD, HRTEM and TEM-SAED respectively, which confirms the formation of single phased, nano-sized particles. The electronic structure was determined through NEXAFS and atomic multiplet calculations/simulations performed for various symmetries and valence states of ‘Co’ to determine the valance state, symmetry and crystal field splitting. The correlations between the experimental NEXAFS spectra and atomic multiplet simulations, confirms that, ‘Co’ present is in the 2+ valence state and substituted at the ‘Zn’ site in tetrahedral symmetry with crystal field splitting, 10Dq =−0.6 eV. The optical properties and ‘Co’ induced defect formation of as-synthesized materials were examined by using diffuse reflectance and Photoluminescence spectroscopy, respectively. Red-shift of band gap energy (E{sub g}) was observed in Zn{sub 1−x}Co{sub x}O samples due to Co (0.58 Å) substitution at Zn (0.60 Å) site of the host ZnO. Also, in PL spectra, a prominent pre-edge peak corresponds to ultraviolet (UV) emission around 360–370 nm was observed with Co concentration along with near band edge emission (NBE) of the wide band gap ZnO and all samples show emission in the blue region.

  7. Microstructure, electronic structure and optical properties of combustion synthesized Co doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Srinatha, N.; Nair, K. G. M.; Angadi, Basavaraj

    2015-10-01

    We report on the microstructure, electronic structure and optical properties of nanocrystalline Zn1-xCoxO (x=0, 0.01, 0.03, 0.05 and 0.07) particles prepared by solution combustion technique using L-Valine as fuel. The detailed structural and micro-structural studies were carried out by XRD, HRTEM and TEM-SAED respectively, which confirms the formation of single phased, nano-sized particles. The electronic structure was determined through NEXAFS and atomic multiplet calculations/simulations performed for various symmetries and valence states of 'Co' to determine the valance state, symmetry and crystal field splitting. The correlations between the experimental NEXAFS spectra and atomic multiplet simulations, confirms that, 'Co' present is in the 2+ valence state and substituted at the 'Zn' site in tetrahedral symmetry with crystal field splitting, 10Dq =-0.6 eV. The optical properties and 'Co' induced defect formation of as-synthesized materials were examined by using diffuse reflectance and Photoluminescence spectroscopy, respectively. Red-shift of band gap energy (Eg) was observed in Zn1-xCoxO samples due to Co (0.58 Å) substitution at Zn (0.60 Å) site of the host ZnO. Also, in PL spectra, a prominent pre-edge peak corresponds to ultraviolet (UV) emission around 360-370 nm was observed with Co concentration along with near band edge emission (NBE) of the wide band gap ZnO and all samples show emission in the blue region.

  8. Inhibition of pathogenic bacterial growth on excision wound by green synthesized copper oxide nanoparticles leads to accelerated wound healing activity in Wistar Albino rats.

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    Sankar, Renu; Baskaran, Athmanathan; Shivashangari, Kanchi Subramanian; Ravikumar, Vilwanathan

    2015-07-01

    An impaired wound healing is one of the major health related problem in diabetic and non-diabetic patients around the globe. The pathogenic bacteria play a predominant role in delayed wound healing, owing to interaction in the wound area. In our previous work we developed green chemistry mediated copper oxide nanoparticles using Ficus religiosa leaf extract. In the present study we make an attempt to evaluate the anti-bacterial, and wound healing activity of green synthesized copper oxide nanoparticles in male Wistar Albino rats. The agar well diffusion assay revealed copper oxide nanoparticles have substantial inhibition activity against human pathogenic strains such as Klebsiella pneumoniae, Shigella dysenteriae, Staphylococcus aureus, Salmonella typhimurium and Escherichia coli, which were responsible for delayed wound healing process. Furthermore, the analyses results of wound closure, histopathology and protein profiling confirmed that the F. religiosa leaf extract tailored copper oxide nanoparticles have enhanced wound healing activity in Wistar Albino rats. PMID:26194977

  9. Design and syntheses of MMP inhibitors and photosensitive lipid nanoparticle formulations for drug delivery

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    Subramaniam, Rajesh

    Drug administration without any compromise to the quality of life and lifespan is the ideal goal for disease management. The molecular mechanisms of several pathologies have shown that site-specific delivery of target-specific drugs seems to be a promising avenue to achieve this goal. This thesis describes the initial steps that we have taken toward that goal. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are a family of about 23 isozymes in humans that were actively targeted for treating a multitude of pathologies. Clinical studies carried out on cancer patients have revealed the complexity of the working of this enzyme family and necessitated the development of isozyme-specific MMP inhibitors. Our studies toward the development of isozyme-specific inhibitors have resulted in the development of several inhibitors that seem to be selective toward some MMP isozymes. Our understanding on the molecular mechanism that confers this selectivity is documented in this thesis. Another aspect of discussion in the thesis is the development of photosensitive liposomes for drug delivery that could be triggered to release the drug by irradiation with light of appropriate wavelength. Development of such delivery vehicles, in principle, would confer external spatiotemporal control on drug delivery. This could potentially lead to better disease management by minimizing side effects and enhancing patient compatibility. The thesis discusses our attempts toward the development of photosensitive liposomes. These liposomes incorporated a photosensitive lipid (PSL) that would be cleaved upon irradiation with UV light, causing liposomal destabilization and release of the enclosed drug. The discussion includes: (i) the syntheses of the PSLs, (ii) formulation of the photosensitive liposomes that contained a model drug, (iii) light-mediated release of the drug and (iv) the mechanism of photocleavage of the PSL that leads to content release from liposomes. The thesis concludes with suggestions toward the

  10. Enhanced ultraviolet photocatalytic activity of Ag/ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by modified polymer-network gel method

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    Lu, Y. H.; Xu, M., E-mail: hsuming-2001@aliyun.com [Southwest University for Nationalities, Key Laboratory of Information Materials of Sichuan Province, School of Electrical and Information Engineering (China); Xu, L. X. [Nanyang Technological University, Plasma Sources and Applications Center, NIE (Singapore); Zhang, C. L.; Zhang, Q. P.; Xu, X. N. [Southwest University for Nationalities, Key Laboratory of Information Materials of Sichuan Province, School of Electrical and Information Engineering (China); Xu, S. [Nanyang Technological University, Plasma Sources and Applications Center, NIE (Singapore); Ostrikov, K., E-mail: kostya.ostrikov@qut.edu.au [Queensland University of Technology, Institute for Future Environments and School of Chemistry, Physics, and Mechanical Engineering (Australia)

    2015-09-15

    Ag/ZnO nanoparticle (NP) heterostructures are synthesized through a modified polymer-network gel method in which glucose is added to the precursor solution to prevent the gel from drastically shrinking during drying of the aqueous solution. Structural and optical properties of the samples are characterized by a range of techniques including XRD, SEM, TEM, XPS, UV–Vis, and PL. The high-quality Ag-ZnO heterostructure is evidenced clearly by high-resolution TEM. The Ag/ZnO heterostructure nanocomposites exhibit a higher photocatalytic activity in the degradation of methyl orange than pure ZnO. Especially, Ag/ZnO NP heterostructures with the Ag/Zn molar ratio of 5:95 (sample ZA-5) show the highest degradation efficiency, which is 11 times higher compared with pure ZnO. The photoluminescence properties of the heterostructures and O defect states are studied to well explain the observed photocatalytic effects. ZA-5 also exhibits competitive photocatalytic activity for the degradation of other pollutant dyes such as Methylene blue and Rhodamine B compared with the recently reported techniques, while showing excellent catalyst photostability as well as offering simplicity and reliability.

  11. Facile method to synthesize magnetic iron oxides/TiO2 hybrid nanoparticles and their photodegradation application of methylene blue

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    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Many methods have been reported to improving the photocatalytic efficiency of organic pollutant and their reliable applications. In this work, we propose a facile pathway to prepare three different types of magnetic iron oxides/TiO2 hybrid nanoparticles (NPs by seed-mediated method. The hybrid NPs are composed of spindle, hollow, and ultrafine iron oxide NPs as seeds and 3-aminopropyltriethyloxysilane as linker between the magnetic cores and TiO2 layers, respectively. The composite structure and the presence of the iron oxide and titania phase have been confirmed by transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and X-ray photoelectron spectra. The hybrid NPs show good magnetic response, which can get together under an external applied magnetic field and hence they should become promising magnetic recovery catalysts (MRCs. Photocatalytic ability examination of the magnetic hybrid NPs was carried out in methylene blue (MB solutions illuminated under Hg light in a photochemical reactor. About 50% to 60% of MB was decomposed in 90 min in the presence of magnetic hybrid NPs. The synthesized magnetic hybrid NPs display high photocatalytic efficiency and will find recoverable potential applications in cleaning polluted water with the help of magnetic separation.

  12. Optical and magnetic properties of La1-xGaxFeO3 nanoparticles synthesized by polymerization complex method

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    Hunpratub, Sitchai; Karaphun, Attaphol; Phokha, Sumalin; Swatsitang, Ekaphan

    2016-09-01

    La1-xGaxFeO3 (x = 0.0, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3 and 0.4) nanoparticles were synthesized by polymerization complex method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results reveal a pure orthorhombic phase structure. Increasing of Ga content, resulting in the decrease of average crystallite sizes calculated by XRD from 58.4 ± 5.9 to 13.4 ± 4.3 nm and the average particle sizes estimated by transmission electron microscope (TEM) images from 70.2 ± 4.5 to 21.4 ± 8.5 nm. The optical band gaps determined by UV-vis spectra showed a redshift from 2.145 to 1.954 eV that originates from surface effect caused by Ga substitution. The magnetic properties were investigated using a vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). The room temperature hysteresis loops of La1-xGaxFeO3 nanopowders indicate the antiferromagnetic behavior of pure sample and all doped samples of ferromagnetic behavior with the enhancement of coercive field (Hc), remanence (Mr) and magnetization (M) due to the more disordering spins induced at the surface of particle. It is evident from field cool (FC) measurement of La0.6Ga0.4FeO3 sample that the Curie temperature (Tc) is above 350 K.

  13. Green synthesized gold nanoparticles decorated graphene oxide for sensitive determination of chloramphenicol in milk, powdered milk, honey and eye drops.

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    Karthik, R; Govindasamy, Mani; Chen, Shen-Ming; Mani, Veerappan; Lou, Bih-Show; Devasenathipathy, Rajkumar; Hou, Yu-Shen; Elangovan, A

    2016-08-01

    A simple and rapid green synthesis using Bischofia javanica Blume leaves as reducing agent was developed for the preparation of gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). AuNPs decorated graphene oxide (AuNPs/GO) was prepared and employed for the sensitive amperometric determination of chloramphenicol. The green biosynthesis requires less than 40s to reduce gold salts to AuNPs. The formations of AuNPs and AuNPs/GO were evaluated by scanning electron and atomic force microscopies, UV-Visible and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopies, X-ray diffraction studies, and electrochemical methods. AuNPs/GO composite film modified electrode was fabricated and shown excellent electrocatalytic ability towards chloramphenicol. Under optimal conditions, the amperometric sensing platform has delivered wide linear range of 1.5-2.95μM, low detection limit of 0.25μM and high sensitivity of 3.81μAμM(-1)cm(-2). The developed sensor exhibited good repeatability and reproducibility, anti-interference ability and long-term storage stability. Practical feasibility of the sensor has been demonstrated in food samples (milk, powdered milk and honey) and pharmaceutical sample (eye drops). The green synthesized AuNPs/GO composite has great potential for analysis of food samples in food safety measures. PMID:27153217

  14. Effects of precursor on the morphology and size of ZrO{sub 2} nanoparticles, synthesized by sol-gel method in non-aqueous medium

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    Siddiqui, Mohammed Rafiq Hussain; Al-Wassil, Abdulaziz Ibrahim; Mahfouz, Refaat Mohamad [King Saud University, Riyadh (Saudi Arabia). Department of Chemistry, College of Science; Al-Otaibi, Abdullah Mohmmed [King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia). The NationalProgram for Advanced Materials and Building Systems

    2012-11-15

    Pure zirconium oxide (ZrO{sub 2}) nanoparticles with diameters 10-25 nm were synthesized from ZrOCl{sub 2}.8H{sub 2}O and Zr(SO{sub 4})2.H{sub 2}O with benzyl alcohol as non-aqueous solvent medium using sol-gel method. Sodium lauryl sulfate was added as surfactants to control the particle size. The synthesized ZrO{sub 2} nanoparticles have a mixture of tetragonal and monoclinic structure. The XRD showed the purity of obtained ZrO{sub 2} nanoparticles with tetragonal and monoclinic phase and the crystallite size for ZrOCl{sub 2}.8H{sub 2}O precursor was estimated to be 18.1 nm and that from Zr(SO{sub 4})2.H{sub 2}O was 9.7 nm. The transmission electron microscopy and scanning electron microscopic studies also shows different sizes of nanoparticles and different morphology depending on the precursor used for the synthesis of ZrO{sub 2} nanoparticles. (author)

  15. Characterization and electrocatalytic activity of Pt–M (M=Cu, Ag, and Pd) bimetallic nanoparticles synthesized by pulsed plasma discharge in water

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    Kim, Sung-Min; Cho, Ah-Rong; Lee, Sang-Yul, E-mail: sylee@kau.ac.kr [Korea Aerospace University, Department of Materials Engineering, Center for Surface Technology and Applications (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-07-15

    The synthetic approach for electrocatalysts is one of the most important methods of determining electrocatalytic performance. In this work, we synthesized Pt and Pt–M (M=Cu, Ag, and Pd) bimetallic nanoparticles using a pulsed plasma discharge in water. A morphological investigation revealed that the as-synthesized Pt and Pt–M bimetallic nanoparticles constituted a nanochain network structure interconnected with primary nanoparticles of 4–6 nm in size, and the nanochains grew from the primary nanoparticles via the oriented attachment. The Z-contrast, EDX line scanning, and XRD analysis confirmed that the Pt was alloyed with M without elemental segregation or phase segregation. Furthermore, it was found that the composition difference was dependent on the electrode temperature determined by the power density and thermal parameters. The electrochemical results revealed that the electrocatalytic activity, stability, and durability of the Pt–Ag bimetallic nanoparticles were superior with respect to the methanol oxidation reaction, which could be attributed to the downshift of the d-band center via electronic modification.

  16. Formic acid electro-oxidation on carbon supported Pd{sub x}Pt{sub 1-x} (0 {>=} x {>=} 1) nanoparticles synthesized via modified polyol method

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    Baranova, Elena A., E-mail: elena.baranova@uottawa.c [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Ottawa, 161 Louis-Pasteur St., Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5 (Canada); Miles, Neil [Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Ottawa, 161 Louis-Pasteur St., Ottawa, ON, K1N 6N5 (Canada); Mercier, Patrick H.J.; Le Page, Yvon; Patarachao, Bussaraporn [Institute for Chemical Process and Environmental Technology, National Research Council Canada, 1200 Montreal Rd., Ottawa, ON, K1A 0R6 (Canada)

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    Carbon supported nanoparticle catalysts of Pd{sub x}Pt{sub 1-x} (0 {>=} x {>=} 1) were synthesized using a modified polyol method and poly(N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone) (PVP) as a stabilizer. Resulting nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), cyclic voltammetry (CV) and chronoamperommetry (CA) study for formic acid electro-oxidation. Surface composition of the synthesized nanoparticles found from XPS revealed the Pt surface segregation even for the Pd-rich compositions. It is suggested that the surface segregation behavior in PdPt nanoparticles supported on carbon may be influenced, in addition to the difference in Pd and Pt surface energies, by particle size and particle interaction with the support. According to CA, the carbon supported Pd nanoparticles show the highest initial activity towards formic acid electro-oxidation at the potential of 0.3 V (RHE), due to the promotion of the direct dehydrogenation mechanism. However its stability is quite poor resulting in the fast deactivation of the Pd surface. Addition of Pt considerably improves the steady-state activity of Pd in 12 h CA experiment. CA measurements show that the most active catalyst is Pd{sub 0.5}Pt{sub 0.5} of 4 nm size, which displays narrow size distribution and Pd to Pt surface atomic ratio of 27-73.

  17. Optical properties of MgF2 nano-composite films dispersed with noble metal nanoparticles synthesized by sol-gel method

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    Wakaki, Moriaki; Soujima, Nobuaki; Shibuya, Takehisa

    2015-03-01

    Porous MgF2 films synthesized by a sol-gel method exhibit the lowest refractive index among the dielectric optical materials and are the most useful materials for the anti-reflection coatings. On the other hand, surface plasmon resonance (SPR) absorptions of noble metal nanoparticles in various solid matrices have been extensively studied. New functional materials like a SERS (Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy) tips are expected by synthesizing composite materials between porous MgF2 films featured by the network of MgF2 nanoparticles and noble metal nanoparticles introduced within the network. In this study, fundamental physical properties including morphology and optical properties are characterized for these materials to make clear the potential of the composite system. Composite materials of MgF2 films dispersed with noble metal (Ag, Au) nanoparticles were prepared using the sol-gel technique with various annealing temperatures and densities of noble metal nanoparticles. The structural morphology was analyzed by an X-ray diffractometer (XRD) and a scanning electron microscope (SEM). The size and shape distributions of the metal nanoparticles were observed using a transmission electron microscope (TEM). The optical properties of fabricated composite films were characterized by UV-Vis-NIR and FT-IR spectrophotometers. The absorption spectra due to the surface plasmon resonance (SPR) of the metal nanoparticles were analyzed using the dielectric function considering the effective medium approximation, typically Maxwell-Garnett model. The Raman scattering spectra were also studied to check the enhancement effect of specimen dropped on the MgF2: Ag nano-composite films deposited on Si substrate. Enhancement of the Raman intensity of pyridine solution specimen was observed.

  18. Colloidal gold nanoparticles. Synthesis, characterization and effect in polymer/fullerene solar cells; Kolloidale Goldnanopartikel. Synthese, Charakterisierung und Wirkung in Polymer/Fulleren-Solarzellen

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    Topp, Katja

    2011-06-08

    It has been reported in the literature that the efficiency of polymer/fullerene solar cells has been improved by the incorporation of Au nanoparticles. The improvement was attributed to an enhanced electrical conductivity of the active layer and to an enhanced light absorption due to the plasmon resonance of the Au nanoparticles. In this work colloidal Au nanoparticles coated with different stabilizing ligands were synthesized and characterized. Then the impact of their incorporation into P3HT/PCBM solar cells was studied. On the one hand the Au nanoparticles were incorporated into the bulk heterojunction active layer, otherwise they were deposited as an interlayer in the device set-up. No improvement of the solar cell efficiency could be observed neither for the incorporation of Au nanoparticles with isolating ligand shell nor for those with direct contact to the photoactive molecules. The efficiency even dropped, the more the higher the concentration of the Au nanoparticles was. Possible reasons are pointed out on the basis of detailed photophysical and structural investigations.

  19. Consequence of pH variation on the dielectric properties of Cr-doped lithium ferrite nanoparticles synthesized by the sol–gel method

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    Highlights: • Cr-doped Li-ferrite nanoparticles have been synthesized at different pH values via sol–gel method. • Dielectric properties strongly depend on the pH value. • Samples synthesized at pH 3.5 exhibits the highest dielectric constant, on the order of ∼107. - Abstract: Nanocrystalline Cr-doped lithium ferrites have been synthesized at different pH values through sol–gel process. Dielectric properties of the synthesized samples were studied via impedance measurements in the frequency range of 100 Hz–7 MHz at room temperature. It was found that the dielectric properties strongly depended on the pH value, and the sample synthesized at pH 3.5 exhibited the highest dielectric constant, on the order of ∼107. In contrast, the sample synthesized at pH 11.5 exhibited the lowest dielectric constant. The occurrence of a peak in the dielectric loss spectra was found to be pH dependent, whereas the AC conductivity increased with frequency and was the highest in the sample synthesized at pH 3.5. The impedance spectroscopy and modulus formulism were also employed to investigate the charge transfer and relaxation dynamic properties. Consequently, dielectric properties of the samples were easily tuned by varying the pH during the synthesis process

  20. Consequence of pH variation on the dielectric properties of Cr-doped lithium ferrite nanoparticles synthesized by the sol–gel method

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    Srivastava, Manish [Advanced Materials Research Institute for BIN Convergence Technology (BK Plus Global Program), Department of BIN Convergence Technology, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, Jeonbuk 561-756 (Korea, Republic of); Department of Physics & Astrophysics, University of Delhi, Delhi 110007 (India); Mishra, R.K. [Department of Physics, Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology, Allahabad, Allahabad 211004 (India); Singh, Jay [Department of Applied Chemistry & Polymer Technology, Delhi Technological University, Shahbad Daulatpur, Main Bawana Road, Delhi 110042 (India); Srivastava, Neha [Department of Chemical Engineering and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh 221005 (India); Kim, Nam Hoon, E-mail: nhk@chonbuk.ac.kr [Advanced Materials Research Institute for BIN Convergence Technology (BK Plus Global Program), Department of BIN Convergence Technology, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, Jeonbuk 561-756 (Korea, Republic of); Lee, Joong Hee, E-mail: jhl@chonbuk.ac.kr [Advanced Materials Research Institute for BIN Convergence Technology (BK Plus Global Program), Department of BIN Convergence Technology, Chonbuk National University, Jeonju, Jeonbuk 561-756 (Korea, Republic of)

    2015-10-05

    Highlights: • Cr-doped Li-ferrite nanoparticles have been synthesized at different pH values via sol–gel method. • Dielectric properties strongly depend on the pH value. • Samples synthesized at pH 3.5 exhibits the highest dielectric constant, on the order of ∼10{sup 7}. - Abstract: Nanocrystalline Cr-doped lithium ferrites have been synthesized at different pH values through sol–gel process. Dielectric properties of the synthesized samples were studied via impedance measurements in the frequency range of 100 Hz–7 MHz at room temperature. It was found that the dielectric properties strongly depended on the pH value, and the sample synthesized at pH 3.5 exhibited the highest dielectric constant, on the order of ∼10{sup 7}. In contrast, the sample synthesized at pH 11.5 exhibited the lowest dielectric constant. The occurrence of a peak in the dielectric loss spectra was found to be pH dependent, whereas the AC conductivity increased with frequency and was the highest in the sample synthesized at pH 3.5. The impedance spectroscopy and modulus formulism were also employed to investigate the charge transfer and relaxation dynamic properties. Consequently, dielectric properties of the samples were easily tuned by varying the pH during the synthesis process.

  1. Controlling the morphology and properties of solvothermal synthesized Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} nanoparticles by solvent type

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    Bahramzadeh, Saeid [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Abdizadeh, Hossein [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Center of Excellence for High Performance Materials, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Golobostanfard, Mohammad Reza, E-mail: Bostanfr@ut.ac.ir [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2015-09-05

    Highlights: • CZTS nanoparticles are fabricated by solvothermal method with different solvents. • Different morphologies are achieved by EDA, TETA, EG, and OA solvents. • Property and chelating ability of the solvents have a key role on nanoparticles formation. • TETA and OA are strongly recommended for solar cell applications. - Abstract: The copper–zinc–tin sulfide Cu{sub 2}ZnSnS{sub 4} (CZTS) semiconductors are recently considered as one of the favorable materials for application as absorber layers in solar cells due to their appropriate direct band gap energy and high optical absorption coefficient. In this study, the effect of solvent type on properties of solvothermal synthesized CZTS nanoparticles has been investigated. Ethylenediamine (EDA), triethylenetetramine (TETA), ethylene glycol (EG), and oleic acid (OA) have been used as the solvent. X-ray diffraction technique and Raman spectroscopy confirmed the formation of crystalline CZTS nanoparticles with kesterite crystal structure in these solvents with the exception of EDA, which forms wurtzite crystal structure. Morphological characterizations show that several distinct morphologies including spherical (70–160 nm), nanoplates (∼45 nm thickness and more than 1 μm length), peculiar flower-like particles (with diameter of ∼0.4–1.5 μm), truncated hexagonal disks, irregular particles, and hexagonal microdisks are obtained by varying the solvent type. Optical studies revealed broad absorption of the CZTS particles in the visible region. Compared with other solvents, OA synthesized CZTS particles show higher absorption in the visible region. However, CZTS nanoparticles synthesized by TETA solvent show the most appropriate properties for application as an absorber materials in solar cells due to high crystallinity, low impurity phases, suitable size, and proper band gap energy.

  2. The IP6 micelle-stabilized small Ag cluster for synthesizing Ag–Au alloy nanoparticles and the tunable surface plasmon resonance effect

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    The stable small Ag seeds (size in diameter 6) micelles. Then Ag–Au bimetallic nanoparticles were synthesized through a replacement reaction with the rapid interdiffusion process between such small Ag seeds in nanoclusters and HAuCl4. Adjusting the dosage of HAuCl4 resulted in different products, which possessed unique surface plasmon resonances (SPR). The morphologies of the as-made nanoparticles were observed using transmission electron microscopy and field emission scanning electron microscopy and their compositions were determined by energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy. Among them, the Ag–Au alloy nanoparticles with the cauliflower-like structure had a suitable SPR for highly sensitive Raman detection application as a surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate with a long-term stability of six months. (paper)

  3. Damage to the protein synthesizing apparatus in mouse liver in vivo by magnetocytolysis in the presence of hepatospecific magnetic nanoparticles

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    In the previous work, we incubated THP1 cells and macrophages in vitro with unsubstituted ferrofluid (FF) and placed them in an alternating magnetic field. This resulted in the destruction of the cells (magnetocytolysis). Cell-specific magnetocytolysis in vitro was achieved in MCF7 human breast cancer cells incubated with tamoxifen-bound FF and treated in an alternating magnetic field. In this work, in a search of a model for magnetocytolysis in vivo, we injected mice intravenously with hepatospecific magnetic nanoparticles (HS-USPIO) and subjected the mice to magnetocytolysis in an alternating magnetic field (1 h at 200 A/m). This treatment resulted in a prolongation of blood coagulation time due to depletion of protein coagulation factors that are synthesized exclusively in the liver. The attendant derangement of liver protein synthesis was characterized in cell-free preparations by an inhibition of the endogenously coded protein synthesis coupled with an enhancement of phenylalanine polymerization directed by polyuridylic acid (Poly U). This indication of polyribosome dispersion was confirmed by electron microscopy. Magnetocytolysis did not cause liver necrosis and was neither accompanied by any increase in body or liver temperature, nor damage to any other tissue. The effects of magnetocytolysis were proportional to the amount of injected HS-USPIO, field strength and its application time. Magnetocytolysis did not occur when non-magnetic PolyGalactoseGold particles were substituted for HS-USPIO. PolyGalactoseGold particles were employed to measure asialoglycoprotein receptor (ASGP-R) activity in liver using neutron activation analysis. Injection of PolyGalactoseGold particles to mice, pre-treated by HS-USPIO driven magnetocytolysis, revealed a transient diminution of hepatic ASGP-R. Liver damage from magnetocytolysis was followed by liver regeneration, manifested by the appearance of thymidylate kinase activity, diminution of ASGP-R and return to normal blood

  4. Cytotoxic Effect on MG-63 Cell Line and Antimicrobial and Antioxidant Properties of Silver Nanoparticles Synthesized with Seed Extracts of Capsicum sp.

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    Nidhi Singh

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Applying the concept of ethnobotany, plant extract was taken into consideration as an alternative to chemicals synthesis of silver nanoparticle. The extracts from the chilli seeds were used to synthesize silver nanoparticles (AgNPs. In this study two species of chilli, Capsicum annuum and Capsicum frutescens, have been used to analyse the characteristics of the bio-active compounds found in their seeds. Analysis of the bioactive compound was performed by using Soxhlet extraction with solvents followed by Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC, High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC and GC-MS. Furthermore, green synthesis of nanoparticles with chilli extracts was carried out using silver nitrate to detect its antimicrobial activity. The characterizations of both the nanoparticles were carried out using UV-Vis Spectroscopy, Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR, X-Ray Diffractometry (XRD, Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM and energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectroscopy (EDX. Antimicrobial activity against clinical pathogens and the antioxidant assay using DPPH and FRAP assays were performed. The cytotoxicity effects on osteosarcoma cell lines were also evaluated with the synthesized AgNPs.

  5. Two types of carbon nanocomposites: Graphite encapsulated iron nanoparticles and thin carbon nanotubes supported on thick carbon nanotubes, synthesized using PECVD

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    In this work, graphite encapsulated Fe nanoparticles and thin carbon nanotubes (CNTs) supported on the pristine CNTs, respectively, were synthesized using plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition via efficiently controlling the flow rate of discharging CH4 and H2 gas. The properties of the obtained hybrid materials were characterized with superconducting quantum interference and field emission measurements. The results showed that the encapsulated Fe nanoparticles had diameters ranging from 1 to 30 nm, and this hybrid nanocomposite exhibited a ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature. Thin CNTs with an average diameter of 6 nm were attached to the surface of the prepared CNTs, which exhibited a lower turn-on field and higher emission current density than the pristine CNTs. The Fe nanoparticles either encapsulated with graphite or used as catalyst for thin CNTs growth were all originated from the pyrolysis of ferrocene. - Graphical abstract: Graphite encapsulated Fe nanoparticles and thin carbon nanotubes supported on the pristine carbon nanotubes, respectively, were synthesized using plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition.

  6. A novel hydrothermal approach for synthesizing α-Fe2O3, γ-Fe2O3 and Fe3O4 mesoporous magnetic nanoparticles

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    A novel method to synthesize the three phases of iron oxide nanoparticles (hematite, maghemite and magnetite) using the same non-toxic inorganic precursors via a water–organic interface under the low temperature hydrothermal conditions is reported. The synthesized particles are characterized by Powder X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). The Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) results reveal the mesoporous nature of the particles. The magnetic properties of the nanoparticles are studied by Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM) at various low temperatures and also at room temperature. The XRD peaks corresponding to each sample clearly depict the presence of the respective phase of the as-prepared magnetic nanoparticles. The nanoparticles of maghemite and magnetite have saturation magnetization of 58.56 and 40.30 emu/g respectively at room temperature, whereas the particles of hematite possess very low saturation magnetization value of 1.89 emu/g. Further, the magnetization is studied at four different temperatures and the zero field cooled (ZFC) and field cooled (FC) magnetization are reported. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Hematite, maghemite and magnetite are obtained under hydrothermal synthesis. • α-Fe2O3, γ-Fe2O3 and Fe3O4 prepared are mesoporous and nearly monodisperse. • Near superparamagnetism is observed at room temperature for maghemite and magnetite

  7. Superparamagnetism and metamagnetic transition in Fe3O4 nanoparticles synthesized via co-precipitation method at different pH

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    In the present work, Fe3O4 nanoparticles have been synthesized via low temperature co-precipitation method at different pH (7.0, 11.0 and 12.4) with the aim to study the variation of pH on the structural, optical and magnetic properties of samples. Further, the sample synthesized at pH ~12.4 has been annealed at 230 °C for 10 h to study the effect of annealing on structural, optical and magnetic properties. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results reveal the formation of pure spinel phase with the space group Fd-3m. Further, XRD, FESEM and TEM results confirm the nanocrystalline nature of the as synthesized samples, and the particle size of the samples decreases as the pH increases and increases after annealing at 230 °C. FTIR analysis indicates that the sample synthesized at pH ~12.4 and the same sample annealed at 230 °C are pure spinel Fe3O4, whereas the samples synthesized at pH ~7.0 and 11.0 have small content of α-Fe2O3. The optical measurements of the as synthesized samples show two band gaps in all synthesized samples. Field dependent magnetization measurements (M–H) reveal superparamagnetic nature of all the synthesized samples at room temperature and ferromagnetic behavior at low temperature (~5 K). Furthermore, M–H plots measured at 5 K show presence of metamagnetic transition in all samples. The metamagnetic transition along with ferromagnetic behavior at low temperature in Fe3O4 nanoparticles are observed first time in the present work to the best of our knowledge. Further the value of magnetization decreases with decreasing particle size at both temperatures. The fitting of the field cooled (FC) temperature dependent magnetization (M–T) measurements data with modified Bloch-spin wave model with additional surface disorder term and mixed magnetic phases indicates surface spin disorder and mixed magnetic phases in the as synthesized samples, which may be the possible reason for the existence of metamagnetic transition in the samples. The correlation

  8. Superparamagnetism and metamagnetic transition in Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles synthesized via co-precipitation method at different pH

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    Rani, Stuti, E-mail: stutibaliyan@gmail.com; Varma, G.D., E-mail: gdvarfph@iitr.ac.in

    2015-09-01

    In the present work, Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles have been synthesized via low temperature co-precipitation method at different pH (7.0, 11.0 and 12.4) with the aim to study the variation of pH on the structural, optical and magnetic properties of samples. Further, the sample synthesized at pH ~12.4 has been annealed at 230 °C for 10 h to study the effect of annealing on structural, optical and magnetic properties. X-ray diffraction (XRD) results reveal the formation of pure spinel phase with the space group Fd-3m. Further, XRD, FESEM and TEM results confirm the nanocrystalline nature of the as synthesized samples, and the particle size of the samples decreases as the pH increases and increases after annealing at 230 °C. FTIR analysis indicates that the sample synthesized at pH ~12.4 and the same sample annealed at 230 °C are pure spinel Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}, whereas the samples synthesized at pH ~7.0 and 11.0 have small content of α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}. The optical measurements of the as synthesized samples show two band gaps in all synthesized samples. Field dependent magnetization measurements (M–H) reveal superparamagnetic nature of all the synthesized samples at room temperature and ferromagnetic behavior at low temperature (~5 K). Furthermore, M–H plots measured at 5 K show presence of metamagnetic transition in all samples. The metamagnetic transition along with ferromagnetic behavior at low temperature in Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} nanoparticles are observed first time in the present work to the best of our knowledge. Further the value of magnetization decreases with decreasing particle size at both temperatures. The fitting of the field cooled (FC) temperature dependent magnetization (M–T) measurements data with modified Bloch-spin wave model with additional surface disorder term and mixed magnetic phases indicates surface spin disorder and mixed magnetic phases in the as synthesized samples, which may be the possible reason for the existence of

  9. Influence of aging time of oleate precursor on the magnetic relaxation of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles synthesized by the thermal decomposition method

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    Herrera, Adriana P.; Polo-Corrales, Liliana [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagueez, Puerto Rico, PR 00681-9000 (United States); Chavez, Ermides; Cabarcas-Bolivar, Jari [Department of Physics, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagueez, Puerto Rico, PR 00681-9000 (United States); Uwakweh, Oswald N.C. [Department of General Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagueez, Puerto Rico, PR 00681-9000 (United States); Rinaldi, Carlos, E-mail: crinaldi@uprm.edu [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Puerto Rico, Mayagueez, Puerto Rico, PR 00681-9000 (United States)

    2013-02-15

    Cobalt ferrite nanoparticles are of interest because of their room temperature coercivity and high magnetic anisotropy constant, which make them attractive in applications such as sensors based on the Brownian relaxation mechanism and probes to determine the mechanical properties of complex fluids at the nanoscale. These nanoparticles can be synthesized with a narrow size distribution by the thermal decomposition of an iron-cobalt oleate precursor in a high boiling point solvent. We studied the influence of aging time of the iron-cobalt oleate precursor on the structure, chemical composition, size, and magnetic relaxation of cobalt ferrite nanoparticles synthesized by the thermal decomposition method. The structure and thermal behavior of the iron-cobalt oleate was studied during the aging process. Infrared spectra indicated a shift in the coordination state of the oleate and iron/cobalt ions from bidentate to bridging coordination. Aging seemed to influence the thermal decomposition of the iron-cobalt oleate as determined from thermogravimmetric analysis and differential scanning calorimetry, where shifts in the temperatures corresponding to decomposition events and a narrowing of the endotherms associated with these events were observed. Aging promoted formation of the spinel crystal structure, as determined from X-ray diffraction, and influenced the nanoparticle magnetic properties, resulting in an increase in blocking temperature and magnetocrystalline anisotropy. Mossbauer spectra also indicated changes in the magnetic properties resulting from aging of the precursor oleate. Although all samples exhibited some degree of Brownian relaxation, as determined from complex susceptibility measurements in a liquid medium, aging of the iron-cobalt oleate precursor resulted in crossing of the in-phase {chi} Prime and out-of-phase {chi} Double-Prime components of the complex susceptibility at the frequency of the Brownian magnetic relaxation peak, as expected for

  10. Influence of ferrite stabilizing elements and Co on structure and magnetic properties of carbon-encapsulated iron nanoparticles synthesized in thermal plasma jet

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    Highlights: • Inclusion of ferrite stabilizing elements reduces the diameter of CEINs. • Inclusion of ferrite stabilizing elements increases the amount of austenite. • Inclusion of Al, Ti, Cr and V causes formation of few layer graphene. • Magnetic performance of CEINs can be largely improved by post annealing. - Abstract: The encapsulation of Fe nanoparticles in protective carbon coatings always leads to formation of undesired paramagnetic austenite phase. Various ferrite stabilizing elements were included in the synthesis process to verify whether their inclusion may minimize the austenite content in carbon-encapsulated iron nanoparticles synthesized in thermal plasma jet. Eight ferrite stabilizing elements (Si, Al, Mo, Ti, Zr, Cr, W and V) and one austenite promoting additive (Co) were tested. Their influence on the synthesis yield, phase composition, morphology and magnetic properties of carbon-encapsulated iron nanoparticles was studied. It was found that the addition of ferrite stabilizers strongly influences the diameter distribution, graphitization degree, phase composition and magnetic properties. Contrary to the thermodynamic predictions the inclusion of ferrite stabilizing elements caused a substantial worsening of magnetic performance in carbon-encapsulated iron nanoparticles. It has been also shown that the subsequent heat treatment of carbon-encapsulated iron nanoparticles significantly improves their magnetic properties

  11. Highly magnetic Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles synthesized by laser pyrolysis used for biological and heat transfer applications

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    Dumitrache, F., E-mail: dumitracheflorian@yahoo.com [National Institute for Plasma, Laser and Radiation Physics (NILPRP), Atomistilor 409, P.O. Box MG 36, R-077125 Magurele, Bucharest (Romania); “Politehnica” University of Bucharest, Physics Department, Independentei 313, Bucharest (Romania); Morjan, I. [National Institute for Plasma, Laser and Radiation Physics (NILPRP), Atomistilor 409, P.O. Box MG 36, R-077125 Magurele, Bucharest (Romania); Fleaca, C. [National Institute for Plasma, Laser and Radiation Physics (NILPRP), Atomistilor 409, P.O. Box MG 36, R-077125 Magurele, Bucharest (Romania); “Politehnica” University of Bucharest, Physics Department, Independentei 313, Bucharest (Romania); Badoi, A. [National Institute for Plasma, Laser and Radiation Physics (NILPRP), Atomistilor 409, P.O. Box MG 36, R-077125 Magurele, Bucharest (Romania); Manda, G.; Pop, S.; Marta, D.S. [“Victor Babes” National Institute of Pathology, Independentei 99-101, Bucharest (Romania); Huminic, G.; Huminic, A. [“Trasilvania” University, 29 Eroilor Blv., 500036, Brasov (Romania); Vekas, L.; Daia, C. [Romanian Academy – Timisoara branch, 24 Mihai Viteazul Blv., Timisoara (Romania); Marinica, O. [“Politehnica” University of Timisoara – Research Center for Engineering of Systems with Complex Fluids, 1 Mihai Viteazul Blv., Timisoara (Romania); Luculescu, C.; Niculescu, A.-M. [National Institute for Plasma, Laser and Radiation Physics (NILPRP), Atomistilor 409, P.O. Box MG 36, R-077125 Magurele, Bucharest (Romania)

    2015-05-01

    Highlights: • Laser pyrolysis technique was employed for gamma iron oxide nanoparticles synthesis. • Hydrophobicity was induced by higher synthesis temperature due to C{sub 2}H{sub 4} decomposition. • They show or ferro or superpamagnetic behavior and 70 emu/g saturation magnetization. • Nanoparticles (20 g/l)/L-DOPA aqueous suspensions have enhanced thermal conductivity. • The suspensions show no cytotoxic effects on human tumor or normal mouse immune cells. - Abstract: γFe{sub 2}O{sub 3}-based nanoparticles were synthesized by laser pyrolysis using various optimized Fe(CO){sub 5}, O{sub 2} and C{sub 2}H{sub 4} flow ratios in the reactive mixture, and different laser power values. Depending on particular conditions, two different iron oxide-based nanoparticles (MNPs) were synthesized, with a hydrophilic or hydrophobic behavior, both presenting a high magnetization saturation (around 70 emu/g). TEM, EDX, XRD and magnetic analyses were performed for a comprehensive characterization. The raw powders were successfully dispersed in aqueous media using L-DOPA as stabilizing agent. Dispersed samples, with or without stabilization agents, have been tested and DLS measurements proved their good stability, with the hydrodynamic diameter varying between 70 and 150 nm when the stabilizing agent was used. Thermal conductivity and viscosity tests on L-DOPA-functionalized MNPs suspensions reveal the increasing (up to 40%) of their thermal conductivity, accompanied by a viscosity increase of only 5%, validating them as thermal transfer fluids. Water-based nanoparticle dispersions and also those stabilized with L-DOPA proved a good biocompatibility, as demonstrated by a preliminary in vitro study on mouse primary leukocytes and human breast carcinoma cell line MCF-7; although ingested by the investigated cells, MNPs do not decrease cellular viability and proliferation.

  12. Polyvinyl polypyrrolidone attenuates genotoxicity of silver nanoparticles synthesized via green route, tested in Lathyrus sativus L. root bioassay.

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    Panda, Kamal K; Achary, V Mohan M; Phaomie, Ganngam; Sahu, Hrushi K; Parinandi, Narasimham L; Panda, Brahma B

    2016-08-01

    The silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) were synthesized extracellularly from silver nitrate (AgNO3) using kernel extract from ripe mango Mengifera indica L. under four different reaction conditions of the synthesis media such as the (i) absence of the reducing agent, trisodium citrate (AgNPI), (ii) presence of the reducing agent (AgNPII), (iii) presence of the cleansing agent, polyvinyl polypyrrolidone, PVPP (AgNPIII), and (iv) presence of the capping agent, polyvinyl pyrrolidone, PVP (AgNPIV). The synthesis of the AgNPs was monitored by UV-vis spectrophotometry. The AgNPs were characterised by the energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, and small-angle X-ray scattering. Functional groups on the AgNPs were established by the Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. The AgNPs (AgNPI, AgNPII, AgNPIII and AgNPIV) were spherical in shape with the diameters and size distribution-widths of 14.0±5.4, 19.2±6.6, 18.8±6.6 and 44.6±13.2nm, respectively. Genotoxicity of the AgNPs at concentrations ranging from 1 to 100mgL(-1) was determined by the Lathyrus sativus L. root bioassay and several endpoint assays including the generation of reactive oxygen species and cell death, lipid peroxidation, mitotic index, chromosome aberrations (CA), micronucleus formation (MN), and DNA damage as determined by the Comet assay. The dose-dependent induction of genotoxicity of the silver ion (Ag(+)) and AgNPs was in the order Ag(+)>AgNPII>AgNPI>AgNPIV>AgNPIII that corresponded with their relative potencies of induction of DNA damage and oxidative stress. Furthermore, the findings underscored the CA and MN endpoint-based genotoxicity assay which demonstrated the genotoxicity of AgNPs at concentrations (≤10mgL(-1)) lower than that (≥10mgL(-1)) tested in the Comet assay. This study demonstrated the protective action of PVPP against the genotoxicity of AgNPIII which was independent of the size of the AgNPs in the L. sativus L. root bioassay

  13. Effect of calcining temperature and time on the characteristics of Sb-doped SnO2 nanoparticles synthesized by the sol-gel method

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    Xiaohua Zhong; Baoping Yang; Xiaoliang Zhang; Junhong Jia; Gewen Yi

    2012-01-01

    Spherical Sb-doped SnO2 (ATO) nanoparticles were synthesized by the sol-gel route,employing SnCl4·5H2O and SbCl3 as precursors in an ethanol solution.The influences of the calcining temperature and calcining time on the crystallite size,crystallinity,lattice parameters,lattice distortion ratio and the resistivity of the ATO nanoparticles were synthetically investigated.The results suggested that the ATO nanoparticles were crystallized in a tetragonal cassiterite structure of SnO2 with a highly (110)-plane-preferred orientation.The calcining temperature had a dominating effect on the crystallite size,crystallinity,lattice distortion ratios and resistivity of the ATO.As the calcining temperature increased,the average crystallite size increased,the crystallinity was promoted accompanied by a decrease in the lattice distortion ratio and a corresponding decrease in the resistivity of the ATO.X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform infrared spectrophotometer (FTIR) analysis revealed that Sb ions could not entirely supplant the Sn ions in the SnO2 lattice for a calcining time of less than 0.5 h,even at a calcining temperature of 1000℃.The ATO nanoparticles calcined at 1000℃ for 3.0h possessed the lowest resistivity of 10.18Ωcm.

  14. A Green Approach to Synthesize Silver Nanoparticles in Starch-co-Poly(acrylamide Hydrogels by Tridax procumbens Leaf Extract and Their Antibacterial Activity

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    Siraj Shaik

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available A series of starch-co-poly(acrylamide (starch-co-PAAm hydrogels were synthesized by employing free radical redox polymerization. A novel green approach, Tridax procumbens (TD leaf extract, was used for reduction of silver ions (Ag+ into silver nanoparticles in the starch-co-PAAm hydrogel network. The formation of silver nanoparticles was confirmed by UV-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA, scanning electron microscopy (SEM, transmission electron microscopy (TEM, and X-ray diffraction (X-RD studies. 22% of weight loss difference between hydrogel and silver nanocomposite hydrogel (SNCH clearly indicates the formation of silver nanoparticles by TGA. TEM images indicate the successful incorporation of silver nanoparticles ranging from 5 to 10 nm in size and spherical in shape with a narrow size distribution. These developed SNCHs were used to study the antibacterial activity by inhibition zone method against gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria such as Bacillus and Escherichia coli. The results indicated that these SNCHs can be used potentially for biomedical applications.

  15. A Simple and Efficient Method for Synthesizing Te Nanowires from CdTe Nanoparticles with EDTA as Shape Controller under Hydrothermal Condition

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    Fangfang Xue

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We developed a simple and efficient method for synthesizing Te nanowires from CdTe nanoparticles with ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid disodium salt dehydrate (EDTA as shape controller under hydrothermal condition. The system could both complete the transformation to Te and reduce the interference of CdTeS by adjusting the concentration of EDTA, which was proved by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, X-ray diffraction patterns, and Raman spectra. It was found that the as-prepared Te nanowires display strong fluorescence emission in the blue-violet region. The nanowires exhibit a pretty good morphology with the average diameter of ca. 30 nm and a length up to micrometer scale. Moreover, a possible transformation mechanism of CdTe nanoparticles into Te nanowires is also discussed.

  16. The influence of parameters of spark discharge generator on dimensional characteristics of synthesized TiO2 nanoparticles

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    Alexey Efimov

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available A multi-spark discharge generator was used for the synthesis of TiO2 nanoparticles. The nanoparticles were obtained in the form of fractal-like agglomerates with an average size of 30-60 nm consisting of primary spherical nanoparticles with a diameter of about 7-8 nm according to TEM measurements. We found that changing the operating parameters of the generator - energy of the capacitor (2 to18 J, repetition frequency of discharge (0.5 to 4 Hz and velocity of airflow (1.4 to 5.4 m/s changed only the size of the agglomerates while the size of the primary nanoparticles stayed the same.

  17. An eco-friendly method of synthesizing gold nanoparticles using an otherwise worthless weed pistia (Pistia stratiotes L.)

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    J Anuradha; Tasneem Abbasi; S.A. Abbasi

    2015-01-01

    A biomimetic method of gold nanoparticles synthesis utilizing the highly invasive aquatic weed pistia (Pistia stratiotes) is presented. In an attempt to utilize the entire plant, the efficacy of the extracts of all its parts – aerial and submerged – was explored with different proportions of gold (III) solution in generating gold nanoparticles (GNPs). The progress of the synthesis, which occurred at ambient temperature and pressure and commenced soon after mixing the pistia extracts and gold ...

  18. Potassium-doped copper oxide nanoparticles synthesized by a solvothermal method as an anode material for high-performance lithium ion secondary battery

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    Thi, Trang Vu; Rai, Alok Kumar; Gim, Jihyeon; Kim, Jaekook, E-mail: jaekook@chonnam.ac.kr

    2014-06-01

    A simple and efficient approach was developed to synthesize CuO nanoparticles with improved electrochemical performance. Potassium (K{sup +})-doped CuO nanoparticles were synthesized by a simple and cost-effective solvothermal method followed by annealing at 500 °C for 5 h under air atmosphere. For comparison, an undoped CuO sample was also synthesized under the same conditions. X-ray diffraction analysis demonstrates that the K{sup +} ion doping caused no change in the phase structure, and highly crystalline K{sub x}Cu{sub 1−x}O{sub 1−δ} (x = 0.10) powder without any impurity was obtained. As an anode material for a lithium ion battery, the K{sup +}-doped CuO nanoparticle electrode exhibited better capacity retention with a reversible capacity of over 354.6 mA h g{sup −1} for up to 30 cycles at 0.1 C, as well as a high charge capacity of 162.3 mA h g{sup −1} at a high current rate of 3.2 C, in comparison to an undoped CuO electrode (275.9 mA h g{sup −1} at 0.1 C and 68.9 mA h g{sup −1} at 3.2 C). The high rate capability and better cycleability of the doped electrode can be attributed to the influence of the K{sup +} ion nanostructure on the increased electronic conductivity, diffusion efficiency, and kinetic properties of CuO during the lithiation and delithiation process.

  19. Potassium-doped copper oxide nanoparticles synthesized by a solvothermal method as an anode material for high-performance lithium ion secondary battery

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    A simple and efficient approach was developed to synthesize CuO nanoparticles with improved electrochemical performance. Potassium (K+)-doped CuO nanoparticles were synthesized by a simple and cost-effective solvothermal method followed by annealing at 500 °C for 5 h under air atmosphere. For comparison, an undoped CuO sample was also synthesized under the same conditions. X-ray diffraction analysis demonstrates that the K+ ion doping caused no change in the phase structure, and highly crystalline KxCu1−xO1−δ (x = 0.10) powder without any impurity was obtained. As an anode material for a lithium ion battery, the K+-doped CuO nanoparticle electrode exhibited better capacity retention with a reversible capacity of over 354.6 mA h g−1 for up to 30 cycles at 0.1 C, as well as a high charge capacity of 162.3 mA h g−1 at a high current rate of 3.2 C, in comparison to an undoped CuO electrode (275.9 mA h g−1 at 0.1 C and 68.9 mA h g−1 at 3.2 C). The high rate capability and better cycleability of the doped electrode can be attributed to the influence of the K+ ion nanostructure on the increased electronic conductivity, diffusion efficiency, and kinetic properties of CuO during the lithiation and delithiation process.

  20. Au-Loaded Titanium Dioxide Nanoparticles Synthesized by Modified Sol-Gel/Impregnation Methods and Their Application to Dye-Sensitized Solar Cells

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    Hathaithip Ninsonti; Weerasak Chomkitichai; Akira Baba; Natda Wetchakun; Wiyong Kangwansupamonkon; Sukon Phanichphant; Kazunari Shinbo; Keizo Kato; Futao Kaneko

    2014-01-01

    Au-loaded TiO2 nanoparticles were synthesized by the modified sol-gel method together with the impregnation method. Anatase phase of TiO2 was obtained in all samples with an average particle size of 20 nm. For the enhancement of DSSCs, the dye-sensitized solar cells composed of the ITO/Au-loaded TiO2/N-719/electrolyte/Pt were fabricated. Au-loaded TiO2 films were deposited by using squeegee method. Finally, the fabricated cells were studied upon an irradiation of solar light to study the perf...

  1. Effect of Mg Doping on the Structural and Optical Properties of CdS Nanoparticles Synthesized by co-Precipitation Method

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    G. Giribabu; G. Murali; D. Amaranatha Reddy; R.P. Vijayalakshmi; N. Madhusudhana Rao

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    Cd1 – xMgxS (x = 0.00, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15 and 0.20) nanoparticles were synthesized by co-precipitation method for the first time. Compositional, morphological, structural and optical studies of the as prepared samples were carried out by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDAX), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS) and Photoluminescence (PL) techniques. XRD studies revealed the structural phase transition from cubic to hexagonal ...

  2. Structural, optical and crystal field analyses of undoped and Mn{sup 2+}-doped ZnS nanoparticles synthesized via reverse micelle route

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    Krsmanović Whiffen, R.M., E-mail: radenka@vinca.rs [Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, University of Belgrade, P.O. Box 522, Belgrade 11001 (Serbia); Jovanović, D.J.; Antić, Ž. [Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, University of Belgrade, P.O. Box 522, Belgrade 11001 (Serbia); Bártová, B. [LSME and CIME, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Station 12, Lausanne CH-101 (Switzerland); Milivojević, D.; Dramićanin, M.D. [Vinča Institute of Nuclear Sciences, University of Belgrade, P.O. Box 522, Belgrade 11001 (Serbia); Brik, M.G. [Institute of Physics, University of Tartu, Riia 142, Tartu 51014 (Estonia)

    2014-02-15

    Zinc sulfide, both as a bulk material and in nanocrystalline form, is a valuable luminescent material with important applications. Doped ZnS nanoparticles of around 5 nm are the material of choice for optoelectronic applications running in the UV region owing to their significant quantum size effect. This paper concerns detailed structural, spectroscopic and crystal field studies of ZnS nanoparticles, both pure and doped with Mn{sup 2+} ions, successfully synthesized at room temperature using a simple reverse micelle technique in the Triton X-100/cyclohexane medium. The resulting ZnS sphalerite phase small-size nanoparticles (3–5 nm) have a much larger energy band gap (∼4.7 eV) than that reported for the bulk ZnS (3.6 eV), thus confirming a pronounced quantum confinement effect. The electron paramagnetic resonance data provided evidence for the existence of two distinct environments for Mn{sup 2+} ions: the interior (core) and near the surface of the nanoparticles. The presence of an Mn{sup 2+}-characteristic orange emission centered at 600 nm confirmed that our samples were properly doped with Mn{sup 2+} ions, as the {sup 4}T{sub 1}→{sup 6}A{sub 1} radiation transition could arise only on the basis of Mn{sup 2+} ions incorporated into the ZnS nanoparticles. To the best of our knowledge, our finding include the longest decay time component for the orange emission ever observed, timed at about 3.3 ms. The experimental excitation spectra were analyzed and the transitions assigned using the exchange charge model of theory of crystal field, which allowed to calculate the energy level scheme of the Mn{sup 2+} ions. The results presented in this paper provide us with detailed information about the ZnS sphalerite nanocrystals studied and can be readily applied to other similar systems. -- Highlights: • 3–5 nm ZnS and ZnS:Mn{sup 2+} NPs synthesized at RT via reverse micelle synthesis. • Pronounced Quantum Confinement effect: E{sub g} (NPs)=4.7 eV>E{sub g} (bulk

  3. Structural, optical and crystal field analyses of undoped and Mn2+-doped ZnS nanoparticles synthesized via reverse micelle route

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    Zinc sulfide, both as a bulk material and in nanocrystalline form, is a valuable luminescent material with important applications. Doped ZnS nanoparticles of around 5 nm are the material of choice for optoelectronic applications running in the UV region owing to their significant quantum size effect. This paper concerns detailed structural, spectroscopic and crystal field studies of ZnS nanoparticles, both pure and doped with Mn2+ ions, successfully synthesized at room temperature using a simple reverse micelle technique in the Triton X-100/cyclohexane medium. The resulting ZnS sphalerite phase small-size nanoparticles (3–5 nm) have a much larger energy band gap (∼4.7 eV) than that reported for the bulk ZnS (3.6 eV), thus confirming a pronounced quantum confinement effect. The electron paramagnetic resonance data provided evidence for the existence of two distinct environments for Mn2+ ions: the interior (core) and near the surface of the nanoparticles. The presence of an Mn2+-characteristic orange emission centered at 600 nm confirmed that our samples were properly doped with Mn2+ ions, as the 4T1→6A1 radiation transition could arise only on the basis of Mn2+ ions incorporated into the ZnS nanoparticles. To the best of our knowledge, our finding include the longest decay time component for the orange emission ever observed, timed at about 3.3 ms. The experimental excitation spectra were analyzed and the transitions assigned using the exchange charge model of theory of crystal field, which allowed to calculate the energy level scheme of the Mn2+ ions. The results presented in this paper provide us with detailed information about the ZnS sphalerite nanocrystals studied and can be readily applied to other similar systems. -- Highlights: • 3–5 nm ZnS and ZnS:Mn2+ NPs synthesized at RT via reverse micelle synthesis. • Pronounced Quantum Confinement effect: Eg (NPs)=4.7 eV>Eg (bulk)=3.6 eV. • Estimated distribution of the Mn2+ ions throughout the Zn

  4. Pre dye treated titanium dioxide nanoparticles synthesized by modified sol-gel method for efficient dye-sensitized solar cells

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    Ananth, S.; Vivek, P.; Arumanayagam, T.; Murugakoothan, P.

    2015-06-01

    Pure and pre dye treated titanium dioxide nanoparticles were prepared by sol-gel and modified sol-gel methods, respectively. The pre dye treatment has improved the properties of TiO2, such as uniform dye adsorption, reduced agglomeration, improved morphology and less dye aggregation. The brazilein pigment-rich Caesalpinia sappan heartwood extract was used as natural dye sensitizer for pure and pre dye treated TiO2 nanoparticles. Low cost and environment friendly dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSC) fabricated using pure and pre dye treated TiO2 nanoparticles sensitized by natural dye showed solar light to electron conversion efficiencies of 1.09 and 1.65 %, respectively. The pre dye treated TiO2-based DSSC showed 51 % improvement in efficiency when compared to that of conventionally prepared DSSC.

  5. The magnetic and oxidation behavior of bare and silica-coated iron oxide nanoparticles synthesized by reverse co-precipitation of ferrous ion (Fe2+) in ambient atmosphere

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    The synthesis of iron oxide nanoparticles, i.e., magnetite was attempted by using only ferrous ion (Fe2+) as a magnetite precursor, under an ambient atmosphere. The room temperature reverse co-precipitation method was used, by applying two synthesis protocols. The freshly prepared iron oxide was also immediately coated with Stöber silica (SiO2) layer, forming the coreshell structure. The phase, stoichiometry, crystallite and the particle size of the synthesized powders were determined by using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscope (TEM), while the magnetic and oxidation behaviors were studied by using the vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and Mössbauer spectroscopy. Based on the results, the bare iron oxide nanoparticles are in the stoichiometry between the magnetite and the maghemite stoichiometry, i.e., oxidation occurs. This oxidation is depending on the synthesis protocols used. With the silica coating, the oxidation can be prevented, as suggested by the fits of Mössbauer spectra and low temperature magnetic measurement. - Highlights: • Synthesis of magnetite was attempted by using ferrous ion (Fe2+) in air. • The synthesized particle has a stoichiometry in between magnetite and maghemite. • Silica shell partly prevented the oxidation as suggested by magnetic and Mössbauer study

  6. Crystal structure of superparamagnetic Mg0.2Ca0.8Fe2O4 nanoparticles synthesized by sol–gel method

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    Powders of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (Mg0.2Ca0.8Fe2O4) were prepared by a sol–gel method using ethylene glycol and nitrates of Fe, Ca and Mg as starting materials. Those powders were heat treated at different temperatures (573, 673, 773 and 873 K). In order to evaluate the effect of the heat treatment temperature on the nanoferrites properties, X-ray diffraction (XRD), vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) techniques were used. It was found that the reaction products exhibit nanometric sizes and superparamagnetic behavior. It is also demonstrated that, as the heat treatment temperature increases, the particle size and the saturation magnetization of the nanoferrites are increased. - Highlights: • Mg0.2Ca0.8Fe2O4 superparamagnetic nanoparticles were successfully synthesized. • Particle average sizes of Ca–Mg ferrites were within the range of 8–25 nm. • The nanoferrite treated at 873 K showed a stoichiometry close to Mg0.2Ca0.8Fe2O4. • The heat treatment temperature has a strong effect on the crystal structure. • These nanoparticles are potential materials for magnetic hyperthermia

  7. Structure and morphologies of ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by pulsed laser ablation in liquid: Effects of temperature and energy fluence

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    Zinc oxide nanoparticles were prepared by pulsed laser ablation of a zinc metal target at different water temperatures (room temperature, 50, 70 and 90 °C). Ablation was carried out using 532 nm output from a pulsed (10 ns, 10 Hz) Nd:YAG laser at three different laser fluence. Analysis of the morphology, crystalline phase, elemental composition, optical and luminescent properties were done using Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), UV–visible absorption spectroscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy. TEM analysis showed that a change in temperature resulted in ZnO and Zn(OH)2 nanoparticles with different sizes and morphologies. XPS results confirmed the compositions and chemical states of these nanoparticles. These zinc nanomaterials showed emission in the ultraviolet (UV) and blue regions. The results of this work demonstrated that by varying the liquid medium temperature, the structure, composition, morphology and optical properties of the nanomaterials could be modified during pulsed laser ablation in liquid. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Zinc nanomaterial colloids were synthesized by PLAL. • Effects of laser fluence and the distilled water temperature were analyzed. • The final structure varied with the distilled water temperature and laser fluence. • The morphology was dependent on the distilled water temperature and laser fluence. • Zinc nanocolloids showed emission in the UV and blue region

  8. Structural characterization and self-assembly into superlattices of iron oxide-gold core-shell nanoparticles synthesized via a high-temperature organometallic route

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    Iron oxide-gold core-shell nanocrystals have been synthesized by the thermal decomposition of iron pentacarbonyl and the subsequent reduction of gold acetate by 1,2-hexadecanediol with oleic acid and oleylamine as stabilizers. Their size, structure, composition, and optical and magnetic properties were characterized. The resultant nanoparticles were nearly monodisperse with a complete core-shell structure, and the shell thickness could be tuned via the seed-mediated growth. Also, they exhibited an absorption band at 520 nm owing to the surface plasmon resonance of Au shells and were nearly superparamagnetic due to the presence of the iron cores. By analyzing the x-ray adsorption near-edge structure (XANES) spectrum and the x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) spectra of the fast etching mode, the iron cores were shown to be oxidized but the oxidation was incomplete in the inner region. Noteworthily, the iron oxide-Au nanoparticles could self-assemble into 2D and 3D superlattices. The packing density increased while approaching the center of assembly, leading to the variation of superstructures from a 2D nearly hcp monolayer to a 3D hcp superlattice and a 3D hexagonal superlattice. Moreover, hydrophilic iron oxide-Au core-shell nanoparticles were also obtained by surface modification with mercaptoacetic acid via a phase transfer route.

  9. Effect of solvent medium on the structural, morphological and optical properties of ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by the sol-gel method

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    Ungula, J.; Dejene, B. F.

    2016-01-01

    ZnO nanoparticles were synthesized using a sol-gel method. The effect of solvent medium on the structural, morphological and optical properties of ZnO nanoparticles were investigated using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), photoluminescence spectroscopy (PL), UV-vis spectroscopy (UV-vis) and Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS). The XRD patterns showed single phase hexagonal structure. The crystallite size of as prepared ZnO nanoparticles was found to decrease from 28.1 nm to 10.8 nm with the increase in volume ratio of ethanol in the solvent as peak intensities and sharpness increase with corresponding increase in volume ratio of water. SEM micrographs showed that samples prepared in water medium are fairly spherical which turned to tiny rods with increasing volume ratios of ethanol. A sharp ultraviolet (UV) emission peak centred about 385 nm and a broad green-yellow emission at about 550 nm are observed with PL measurements. The band gap of ZnO decreased from 3.31 to 3.17 eV with an increase in the ethanol composition in the solvent, implying that the optical properties of these materials are clearly affected by the synthesis medium.

  10. Structure and morphologies of ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by pulsed laser ablation in liquid: Effects of temperature and energy fluence

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    Guillén, G. García; Palma, M.I. Mendivil [Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Facultad de Ingeniería Mecánica y Eléctrica, San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León 66455 (Mexico); Krishnan, B. [Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Facultad de Ingeniería Mecánica y Eléctrica, San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León 66455 (Mexico); Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León – Centro de Innovación, Investigación y Desarrollo de Ingeniería y Tecnología, Apodaca, Nuevo León 66600 (Mexico); Avellaneda, D.; Castillo, G.A.; Roy, T.K. Das [Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Facultad de Ingeniería Mecánica y Eléctrica, San Nicolás de los Garza, Nuevo León 66455 (Mexico); and others

    2015-07-15

    Zinc oxide nanoparticles were prepared by pulsed laser ablation of a zinc metal target at different water temperatures (room temperature, 50, 70 and 90 °C). Ablation was carried out using 532 nm output from a pulsed (10 ns, 10 Hz) Nd:YAG laser at three different laser fluence. Analysis of the morphology, crystalline phase, elemental composition, optical and luminescent properties were done using Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), X-Ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), UV–visible absorption spectroscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy. TEM analysis showed that a change in temperature resulted in ZnO and Zn(OH){sub 2} nanoparticles with different sizes and morphologies. XPS results confirmed the compositions and chemical states of these nanoparticles. These zinc nanomaterials showed emission in the ultraviolet (UV) and blue regions. The results of this work demonstrated that by varying the liquid medium temperature, the structure, composition, morphology and optical properties of the nanomaterials could be modified during pulsed laser ablation in liquid. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Zinc nanomaterial colloids were synthesized by PLAL. • Effects of laser fluence and the distilled water temperature were analyzed. • The final structure varied with the distilled water temperature and laser fluence. • The morphology was dependent on the distilled water temperature and laser fluence. • Zinc nanocolloids showed emission in the UV and blue region.

  11. Effect of temperature on structural, optical and photoluminescence studies on ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by the standard co-precipitation method

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    Raj, K. Pradeev; Sadayandi, K.

    2016-04-01

    This present study brings the synthesis of Zinc oxide (ZnO) nanoparticles (NPs) by the standard aqueous chemical route technique. The impact of calcination temperature on the extent of the ZnO nanoparticles is studied for its lattice constraints. X-ray diffraction (XRD) affirms the hexagonal Wurtzite structure of the synthesized ZnO nanoparticles. From the Williamson-Hall (W-H) plot, positive slope is inferred for pure and calcined ZnO NPs and confirms the presence of tensile strain. From the SEM images it is found that the crystallinity enhances with calcination temperature. From the optical studies, it is found that the band gap energy decreases with improved transmission. The Photoluminescence (PL) spectrum reveals the UV emission is strong near the band-edge. The emission peaks around 400-480 nm result in blue emission and the peaks around 540-560 nm result in green emission. Decrease in band gap energy and enhancement in PL studies reveal the red shift of the calcined ZnO exhibiting solid quantum confinements.

  12. Photo-catalytic activity of Plasmonic Ag@AgCl nanoparticles (synthesized via a green route) for the effective degradation of Victoria Blue B from aqueous phase.

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    Devi, Th Babita; Begum, Shamima; Ahmaruzzaman, M

    2016-07-01

    This study reports a green process for the fabrication of Ag@AgCl (silver@silver chloride) nanoparticles by using Aquilaria agallocha (AA) leaves juice without using any external reagents. The effect of various reaction parameters, such as reaction temperature, reaction time and concentration of Aquilaria agallocha leaves juice in the formation of nanoparticles have also been investigated. From the FTIR spectra of leaves juice and phytochemicals test, it was found that flavonoids present in the leaves are responsible for the reduction of Ag(+) ions to Ag(0) species and leads to the formation of Ag@AgCl NPs. The synthesized Ag@AgCl NPs were utilized for the removal of toxic and hazardous dyes, such as Victoria Blue B from aqueous phase. Approximately, 99.46% degradation of Victoria Blue B dye were observed with Ag@AgCl NPs. Furthermore, the photocatalytic activity of the Ag@AgCl nanoparticles was unchanged after 5cycles of operation. PMID:27152674

  13. In situ synthesized BSA capped gold nanoparticles: Effective carrier of anticancer drug Methotrexate to MCF-7 breast cancer cells

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    Murawala, Priyanka [Physical and Materials Chemistry Division, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune 411008 (India); Tirmale, Amruta [Physical and Materials Chemistry Division, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune 411008 (India); National Centre for Cell Science, NCCS, Pune 411007 (India); Shiras, Anjali, E-mail: anjalishiras@nccs.res.in [National Centre for Cell Science, NCCS, Pune 411007 (India); Prasad, B.L.V., E-mail: pl.bhagavatula@ncl.res.in [Physical and Materials Chemistry Division, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune 411008 (India)

    2014-01-01

    The proficiency of MTX loaded BSA capped gold nanoparticles (Au-BSA-MTX) in inhibiting the proliferation of breast cancer cells MCF-7 as compared to the free drug Methotrexate (MTX) is demonstrated based on MTT and Ki-67 proliferation assays. In addition, DNA ladder gel electrophoresis studies, flow cytometry and TUNEL assay confirmed the induction of apoptosis by MTX and Au-BSA-MTX in MCF-7 cells. Notably, Au-BSA-MTX was found to have higher cytotoxicity on MCF-7 cells compared with an equivalent dose of free MTX. The enhanced activity is attributed to the preferential uptake of Au-BSA-MTX particles by MCF-7 cells due to the presence of BSA that acts as a source of nutrient and energy to the rapidly proliferating MCF-7 cells. Moreover, the targeting ability of the drug MTX to the over expressed folate receptors on MCF-7 cells also contributes to the enhanced uptake and activity. Taken together, these results unveil that Au-BSA-MTX could be more effective than free drug for cancer treatment. - Highlights: • Gold nanoparticles prepared using bovine serum albumin as a reducing and capping agent. • These gold nanoparticles are extremely stable under strong electrolyte and pH conditions. • The anticancer drug methotrexate has been loaded on the Au-BSA nanoparticles. • Due to BSA loading these are taken up by cancerous cells preferentially. • Better proficiency in inhibiting MCF-7 cells as compared to the free drug Methotrexate is demonstrated.

  14. Magnetic and optical properties of manganese doped ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by sol-gel technique

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    Omri, Karim

    2013-08-01

    Mn doped ZnO nanoparticles with different doping concentration (1, 2, 3, 4, 5 at.%) were prepared by sol-gel method using supercritical drying conditions of ethyl alcohol. The structural, morphological, optical and magnetic properties of the as-prepared nanoparticles were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), UV measurements and superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID). The structural properties showed that the undoped and Mn doped ZnO nanoparticles exhibit hexagonal wurtzite structure. From the optical studies, the transmittance in UV region was decreased with the increase of Mn concentration. For Mn doped ZnO nanoparticles the optical band gap varies between 3.34 eV and 3.22 eV. It was found that the doping Mn 2+ ions have a significant influence on the optical properties. The magnetic characterization of the samples with 1% and 5% Mn concentrations reveal diamagnetic behavior for the first one and the presence of both paramagnetic and ferromagnetic behavior for the second. The room ferromagnetic component is due to the presence of the secondary phase ZnOMn3 which is confirmed by XRD study. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  15. Investigation of synthesized silica coating Fe3O4 nanoparticles efficiency in removal of NOM from water

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    E. Karimi pasandideh

    2014-05-01

    Conclusion: Having high number of active surface sites, magnetic properties, easily separation using magnetic field, and its cost-effectiveness, the Fe3O4/SiO2 nanoparticles could be used as an efficient adsorbent in removal of humic acid from water.

  16. Modification of MnO{sub 2} nanoparticles with rutin synthesized by Triton X-100 aggregations' template

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    Wang Yi; Zhu Jun; Han Jie; Guo Rong [School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Yangzhou University, Yangzhou, 225002, Jiangsu (China)], E-mail: guorong@yzu.edu.cn

    2008-10-08

    Manganese dioxide (MnO{sub 2}) nanoparticles have been prepared through the redox reaction between KMnO{sub 4} and the nonionic surfactant Triton X-100 with the aid of rod-like micelles, hexagonal liquid crystals and reverse micelle templates, in which Triton X-100 acts both as template and reductant. MnO{sub 2} nanorods (20-50 nm in diameter) can be obtained in rod-like micelles and hexagonal liquid crystals, whereas MnO{sub 2} nanospheres (about 85 nm in diameter) are formed in reverse micelles. X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) are used to characterize the products. Modification of MnO{sub 2} nanoparticles by rutin has been discussed using fluorescence spectra and UV-vis spectra, and the free radical eliminating investigations of surface-modified MnO{sub 2} nanoparticles with rutin show that MnO{sub 2} nanoparticles can improve the free-radical-scavenging activity of rutin.

  17. In situ synthesized BSA capped gold nanoparticles: Effective carrier of anticancer drug Methotrexate to MCF-7 breast cancer cells

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    The proficiency of MTX loaded BSA capped gold nanoparticles (Au-BSA-MTX) in inhibiting the proliferation of breast cancer cells MCF-7 as compared to the free drug Methotrexate (MTX) is demonstrated based on MTT and Ki-67 proliferation assays. In addition, DNA ladder gel electrophoresis studies, flow cytometry and TUNEL assay confirmed the induction of apoptosis by MTX and Au-BSA-MTX in MCF-7 cells. Notably, Au-BSA-MTX was found to have higher cytotoxicity on MCF-7 cells compared with an equivalent dose of free MTX. The enhanced activity is attributed to the preferential uptake of Au-BSA-MTX particles by MCF-7 cells due to the presence of BSA that acts as a source of nutrient and energy to the rapidly proliferating MCF-7 cells. Moreover, the targeting ability of the drug MTX to the over expressed folate receptors on MCF-7 cells also contributes to the enhanced uptake and activity. Taken together, these results unveil that Au-BSA-MTX could be more effective than free drug for cancer treatment. - Highlights: • Gold nanoparticles prepared using bovine serum albumin as a reducing and capping agent. • These gold nanoparticles are extremely stable under strong electrolyte and pH conditions. • The anticancer drug methotrexate has been loaded on the Au-BSA nanoparticles. • Due to BSA loading these are taken up by cancerous cells preferentially. • Better proficiency in inhibiting MCF-7 cells as compared to the free drug Methotrexate is demonstrated

  18. Multifunctional Eu3+- and Er3+/Yb3+-doped GdVO4 nanoparticles synthesized by reverse micelle method.

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    Gavrilović, Tamara V; Jovanović, Dragana J; Lojpur, Vesna; Dramićanin, Miroslav D

    2014-01-01

    Synthesis of Eu(3+)- and Er(3+)/Yb(3+)-doped GdVO4 nanoparticles in reverse micelles and their multifunctional luminescence properties are presented. Using cyclohexane, Triton X-100, and n-pentanol as the oil, surfactant, and co-surfactant, respectively, crystalline nanoparticles with ~4 nm diameter are prepared at low temperatures. The particle size assessed using transmission electron microscopy is similar to the crystallite size obtained from X-ray diffraction measurements, suggesting that each particle comprises a single crystallite. Eu(3+)-doped GdVO4 nanoparticles emit red light through downconversion upon UV excitation. Er(3+)/Yb(3+)-doped GdVO4 nanoparticles exhibit several functions; apart from the downconversion of UV radiation into visible green light, they act as upconvertors, transforming near-infrared excitation (980 nm) into visible green light. The ratio of green emissions from (2)H11/2 → (2)I15/2 and (4)S3/2 → (4)I15/2 transitions is temperature dependent and can be used for nanoscale temperature sensing with near-infrared excitation. The relative sensor sensitivity is 1.11%K(-1), which is among the highest sensitivities recorded for upconversion-luminescence-based thermometers. PMID:24572638

  19. Effects of Mn on the magnetic and optical properties and photocatalytic activities of NiO nanoparticles synthesized via the simple precipitation process

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    Anandan, K., E-mail: anand.nanoscience@yahoo.com; Rajendran, V.

    2015-09-15

    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Pure and Mn doped NiO were synthesized via very simple precipitation method. • Mn concentrations played a vital role to modify the properties of NiO. • Quantum confinement effect was occurred in the UV–vis spectra due to lower size. • MeO dye was degraded up to 84.43% by Mn doped NiO compared with pure 63.63%. • Proposed method has the important advantage of being simple, fast and cost effective. - Abstract: Pure and Mn doped NiO nanoparticles have been successfully synthesized via the simple precipitation process. The XRD and TEM studies have confirmed that the prepared NiO nanoparticles sizes decreased with the manganese insertion into nickel oxide. The observed antiferro to superpara and ferromagnetic transition on Mn doping in NiO is understood on the basis of Mn occupying Ni sites, and breaking the translational symmetry of the parent antiferromagnetic correlation. The measured band gap energies (E{sub g} = 3.78, 3.81, 3.84 and 3.90 eV) increased with decreasing particles size, which indicated the quantum confinement effect. The broad visible emission at 527 nm originates from the deep levels of the prepared NiO nanoparticles and is due to the presence of V{sub o} and Ni{sub (in)} defects. The photocatalytic degradation of the methyl orange dye was studied for the prepared pure and doped samples, and the mechanism has been discussed.

  20. Structure and electrochemical properties of Mg{sub 2}SnO{sub 4} nanoparticles synthesized by a facile co-precipitation method

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    Tang, Hao, E-mail: htang@ncu.edu.cn [Institute of Photovoltaics, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031 (China); Cheng, Cuixia; Yu, Gaige [Key Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials Science of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission & Ministry of Education, Hubei Province, South-Central University for Nationalities, Wuhan 430074 (China); Liu, Haowen, E-mail: liuhwchem@hotmail.com [Key Laboratory of Catalysis and Materials Science of the State Ethnic Affairs Commission & Ministry of Education, Hubei Province, South-Central University for Nationalities, Wuhan 430074 (China); Chen, Weiqing [Institute of Photovoltaics, Nanchang University, Nanchang 330031 (China)

    2015-06-01

    Nanosized Mg{sub 2}SnO{sub 4} has been synthesized by a facile co-precipitation method. The structure and morphology of the as-prepared samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectrometer (XPS), fourier Transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). It is found that Mg{sub 2}SnO{sub 4} sample is very sensitive to the aging time of the precursor. The single phase Mg{sub 2}SnO{sub 4} nanoparticles with ∼23 nm can be obtained at 900 °C using the aging 35 min percusor as source. The electrochemical properties of the powder obtained at 900 °C are investigated by galvanostatic discharge-charge tests and cyclic voltammograms (CVs). The initial specific discharge capacity reaches as high as 927.7 mAh g{sup −1} at 0.2 mA cm{sup −2} in 0.05–3.0 V, which indicates that Mg{sub 2}SnO{sub 4} nanoparticles could be a promising candidate of anode material for Li-ion batteries. - Highlights: • Nanosized Mg{sub 2}SnO{sub 4} has been synthesized by a facile co-precipitation method. • We find that Mg{sub 2}SnO{sub 4} sample is very sensitive to the ageing time of the precursor. • The single phase Mg{sub 2}SnO{sub 4} nanoparticles with about 23 nm can be obtained by calcining the ageing 35 min percusor at 900 °C. • The obtained powders show a better electrochemical performance.

  1. Syntheses and characterization of thin films of Te{sub 94}Se{sub 6} nanoparticles for semiconducting and optical devices

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    Salah, Numan, E-mail: nsalah@kau.edu.sa [Center of Nanotechnology, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah-21589 (Saudi Arabia); Habib, Sami S.; Memic, Adnan [Center of Nanotechnology, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah-21589 (Saudi Arabia); Alharbi, Najlaa D. [Center of Nanotechnology, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah-21589 (Saudi Arabia); Sciences Faculty for Girls, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah-21589 (Saudi Arabia); Babkair, Saeed S. [Center of Nanotechnology, Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah-21589 (Saudi Arabia); Khan, Zishan H. [Department of Applied Sciences and Humanities, Jamia Millia Islamia (Central University), New Delhi-110025 (India)

    2013-03-01

    Thin films of Te{sub 94}Se{sub 6} nanoparticles were synthesized using the physical vapor condensation technique at different argon (Ar) pressures. The samples were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy dispersive spectroscopy, absorption spectrum, photoluminescence (PL) and Raman spectroscopy. XRD results show that the as-grown films have a polycrystalline structure. SEM images display uniform nanoparticles in these films where the size increases from ∼ 12 to about 60 nm by decreasing Ar pressure from 667 to 267 Pa. These as-grown thin films were found to have direct band gaps, whose value decreases with increasing particle size. The absorption and extinction coefficients for these films were also investigated. PL emission spectra exhibit three bands peaking at 666, 718 and 760 nm, while Raman spectra displayed three bands located at 123, 143 and 169 cm{sup −1}. No significant changes are observed in positions or intensities of these bands by decreasing the Ar pressure, except that of the last band of PL; where the intensity increases. The obtained results on this Te{sub 94}Se{sub 6} nanomaterial especially its controlled direct bandgap might be useful for development of optical disks and other semiconducting devices. - Highlights: ► Thin films of Te{sub 94}Se{sub 6} nanoparticles were grown at different argon (Ar) pressures. ► Size of the nanoparticles increased by decreasing Ar pressure. ► They have direct band gap, whose value decreases by increasing the particle size. ► These nanomaterials might be useful for development of semiconducting devices.

  2. Preparation and characterization of BaLiF3:Er3+ nanoparticles by the hydrothermal microemulsion synthesized method

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    YAN Jinghui; LI Zhongtian; WANG Linkun; CAO Liangjun; WANG Suqing; SHI Chunshan

    2008-01-01

    Nanoparticles of BaLiF3:Er3+ were prepared from the quaternary microemulsions of Cetyltrim-Enthyl Ammonium Bromide (CTAB), n-butanol, n-octane, and water, using the hydrothermal-microemulsion technique. The complex fluorides were characterized by means of X-ray power diffraction, Environmental Scanning Electron Microscopy (ESEM), and fluorescence spectra. The positions and intensities of the peaks in the XRD pattern of the final products indicate the formation of BaLiF3:Er3+. No other peaks or impurities were detected. The average size of the nanoparticles, calculated with the Debye-Scherrer equation was 98.45 nm, which was in agreement with the result of ESEM. The infrared fluorescence spectra consisted of four peaks with a predominant peak located at 1540 nm.

  3. The green synthesis, characterization, and evaluation of the biological activities of silver nanoparticles synthesized from Leptadenia reticulata leaf extract

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    Kumara Swamy, M.; Sudipta, K. M.; Jayanta, K.; Balasubramanya, S.

    2015-01-01

    Biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles (Ag Nps) was carried out using methanol leaves extract of L. reticulata. Ag Nps were characterized based on the observations of UV-visible spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. These Ag Nps were tested for antimicrobial activity by agar well diffusion method against different pathogenic microorganisms and antioxidant activity was performed using DPPH assay. Further, the in vitro cytotoxic effects of Ag Nps were screened against HCT15 cancer cell line and viability of tumor cells was confirmed using MTT ((3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide, a yellow tetrazole)) assay. The nuclear condensation was studied using the propidium iodide-staining method. The color change from green to dark brown and the absorbance peak at about 420 nm indicated the formation of nanoparticles. XRD pattern showed characteristic peaks indexed to the crystalline planes (111), (200) and (220) of face-centered cubic silver. The nanoparticles were of spherical shape with varying sizes ranging from 50 to 70 nm. Biosynthesized Ag Nps showed potent antibacterial activity and effective radical scavenging activity. MTT assay revealed a dose-dependent decrease in cell viability. Microscopic observations showed distinct cellular morphological changes indicating unhealthy cells, whereas the control appeared normal. Increase in the number of propidium iodide positive cells were observed in maximum concentration. Methanolic leaf extract of L. reticulata acts as an excellent capping agent for the formation of silver nanoparticles and demonstrates immense biological activities. Hence, these Ag NPs can be used as antibacterial, antioxidant as well as cytotoxic agent in treating many medical complications.

  4. Investigation of synthesized silica coating Fe3O4 nanoparticles efficiency in removal of NOM from water

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    E. Karimi pasandideh; R Rezaei Kalantary; S. Nasseri; A. H. Mahvi; R Nabizadeh; A Esrafili

    2014-01-01

    Background and Objective: The presence of natural organic materials (NOM) in water resources affects its quality (i.e. color, odor, and taste). In addition, it leads to the fouling of filters and membranes and reduces water treatment efficiency during flocculation/ coagulation. Moreover, NOM reacts with disinfectants and produces byproducts (DBPs), which are harmful to human health. Magnetic nanoparticles have been reported as effective adsorbents for the removal of pollutants from the aqueou...

  5. Room temperature ferromagnetism in Cu-doped ZnO synthesized from CuO and ZnO nanoparticles

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    AC susceptibility and ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) measurements indicate that ZnO doped with Cu by a simple sintering process starting from nanoparticles of ZnO and CuO is ferromagnetic above room temperature. FMR measurements above room temperature indicate the ordering temperature to be above 520 K. The observation supports the recent theoretical calculations of Huang et al. which predict ferromagnetism in copper-doped ZnO.

  6. Structural, chemical and optical evaluation of Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by an aqueous solution method

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    Iribarren, A., E-mail: augusto@imre.oc.uh.cu [Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología de Materiales (IMRE), Universidad de La Habana, Zapata y G, Vedado, Plaza, La Habana 10400 (Cuba); Hernández-Rodríguez, E. [Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología de Materiales (IMRE), Universidad de La Habana, Zapata y G, Vedado, Plaza, La Habana 10400 (Cuba); Maqueira, L. [Instituto de Ciencia y Tecnología de Materiales (IMRE), Universidad de La Habana, Zapata y G, Vedado, Plaza, La Habana 10400 (Cuba); Facultad de Química, Universidad de La Habana, Zapata y G, Vedado, Plaza, La Habana 10400 (Cuba)

    2014-12-15

    Highlights: • Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles obtained by chemical synthesis. • Substitutional or interstitial Cu into ZnO lead specific structural, chemical, and optical changes. • Incorporation efficiency of Cu atoms in ZnO as a function of the Cu concentration in the precursor dissolution. - Abstract: In this work a study of ZnO and Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles obtained by chemical synthesis in aqueous media was carried out. Structural analysis gave the dominant presence of wurtzite ZnO phase forming a solid solution Zn{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O. For high Cu doping CuO phase is also present. For low Cu concentration the lattice shrinks due to Cu atoms substitute Zn atoms. For high Cu concentration the lattice enlarges due to predominance of interstitial Cu. From elemental analysis we determined and analyzed the incorporation efficiency of Cu atoms in Zn{sub 1−x}Cu{sub x}O as a function of the Cu concentration in the precursor dissolution. Combining structural and chemical results we described the Cu/Zn precursor concentrations r{sub w} in which the solid solution of Cu in ZnO is predominant. In the region located at r{sub w} ≈ 0.2–0.3 it is no longer valid. For Cu/Zn precursor concentration r{sub w} > 0.3 interstitial Cu dominates, and some amount of copper oxide appears. As the Cu concentration increases, the effective size of nanoparticles decreases. Photoluminescence (PL) measurements of the Cu-doped ZnO nanoparticles were carried out and analyzed.

  7. Study of hafnium (IV) oxide nanoparticles synthesized by polymerized complex and polymer precursor derived sol-gel methods

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    Ramos-González, R.

    2010-03-01

    This work reports the preparation and characterization of hafnium (IV) oxide (HfO2) nanoparticles grown by derived sol-gel routes that involves the formation of an organic polymeric network. A comparison between polymerized complex (PC) and polymer precursor (PP) methods is presented. For the PC method, citric acid (CA) and ethylene glycol (EG) are used as the chelating and polymerizable reagents, respectively. In the case of PP method, poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) is used as the chelating reagent. In both cases, different precursor gels were prepared and the hafnium (IV) chloride (HfCl4) molar ratio was varied from 0.1 to 1.0 for the PC method and from 0.05 to 0.5 for the PP method. In order to obtain the nanoparticles, the precursors were heat treated at 500 and 800 °C. The thermal characterization of the precursor gels was carried out by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and the structural and morphological characterization by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The XRD patterns of the samples obtained by both methods shows the formation of HfO2 at 500 °C with monoclinic crystalline phase. The PC method exhibited also the cubic phase. Finally, the HfO2 nanoparticles size (4 to 11 nm) was determined by TEM and XRD patterns. © (2010) Trans Tech Publications.

  8. Enhancing the Mobilization of Native Phosphorus in the Mung Bean Rhizosphere Using ZnO Nanoparticles Synthesized by Soil Fungi.

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    Raliya, Ramesh; Tarafdar, Jagadish Chandra; Biswas, Pratim

    2016-04-27

    Phosphorus (P) is a limiting factor to plant growth and productivity in almost half of the world's arable soil, and its uptake in plants is often constrained because of its low solubility in the soil. To avoid repeated and large quantity application of rock phosphate as a P fertilizer and enhance the availability of native P acquisition by the plant root surface, in this study a biosynthesized ZnO nanoparticle was used. Zn acts as a cofactor for P-solubilizing enzymes such as phosphatase and phytase, and nano ZnO increased their activity between 84 and 108%. The level of resultant P uptake in mung bean increased by 10.8%. In addition, biosynthesized ZnO also improves plant phenology such as stem height, root volume, and biochemical indicators such as leaf protein and chlorophyll contents. In the rhizosphere, increased chlorophyll content and root volume attract microbial populations that maintain soil biological health. ICP-MS results showed ZnO nanoparticles were distributed in all plant parts, including seeds. However, the concentration of Zn was within the limit of the dietary recommendation. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first holistic study focusing on native P mobilization using ZnO nanoparticles in the life cycle of mung bean plants. PMID:27054413

  9. A novel hydrolysis method to synthesize chromium hydroxide nanoparticles and its catalytic effect in the thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate

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    Highlights: ► Synthesis of Cr(OH)3 nanoparticles in Cr3+–F− aqueous solution. ► The F− ion tailors coagulated materials, Cr(OH)3 nanoparticles are obtained. ► Adding nanosized Cr(OH)3, AP thermal decomposition temperature decreases to 200 °C. ► The nanosized Cr(OH)3 catalyzes NH3 oxidation, accelerating AP thermal decomposition. - Abstract: A procedure for the preparation of spherical Cr(OH)3 nanoparticles was developed based on the aging of chromium nitrate aqueous solutions in the presence of sodium fluoride, urea, and polyvinylpyrrolidone. Using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive spectroscopy, the morphological characteristics of Cr(OH)3 were controlled by altering the molar ratio of fluoride ion to chromium ion, as well as the initial pH and chromium ion concentration. The prepared nanosized Cr(OH)3 decreased the temperature required to decompose ammonium perchlorate from 450 °C to about 250 °C as the catalyst. The possible catalytic mechanism of the thermal decomposition of ammonium perchlorate was also discussed.

  10. Effect of heating rate and plant species on the size and uniformity of silver nanoparticles synthesized using aromatic plant extracts

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    Hernández-Pinero, Jorge Luis; Terrón-Rebolledo, Manuel; Foroughbakhch, Rahim; Moreno-Limón, Sergio; Melendrez, M. F.; Solís-Pomar, Francisco; Pérez-Tijerina, Eduardo

    2016-05-01

    Mixing aqueous silver solutions with aqueous leaf aromatic plant extracts from basil, mint, marjoram and peppermint resulted in the synthesis of quasi-spherical silver nanoparticles in a range of size between 2 and 80 nm in diameter as analyzed by analytical high-resolution electron microscopy. The average size could be controlled by applying heat to the initial reaction system at different rates of heating, and by the specific botanical species employed for the reaction. Increasing the rate of heating resulted in a statistically significant decrease in the size of the nanoparticles produced, regardless of the species employed. This fact was more evident in the case of marjoram, which decreased the average diameter from 27 nm at a slow rate of heating to 8 nm at a high rate of heating. With regard to the species, minimum sizes of mint yielded an average size between 10 and 25 nm. The results indicate that aromatic plant extracts can be used to achieve the controlled synthesis of metal nanoparticles.

  11. Magnetic, structural, and electronic properties of iron sulfide Fe{sub 3}S{sub 4} nanoparticles synthesized by the polyol mediated process

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    Lyubutin, I. S., E-mail: lyubutin@ns.crys.ras.ru; Starchikov, S. S. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography (Russian Federation); Lin, Chun-Rong, E-mail: crlin@mail.stut.edu.tw; Lu, Shin-Zong; Shaikh, Muhammad Omar [Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Institute of Nanotechnology (China); Funtov, K. O.; Dmitrieva, T. V. [Russian Academy of Sciences, Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography (Russian Federation); Ovchinnikov, S. G., E-mail: sgo@iph.krasn.ru; Edelman, I. S.; Ivantsov, R. [Siberian Branch of Russian Academy of Sciences, Kirensky Institute of Physics (Russian Federation)

    2013-01-15

    Iron sulfide nanoparticles Fe{sub 3}S{sub 4} with the spinel-type crystal structure were synthesized by the polyol mediated process. The particle size depends on preparation conditions and varies from 9 to 20 nm. Moessbauer data have revealed that the dominating fraction of iron ions in the 9-nm sample is in the high-spin ferric state. This implies an occurrence of the cation vacancies in nonstoichiometric greigite. The stoichiometric phase of greigite Fe{sub 3}S{sub 4} dominates in the 18-nm-size nanoparticles. Magnetic measurements have shown a ferrimagnetic behavior of all samples at temperatures between 78 and 300 K. The estimated value of magnetic moment of the stoichiometric greigite nanoparticles is about 3.5 {mu}{sub B} per Fe{sub 3}S{sub 4} unit. The Moessbauer spectra indicate a superparamagnetic behavior of small particles, and some fraction of superparamagnetic phase is observed in all samples synthesized which may be caused by the particle size distribution. The blocking temperatures of T{sub B} Almost-Equal-To 230 and 250 K are estimated for the 9 and 14 nm particles, respectively. The Moessbauer parameters indicate a great degree of covalency in the Fe-S bonds and support the fast electron Fe{sup 3+} Leftwards-Arrow-Over-Rightwards-Arrow Fe{sup 2+} exchange in the B-sites of greigite. An absence of the Verwey transition at temperatures between 90 and 295 K is established supporting a semimetal type of conductivity. The temperature and magnetic field dependences of the magnetic circular dichroism (MCD) of optical spectra were measured in Fe{sub 3}S{sub 4} for the first time. The spectra differ substantially from that of the isostructural oxide Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4}. It is supposed that the MCD spectra of greigite nanoparticles result from the collective electron excitations in a wide band with superimposed peaks of the d-d transitions in Fe ions.

  12. An Investigation of the Cytotoxicity and Caspase-Mediated Apoptotic Effect of Green Synthesized Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles Using Eclipta prostrata on Human Liver Carcinoma Cells

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    Ill-Min Chung

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide and sustained focus is on the discovery and development of newer and better tolerated anticancer drugs, especially from plants. In the present study, a simple, eco-friendly, and inexpensive approach was followed for the synthesis of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs using the aqueous leaf extract of Eclipta prostrata. The synthesized ZnO NPs were characterized by UV-visible absorption spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR, Scanning electron microscopy with energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDX, High-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM, and Selected area (electron diffraction (SAED. The HRTEM images confirmed the presence of triangle, radial, hexagonal, rod, and rectangle, shaped with an average size of 29 ± 1.3 nm. The functional groups for synthesized ZnO NPs were 3852 cm−1 for H-H weak peak, 3138 cm−1 for aromatic C-H extend, and 1648 cm−1 for Aromatic ring stretch. The 3-(4,5-Dimethylthiazol-2-yl-2,5-Diphenyltetrazolium Bromide (MTT, caspase and DNA fragmentation assays were carried out using various concentrations of ZnO NPs ranging from 1 to 100 mg/mL. The synthesized ZnO NPs showed dose dependent cytopathic effects in the Hep-G2 cell line. At 100 mg/mL concentration, the synthesized ZnO NPs exhibited significant cytotoxic effects and the apoptotic features were confirmed through caspase-3 activation and DNA fragmentation assays.

  13. Effect of Co Doping on Structural and Magnetic Properties of ZnO Nanoparticles Synthesized by Novel Combustion Synthesis

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    V. Rajendar

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available ZnO is a wide band gap semiconductor (3.37 eV with a high exciton binding energy (60 meV, which has wide applications in advanced optoelectronic devices. The theoretical prediction of room temperature ferromagnetism will be possible through the investigation of diluted magnetic semiconductors such as transition metal doped ZnO, especially Cobalt doped ZnO. The aim of the work is to synthesize Zn1 – xCoxO (x = 0 and x = 0.20 nanostructures through a novel urea based auto combustion method and its characterization. The Structural and Magnetic studies of the synthesized Zn1 – xCoxO Nano powders were carried out by X-Ray diffraction (XRD technique and Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM, respectively.

  14. Sonochemical syntheses of a new nano-sized porous lead(II) coordination polymer as precursor for preparation of lead(II) oxide nanoparticles

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    Ranjbar, Zohreh Rashidi; Morsali, Ali

    2009-11-01

    Nano-scale of a new Pb(II) coordination polymer, {[Pb(bpacb)(OAc)]·DMF} n ( 1); bpacbH = 3,5-bis[(4-pyridylamino)carbonyl]benzoic acid], were synthesized by a sonochemical method. The nano-material was characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), 1H, 13C NMR, IR spectroscopy and elemental analyses. Crystal structure of compound 1 was determined by X-ray crystallography. Calcination of the nano-sized compound 1 at 700 °C under air atmospheres yields PbO nanoparticles. Thermal stability of nano-sized and single crystalline samples of compound 1 were studied and compared with each other.

  15. Morphology and stability in a half-metallic ferromagnetic CrO2 compound of nanoparticles synthesized via a polymer precursor

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    Nanoparticles of stable CrO2 of a half-metallic ferromagnet are synthesized with a novel chemical method involving a Cr4+-polymer composite precursor. A single phase CrO2 of D4h14:P42/mnm tetragonal crystal structure (lattice parameters a=0.4250 and c=0.3190 nm) lies after firing the precursor at 350 deg. C for 1 h in air. Microstructure reveals single domain CrO2 particles of thin platelets (aspect ratio ∼1) of average 50 nm diameter and 35 nm thickness. In air, unless heating at temperatures above 500 deg. C, no due CrO2->Cr2O3 phase transformation encounters. The results are presented in terms of X-ray diffraction and thermal or thermogravimetric analysis of precursor and derived CrO2 powder

  16. Green in-situ synthesized silver nanoparticles embedded in bacterial cellulose nanopaper as a bionanocomposite plasmonic sensor.

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    Pourreza, Nahid; Golmohammadi, Hamed; Naghdi, Tina; Yousefi, Hossein

    2015-12-15

    Herein, we introduce a new strategy for green, in-situ generation of silver nanoparticles using flexible and transparent bacterial cellulose nanopapers. In this method, adsorbed silver ions on bacterial cellulose nanopaper are reduced by the hydroxyl groups of cellulose nanofibers, acting as the reducing agent producing a bionanocomposite "embedded silver nanoparticles in transparent nanopaper" (ESNPs). The fabricated ESNPs were investigated and characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), UV-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The important parameters affecting the ESNPs were optimized during the fabrication of specimens. The resulting ESNPs were used as a novel and sensitive probe for the optical sensing of cyanide ion (CN(-)) and 2-mercaptobenzothiazole (MBT) in water samples with satisfactory results. The change in surface plasmon resonance absorption intensity of ESNPs was linearly proportional to the concentration in the range of 0.2-2.5 µg mL(-1) and 2-110 µg mL(-1) with a detection limit of 0.012 µg mL(-1) and 1.37 µg mL(-1) for CN(-) and MBT, respectively. PMID:26159156

  17. Direct observation of time-dependent photoluminescence spectral shift in CdS nanoparticles synthesized in polymer solutions

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    Mandal, Debabrata; Hosoi, Haruko; Chatterjee, Uma; Tahara, Tahei

    2009-01-01

    Direct observation of time-resolved emission spectra (TRESs) of cadmium sulfide nanoparticles in polymer solutions was carried out with picosecond resolution using a streak camera. The TRESs were found to undergo a pronounced time-dependent Stokes shift, eventually coinciding with the steady-state photoluminescence spectra within an ˜40 ns delay time. Moreover, ˜90% of the shift was complete within the first 1 ns after excitation, in contrast to the fact that overall photoluminescence involves very long time constants of 10-100 ns. The observed Stokes shift dynamics was very similar in CdS nanoparticles stabilized in two very different types of polymer solutions. Thus the solvent and/or polymeric stabilizer appeared to have a minimal effect on the shift. We propose that the relaxation proceeds through an internal mechanism involving the fast decay of high-energy traps into relatively slow-decaying low-energy traps. Time-dependent photoluminescence anisotropy experiments also revealed an ˜1 ns decay component appearing only in the higher-energy end of the photoluminescence spectrum. Because this time constant is too short to represent rotational diffusion of the nanometer-sized particles, it was associated with the rapid relaxation of the high-energy trap states.

  18. A radial differential mobility analyzer for the size-classification of gas-phase synthesized nanoparticles at low pressures

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    Differential mobility analyzers (DMAs) are commonly used to generate monodisperse nanoparticle aerosols. Commercial DMAs operate at quasi-atmospheric pressures and are therefore not designed to be vacuum-tight. In certain particle synthesis methods, the use of a vacuum-compatible DMA is a requirement as a process step for producing high-purity metallic particles. A vacuum-tight radial DMA (RDMA) has been developed and tested at low pressures. Its performance has been evaluated by using a commercial NANO-DMA as the reference. The performance of this low-pressure RDMA (LP-RDMA) in terms of the width of its transfer function is found to be comparable with that of other NANO-DMAs at atmospheric pressure and is almost independent of the pressure down to 30 mbar. It is shown that LP-RDMA can be used for the classification of nanometer-sized particles (5–20 nm) under low pressure condition (30 mbar) and has been successfully applied to nanoparticles produced by ablating FeNi at low pressures. (paper)

  19. Polysaccharide-based silver nanoparticles synthesized by Klebsiella oxytoca DSM 29614 cause DNA fragmentation in E. coli cells.

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    Baldi, Franco; Daniele, Salvatore; Gallo, Michele; Paganelli, Stefano; Battistel, Dario; Piccolo, Oreste; Faleri, Claudia; Puglia, Anna Maria; Gallo, Giuseppe

    2016-04-01

    Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs), embedded into a specific exopolysaccharide (EPS), were produced by Klebsiella oxytoca DSM 29614 by adding AgNO3 to the cultures during exponential growth phase. In particular, under aerobic or anaerobic conditions, two types of silver nanoparticles, named AgNPs-EPS(aer) and the AgNPs-EPS(anaer), were produced respectively. The effects on bacterial cells was demonstrated by using Escherichia coli K12 and Kocuria rhizophila ATCC 9341 (ex Micrococcus luteus) as Gram-negative and Gram-positive tester strains, respectively. The best antimicrobial activity was observed for AgNPs-EPS(aer), in terms of minimum inhibitory concentrations and minimum bactericidal concentrations. Observations by transmission electron microscopy showed that the cell morphology of both tester strains changed during the exposition to AgNPs-EPS(aer). In particular, an electron-dense wrapped filament was observed in E. coli cytoplasm after 3 h of AgNPs-EPS(aer) exposition, apparently due to silver accumulation in DNA, and both E. coli and K. rhizophila cells were lysed after 18 h of exposure to AgNPs-EPS(aer). The DNA breakage in E. coli cells was confirmed by the comparison of 3-D fluorescence spectra fingerprints of DNA. Finally the accumulation of silver on DNA of E. coli was confirmed directly by a significant Ag(+) release from DNA, using the scanning electrochemical microscopy and the voltammetric determinations. PMID:26886276

  20. Decomposition of NO in gas phase by gold nanoparticles supported on titanium dioxide synthesized by the deposition-precipitation method

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    In the present work, the synthesis, characterization and photoactivity concerning the nitrogen monoxide (NO) decomposition of sol-gel Au/TiO2 photocatalysts are reported. TiO2 was prepared by gelling titanium (IV) isopropoxide, and gold nanoparticles were added by the deposition-precipitation method with urea. The catalysts with different gold concentrations were characterized by the following techniques: BET, XRD, UV-vis and dark-field TEM. It was found that by using this synthesis method, a high dispersion of gold nanoparticles on TiO2 was reached (4.4-6.7 nm), and the obtained structure lead to a band gap energy that is lower than the one observed for undoped TiO2. A NO + O2 mixture (150 ppm) was used to evaluate the photocatalytic activity in situ, at room temperature, under atmospheric pressure and a UV lamp was used as radiation source. The photocatalytic conversion of nitrogen monoxide (NO) was followed by FTIR, which reached 96% in 60 min. The Au/TiO2 materials showed an enhanced photocatalytic activity when compared with the reference TiO2.

  1. Decomposition of NO in gas phase by gold nanoparticles supported on titanium dioxide synthesized by the deposition-precipitation method

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    Hernandez-Fernandez, J., E-mail: javier.fernandez@cimav.edu.mx [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados, Av. Miguel de Cervantes 120, Complejo Industrial C.P. 31109, Chihuahua, Chih. (Mexico); Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo, Direccion de Investigacion y Posgrado, Eje Central Lazaro Cardenas 152, C.P. 07730, D.F. (Mexico); Zanella, R. [Centro de Ciencias Aplicadas y Desarrollo Tecnologico, UNAM, Circuito exterior S/N, Ciudad Universitaria, C.P. 04510, A.P. 70-186, Delegacion Coyoacan, D.F. (Mexico); Aguilar-Elguezabal, A. [Centro de Investigacion en Materiales Avanzados, Av. Miguel de Cervantes 120, Complejo Industrial C.P. 31109, Chihuahua, Chih. (Mexico); Arizabalo, R.D.; Castillo, S.; Moran-Pineda, M. [Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo, Direccion de Investigacion y Posgrado, Eje Central Lazaro Cardenas 152, C.P. 07730, D.F. (Mexico)

    2010-10-25

    In the present work, the synthesis, characterization and photoactivity concerning the nitrogen monoxide (NO) decomposition of sol-gel Au/TiO{sub 2} photocatalysts are reported. TiO{sub 2} was prepared by gelling titanium (IV) isopropoxide, and gold nanoparticles were added by the deposition-precipitation method with urea. The catalysts with different gold concentrations were characterized by the following techniques: BET, XRD, UV-vis and dark-field TEM. It was found that by using this synthesis method, a high dispersion of gold nanoparticles on TiO{sub 2} was reached (4.4-6.7 nm), and the obtained structure lead to a band gap energy that is lower than the one observed for undoped TiO{sub 2}. A NO + O{sub 2} mixture (150 ppm) was used to evaluate the photocatalytic activity in situ, at room temperature, under atmospheric pressure and a UV lamp was used as radiation source. The photocatalytic conversion of nitrogen monoxide (NO) was followed by FTIR, which reached 96% in 60 min. The Au/TiO{sub 2} materials showed an enhanced photocatalytic activity when compared with the reference TiO{sub 2}.

  2. Effect of Mg Doping on the Structural and Optical Properties of CdS Nanoparticles Synthesized by co-Precipitation Method

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    G. Giribabu

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Cd1 – xMgxS (x = 0.00, 0.05, 0.10, 0.15 and 0.20 nanoparticles were synthesized by co-precipitation method for the first time. Compositional, morphological, structural and optical studies of the as prepared samples were carried out by X-ray diffraction (XRD, Energy dispersive analysis of X-rays (EDAX, Scanning electron microscopy (SEM, Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (DRS and Photoluminescence (PL techniques. XRD studies revealed the structural phase transition from cubic to hexagonal and increase in the average grain size of the nanoparticles (lie in the range 1.4 nm to 2.8 nm with increasing Mg content. EDAX spectra rules out the existence of impurities in the samples. Bandgap widening was observed in all the samples compared to bulk CdS (2.42 eV. Decrease in bandgap (3.02 eV to 2.54 eV, luminescence quenching and red shift of luminescence peak position were observed with increasing Mg in Cd1 – xMgxS.

  3. Thermal stability and microstructure characterization of MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles synthesized by reverse microemulsion method

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    Fu, Ping; Lu, Wenzhong; Lei, Wen, E-mail: lwz@mail.hust.edu.cn [Department of Electronic Science and Technology, HuaZhong University of Science and Technology - HUST, Wuhan (China); Wu, Ke; Xu, Yong [Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Wuhan Institute of Technology - WIT, Wuhan (China); Wu, Jiamin [Key Lab of Functional Materials for Electronic Information(B) MOE, HuaZhong University of Science and Technology - HUST, Wuhan (China)

    2013-11-01

    Magnesium aluminate (MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4}) spinel nanoparticles were synthesized by reverse microemulsion process in cyclohexane by using two kinds of surfactants, n-amyl alcohol as cosurfactant and mixture of aluminic/magnesic salt aqueous solution as basic reagents. The effects of surfactant types and titration methods on the morphologies and sizes of the MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles were characterized by TEM, TGA-DTA, XRD, HR-TEM and FT-IR. TEM images show that the particles prepared by forward titration method with SPAN-80/Triton X-100 compound emulsifier have uniform spherical shape and good monodispersity with an average size of 9.5 nm. However, the average size of the particles prepared by reverse-titration method was about 10 nm and some particles have irregular plate like appearance. The products prepared with NP-40 surfactant and forward-titration method were agglomerated with an average size of 13 nm. TGA and XRD results show that the reverse microemulsion method has dramatically lowered the calcination temperature of MgAl{sub 2}O{sub 4} with a degree of 700 Degree-Sign C, and the precursor can transform to single spinel phase at 900 Degree-Sign C. (author)

  4. Highly crystalline LiCuXFe1‑XPO4 nanoparticles synthesized by high temperature thermal decomposition: a morphological and electrical transport study

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    Martinez, P.; Ruiz, F.; Curiale, J.; Vasquez Mansilla, M.; Zysler, R. D.; Dada, L.; Moreno, M. S.; Rodríguez, L.; Fregenal, D.; Bernardi, G.; Lima, E., Jr.

    2016-08-01

    In this work, we report the morphological and electrical characterization of highly crystalline \\text{LiC}{{\\text{u}}\\text{X}}\\text{F}{{\\text{e}}1-\\text{X}}\\text{P}{{\\text{O}}4} nanoparticles synthesized via the high-temperature (380 °C) thermal decomposition of organometallic precursors. The mean diameter of the studied nanoparticles was 30–40 nm. The Cu/Fe relations of 0, 0.001 and 0.042 for the three studied samples were obtained via particle-induced x-ray emission spectroscopy. Crystallographic and morphological studies were performed using x-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy techniques. We investigated the effects of incorporating copper on the electric transport properties of this highly crystalline nanometric system using impedance spectroscopy and DC transport techniques. The experimental evidence allowed us to conclude that in the frequency range f  mechanism, despite the high crystallinity of the system.

  5. Identifying the sources of ferromagnetism in sol-gel synthesized Zn1-xCoxO (0≤x≤0.10) nanoparticles

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    Beltrán, J. J.; Barrero, C. A.; Punnoose, A.

    2016-08-01

    We have carefully investigated the structural, optical and electronic properties and related them with changes in the magnetism of sol-gel synthesized Zn1-xCoxO (0≤x≤0.10) nanoparticles. Samples with x≤0.05 were free of spurious phases. Samples with x≤0.03 were found to be with only high spin Co2+ ions into ZnO structure, whereas sample with x=0.05, exhibited the presence of high spin Co2+ and low spin Co3+. We found that the intensity of the main EPR peak associated with Co2+ varies with the nominal Co content in a similar manner as the saturation magnetization and coercive field do. These results point out that the ferromagnetism in these samples should directly be correlated with the presence of divalent cobalt ions. Bound magnetic polaron (BMP) model and the charge transfer model are insufficient to explain the ferromagnetic properties of Zn1-xCoxO nanoparticles. The room temperature ferromagnetism (RTFM) may be originated from a combination of several factors such as the interaction of high spin Co2+ ions, perturbation/alteration and/or changes in the electronic structure of ZnO close to the valence band edge and grain boundary effects.

  6. Dietary supplementation of green synthesized manganese-oxide nanoparticles and its effect on growth performance, muscle composition and digestive enzyme activities of the giant freshwater prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergii.

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    Asaikkutti, Annamalai; Bhavan, Periyakali Saravana; Vimala, Karuppaiya; Karthik, Madhayan; Cheruparambath, Praseeja

    2016-05-01

    The green synthesized Mn3O4 nanoparticles (manganese-oxide nanoparticles) using Ananas comosus (L.) peel extract was characterized by various techniques. HR-SEM photograph showed that manganese-oxide nanoparticles (Mn-oxide NPs) were spherical in shape, with an average size of 40-50nm. The Zeta potential revealed the surface charge of Mn-oxide NPs to be negative. Further, the Mn-oxide NPs were dietary supplemented for freshwater prawn Macrobrachium rosenbergii. The experimental basal diets were supplemented with Mn-oxide NPs at the rates of 0 (control), 3.0, 6.0, 9.0, 12, 15 and 18mg/kg dry feed weight. The as-supplemented Mn-oxide NPs were fed in M. rosenbergii for a period of 90 days. The experimental study demonstrated that prawns fed with diet supplemented with 3-18mg Mn-oxide NPs/kg shows enhanced (Pfeed conversion ratio (FCR) were observed in prawn fed with different diets. Additionally, prawns fed with 3.0-18mg/kg Mn-oxide NPs supplemented diets achieved significant (PCAT) metabolic enzymes status in muscle and hepatopancreas showed no significant (P>0.05) alterations in prawns fed with 3.0-18mg/kg of Mn-oxide NPs supplemented diets. Consequently, the present work proposed that 16mg/kg of Mn-oxide NPs could be supplemented for flexible enhanced survival, growth and production of M. rosenbergii. Therefore, the data of the present study recommend the addition of 16mg/kg of Mn-oxide NPs diet to developed prawn growth and antioxidant defense system. PMID:27049122

  7. Effect of Co Doping on Structural and Magnetic Properties of ZnO Nanoparticles Synthesized by Novel Combustion Synthesis

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    V. Rajendar; K. Venkateswara Rao; K. Shobhan; C.H. Shilpa Chakra

    2013-01-01

    ZnO is a wide band gap semiconductor (3.37 eV) with a high exciton binding energy (60 meV), which has wide applications in advanced optoelectronic devices. The theoretical prediction of room temperature ferromagnetism will be possible through the investigation of diluted magnetic semiconductors such as transition metal doped ZnO, especially Cobalt doped ZnO. The aim of the work is to synthesize Zn1 – xCoxO (x = 0 and x = 0.20) nanostructures through a novel urea based auto combustion method a...

  8. Transformation of biogenic carbohydrates into levulinic acid and further hydrogenation using supported nanoparticle catalysts synthesized by chemical fluid deposition

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    Yan, Kai

    2011-01-01

    The primary objective of this thesis was to synthesize and identify powerful metal catalysts and key factors for the conversion of D-fructose and D-glucose to LA as well as the hydrogenation of LA to GVL. A general overview on the use of biomass for chemicals and potential biofuel production is provided. The catalytic transformation systems developed for the conversion of biomass-derived monomers to LA and GVL are reviewed. Meanwhile, an intensive overview of the preparation of supported nano...

  9. Modeling and optimization of effective parameters on the size of synthesized Fe3O4 superparamagnetic nanoparticles by coprecipitation technique using response surface methodology

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    Ghazanfari, Mohammad Reza; Kashefi, Mehrdad; Jaafari, Mahmoud Reza

    2016-05-01

    Generally, the statistical methods are defined as appropriate techniques to study the processes trends. In current research, the Fe3O4 superparamagnetic nanoparticles were synthesized by coprecipitation method. In order to investigate the size properties of synthesized particles, the experimental design was done using central composite method (CCD) of response surface methodology (RSM) while the temperature, pH, and cation ratio of reaction were selected as influential factors. After particles synthesis based on designed runs, the different responses such as hydrodynamic size of particles (both freeze dried and air dried), size distribution, crystallite size, magnetic size, and zeta potential were evaluated by different techniques i.e. dynamic light scattering (DLS), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). Based on these results, the quadratic polynomial model was fitted for each response that could predict the response amounts. In following, the study of factors effects was carried out that showed the temperature, pH, and their interactions had higher effectiveness. Finally, by optimizing, it was clear that the minimum amounts of particle size (10.15 nm) and size distribution (13.01 nm) were reached in the minimum temperature (70 °C) and cation ratio (0.5) amounts and maximum pH amount (10.5). Moreover, the characterizations showed the particles size was about 10 nm while the amounts of Ms, Hc, and Mr were equal to 60 (emu/g), 0.2 (Oe) and 0.22 (emu/g), respectively.

  10. Improved battery performance using Pd nanoparticles synthesized on the surface of LiFePO4/C by ultrasound irradiation

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    Saliman, Muhammad Ali; Okawa, Hirokazu; Takai, Misaki; Ono, Yuki; Kato, Takahiro; Sugawara, Katsuyasu; Sato, Mineo

    2016-07-01

    LiFePO4 has been attracting interest as a cathode material for Li-ion batteries due to its high energy density, low cost, and eco-friendliness. The electrochemical performance of LiFePO4 is limited because it exhibits low Li-ion diffusivity and low electronic conductivity. Numerous solutions have been considered, such as carbon coating, which is widely known to improve the electronic conductivity of LiFePO4. The deposition of metal nanoparticles (NPs) on the surface of carbon-coated LiFePO4 further enhances the electronic conductivity. In this study, we deposited Pd NPs onto the surface of LiFePO4/C and investigated the resulting electrochemical performance. Sonochemical synthesis was used to prepare the metal NPs; the procedure did not require any surfactants and the reaction was rapid.

  11. Removal of phosphate using iron oxide nanoparticles synthesized by eucalyptus leaf extract in the presence of CTAB surfactant.

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    Cao, Dan; Jin, Xiaoying; Gan, Li; Wang, Ting; Chen, Zuliang

    2016-09-01

    This study investigated the use of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) as a stabilizer in green synthesis to improve the reactivity of iron oxide nanoparticles (IONP). Results show that efficiency in removing phosphate increased from 71.0% to 97.3%. To understand how to improve the reactivity of IONP by CTAB: firstly, characterizations of IONP before and after phosphate removal by SEM, EDS, FTIR, XPS show the adsorption of P onto the IONP; secondly, batch experiments indicate that the adsorption capacity of phosphate increased when temperature or initial phosphate concentration increased and decreased with an increase in both adsorbent dose and pH. Adsorption followed the pseudo-second-order kinetics model and the equilibrium data fitted well to the Langmuir isotherm. Thermodynamic data confirmed the spontaneous and endothermic nature of the adsorption process. Finally, it was proposed that the adsorption of phosphate using CTAB-modified IONP was mainly associated with inner-sphere complexing mechanism and electrostatic attraction. PMID:27268791

  12. The optical band gap investigation of PVP-capped ZnO nanoparticles synthesized by sol-gel method

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    Yuliah, Yayah; Bahtiar, Ayi; Fitrilawati, Siregar, Rustam E.

    2016-02-01

    ZnO Nanoparticles (NPs) has unique natures on their crystal structure, direct band gap and high exciton binding energy, consequently applied in optoelectronic devices such as solar cells, optical wave guide and light emitting diodes (LED). However the drawback was ZnO NPs tend to agglomerate and turn to nano-structured materials with poor properties. Effort to avoid agglomerations generally resolved by surface modification of ZnO NPs to obtain well-dispersed suspension. However changes in the surface of ZnO NPs may change the electronic structure and density of states of ZnO NPs, in turn may change the optical band gap. Thus, the objective of current research is investigation of optical band gap of ZnO NPs due to surface modification by capping agent of poly-4-vinylpyrrolidone (PVP) molecules. Uncapped and PVP-capped ZnO nanoparticles were prepared by sol-gel method. The characteristics of surface modifications were investigated by UV-Vis and Photo Luminescence spectroscopy and Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM). The results shows the surface modification has change the band gap of ZnO NPs obtained at second precipitated stage. In contrast, the change of the optical band gap did not observe due to the surface modification of ZnO NPs obtained at the first stage. It was concluded that PVP capping on ZnO NPs did not affect on the band gap when the capping was performed on first stage. It is emphasized that this statement also supported by TEM images observations.

  13. Effect of hydrolysis ratio on structural, optical and electrical properties of SnO2 nanoparticles synthesized by polyol method

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    Soltan, Wissem Ben; Mbarki, Mourad; Bargougui, Radhouane; Ammar, Salah; Babot, Odile; Toupance, Thierry

    2016-08-01

    Using the polyol method and a thermal post-treatment, nanoporous tin dioxide (SnO2) were prepared at different hydrolysis ratio (h = n (H2O)/n (Sn)). The influence of the hydrolysis ratio on the structural, textural, optical and electrical properties of SnO2 nanopowders was investigated by employing a set of various techniques including Fourier Transform Infra-Red spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Energy Dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Nitrogen Sorption Porosimetry and Impedance Spectroscopy. FTIR and EDX studies revealed that SnO2 species were obtained. Nanocrystallites of cassiterite, i.e. rutile-like tetragonal SnO2 structure, were formed after annealing in air at 700 °C and the average crystallite size increased from 12.8 to 29.1 when the hydrolysis ratio rose from 17 to 24. Moreover, TEM, SEM, and N2 sorption porosimetry investigations indicated that the sample prepared for h = 17 was composed of an aggregated network of almost spherical nanoparticles, the morphology and sizes of which changed with the increase in the hydrolysis ratio to h = 24 and the mesoporosity of which was found to be linked to the interparticle space. Moreover, this increase in mean nanoparticle size was accompanied by a decrease in the band gap value from 3.4 eV (h = 17) to 3.16 eV (h = 24). Finally, bulk conductivity dependence with temperature was found to follow an Arrhenius law for samples annealed at 700 °C with an activation energy of 0.65 eV for h = 17, 0.69 eV for h = 20 and 0.71 eV for h = 24 that is typical of SnO2 nanopowders.

  14. Mössbauer and magnetization studies of nickel ferrite nanoparticles synthesized by the microwave-combustion method

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    Mahmoud, M.H.; Elshahawy, A.M. [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Assiut University, Assiut 71516 (Egypt); Makhlouf, Salah A., E-mail: smakhlouf@gmail.com [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Assiut University, Assiut 71516 (Egypt); Deanship of Scientific Research, Al Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU), Riyadh 11463 (Saudi Arabia); Hamdeh, H.H. [Department of Physics, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS (United States)

    2013-10-15

    Nanocrystalline nickel ferrite was synthesized from its stoichiometric metal nitrates and urea mixtures, using a microwave assisted combustion method. The process was a convenient, inexpensive and an efficient method for formation of NiFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanomaterials. Effect of urea/metal nitrates ratio on the obtained phases, particle size and magnetic properties has been investigated by various techniques. Saturation magnetization of 50 emu/g was observed at room temperature for larger particles, and it decreases with decreasing particle size. The coercivity attains a maximum value of 170 Oe when the particle size was ∼20 nm, and decreases with increasing particle size. Mössbauer spectra measured at RT for some representative samples show a combination of ordered and superparamagnetic behavior, whereas those collected at 20 K elucidate the nature of the obtained phases and cation distribution. - Highlights: • Nanosized Ni ferrite was synthesized by a microwave assisted combustion method. • The particle size was controlled by changing the urea/metal nitrate ratio. • Magnetization and coercive field vary with particle size. • Mössbauer spectra elucidate the nature of the phases and cation distribution.

  15. Microstructural, structural and optical properties of nanoparticles of PbO-CrO3 pigment synthesized by a soft route

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    V. D. Araújo

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available PbCrO4 and Pb2CrO5 particles were synthesized by the polymeric precursor method. Structural and microstructural properties of the particles were characterized by scanning electron microscopy with field emission gun, X-ray diffraction, and Raman spectroscopy techniques. The diffuse reflectance technique was employed to study the optical properties in the 400-700 nm range. The optical bandgap of the samples was obtained indirectly. Colorimetric coordinates L*, a*, b* were calculated for the pigment powders as a function of the heat treatment (400-700 ºC. The powders displayed colors ranging from green to red. X-ray diffraction patterns showed the presence of monoclinic PbCrO4 phase in green samples, while red powders had a monoclinic Pb2CrO5 phase structure. The Raman spectra of the PbCrO4 and Pb2CrO5 powders were in good agreement with those reported in the literature. The synthesized compounds can be used as green and red pigments with high thermal stability.

  16. Multidimensional effects of biologically synthesized silver nanoparticles in Helicobacter pylori, Helicobacter felis, and human lung (L132) and lung carcinoma A549 cells

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    Gurunathan, Sangiliyandi; Jeong, Jae-Kyo; Han, Jae Woong; Zhang, Xi-Feng; Park, Jung Hyun; Kim, Jin-Hoi

    2015-02-01

    Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are prominent group of nanomaterials and are recognized for their diverse applications in various health sectors. This study aimed to synthesize the AgNPs using the leaf extract of Artemisia princeps as a bio-reductant. Furthermore, we evaluated the multidimensional effect of the biologically synthesized AgNPs in Helicobacter pylori, Helicobacter felis, and human lung (L132) and lung carcinoma (A549) cells. UV-visible (UV-vis) spectroscopy confirmed the synthesis of AgNPs. X-ray diffraction (XRD) indicated that the AgNPs are specifically indexed to a crystal structure. The results from Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) indicate that biomolecules are involved in the synthesis and stabilization of AgNPs. Dynamic light scattering (DLS) studies showed the average size distribution of the particle between 10 and 40 nm, and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) confirmed that the AgNPs were significantly well separated and spherical with an average size of 20 nm. AgNPs caused dose-dependent decrease in cell viability and biofilm formation and increase in reactive oxygen species (ROS) generation and DNA fragmentation in H. pylori and H. felis. Furthermore, AgNPs induced mitochondrial-mediated apoptosis in A549 cells; conversely, AgNPs had no significant effects on L132 cells. The results from this study suggest that AgNPs could cause cell-specific apoptosis in mammalian cells. Our findings demonstrate that this environmentally friendly method for the synthesis of AgNPs and that the prepared AgNPs have multidimensional effects such as anti-bacterial and anti-biofilm activity against H. pylori and H. felis and also cytotoxic effects against human cancer cells. This report describes comprehensively the effects of AgNPs on bacteria and mammalian cells. We believe that biologically synthesized AgNPs will open a new avenue towards various biotechnological and biomedical applications in the near future.

  17. Luminescence studies of a combustion-synthesized blue–green BaAlxOy:Eu2+,Dy3+ nanoparticles

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    Blue–green emitting BaAlxOy:Eu2+,Dy3+ phosphor was synthesized by the combustion method. The influence of various parameters on the structural, photoluminescence (PL) and thermoluminescence (TL) properties of the phosphor were investigated by various techniques. Phosphor nanocrystallites with high brightness were obtained without significantly changing the crystalline structure of the host. In the PL studies, broad-band excitation and emission spectra were observed with major peaks at 340 and 505 nm, respectively. The observed afterglow is ascribed to the generation of suitable traps due to the presence of the co-doped Dy3+ ions. Though generally broad, the peak structure of the TL glow curves obtained after irradiation with UV light was non-uniform with suggesting the contribution to afterglow from multiple events at the luminescent centers. Further insight on the afterglow behavior of the phosphor was deduced from TL decay results.

  18. Upconversion study of singly activator ions doped La2O3 nanoparticle synthesized via optimized solvothermal method

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    Tiwari, S. P.; Singh, S.; Kumar, A.; Kumar, K.

    2016-05-01

    In present work, an optimized solvothermal method has been chosen to synthesize the singly doped Er3+ activator ions with La2O3 host matrix. The sample is annealed at 500 °C in order to remove the moisture and other organic impurities. The sample is characterized by using XRD and FESEM to find out the phase and surface morphology. The observed particle size is found almost 80 nm with spherical agglomerated shape. Upconversion spectra are recorded at room temperature using 976 nm diode laser excitation sources and consequently the emission peaks in green and red region are observed. The color coordinate diagram shows the results that the present material may be applicable in different light emitting sources.

  19. Mosquito larvicidal potential of silver nanoparticles synthesized using Chomelia asiatica (Rubiaceae) against Anopheles stephensi, Aedes aegypti, and Culex quinquefasciatus (Diptera: Culicidae).

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    Muthukumaran, Udaiyan; Govindarajan, Marimuthu; Rajeswary, Mohan

    2015-03-01

    Mosquitoes transmit serious human diseases, causing millions of deaths every year. Mosquito control is to enhance the health and quality of life of county residents and visitors through the reduction of mosquito populations. Mosquito control is a serious concern in developing countries like India due to the lack of general awareness, development of resistance, and socioeconomic reasons. Today, nanotechnology is a promising research domain which has a wide ranging application in vector control programs. These are nontoxic, easily available at affordable prices, biodegradable, and show broad-spectrum target-specific activities against different species of vector mosquitoes. In the present study, larvicidal activity of aqueous leaf extract and silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) synthesized using C. asiatica plant leaves against late third instar larvae of Anopheles stephensi, Aedes aegypti, and Cx. quinquefasciatus. The range of varying concentrations of synthesized AgNPs (8, 16, 24, 32, and 40 μg/mL) and aqueous leaf extract (40, 80, 120, 160, and 200 μg/mL) were tested against the larvae of An. stephensi, Ae. aegypti, and Cx. quinquefasciatus. The synthesized AgNPs from C. asiatica were highly toxic than crude leaf aqueous extract in three important vector mosquito species. The results were recorded from UV-Vis spectrum, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy analysis (EDX). Considerable mortality was evident after the treatment of C. asiatica for all three important vector mosquitoes. The LC50 and LC90 values of C. asiatica aqueous leaf extract appeared to be effective against An. stephensi (LC50, 90.17 μg/mL; LC90, 165.18 μg/mL) followed by Ae. aegypti (LC50, 96.59 μg/mL; LC90, 173.83 μg/mL) and Cx. quinquefasciatus (LC50, 103.08 μg/mL; LC90, 183.16 μg/mL). Synthesized AgNPs against the vector mosquitoes of An. stephensi, Ae. aegypti, and Cx. quinquefasciatus had the following LC50 and LC90

  20. In situ measurement of the mass concentration of flame-synthesized nanoparticles using quartz-crystal microbalance

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    A novel in situ method for measurement of mass concentration of nanoparticles (NPs) formed in flames is proposed. In this method, the deposition rate of NPs collected by a molecular beam sampling system is measured by quartz-crystal microbalance (QCM). It is the only existing method which allows direct measurement of NP mass concentration profiles in flames. The feasibility of the method was demonstrated by studying iron oxide NP formation in low-pressure methane/oxygen/nitrogen flames doped with iron pentacarbonyl. The system was tested under fuel-lean and fuel-rich flame conditions. Good agreement between measured QCM deposition rates and their estimations obtained by the transmission electron microscopy analysis of samples collected from the molecular beam has been demonstrated. The sensitivity of the method is comparable to that of particle mass spectrometry (PMS). Combination of the QCM technique with PMS and/or optical measurements can provide new qualitative information which is important for elucidation of the mechanisms governing the NP flame synthesis

  1. Thermogravimetric and magneticproperties of Ni1-X Zn xFe2O4 nanoparticles synthesized by coprecipitation

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    Kandasamy Velmurugan

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Ni1-xZn xFe2O4 (x = 0 to 1 nanoparticles of size less than 9 nm were prepared by a chemical coprecipitation method which could be used for ferrofluid preparation. XRD, VSM and DTA-TG (STA were used to study the effect of variation in Zn substitution and its influence on particle size, magnetic properties such as M S, H C and Curie temperature, as well as on the water content. ICP was used to estimate Ni, Zn and Fe concentrations. The average crystallite size (DaveXR of the particles was found to decrease from 8.95 to 6.92 nm with increasing zinc substitution. The lattice constant (a o increased with increasing zinc substitution. The specific saturation magnetization (M S of the particles was measured at room temperature. Magnetic parameters such as M S, Hc, and Mr were found to decrease with increasing zinc substitution. Estimation of the water content, which varies the Zn concentration, plays a vital role for the correct determination of cation contents. The Curie temperature was found to decrease with increasing zinc substitution.

  2. Linear sweep anodic stripping voltammetry: Determination of Chromium (VI) using synthesized gold nanoparticles modified screen-printed electrode

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    Salamatu Aliyu Tukur; Nor Azah Yusof; Reza Hajian

    2015-06-01

    A highly sensitive electrochemical sensor has been constructed for determination of Cr(VI) with the lowest limit of detection (LOD) reported to date using gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) modified screen-printed electrode (SPE). The modification of SPE by casting pure AuNPs increases the sensitivity for detection of Cr(VI) ion using anodic stripping voltammetry. Cr(VI) ions are reduced to chromium metal on SPE-AuNPs by applying deposition potential of –1.1 V for 180 s. Afterwards, the oxidation peak current of chromium is obtained by linear sweep voltammetry in the range of −1.0 V to 0.2 V. Under the optimized conditions (HClO4, 0.06 mol L−1; deposition potential, –1.1 V; deposition time, 180s; scan rate, 0.1 V s−1), the limit of detection (LOD) was 1.6 pg mL−1. The fabricated electrode was successfully used for detection of Cr(VI) in tap and seawater.

  3. Formic acid electro-oxidation at PtAu alloyed nanoparticles synthesized by pulsed laser ablation in liquids

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    Oko, Daniel Nii; Zhang, Jianming; Garbarino, Sébastien; Chaker, Mohamed; Ma, Dongling; Tavares, Ana C.; Guay, Daniel

    2014-02-01

    A series of mono dispersed PtxAu100-x alloy nanoparticles (NPs), with x varying from 0 to 100, were prepared by pulsed laser ablation in liquids, using a series of targets that were made by mixing pure Pt and pure Au powders. The structures of PtxAu100-x alloy NPs were assessed by transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction. A face-centered solid solution is obtained over the whole composition range, and the particle size increases from 2.5 to 5.3 nm as x is increased from 0 to 100. The electrocatalytic performances of the PtxAu100-x alloy NPs towards the formic acid oxidation were investigated by cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry. On as-prepared PtxAu100-x alloy NPs, oxidation of formic acid occurs through dehydrogenation, while dehydration is the privileged mechanism on as-prepared mixtures of Pt and Au NPs. However, after a series of CV in 0.5 M H2SO4, both types of catalysts are able to oxidize formic acid according to the dehydrogenation pathway. After 600 s of electrolysis, the mass activities of PtxAu100-x alloy NPs is a factor of two larger than that of mixtures of pure Pt and pure Au NPs with the same surface composition, although both types of catalysts display similar activity with respect to the total electrochemically active surface area.

  4. The impact of the confinement of reactants on the metal distribution in bimetallic nanoparticles synthesized in reverse micelles

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    Concha Tojo

    2014-11-01

    Full Text Available A kinetic study on the formation of bimetallic nanoparticles in microemulsions was carried out by computer simulation. A comprehensive analysis of the resulting nanostructures was performed regarding the influence of intermicellar exchange on reactivity. The objects of this study were metals having a difference in standard reduction potential of about 0.2–0.3 V. Relatively flexible microemulsions were employed and the concentration of the reactants was kept constant, while the reaction rate of each metal was monitored as a function of time using different reactant proportions. It was demonstrated that the reaction rates depend not only on the chemical reduction rate, but also on the intermicellar exchange rate. Furthermore, intermicellar exchange causes the accumulation of slower precursors inside the micelles, which favors chemical reduction. As a consequence, slower reduction rates strongly correlate with the number of reactants in this confined media. On the contrary, faster reduction rates are limited by the intermicellar exchange rate and not the number of reactants inside the micelles. As a result, different precursor proportions lead to different sequences of metal reduction, and thus the arrangement of the two metals in the nanostructure can be manipulated.

  5. Structural studies of mechano-chemically synthesized CuIn1-xGaxSe2 nanoparticles

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    CuInGaSe2 is a I-III-VI2 semiconducting material of tetragonal chalcopyrite structure. It is a very prominent absorber layer for photovoltaic devices. Particle-based coating process for CIGS is considered to be promising technique with relatively simple procedures and low initial investment. In the present work CIGS nanoparticle precursors suitable for screen-printing ink has been prepared by ball milling. High purity elemental copper granules, selenium and indium powders and fine chips of gallium were used as starting materials. First the ball milling was carried out for CuIn1-xGaxSe2 (x = 0.5) with (i) 10 ml of ethyl alcohol (ii) 5 ml of tetra ethylene glycol (wet) and (iii) 1 ml of ethylene diamine (semi-dry) for a milling time of 3 h and the results are not stoichiometric. In order to obtain an improved stoichiometric composition dry ball milling of elemental sources for three different compositions of CuIn1-xGaxSe2 (x = 0.25, 0.5 and 0.75) has been carried out. X-ray diffraction analysis revealed the presence of (1 1 2), (2 2 0)/(2 0 4), (3 1 2)/(1 1 6), (4 0 0) and (3 3 2) reflections for all the milled powders. These reflections correspond to chalcopyrite structure of CIGS. Shift in peaks towards higher value of 2θ is observed with the increase in Ga composition. Average grain size calculated by Scherrer's formula is found to be around 13 nm for the dry samples milled for 1.5 h and 7-8 nm for the samples wet milled for 3 h. Lattice constants 'a' and 'c' are found to decrease with the increase in concentration of Gallium. FESEM analysis revealed a strong agglomeration of the particles and the particle size varied from 11 to 30 nm for the dry-milled samples. Composition of milled powders has been studied by energy dispersive X-ray analysis. TEM analysis revealed the presence of nanocrystalline particles and SAED pattern corresponds to (1 1 2), (2 2 0)/(2 0 4), (5 1 2)/(4 1 7) and (6 2 0)/(6 0 4) diffraction peaks of CIGS. From the HRTEM analysis the d

  6. Structural and optical properties of vanadium doped SnO2 nanoparticles synthesized by the polyol method

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    Ben Soltan, Wissem; Mbarki, Mourad; Ammar, Salah; Babot, Odile; Toupance, Thierry

    2016-04-01

    Nanocrystalline mesoporous pure and vanadium-doped (0-10 at%) SnO2 nanopowders were prepared by the polyol route. Compositional, textural and structural properties of pure and V-doped SnO2 nanopowders were thoroughly characterized by FTIR, XRD, TEM, DTA/TGA/MS, N2 sorption porosimetry and UV-visible Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy. According to XRD patterns, undoped and V-doped SnO2 materials exhibited the typical rutile-type tetragonal structure of SnO2 with average crystallite sizes ranging from 8.8 to 5.4 nm when the vanadium content was increased up to 10 at%. As shown by UV-visible Diffuse Reflectance Spectroscopy, this decrease in particle size was accompanied by a decrease of the band gap energy value from 3.36 eV for pure SnO2 down to 2.2 eV for 10 at% V-doped SnO2. Moreover, both FTIR and EDX analyses assessed the presence of SnO2 and vanadium oxide species the amount of which increasing with the doping content. Finally, the nanopowders prepared were composed of a mesoporous network of aggregated nanoparticles with BET specific areas increasing from 46.6 ± 1.5 to 61.7 ± 2 m2 g-1 when the vanadium concentration was varied from 0 to 10 at%. The V-doped nanopowders prepared by the polyol method therefore showed all the required textural and structural features to be used as visible photocatalysts or active layer in gas sensors.

  7. Distinction between SnO2 nanoparticles synthesized using co-precipitation and solvothermal methods for the photovoltaic efficiency of dye-sensitized solar cells

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    M M Rashad; I A Ibrahim; I Osama; A E Shalan

    2014-06-01

    Nanocrystalline SnO2 powders prepared by solvothermal and co-precipitation pathways have been characterized using XRD, TEM, UV–Visible absorption, BET specific surface area (BET) method, EIS and – measurements. The obtained powders have a surface area and size of 38.59 m2/g and 10.63 nm for the SnO2 powders synthesized solvothermally at a temperature of 200 °C for 24 h, while the values were 32.59 m2/g and 16.20 nm for the formed hydroxide precursor annealed at 1000 °C for 2 h by co-precipitation route. The microstructure of the formed powders appeared as tetragonal-like structure. Thus, the prepared SnO2 nanopowders using two pathways were applied as an electrode in dye-sensitized solar cell (DSSC). The photoelectrochemical measurements indicated that the cell presents short-circuit photocurrent (sc), open circuit voltage (oc) and fill factor (FF) were 7.017 mA/cm2, 0.690 V and 69.68%, respectively, for solvothermal route and they were 4.241 mA/cm2, 0.756 V and 66.74%, respectively, for co-precipitation method. The energy conversion efficiency of the solvothermal SnO2 powders was considerably higher than that formed by co-precipitation powders; ∼ 3.20% (solvothermal) and 2.01% (co-precipitation) with the N719 dye under 100 mW/cm2 of simulated sunlight, respectively. These results were in agreement with EIS study showing that the electrons were transferred rapidly to the surface of the solvothermal-modified SnO2 nanoparticles, compared with that of a co-precipitation-modified SnO2 nanoparticles.

  8. Characterization of mechano-thermally synthesized Curie temperature-adjusted La0.8Sr0.2MnO3 nanoparticles coated with (3-aminopropyl) triethoxysilane

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    This research aimed to synthesize nanostructured strontium-doped lanthanum manganite, La0.8Sr0.2MnO3 (LSMO), with its Curie temperature (Tc) adjusted to the therapeutic range, through a mechanothermal route. In order to investigate the effect of heat treatment temperature and duration on the resulting crystallite size, morphology, magnetic behavior and Curie temperature, the starting powder mixture was milled in a planetary ball mill before being subsequently heat treated at distinct temperatures for different time lengths. The composition, morphology, and magnetic behavior were characterized using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), selected area electron diffraction (SAED) and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM). In addition, magnetic properties were further investigated using an alternating current (AC) susceptometer and thermo-magnetic analyzer. 20 h of milling produced a crystallite size reduction leading to a decrease in the heat treatment temperature of LSMO synthesis to 800 °C. Moreover, SEM analysis has shown the morphology of a strong agglomeration of fine nanoparticles. HRTEM showed clear lattice fringes of high crystallinity. The mean crystallite and particle size of 20-hour milled sample heat treated at 1100 °C for 10 h are relatively 69 and 100 nm, respectively. The VSM data at room temperature, indicated a paramagnetic behavior for samples heat treated at 800 °C. However, by increasing heat treatment temperature to 1100 °C, LSMO indicates a ferromagnetic behavior with well-adjusted Curie temperature of 320 K, suitable for hyperthermia applications. Also, reentrant spin glass (RSG) behavior has been found in heat treated samples. The particles are coated with (3-aminopropyl) triethoxysilane (APTES) for biocompatibility purposes; Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and thermo-gravimetric analysis (TGA) are used for

  9. Surface modification of sol–gel synthesized TiO2 nanoparticles induced by La-doping

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    The influence of La-doping in the range of 0.5–6.0 mol% on structural and morphological properties of TiO2 nanopowders synthesized by sol–gel routine has been investigated by XRPD, AFM, EDS and BET measurements, as well as Raman spectroscopy. The XRPD and Raman measurements have revealed the anatase phase as dominant in all nanopowders, with crystallite size decreasing from ∼ 15 nm in pure TiO2 to ∼ 12 nm in La-doped samples. The BET data suggest that all samples are fully mesoporous, with mean pore diameters in the range of ∼ 6–8 nm. The specific surface area and the complexity of pore structure are greater in doped samples than in pure TiO2 sample. The spectroscopic ellipsometry has apparently shown that the band gap has been gradually increased with the increase of La content. The STM and STS techniques have been used successfully to evaluate the surface morphology and electronic properties of La-doped nanopowders. All investigated properties have been related to photocatalytic activity, tested in degradation of a metoprolol tartrate salt (0.05 mM), and induced by UV-radiation. All doped samples showed increased photocatalytic activity compared to pure TiO2, among which the 0.65 mol% La-doped sample appeared to be the most efficient. - Highlights: • Effects of La-doping on structural, morphological and electronic properties of TiO2 nanopowders. • Surface morphology and electronic properties of La-doped nanopowders evaluated by STM/STS. • Spectroscopic ellipsometry shown gradual increase of bandgap with the increase of La content. • Photocatalytic activity of samples was tested in degradation of MET under UV light

  10. Surface modification of sol–gel synthesized TiO{sub 2} nanoparticles induced by La-doping

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    Grujić-Brojčin, M., E-mail: myramyra@ipb.ac.rs [Institute of Physics, University of Belgrade, Pregrevica 118, 11080 Belgrade (Serbia); Armaković, S. [Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Environmental Protection, Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Trg D. Obradovića 3, 21000 Novi Sad (Serbia); Tomić, N. [Institute of Physics, University of Belgrade, Pregrevica 118, 11080 Belgrade (Serbia); Abramović, B. [Department of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Environmental Protection, Faculty of Sciences, University of Novi Sad, Trg D. Obradovića 3, 21000 Novi Sad (Serbia); Golubović, A.; Stojadinović, B. [Institute of Physics, University of Belgrade, Pregrevica 118, 11080 Belgrade (Serbia); Kremenović, A. [Faculty of Mining and Geology, Laboratory for Crystallography, University of Belgrade, Đušina 7, 11000 Belgrade (Serbia); Babić, B. [Institute of Nuclear Sciences “Vinča”, University of Belgrade, 11001 Belgrade (Serbia); Dohčević-Mitrović, Z.; Šćepanović, M. [Institute of Physics, University of Belgrade, Pregrevica 118, 11080 Belgrade (Serbia)

    2014-02-15

    The influence of La-doping in the range of 0.5–6.0 mol% on structural and morphological properties of TiO{sub 2} nanopowders synthesized by sol–gel routine has been investigated by XRPD, AFM, EDS and BET measurements, as well as Raman spectroscopy. The XRPD and Raman measurements have revealed the anatase phase as dominant in all nanopowders, with crystallite size decreasing from ∼ 15 nm in pure TiO{sub 2} to ∼ 12 nm in La-doped samples. The BET data suggest that all samples are fully mesoporous, with mean pore diameters in the range of ∼ 6–8 nm. The specific surface area and the complexity of pore structure are greater in doped samples than in pure TiO{sub 2} sample. The spectroscopic ellipsometry has apparently shown that the band gap has been gradually increased with the increase of La content. The STM and STS techniques have been used successfully to evaluate the surface morphology and electronic properties of La-doped nanopowders. All investigated properties have been related to photocatalytic activity, tested in degradation of a metoprolol tartrate salt (0.05 mM), and induced by UV-radiation. All doped samples showed increased photocatalytic activity compared to pure TiO{sub 2}, among which the 0.65 mol% La-doped sample appeared to be the most efficient. - Highlights: • Effects of La-doping on structural, morphological and electronic properties of TiO{sub 2} nanopowders. • Surface morphology and electronic properties of La-doped nanopowders evaluated by STM/STS. • Spectroscopic ellipsometry shown gradual increase of bandgap with the increase of La content. • Photocatalytic activity of samples was tested in degradation of MET under UV light.

  11. Verification of resistance to three mediated microbial strains and cancerous defense against MCF7 compared to HepG2 through microwave synthesized plant-mediated silver nanoparticle

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    Abdel-Fattah, W. I.; Eid, M. M.; Hanafy, M. F.; Hussein, M.; Abd El-Moez, Sh I.; El-Hallouty, S. M.; Mohamed, E.

    2015-09-01

    The antimicrobial and anticancer efficiencies of green synthesized silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) through biogenic extracts were assessed on three bacterial strains and two cancer cell lines. Bio-synthesized AgNPs were achieved through domestic microwave generator for obtaining extracts from Asian nuts and Egyptian blackberry fruits. Surface plasmon resonance (SPR) ˜435 nm demonstrated AgNPs earlier formation by the fruit extract. Capping by triglycerides/almond and phenols/berry extracts were responsible for the reduction proved by FTIR. XRD calculated particle sizes were 18 and 42 nm while TEM sizes are 24.5 and 21.5 nm for AgNPs from almond nut and blackberry fruits extracts (Alm.N.Ext. and BB.F.Ext.), respectively. Ag 3d5/2 was recorded at 368.12 eV for both samples through XPS. The monodispersed AgNPs recorded 0.727 and 0.5 polydispersity indices (PdI) for almond/Ag and berry/Ag, respectively. Zeta potential ˜ -31 and -13.2 for the same sequence confirmed the higher stability of the former. Reaction kinetics confirmed the advantage of fruit extract consuming only six minutes compared to nuts, consuming twice. Bactericidal effect of the extracts seldomly presented remarkable inhibition compared to extracts/Ag against the three species. In addition, Alm.N.Ext. showed the highest inhibition against staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) at 4 mM. The anti-cancerous effect of Ag/berry against HepG2 is stronger than Ag/almond, and similarly for MCF7.

  12. Green-synthesized silver nanoparticles as a novel control tool against dengue virus (DEN-2) and its primary vector Aedes aegypti.

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    Sujitha, Vasu; Murugan, Kadarkarai; Paulpandi, Manickam; Panneerselvam, Chellasamy; Suresh, Udaiyan; Roni, Mathath; Nicoletti, Marcello; Higuchi, Akon; Madhiyazhagan, Pari; Subramaniam, Jayapal; Dinesh, Devakumar; Vadivalagan, Chithravel; Chandramohan, Balamurugan; Alarfaj, Abdullah A; Munusamy, Murugan A; Barnard, Donald R; Benelli, Giovanni

    2015-09-01

    Dengue is an arthropod-borne viral infection mainly vectored through the bite of Aedes mosquitoes. Recently, its transmission has strongly increased in urban and semi-urban areas of tropical and sub-tropical regions worldwide, becoming a major international public health concern. There is no specific treatment for dengue. Its prevention and control solely depends on effective vector control measures. In this study, we proposed the green-synthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNP) as a novel and effective tool against the dengue serotype DEN-2 and its major vector Aedes aegypti. AgNP were synthesized using the Moringa oleifera seed extract as reducing and stabilizing agent. AgNP were characterized using a variety of biophysical methods including UV-vis spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and sorted for size categories. AgNP showed in vitro antiviral activity against DEN-2 infecting vero cells. Viral titer was 7 log10 TCID50/ml in control (AgNP-free), while it dropped to 3.2 log10 TCID50/ml after a single treatment with 20 μl/ml of AgNP. After 6 h, DEN-2 yield was 5.8 log10 PFU/ml in the control, while it was 1.4 log10 PFU/ml post-treatment with AgNP (20 μl/ml). AgNP were highly effective against the dengue vector A. aegypti, with LC50 values ranging from 10.24 ppm (I instar larvae) to 21.17 ppm (pupae). Overall, this research highlighted the concrete potential of green-synthesized AgNP in the fight against dengue and its primary vector A. aegypti. Further research on structure-activity relationships of AgNP against other dengue serotypes is urgently required. PMID:26063530

  13. Methods to synthesize NiPt bimetallic nanoparticles by a reversed-phase microemulsion, deposition of NiPt bimetallic nanoparticles on a support, and application of the supported catalyst for CO2 reforming of methane

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    Biausque, Gregory

    2015-09-24

    Embodiments of the present disclosure provide for NiPt nanoparticles, compositions and supports including NiPt nanoparticles, methods of making NiPt nanoparticles, methods of supporting NiPt nanoparticles, methods of using NiPt nanoparticles, and the like.

  14. The mechanism for degrading Orange II based on adsorption and reduction by ion-based nanoparticles synthesized by grape leaf extract

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    Biomolecules taken from plant extracts have often been used in the single-step synthesis of iron-based nanoparticles (Fe NPs) due to their low cost, environmental safety and sustainable properties. However, the composition of Fe NPs and the degradation mechanism of organic contaminants by them are limited because these are linked to the reactivity of Fe NPs. In this study, Fe NPs synthesized by grape leaf extract served to remove Orange II. Batch experiments showed that more than 92% of Orange II was removed by Fe NPs at high temperature based on adsorption and reduction and confirmed by kinetic studies. To understand the role of Fe NPs in the removal process of azo dye, surface analysis via X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were employed, showing that the Fe NPs were composed of biomolecules, hydrous iron oxides and Fe0, thus providing evidence for the adsorption of Orange II onto hydrous iron oxides and its reduction by Fe0. Degraded products such as 2-naphthol were identified using LC–MS analysis. A degradation mechanism based on asymmetrical azo bond cleavage for the removal of Orange II was proposed

  15. LiMn2O4–y Br y Nanoparticles Synthesized by a Room Temperature Solid-State Coordination Method

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract LiMn2O4–y Br y nanoparticles were synthesized successfully for the first time by a room temperature solid-state coordination method. X-ray diffractometry patterns indicated that the LiMn2O4–y Br y powders were well-crystallized pure spinel phase. Transmission electron microscopy images showed that the LiMn2O4–y Br y powders consisted of small and uniform nanosized particles. Synthesis conditions such as the calcination temperature and the content of Br−were investigated to optimize the ideal condition for preparing LiMn2O4–y Br y with the best electrochemical performances. The optimized synthesis condition was found in this work; the calcination temperature is 800 °C and the content of Br−is 0.05. The initial discharge capacity of LiMn2O3.95Br0.05obtained from the optimized synthesis condition was 134 mAh/g, which is far higher than that of pure LiMn2O4, indicating introduction of Br−in LiMn2O4is quite effective in improving the initial discharge capacity.

  16. Structural and paramagnetic behavior of spinel NiCr2O4 nanoparticles synthesized by thermal treatment method: Effect of calcination temperature

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    Bakar, Syuhada Abu; Soltani, Nayereh; Yunus, W. Mahmood Mat; Saion, Elias; Bahrami, Afarin

    2014-08-01

    Spinel nickel chromite nanoparticles were synthesized using a simple thermal treatment method. The effect of calcination temperatures on the final properties of obtained materials was carefully examined using various characterization techniques.The infrared spectra of nickel chromite (NiCr2O4) revealed the characteristic bonds of metal-oxygen for Nisbnd O and Crsbnd O bands around 600 and 470 cm-1, respectively. The powder X-ray diffraction patterns exhibited the formation of normal spinel phase of NiCr2O4 in the calcination process at temperature between 550 and 850 °C. From transmission electron micrographs, nanosized particles with average size of ~7-64 nm were observed at calcination temperatures of 550-850 °C, respectively. The calcined samples at 750 and 850 °C exhibited paramagnetic behavior with g-factor values of 1.92 and 2.15, peak-to-peak line width of 25.59 and 117.02 Oe and resonance magnetic field of 342.04 and 306.49 Oe, respectively. Variation in the value of g-factor, peak-to-peak line width and resonance magnetic field can be attributed to the dipole-dipole and super exchange interactions.

  17. Facile approach to synthesize uniform Au@mesoporous SnO{sub 2} yolk–shell nanoparticles and their excellent catalytic activity in 4-nitrophenol reduction

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    Wang, Ya [Changchun University of Science and Technology, School of Chemistry & Environmental Engineering (China); Li, Lu; Wang, Chungang, E-mail: wangcg925@nenu.edu.cn [Northeast Normal University, Faculty of Chemistry (China); Wang, Tingting, E-mail: wangtt@cust.edu.cn [Changchun University of Science and Technology, School of Chemistry & Environmental Engineering (China)

    2016-01-15

    Monodispersed and uniform Au@mesoporous SnO{sub 2} yolk–shell nanoparticles (Au@mSnO{sub 2} yolk–shell NPs) composed of the moveable Au NP cores and mSnO{sub 2} shells have been successfully fabricated via a facile and reproducible approach. The outside mSnO{sub 2} shells of Au@mSnO{sub 2} yolk–shell NPs not only prevent Au NPs from aggregating and corroding by the reaction solution but also allow the Au NPs to contact with reactant molecules easily through the mesoporous channels. The obtained Au@mSnO{sub 2} yolk–shell NPs are characterized by means of transmission electron microscope, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectrum, and UV–vis absorption spectroscopy. The synthesized materials exhibit excellent catalytic performance and high stability towards the reduction of 4-nitrophenol with NaBH{sub 4} as a reducing agent, which may be ascribed to their high specific surface area and unique mesoporous structure. Moreover, the synthetic strategy reported in this paper can be extended to fabricate a series of multifunctional noble metal@metal oxide yolk–shell nanocomposite materials with unique properties for various applications.

  18. A facile and practical biosensor for choline based on manganese dioxide nanoparticles synthesized in-situ at the surface of electrode by one-step electrodeposition.

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    Yu, Guangxia; Zhao, Qiang; Wu, Weixiang; Wei, Xiaoyun; Lu, Qing

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, a facile and sensitive biocompatible biosensor based on Nafion/choline oxidase/manganese dioxide composite film was developed for the determination of choline chloride. Manganese dioxide (MnO2) nanoparticles, possessing the advantages of large specific surface areas, good hydrophilicity, great permeability as well as excellent biocompatibility, were synthesized in-situ at the surface of the glassy carbon electrode (GCE) by one-step electrodeposition. And then, choline oxidase (ChOx) was immobilized on the MnO2 modified GCE with coating a Nafion film to hold the ChOx/MnO2 film on the electrode surface firmly. Upon optimized conditions, a linear range of 8.0-1.0 mM was obtained for the sensor in a cyclic voltammetry method, with a detection limit as low as 5.0 µM. Besides, the biosensor was successfully employed to detect choline in milk, milk powder and feedstuff samples, providing a promising alternative for the practical application. PMID:26695320

  19. Effect of annealing atmosphere on photoluminescence and gas sensing of solution-combustion-synthesized Al, Pd co-doped ZnO nanoparticles

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    Li, Yan; Liu, Min; Lv, Tan; Wang, Qiong; Zou, Yun-ling; Lian, Xiao-xue; Liu, Hong-peng

    2015-11-01

    Al, Pd co-doped ZnO nanoparticles (NPs) synthesized using a solution combustion method and subsequent annealing process under various atmospheres, including air, nitrogen, and hydrogen, were characterized using x-ray diffraction, energy-dispersive x-ray spectroscopy, field-emission scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and photoluminescence spectroscopy. The gas-sensing properties of the sensors based on the NPs were also examined. The results indicated that the Al, Pd co-doped ZnO NPs, with an average crystallite size of 10 nm, exhibited enhanced gas-sensing performance compared with that of pure ZnO and Al-doped ZnO. The response of the Al, Pd co-doped ZnO NPs annealed in N2 to ethanol (49.22) was nearly 5.7 times higher than that to acetone (8.61) and approximately 20 - 27 times higher than that to benzene (2.38), carbon monoxide (2.23), and methane (1.78), which demonstrates their excellent selectivity to ethanol versus other gases. This high ethanol response can be attributed to the combined effects of the small size, Schottky barrier, lattice defects, and catalysis. [Figure not available: see fulltext.

  20. Facile approach to synthesize uniform Au@mesoporous SnO2 yolk–shell nanoparticles and their excellent catalytic activity in 4-nitrophenol reduction

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    Monodispersed and uniform Au@mesoporous SnO2 yolk–shell nanoparticles (Au@mSnO2 yolk–shell NPs) composed of the moveable Au NP cores and mSnO2 shells have been successfully fabricated via a facile and reproducible approach. The outside mSnO2 shells of Au@mSnO2 yolk–shell NPs not only prevent Au NPs from aggregating and corroding by the reaction solution but also allow the Au NPs to contact with reactant molecules easily through the mesoporous channels. The obtained Au@mSnO2 yolk–shell NPs are characterized by means of transmission electron microscope, scanning electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectrum, and UV–vis absorption spectroscopy. The synthesized materials exhibit excellent catalytic performance and high stability towards the reduction of 4-nitrophenol with NaBH4 as a reducing agent, which may be ascribed to their high specific surface area and unique mesoporous structure. Moreover, the synthetic strategy reported in this paper can be extended to fabricate a series of multifunctional noble metal@metal oxide yolk–shell nanocomposite materials with unique properties for various applications

  1. The mechanism for degrading Orange II based on adsorption and reduction by ion-based nanoparticles synthesized by grape leaf extract

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    Luo, Fang; Yang, Die [Centre for Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation, University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes, SA 5095 (Australia); Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of Environments, University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes, SA 5095 (Australia); Chen, Zuliang, E-mail: zuliang.chen@unisa.edu.au [Centre for Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation, University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes, SA 5095 (Australia); Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of Environments, University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes, SA 5095 (Australia); Megharaj, Mallavarapu; Naidu, Ravendra [Centre for Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation, University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes, SA 5095 (Australia); Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of Environments, University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes, SA 5095 (Australia)

    2015-10-15

    Biomolecules taken from plant extracts have often been used in the single-step synthesis of iron-based nanoparticles (Fe NPs) due to their low cost, environmental safety and sustainable properties. However, the composition of Fe NPs and the degradation mechanism of organic contaminants by them are limited because these are linked to the reactivity of Fe NPs. In this study, Fe NPs synthesized by grape leaf extract served to remove Orange II. Batch experiments showed that more than 92% of Orange II was removed by Fe NPs at high temperature based on adsorption and reduction and confirmed by kinetic studies. To understand the role of Fe NPs in the removal process of azo dye, surface analysis via X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were employed, showing that the Fe NPs were composed of biomolecules, hydrous iron oxides and Fe{sup 0}, thus providing evidence for the adsorption of Orange II onto hydrous iron oxides and its reduction by Fe{sup 0}. Degraded products such as 2-naphthol were identified using LC–MS analysis. A degradation mechanism based on asymmetrical azo bond cleavage for the removal of Orange II was proposed.

  2. Biologically synthesized silver nanoparticles induce neuronal differentiation of SH-SY5Y cells via modulation of reactive oxygen species, phosphatases, and kinase signaling pathways.

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    Dayem, Ahmed Abdal; Kim, BongWoo; Gurunathan, Sangiliyandi; Choi, Hye Yeon; Yang, Gwangmo; Saha, Subbroto Kumar; Han, Dawoon; Han, Jihae; Kim, Kyeongseok; Kim, Jin-Hoi; Cho, Ssang-Goo

    2014-07-01

    Nano-scale materials are noted for unique properties, distinct from those of their bulk material equivalents. In this study, we prepared spherical silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) with an average size of about 30 nm and tested their potency to induce neuronal differentiation of SH-SY5Y cells. Human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells are considered an ideal in vitro model for studying neurogenesis, as they can be maintained in an undifferentiated state or be induced to differentiate into neuron-like phenotypes in vitro by several differentiation-inducing agents. Treatment of SH-SY5Y cells by biologically synthesized AgNPs led to cell morphological changes and significant increase in neurite length and enhanced the expression of neuronal differentiation markers such as Map-2, β-tubulin III, synaptophysin, neurogenin-1, Gap-43, and Drd-2. Furthermore, we observed an increase in generation of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS), activation of several kinases such as ERK and AKT, and downregulation of expression of dual-specificity phosphatases (DUSPs) in AgNPs-exposed SH-SY5Y cells. Our results suggest that AgNPs modulate the intracellular signaling pathways, leading to neuronal differentiation, and could be applied as promising nanomaterials for stem cell research and therapy. PMID:24827677

  3. Biologically synthesized silver nanoparticles induce neuronal differentiation of SH-SY5Y cells via modulation of reactive oxygen species, phosphatases, and kinase signaling pathwayss.

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    Dayem, Ahmed Abdal; Kim, Bongwoo; Gurunathan, Sangiliyandi; Choi, Hye Yeon; Yang, Gwangmo; Saha, Subbroto Kumar; Han, Dawoon; Han, Jihae; Kim, Kyeongseok; Kim, Jin-Hoi; Cho, Ssang-Goo

    2014-04-22

    The relevant in vitro cellular model resembling functional neurons is important for the mechanistic research on various neuronal diseases. Human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells may be considered one of the ideal in vitro models for studying neuroscience, as they can be maintained in an undifferentiated state or be induced to differentiate into neuron-like phenotypes in vitro by several differentiation-inducing agents. In this study, we prepared spherical silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) with an average size of about 30 nm and tested their potency to induce neuronal differentiation of SH-SY5Y cells. Treatment of SH-SY5Y cells by biologically synthesized AgNPs led to cell morphological changes and significant increase in neurite length and enhanced the expression of neuronal differentiation markers such as Map-2, β-tubulin III, synaptophysin, neurogenin-1, Gap-43, and Drd-2. Furthermore, we observed an increase in generation of intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS), activation of several kinases such as ERK and AKT, and down-regulation of expression of dual-specificity phosphatases (DUSPs) in AgNPs-exposed SH-SY5Y cells. Our results suggest that AgNPs could modulate the intracellular signaling pathways to lead to neuronal differentiation, and could be applied as promising nanomaterials for stem cell research and therapy. PMID:24753441

  4. Comparative studies of upconversion luminescence characteristics and cell bioimaging based on one-step synthesized upconversion nanoparticles capped with different functional groups

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    Herein, three types of upconverting NaGdF4:Yb/Er nanoparticles (UCNPs) have been synthesized via one-step hydrothermal synthesis with polyethylene glycol (PEG), polyethylenimine (PEI) and 6-aminocapronic acid (6AA) functionalization. To evident the presence of these groups, FTIR spectra and ζ-potentials were measured to support the successful capping of PEG, PEI and 6AA on the UCNPs. The regular morphology and cubic phase of these functionalized UCNPs were attributed to the capping effect of the surfactants. Tunable upconversion luminescence (UCL) from red to green were observed under 980 nm laser excitation and the UCL tuning was attributed to the presence of various surface ligands. Moreover, surface group dependent UCL bioimaging was performed in HeLa cells. The enhanced UCL bioimaging demonstrated by PEI functionalized UCNPs evident high cell uptake. The significant cell uptake is explained by the electrostatic attraction between the amino groups (–NH2) and the cell membrane. Moreover, the functionalized UCNPs demonstrated low cytotoxicity in MTT assay. Additional, paramagnetic property was presented by these UCNPs under magnetic field. - Highlights: • Tunable upconversion emission by capped functional groups under fixed composition. • Surface dependent upconversion luminescence bioimaging in HeLa cells. • Low cytotoxicity. • Additional paramagnetic property due to Gd3+ ions

  5. In-Situ Synchrotron Radiation Study of Formation and Growth of Crystalline CexZr1-xO2 Nanoparticles Synthesized in Supercritical Water

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    Tyrsted, Christoffer; Becker-Christensen, Jacob; Hald, Peter;

    2010-01-01

    In situ synchrotron powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) measurements have been conducted to follow the nucleation and growth of crystalline CexZr1-xO2 nanoparticles synthesized in supercritical water with a full substitution variation (x = 0, 0.2, 0.5, 0.8, and 1.0). Direction-dependent growth curves...... are determined and described using reaction kinetic models. A distinct change in growth kinetics is observed with increasing cerium content. For x = 0.8 and 1.0 (high cerium content), the growth is initially limited by the surface reaction kinetics; however, at a size of ∼6 nm, the growth changes and...... becomes limited by the diffusion of monomers toward the surface. For x=0 and 0.2, the opposite behavior is observed with the growth initially being limited by diffusion (up to∼3.5 nm) and later by the surface reaction kinetics. Thus, although a continuous solid solution can be obtained for the ceria...

  6. Radiation synthesized poly(n-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone)-stabilized-gold nanoparticles as LSPR-based optical sensor for mercury ions estimation

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    Misra, Nilanjal; Kumar, Virendra, E-mail: vkrawat75@gmail.com, E-mail: vkumar@barc.gov.in; Goel, Narender Kumar; Varshney, Lalit [Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Radiation Technology Development Division (India)

    2015-07-15

    Poly(n-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone)-stabilized-gold nanoparticles (PVP-Au-NPs) have been synthesized via a green-{sup 60}Co-Gamma radiolytic route and employed as a localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR)-based optical sensor for estimation of trace quantities of Hg{sup 2+} ion in aqueous solutions. The in situ generated PVP-Au-NPs were characterized using UV–vis spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and particle size analysis techniques. Reaction conditions were optimized to obtain uniformly dispersed PVP-Au-NPs with average particle size of 7.1 ± 1.6 nm (±s), which exhibited a narrow LSPR band at ∼527 nm. The decrease in LSPR band intensity of PVP-Au-NPs with increase in Hg{sup 2+} ion concentration was found to be linear in the Hg{sup 2+} ion concentration range of 0–100 nM. The LSPR-based PVP-Au-NPs optical sensor system was found to be selective for Hg{sup 2+} and independent of interference from other metal ions such as Ca{sup 2+,} Cu{sup 2+}, Cd{sup 2+}, and Fe{sup 2+} up to a concentration of 500 nM.

  7. Lithium manganese oxide (LiMn2O4) nanoparticles synthesized by hydrothermal method as adsorbent of lithium recovery process from geothermal fluid of Lumpur Sidoarjo

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    Noerochim, Lukman; Sapputra, Gede Panca Ady; Widodo, Amien

    2016-04-01

    Lumpur Sidoarjo is one of geothermal fluid types which has a great potential as source of lithium. Adsorption method with Lithium Manganese Oxide (LiMn2O4) as an adsorbent has been chosen for lithium recovery process due to low production cost and environmental friendly. LiMn2O4 was synthesized by hydrothermal method at 200 °C for 24 hrs, 48 hrs, and 72 hrs. As prepared LiMn2O4 powder is treated by acid treatment with 0.5 M HCl solution for 24 hrs. XRD test result reveals that all of as-prepared samples are indexed as spinel structure of LiMn2O4 (JCPDS card no 35-0782) with no impurity peaks detected. SEM images show that LiMn2O4 has nanoparticles morphology with particle size around 25 nm. The highest adsorption efficiency of adsorbent is obtained by sample hydrothermal for 72 hrs with 42.76%.

  8. Atomic-scale microstructural characterization and dielectric properties of crystalline cubic pyrochlore Bi1.5MgNb1.5O7 nanoparticles synthesized by sol-gel method

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    Zhang, Yuan

    2013-12-24

    Here, we report the atomic-scale microstructural characterization and dielectric properties of crystalline cubic pyrochlore Bi1.5MgNb 1.5O7 (BMN) nanoparticles with mean size of 70 nm, which were synthesized by sol-gel method. The crystallinity, phase formation, morphology, and surface microstructure of the BMN nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman spectra, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), respectively. The phase evolution of the BMN nanoparticles investigated by XRD patterns showed that uniform cubic pyrochlore BMN nanoparticles were obtained after calcination at temperature of 800 C, and their structural information was revealed by Raman spectrum. TEM images demonstrated that the BMN nanoparticles had a spherical morphology with an average particle size of 70 nm, and their crystalline nature was revealed by HRTEM images. In addition, HRTEM images also demonstrate a terrace-ledge-kink (TLK) surface structure at the edges of rough BMN nanoparticles, where the terrace was on the (100) plane, and the ledge on the (001) plane. The formation of such a TLK surface structure can be well explained by a theory of periodic bond chains. Due to the surface structural reconstruction in the BMN nanoparticles, the formation of a tetragonal structure in a rough BMN nanoparticle was also revealed by HRTEM image. The BMN nanoparticles exhibited dielectric constants of 50 at 100 kHz and 30 at 1 MHz, and the dielectric loss of 0.19 at 1 MHz. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht.

  9. Effects of pH and citric acid content on the structure and magnetic properties of MnZn ferrite nanoparticles synthesized by a sol–gel autocombustion method

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    MnZn ferrite nanoparticles have been synthesized by a sol–gel autocombustion technique with different pHs of 0, 5 and 7 and different citric acid to metal nitrate (CA/MN) molar ratios of 0.25, 0.5 and 1. The crystallite size, microstructure and magnetic properties were studied using X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and vibrating sample magnetometry methods. The results showed that the single phase MnZn ferrite could be achieved directly without any post-calcination using pH of 7 and CA/MN molar ratio of 0.5. MnZn ferrite nanoparticles prepared by pH=7 and CA/MN=0.5 with the crystallite size of 39 nm exhibited saturation magnetization of 20.9 emu/g and coercivity of 44 Oe. - Highlights: • MnZnFe2O4 nanoparticles were synthesized by the sol–gel autocombustion technique at different pHs and citric acid to metal nitrate (CA/MN) molar ratios. • The single phase MnZn ferrite was achieved directly without any post-calcination using pH=7 and CA/MN molar ratio=0.5. • Single phase nanoparticles exhibited partially inverse spinel structures. • Magnetization was correlated to the inversion factor and crystallite size

  10. A novel hydrothermal approach for synthesizing α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} mesoporous magnetic nanoparticles

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    Jayanthi, S. Amala [Department of Physics, Government Arts College (Autonomous), Nandanam, Chennai, 600 035 (India); Nathan, D. Muthu Gnana Theresa; Jayashainy, J. [Department of Physics, Loyola College (Autonomous), Chennai, 600 034 (India); Sagayaraj, P., E-mail: psagayaraj@hotmail.com [Department of Physics, Loyola College (Autonomous), Chennai, 600 034 (India)

    2015-07-15

    A novel method to synthesize the three phases of iron oxide nanoparticles (hematite, maghemite and magnetite) using the same non-toxic inorganic precursors via a water–organic interface under the low temperature hydrothermal conditions is reported. The synthesized particles are characterized by Powder X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM). The Brunauer–Emmett–Teller (BET) results reveal the mesoporous nature of the particles. The magnetic properties of the nanoparticles are studied by Vibrating Sample Magnetometer (VSM) at various low temperatures and also at room temperature. The XRD peaks corresponding to each sample clearly depict the presence of the respective phase of the as-prepared magnetic nanoparticles. The nanoparticles of maghemite and magnetite have saturation magnetization of 58.56 and 40.30 emu/g respectively at room temperature, whereas the particles of hematite possess very low saturation magnetization value of 1.89 emu/g. Further, the magnetization is studied at four different temperatures and the zero field cooled (ZFC) and field cooled (FC) magnetization are reported. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Hematite, maghemite and magnetite are obtained under hydrothermal synthesis. • α-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3}, γ-Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} and Fe{sub 3}O{sub 4} prepared are mesoporous and nearly monodisperse. • Near superparamagnetism is observed at room temperature for maghemite and magnetite.

  11. Nanoparticles in the fight against mosquito-borne diseases: bioactivity of Bruguiera cylindrica-synthesized nanoparticles against dengue virus DEN-2 (in vitro) and its mosquito vector Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae).

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    Murugan, Kadarkarai; Dinesh, Devakumar; Paulpandi, Manickam; Althbyani, Abdulaziz Dakhellah Meqbel; Subramaniam, Jayapal; Madhiyazhagan, Pari; Wang, Lan; Suresh, Udaiyan; Kumar, Palanisamy Mahesh; Mohan, Jagathish; Rajaganesh, Rajapandian; Wei, Hui; Kalimuthu, Kandasamy; Parajulee, Megha N; Mehlhorn, Heinz; Benelli, Giovanni

    2015-12-01

    Mosquitoes are blood-feeding insects serving as the most important vectors for spreading human pathogens and parasites. Dengue is a viral disease mainly vectored through the bite of Aedes mosquitoes. Its transmission has recently increased in urban and semi-urban areas of tropical and subtropical regions worldwide, becoming a major international public health concern. There is no specific treatment for dengue. Its prevention and control solely depend on effective vector control measures. Mangrove plants have been used in Indian traditional medicine for a wide array of purposes. In this research, we proposed a method for biosynthesis of antiviral and mosquitocidal silver nanoparticles (AgNP) using the aqueous extract of Bruguiera cylindrica leaves. AgNP were characterized using a variety of biophysical analyses, including UV-visible spectrophotometry, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy. Bruguiera cilyndrica aqueous extract and green-synthesized AgNP were tested against the primary dengue vector Aedes aegypti. AgNP were the most effective. LC50 values ranged from 8.93 ppm (larva I) to 30.69 ppm (pupa). In vitro experiments showed that 30 μg/ml of AgNP significantly inhibited the production of dengue viral envelope (E) protein in vero cells and downregulated the expression of dengue viral E gene. Concerning nontarget effects, we observed that the predation efficiency of Carassius auratus against A. aegypti was not affected by exposure at sublethal doses of AgNP. Predation in the control was 71.81 % (larva II) and 50.43 % (larva III), while in an AgNP-treated environment, predation was boosted to 90.25 and 76.81 %, respectively. Overall, this study highlights the concrete potential of green-synthesized AgNP in the fight against dengue virus. Furthermore, B. cylindrica-synthesized AgNP can be employed at low doses to reduce larval and pupal population of A. aegypti, without detrimental

  12. Nanocomposite electrodes based on pre-synthesized organically capped platinum nanoparticles and carbon nanotubes. Part I: Tuneable low platinum loadings, specific H upd feature and evidence for oxygen reduction

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    A bottom-up approach is used here to combine carbon nanotubes synthesized by CVD and organically capped platinum nanoparticles electrocatalyst exhibiting a direct electrochemical activity towards oxygen reduction. Both nano-objects are handled in liquid suspension and are associated together in a controlled way. The nanocomposite liquid dispersions can be precisely controlled in terms of platinum nanoparticles to carbon nanotubes weight ratios (NP/NT) which correspond to different coverages of nanotubes by nanoparticles. Electrodes with low to ultra-low platinum loadings can then be prepared on porous fuel cell carbon supports by filtration. The direct electrochemical activity towards aqueous oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) of electrodes with platinum loadings ranging from about 1 to 60 μg/cm2 is reported without any activation step in order to keep the features of the nanoparticles intact. Before that, we studied the responses obtained when impregnating our hydrophobic electrodes by a voltamperometric gas consumption procedure. These responses are also dependent of the composition of our electrodes. Whereas our results are of particular interest with respect to the optimization of platinum loading in fuel cell electrodes, the specific behaviour of these capped platinum nanoparticles towards proton adsorption-desorption reveals the difficulty to determine reliable active surface area with related regard to the platinum loading and point to the necessity to determine other characteristic parameters for the electrodes.

  13. Structural and magnetic properties of Co0.7Ni0.3Fe2O4 nanoparticles synthesized by sol-gel method

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    Mahhouti, Z.; Ben Ali, M.; El Moussaoui, H.; Hamedoun, M.; El Marssi, M.; El Kenz, A.; Benyoussef, A.

    2016-07-01

    In this paper, we present the structural and magnetic properties of Co0.7Ni0.3Fe2O4 nanoparticles. The nanoparticles are prepared by the sol-gel method; structural analysis by X-ray diffraction shows that the nanoparticles are pure phase with the spinel structure. Transmission electron microscopy analysis reveals the local microstructure of the particles and their size range of 6-8 nm, with isometric shape. The magnetic properties obtained with magnetic properties measurement system demonstrate the soft magnetic character of the nanoparticles.

  14. Electrical, optical, photocatalytic, and bactericidal properties of polyethylene glycol-assisted sol–gel synthesized ZnTiO3-implanted ZnO nanoparticles

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    ZnTiO3-implanted ZnO nanoparticles were prepared by sol–gel method employing polyethylene glycol (PEG) 4000 and 20 000. The high resolution transmission electron micrographs, selected area electron diffraction pattern, energy dispersive x-ray spectra and powder x-ray diffractograms show the prepared materials as core/shell nanoparticles. Increase of the molecular mass of PEG decreases the d-spacing in ZnO of ZnTiO3-implanted ZnO and pristine ZnO nanoparticles. The charge transfer resistances of ZnTiO3-implanted ZnO nanoparticles are larger than those of pristine ZnO and precursor ZnTiO3 nanoparticles. The optical properties of ZnTiO3/ZnO nanoparticles are similar to those of pristine ZnO nanoparticles. The photocatalytic activity of ZnO is enhanced by the presence of ZnTiO3 core in the ZnO lattice. The bactericidal activity of core/shell ZnTiO3/ZnO nanoparticles is not less than that of ZnO nanoparticles. (paper)

  15. Effect of Gd doping on the structural, luminescence and magnetic properties of ZnS nanoparticles synthesized by the hydrothermal method

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    Poornaprakash, B.; Chalapathi, U.; Reddeppa, Maddaka; Park, Si-Hyun

    2016-09-01

    This paper reports the synthesis and characterization of ZnS:Gd nanoparticles prepared by a hydrothermal process using different doping concentrations. The chemical, structural, luminescence and magnetic properties of these nanoparticles were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy, and vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) measurements. XRD confirmed that all the samples had a cubic structure with good crystallinity. HRTEM showed that the particles were polycrystalline with a mean size of 4-6 nm. XPS revealed the oxidation state of Gd in the ZnS lattice to be +3. The PL spectra of all the nanoparticles exhibited broad emission peaks in the visible region. All the Gd doped nanoparticles exhibited well-defined ferromagnetic behavior at room temperature. The saturation magnetization increased significantly with increasing Gd concentration, reaching a maximum for 3 at.% Gd and decreasing for the 5 at.% Gd doped ZnS nanoparticles.

  16. Fern-synthesized nanoparticles in the fight against malaria: LC/MS analysis of Pteridium aquilinum leaf extract and biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles with high mosquitocidal and antiplasmodial activity.

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    Panneerselvam, Chellasamy; Murugan, Kadarkarai; Roni, Mathath; Aziz, Al Thabiani; Suresh, Udaiyan; Rajaganesh, Rajapandian; Madhiyazhagan, Pari; Subramaniam, Jayapal; Dinesh, Devakumar; Nicoletti, Marcello; Higuchi, Akon; Alarfaj, Abdullah A; Munusamy, Murugan A; Kumar, Suresh; Desneux, Nicolas; Benelli, Giovanni

    2016-03-01

    Malaria remains a major public health problem due to the emergence and spread of Plasmodium falciparum strains resistant to chloroquine. There is an urgent need to investigate new and effective sources of antimalarial drugs. This research proposed a novel method of fern-mediated synthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNP) using a cheap plant extract of Pteridium aquilinum, acting as a reducing and capping agent. AgNP were characterized by UV-vis spectrophotometry, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). Phytochemical analysis of P. aquilinum leaf extract revealed the presence of phenols, alkaloids, tannins, flavonoids, proteins, carbohydrates, saponins, glycosides, steroids, and triterpenoids. LC/MS analysis identified at least 19 compounds, namely pterosin, hydroquinone, hydroxy-acetophenone, hydroxy-cinnamic acid, 5, 7-dihydroxy-4-methyl coumarin, trans-cinnamic acid, apiole, quercetin 3-glucoside, hydroxy-L-proline, hypaphorine, khellol glucoside, umbelliferose, violaxanthin, ergotamine tartrate, palmatine chloride, deacylgymnemic acid, methyl laurate, and palmitoyl acetate. In DPPH scavenging assays, the IC50 value of the P. aquilinum leaf extract was 10.04 μg/ml, while IC50 of BHT and rutin were 7.93 and 6.35 μg/ml. In mosquitocidal assays, LC50 of P. aquilinum leaf extract against Anopheles stephensi larvae and pupae were 220.44 ppm (larva I), 254.12 ppm (II), 302.32 ppm (III), 395.12 ppm (IV), and 502.20 ppm (pupa). LC50 of P. aquilinum-synthesized AgNP were 7.48 ppm (I), 10.68 ppm (II), 13.77 ppm (III), 18.45 ppm (IV), and 31.51 ppm (pupa). In the field, the application of P. aquilinum extract and AgNP (10 × LC50) led to 100 % larval reduction after 72 h. Both the P. aquilinum extract and AgNP reduced longevity and fecundity of An. stephensi adults. Smoke toxicity experiments conducted against An. stephensi adults showed that P. aquilinum leaf-, stem-, and root-based coils

  17. Recording-media-related morphology and magnetic properties of crystalline CoPt3 and CoPt3-Au core-shell nanoparticles synthesized via reverse microemulsion

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    A comparative experimental study of the magnetic properties of CoPt3 and CoPt3/Au nanoparticles as well as a detailed study of the structural properties of the samples by X-ray diffraction, Transmission electron microscopy, and vibrating sample magnetometer is presented in this work. In addition, the effect of particle size on the structure and magnetic properties of nanoparticles prepared by microemulsion is studied. The correlation between particle size, crystallinity, and magnetization was studied as well. CoPt nanoparticles have been studied intensively over the last decade because of their increased magnetic anisotropy in the ordered phase that can be interesting for high density magnetic recording. A significant high coercivity for as-prepared CoPt3 and CoPt3-Au nanoparticles was obtained at room temperature and enhanced after annealing. The focused aim of our study is to obtain high coercivity at room temperature that follows the Curie-Weiss law. This indicates an interacting system in which the nanoparticles behave like single domain ferromagnetic materials in the particle size range of 8 to 35 nm. In addition, the interaction increases by cooling the samples to low temperature around 15 K. Temperature dependence 1/M graph was obtained to investigate the behavior of nanoparticles at low temperature and shows the best fit with Curie-Weis mode

  18. A spectroscopic study on interaction between bovine serum albumin and titanium dioxide nanoparticle synthesized from microwave-assisted hybrid chemical approach.

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    Ranjan, Shivendu; Dasgupta, Nandita; Srivastava, Priyanka; Ramalingam, Chidambaram

    2016-08-01

    The use of nanoparticles in food or pharma requires a molecular-level perceptive of how NPs interact with protein corona once exposed to a physiological environment. In this study, the conformational changes of bovine serum albumin (BSA) were investigated in detail when exposed to different concentration of titanium dioxide nanoparticle by various techniques. To analyze the effects of NPs on proteins, the interaction between bovine serum albumin and titanium dioxide nanoparticles at different concentrations were investigated. The interaction, BSA conformations, kinetics, and adsorption were analyzed by dynamic light scattering, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and fluorescence quenching. Dynamic light scattering analysis confirms the interaction with major changes in the size of the protein. Fluorescence quenching analysis confirms the side-on or end-on interaction of 1.1 molecules of serum albumin to titanium dioxide nanoparticles. Further, pseudo-second order kinetics was determined with equilibrium contact time of 20min. The spectroscopic analysis suggests that there is a conformational change both at secondary and tertiary structure levels. A distortion in both α-helix and β-sheets was observed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. Fluorescence quenching analysis confirms the interaction of a molecule of bovine serum albumin to the single TiO2 nanoparticle. Further, pseudo-second order kinetics was determined with equilibrium contact time of 20min. The data of the present study determines the detailed evaluation of BSA adsorption on TiO2 nanoparticle along with mechanism and adsorption kinetics. PMID:27318604

  19. Multipurpose effectiveness of Couroupita guianensis-synthesized gold nanoparticles: high antiplasmodial potential, field efficacy against malaria vectors and synergy with Aplocheilus lineatus predators.

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    Subramaniam, Jayapal; Murugan, Kadarkarai; Panneerselvam, Chellasamy; Kovendan, Kalimuthu; Madhiyazhagan, Pari; Dinesh, Devakumar; Kumar, Palanisamy Mahesh; Chandramohan, Balamurugan; Suresh, Udaiyan; Rajaganesh, Rajapandian; Alsalhi, Mohamad Saleh; Devanesan, Sandhanasamy; Nicoletti, Marcello; Canale, Angelo; Benelli, Giovanni

    2016-04-01

    Mosquito-borne diseases represent a deadly threat for millions of people worldwide. According to recent estimates, about 3.2 billion people, almost half of the world's population, are at risk of malaria. Malaria control is particularly challenging due to a growing number of chloroquine-resistant Plasmodium and pesticide-resistant Anopheles vectors. Newer and safer control tools are required. In this research, gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) were biosynthesized using a cheap flower extract of Couroupita guianensis as reducing and stabilizing agent. The biofabrication of AuNP was confirmed by UV-vis spectrophotometry, Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy-dispersive X-ray (EDX) spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), zeta potential, and particle size analysis. AuNP showed different shapes including spheres, ovals, and triangles. AuNPs were crystalline in nature with face-centered cubic geometry; mean size was 29.2-43.8 nm. In laboratory conditions, AuNPs were toxic against Anopheles stephensi larvae, pupae, and adults. LC50 was 17.36 ppm (larva I), 19.79 ppm (larva II), 21.69 ppm (larva III), 24.57 ppm (larva IV), 28.78 ppm (pupa), and 11.23 ppm (adult). In the field, a single treatment with C. guianensis flower extract and AuNP (10 × LC50) led to complete larval mortality after 72 h. In standard laboratory conditions, the predation efficiency of golden wonder killifish, Aplocheilus lineatus, against A. stephensi IV instar larvae was 56.38 %, while in an aquatic environment treated with sub-lethal doses of the flower extract or AuNP, predation efficiency was boosted to 83.98 and 98.04 %, respectively. Lastly, the antiplasmodial activity of C. guianensis flower extract and AuNP was evaluated against CQ-resistant (CQ-r) and CQ-sensitive (CQ-s) strains of Plasmodium falciparum. IC50 of C. guianensis flower extract was 43.21 μg/ml (CQ-s) and 51.16 μg/ml (CQ-r). AuNP IC50 was 69.47 μg/ml (CQ-s) and 76

  20. Investigation of the formation of CuInS2 nanoparticles by the oleylamine route: comparison of microwave-assisted and conventional syntheses.

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    Pein, Andreas; Baghbanzadeh, Mostafa; Rath, Thomas; Haas, Wernfried; Maier, Eugen; Amenitsch, Heinz; Hofer, Ferdinand; Kappe, C Oliver; Trimmel, Gregor

    2011-01-01

    The formation of copper indium disulfide nanoparticles via the oleylamine route using copper iodide, indium chloride, and elemental sulfur has been investigated by applying conventional thermal heating as well as microwave irradiation. Oleylamine thereby acts as a capping ligand as well as a solvent. In an initial set of experiments, the onset of the reaction was determined to be around 115 °C by an in situ X-ray study using Synchrotron radiation. Using comparatively low synthesis temperatures of 120 °C, it is already possible to obtain nanoparticles of 2-4 nm with both heating methods but with irregular shape and size distribution. By applying higher temperatures of 220 °C, more crystalline and larger nanoparticles were obtained with slight differences in crystallite size and size distribution depending on the synthesis route. The size of the nanoparticles is in the range of 3-10 nm depending on the heating time. Using microwave irradiation, it is possible to obtain nanoparticles in only 90 s of total synthesis time. Control experiments to probe a nonthermal microwave effect were carried out ensuring an identical experimental setup, including the heating profile, the stirring rate, and the volume and concentration of the solutions. These experiments clearly demonstrate that for the preparation of CuInS(2) nanoparticles described herein no differences between conventional and microwave heating could be observed when performed at the same temperature. The nanoparticles obtained by microwave and thermal methods have the same crystal phase, primary crystallite size, shape, and size distribution. In addition, they show no significant differences concerning their optical properties. PMID:21141832

  1. Ni{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles dispersed in a SiO{sub 2} matrix synthesized by sol-gel processing

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    Pozo Lopez, G., E-mail: gpozo@famaf.unc.edu.ar [Facultad de Matematica, Astronomia y Fisica, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Ciudad Universitaria, 5000, Cordoba (Argentina); Instituto de Fisica Enrique Gaviola - CONICET (Argentina); Condo, A.M. [Centro Atomico Bariloche, Comision Nacional de Energia Atomica, Av. Bustillo 9500, 8400, San Carlos de Bariloche (Argentina); Instituto Balseiro, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Av. Bustillo 9500, 8400, San Carlos de Bariloche (Argentina); Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Cientificas y Tecnicas (CONICET) (Argentina); Urreta, S.E. [Facultad de Matematica, Astronomia y Fisica, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Ciudad Universitaria, 5000, Cordoba (Argentina); Silvetti, S.P.; Aguirre, M. del C. [Facultad de Matematica, Astronomia y Fisica, Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, Ciudad Universitaria, 5000, Cordoba (Argentina); Instituto de Fisica Enrique Gaviola - CONICET (Argentina)

    2012-12-15

    (Ni{sub 0.5}Zn{sub 0.5}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4})x/(SiO{sub 2})(100 - x) (x = 5, 20 and 50 wt.%) nanocomposites are synthesized by a sol-gel method using tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) and metallic nitrates as precursors, and by further annealing the powders for 1 h at 1273 K. X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), room temperature vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM) and SQUID measurements are employed for structural, morphological and magnetic sample characterization. For all the concentrations analyzed, the powder nanocomposites actually consist of spinel NiZn ferrite nanoparticles, dispersed in an amorphous silica matrix. TEM studies reveal different particle size distributions and particle morphologies for the three ferrite contents. The 20 wt.%-NiZn ferrite samples consist of nearly spherical nanoparticles, of about 8 nm, mainly superparamagnetic, well-dispersed in the amorphous silica matrix, while the 5 wt.%-NiZn ferrite samples exhibit a bimodal particle size distribution (5 and 30 nm) of single-domain nanoparticles embedded in the silica. In the 50 wt.%-NiZn ferrite samples, two particle families are observed: small round superparamagnetic nanoparticles of about 8 nm embedded in the amorphous silica matrix and large, non-spherical, ferrimagnetic ones, forming agglomerates outside the matrix. In all the synthesized samples, thickness fringes are observed inside some of the ferrite nanoparticles in dark field images. This contrast is explained using the theory of electron diffraction in a weak beam dark field (WBDF) condition and considering spherical ferrite nanoparticles. A large range of tailored magnetic properties varying the fraction, dispersion and mean size of the ferrimagnetic NiZn ferrite particles is obtained. Room temperature saturation magnetization values are found in the range 3.0-30.4 Am{sup 2}/kg for the different concentration samples. Coercivity values, between 1.9 and 7.6 mT, are more than 50% higher than those measured

  2. Structure and magnetic properties of La substituted ZnFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles synthesized by sol–gel autocombustion method

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    Masoudpanah, S.M., E-mail: masoodpanah@iust.ac.ir [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST), Narmak, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Seyyed Ebrahimi, S.A.; Derakhshani, M. [Center of Excellence for Magnetic Materials, School of Metallurgy and Materials, College of Engineering, University of Tehran, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Mirkazemi, S.M. [School of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST), Narmak, Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2014-12-15

    ZnFe{sub 2−x}La{sub x}O{sub 4} (0nanoparticles have been prepared by a sol–gel combustion method. The effects of La substitution on the cation distribution between the tetrahedral and octahedral sites in the spinel structure and on the magnetic properties were investigated by X-ray diffraction (XRD), infrared spectroscopy and vibrating sample magnetometer methods. The XRD results showed that the single phase La{sup 3+} substituted zinc ferrite nanoparticles exhibit partially inverse spinel structure with the crystallite size of 10–20 nm, which was also confirmed by transmission electron microscopy. The magnetic measurements show that the saturation magnetization (Ms) increases till x=0.05, due to the increase of inversity, and then decreases from x=0.05 to x=0.2, because of the decrease in the total moments with the La{sup 3+} substitution. - Highlights: • Single phase ZnFe{sub 2−x}La{sub x}O{sub 4} (0nanoparticles have been prepared by sol–gel combustion method. • La{sup 3+} substituted zinc ferrite nanoparticles exhibit partially inverse spinel structure. • ZnFe{sub 1.95}La{sub 0.05}O{sub 4} nanoparticles exhibit maximum magnetization by a compromise between inversity and composition.

  3. Effects of annealing temperature variation on the evolution of structural and magnetic properties of NiFe2O4 nanoparticles synthesized by starch-assisted sol-gel auto-combustion method

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    Singh Yadav, Raghvendra; Havlica, Jaromir; Masilko, Jiri; Kalina, Lukas; Wasserbauer, Jaromir; Hajdúchová, Miroslava; Enev, Vojtěch; Kuřitka, Ivo; Kožáková, Zuzana

    2015-11-01

    Evolution of the structural and magnetic properties of NiFe2O4 nanoparticles synthesized by starch-assisted sol-gel auto-combustion method, and exposed to further annealing at 200 °C, 400 °C, 600 °C, 800 °C and 1000 °C, was evaluated in detail and correlation of these properties explored. The ferrite nanoparticles were characterized by X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy, Raman Spectroscopy, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy and Vibrating Sample Magnetometer. The X-ray diffraction patterns demonstrated single phase formation of NiFe2O4 spinel ferrite nanoparticles at different annealing temperature 200 °C, 400 °C, 600 °C, 800 °C and 1000 °C. The change in crystallite size with increase of annealing temperature is observed. The FE-SEM analysis also indicated an increase of particle size with increase of higher annealing temperature. The change in Raman modes and infrared absorption bands were noticed with change of particle size. The X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy revealed the presence of Ni2+ and Fe3+ at octahedral and tetrahedral sites in NiFe2O4 nanoparticles. The representative sample NiFe2O4 nanoparticles annealed at 400 °C, have mixed cation distribution (Ni0.23+2 Fe0.52+3)[ Ni0.77+2 Fe1.48+3 ]O4. The highest value of coercivity 62.35 Oe and saturation magnetization 34.10 erg/g were obtained at annealing temperature 600 °C and 1000 °C, respectively.

  4. Enhancement of photocatalytic activity of combustion-synthesized CeO{sub 2}/C{sub 3}N{sub 4} nanoparticles

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    Li, Dong-Feng; Yang, Ke; Wang, Xiao-qin; Ma, Ya-Li; Huang, Gui-Fang; Huang, Wei-Qing [Hunan University, Department of Applied Physics, School of Physics and Electronics, Changsha (China)

    2015-09-15

    Nanocrystalline CeO{sub 2}/C{sub 3}N{sub 4} was synthesized via a one-step solution combustion method using urea as fuel for the first time. The effects of the molar ratio of urea to cerium chloride on the photocatalytic activity of the synthesized samples were investigated. The synthesized nanocrystalline CeO{sub 2}/C{sub 3}N{sub 4} shows small size and large surface exposure area. Photocatalytic degradation of methylene blue demonstrates that the synthesized nanocrystalline CeO{sub 2}/C{sub 3}N{sub 4} possesses enhanced photocatalytic activity. It is proposed that the enhanced photocatalytic activity might be related to the favorable morphology and structure, and the effective charge separation between C{sub 3}N{sub 4} and CeO{sub 2} in the photocatalytic process. (orig.)

  5. Sm-Doped Tio2 Nanoparticles with High Photocatalytic Activity for ARS Dye Under Visible Light Synthesized by Ultrasonic Assisted Sol-Gel Method

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    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available In this article series of nano crystalline Sm-doped TiO2 nano particles with various molar concentration of samarium were synthesized by modified ultrasonic assisted sol-gel method and calcined at 500°C for 2 h. The synthesized nanomaterials were characterized in details using XRD, TEM, XPS UV–vis DRS and BET analysis. The detailed photocatalytic activity results revealed that doped samples shows excellent photodegradation efficiency towards model pollutant Alizarin red-S (ARS and almost 93% dye degrades within 120 minutes. The highest photodegradation efficiency was noticed for 1mole % samarium doped sample at 50 mgL-1 of catalyst dose. The photocatalytic activity of synthesized nano particles were also compared with commercially available ZnO and TiO2 (Degussa, P-25 photocatalyst. It was found that synthesized nano materials showed enhanced photocatalytic efficiency than commercially available semiconducting photocatalyst.

  6. A comparative study of ZnAl2O4 nanoparticles synthesized from different aluminum salts for use as fluorescence materials

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    Wang, Shi-Fa; Sun, Guang-Zhuang; Fang, Lei-Ming; Lei, Li; Xiang, Xia; Zu, Xiao-Tao

    2015-08-01

    Three ZnAl2O4 samples were prepared via a modified polyacrylamide gel method using a citric acid solution with different aluminum salt starting materials, including AlCl3•6H2O, Al2(SO4)3•18H2O, and Al(NO3)3•9H2O under identical conditions. The influence of different aluminum salts on the morphologies, phase purity, and optical and fluorescence properties of the as-prepared ZnAl2O4 nanoparticles were studied. The experimental results demonstrate that the phase purity, particle size, morphology, and optical and fluorescence properties of ZnAl2O4 nanoparticles can be manipulated by the use of different aluminum salts as starting materials. The energy bandgap (Eg) values of ZnAl2O4 nanoparticles increase with a decrease in particle size. The fluorescence spectra show that a major blue emission band around 400 nm and two weaker side bands located at 410 and 445 nm are observed when the excitation wavelength is 325 nm. The ZnAl2O4 nanoparticles prepared from Al(NO3)3•9H2O exhibit the largest emission intensity among the three ZnAl2O4 samples, followed in turn by the ZnAl2O4 nanoparticles prepared from Al2(SO4)3•18H2O and AlCl3•6H2O. These differences are attributed to combinational changes in Eg and the defect types of the ZnAl2O4 nanoparticles.

  7. Structural and magnetic studies of the nickel doped CoFe2O4 ferrite nanoparticles synthesized by the chemical co-precipitation method

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    The physical properties of nickel doped cobalt ferrite nanoparticles NixCo1−xFe2O4 (x=0.5, 0.75, 0.9) derived by the chemical co-precipitation route are characterized by XRD, FTIR, TEM, EPR, search coil and ac susceptibility techniques to develop stable kerosene based ferrofluid. XRD patterns and TEM images confirm the single phase formation of NixCo1-xFe2O4 nanoparticles whose crystallite size increases and lattice parameters decreases with the increase in Ni content. EPR resonance signal peak-to-peak line width and resonance field value decreases with the increase in Ni concentration in these samples. The broad nature of resonance signal is attributed to the ferromagnetic nature of the as-prepared nanoparticles and the increase in super exchange interaction among Ni2+-O-Co2+ facilitate the shifting of resonance value to lower field. The hysteresis loops of these nickel doped cobalt ferrite analogs exhibits highly magnetic nature of these nanoparticles at ambient temperature whose saturation magnetization, coerecivity and remanence magnetization decreases linearly with the increase in Ni-concentration in cobalt ferrite. The magnetic susceptibility with temperature curve shows increasing trend of blocking temperature with rise in nickel ion concentration. - Graphical abstract: Magnetic Characteristics variation in Nickel Doped cobalt ferrite nanoparticles with nickel content through structural and morphological correlation. - Highlights: • Nickel doped Cobalt ferrite nanoparticles (NPs) synthesis by the co-precipitation route. • Explored magnetic properties variation with nickel content. • Lattice parameter decreases and crystallite size increases with Ni2+ content. • NPs Ferromagnetic nature is confirmed by EPR and search coil studies. • Magnetocrystalline anisotropy of Ni2+ ions increases blocking temperature

  8. Structural and magnetic studies of the nickel doped CoFe{sub 2}O{sub 4} ferrite nanoparticles synthesized by the chemical co-precipitation method

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    Kumar, Ashok, E-mail: ashok.physics22@gmail.com [Department of Physics, Deenbandhu Chhotu Ram University of Science & Technology, Murthal, 131039 Haryana (India); Yadav, Nisha; Rana, Dinesh S. [Department of Instrumentation, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra, 136119 Haryana (India); Kumar, Parmod [Materials Science Division, Inter University Accelerator Center, 110067 New Delhi (India); Arora, Manju; Pant, R.P. [CSIR-National Physical Laboratory, Dr. K.S. Krishnan Road, 110012 New Delhi (India)

    2015-11-15

    The physical properties of nickel doped cobalt ferrite nanoparticles Ni{sub x}Co{sub 1−x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x=0.5, 0.75, 0.9) derived by the chemical co-precipitation route are characterized by XRD, FTIR, TEM, EPR, search coil and ac susceptibility techniques to develop stable kerosene based ferrofluid. XRD patterns and TEM images confirm the single phase formation of Ni{sub x}Co{sub 1-x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles whose crystallite size increases and lattice parameters decreases with the increase in Ni content. EPR resonance signal peak-to-peak line width and resonance field value decreases with the increase in Ni concentration in these samples. The broad nature of resonance signal is attributed to the ferromagnetic nature of the as-prepared nanoparticles and the increase in super exchange interaction among Ni{sup 2+}-O-Co{sup 2+} facilitate the shifting of resonance value to lower field. The hysteresis loops of these nickel doped cobalt ferrite analogs exhibits highly magnetic nature of these nanoparticles at ambient temperature whose saturation magnetization, coerecivity and remanence magnetization decreases linearly with the increase in Ni-concentration in cobalt ferrite. The magnetic susceptibility with temperature curve shows increasing trend of blocking temperature with rise in nickel ion concentration. - Graphical abstract: Magnetic Characteristics variation in Nickel Doped cobalt ferrite nanoparticles with nickel content through structural and morphological correlation. - Highlights: • Nickel doped Cobalt ferrite nanoparticles (NPs) synthesis by the co-precipitation route. • Explored magnetic properties variation with nickel content. • Lattice parameter decreases and crystallite size increases with Ni{sup 2+} content. • NPs Ferromagnetic nature is confirmed by EPR and search coil studies. • Magnetocrystalline anisotropy of Ni{sup 2+} ions increases blocking temperature.

  9. The magnetic and oxidation behavior of bare and silica-coated iron oxide nanoparticles synthesized by reverse co-precipitation of ferrous ion (Fe{sup 2+}) in ambient atmosphere

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    Mahmed, N., E-mail: norsuria.mahmed@aalto.fi [Aalto University School of Chemical Technology, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, P.O. Box 16200, FI-00076 Aalto (Finland); School of Materials Engineering, Kompleks Pusat Pengajian UniMAP, Taman Muhibbah, Universiti Malaysia Perlis, 02600 Jejawi, Perlis (Malaysia); Heczko, O., E-mail: heczko@fzu.cz [Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic Na Slovance 2, CZ-182 21 Praha 8 (Czech Republic); Lancok, A., E-mail: Lancok@seznam.cz [Institute of Physics, Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic Na Slovance 2, CZ-182 21 Praha 8 (Czech Republic); Hannula, S-P., E-mail: simo-pekka.hannula@aalto.fi [Aalto University School of Chemical Technology, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, P.O. Box 16200, FI-00076 Aalto (Finland)

    2014-03-15

    The synthesis of iron oxide nanoparticles, i.e., magnetite was attempted by using only ferrous ion (Fe{sup 2+}) as a magnetite precursor, under an ambient atmosphere. The room temperature reverse co-precipitation method was used, by applying two synthesis protocols. The freshly prepared iron oxide was also immediately coated with Stöber silica (SiO{sub 2}) layer, forming the coreshell structure. The phase, stoichiometry, crystallite and the particle size of the synthesized powders were determined by using X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscope (TEM), while the magnetic and oxidation behaviors were studied by using the vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM) and Mössbauer spectroscopy. Based on the results, the bare iron oxide nanoparticles are in the stoichiometry between the magnetite and the maghemite stoichiometry, i.e., oxidation occurs. This oxidation is depending on the synthesis protocols used. With the silica coating, the oxidation can be prevented, as suggested by the fits of Mössbauer spectra and low temperature magnetic measurement. - Highlights: • Synthesis of magnetite was attempted by using ferrous ion (Fe{sup 2+}) in air. • The synthesized particle has a stoichiometry in between magnetite and maghemite. • Silica shell partly prevented the oxidation as suggested by magnetic and Mössbauer study.

  10. Structural, magnetic and dielectric properties of Ni(1_x)Zn(x)Fe2O4 (x = 0,0.5 and 1) nanoparticles synthesized by chemical co-precipitation method.

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    Rathore, Deepshikha; Kurchania, Rajnish; Pandey, R K

    2013-03-01

    Ni(1-x)Zn(x)Fe2O4 (x = 0, 0.5 and 1) ferrite nanoparticles were synthesized by chemical co-precipitation method. X-ray diffraction technique and Rietveld refinement were used to investigate the structural characteristics and determination of the particle size which was found to decrease from 4.9 to 4.1 nm as a function of increasing Zn from 0 to 1.0. Vibrating sample magnetometer was used to study magnetic properties of nickel zinc ferrite nanoparticles. Field-dependent magnetization measurements (M-H curve) at 300 K revealed that Zn substitutions on inverse spinel nickel ferrites enhance the magnetic properties. Magnetization as a function of temperature showed the superparamagnetic behavior of Ni(1-x)Zn(x)Fe2O4 (x = 0,0.5 and 1) nanoparticles. Dielectric permittivity and a.c. conductivity were measured as a function of frequency from 100 kHz to 1 MHz at certain temperatures. The observed response in a.c. conductivity as a function of log of frequency of these nickel zinc ferrite systems was believed to be due to the presence of Maxwell-Wagner type interfacial polarization and hopping of electron by means of quantum mechanical tunneling. PMID:23755597

  11. The effect of the post-annealing temperature on the nano-structure and energy band gap of SnO2 semiconducting oxide nano-particles synthesized by polymerizing-complexing sol-gel method

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    Nano-crystalline SnO2 particles have been synthesized by sol-gel process using a simple starting hydro-alcoholic solution consisting of SnCl4, 5H2O and citric acid as complexing and ethylene glycol as polymerization agents. The structural properties of the prepared tin oxide nano-powders annealed at different temperatures (300-700 deg. C) have been characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analyses. The XRD patterns show SnO2-cassiterite phase in the nano-powders, and size of crystals increases by increasing the annealing temperatures. The TEM images show nano-particles as clusters with size in the range of 5-25 nm. Electron diffraction pattern of nano-powders annealed at different temperatures shows a homogeneous distribution of spherical particles due to the effect of ethylene glycol as polymerizing agent in sol-gel process. The optical direct band gap values of SnO2 nano-particles were calculated to be about 4.05-4.11 eV in the temperature range 300-700 deg. C by optical absorption measurements. These values exibit nearly a 0.5 eV blue shift from that of bulk SnO2 (3.6 eV), which is related to size decrease of the particles and reaching to the quantum confinement limit of nano-particles

  12. Crystal structure of superparamagnetic Mg{sub 0.2}Ca{sub 0.8}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} nanoparticles synthesized by sol–gel method

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    Escamilla-Pérez, A.M., E-mail: angel.mep@gmail.com [Cinvestav-Unidad Saltillo, Industria Metalúrgica No. 1062, Parque Industrial Saltillo-Ramos Arizpe, C.P. 25900, Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila (Mexico); Cortés-Hernández, D.A., E-mail: dora.cortes@cinvestav.edu.mx [Cinvestav-Unidad Saltillo, Industria Metalúrgica No. 1062, Parque Industrial Saltillo-Ramos Arizpe, C.P. 25900, Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila (Mexico); Almanza-Robles, J.M. [Cinvestav-Unidad Saltillo, Industria Metalúrgica No. 1062, Parque Industrial Saltillo-Ramos Arizpe, C.P. 25900, Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila (Mexico); Mantovani, D.; Chevallier, P. [Laboratory for Biomaterials and Bioengineering, Department of Materials Engineering and University Hospital Research Center, Laval University, Quebec City, QC (Canada)

    2015-01-15

    Powders of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (Mg{sub 0.2}Ca{sub 0.8}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}) were prepared by a sol–gel method using ethylene glycol and nitrates of Fe, Ca and Mg as starting materials. Those powders were heat treated at different temperatures (573, 673, 773 and 873 K). In order to evaluate the effect of the heat treatment temperature on the nanoferrites properties, X-ray diffraction (XRD), vibrating sample magnetometry (VSM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) techniques were used. It was found that the reaction products exhibit nanometric sizes and superparamagnetic behavior. It is also demonstrated that, as the heat treatment temperature increases, the particle size and the saturation magnetization of the nanoferrites are increased. - Highlights: • Mg{sub 0.2}Ca{sub 0.8}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} superparamagnetic nanoparticles were successfully synthesized. • Particle average sizes of Ca–Mg ferrites were within the range of 8–25 nm. • The nanoferrite treated at 873 K showed a stoichiometry close to Mg{sub 0.2}Ca{sub 0.8}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4}. • The heat treatment temperature has a strong effect on the crystal structure. • These nanoparticles are potential materials for magnetic hyperthermia.

  13. In vitro antioxidant and hepatoprotective potential of Azolla microphylla phytochemically synthesized gold nanoparticles on acetaminophen - induced hepatocyte damage in Cyprinus carpio L.

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    Kunjiappan, Selvaraj; Bhattacharjee, Chiranjib; Chowdhury, Ranjana

    2015-06-01

    The present study aims to evaluate the hepatoprotective and antioxidant effects of gold nanoparticles (GNaP) biosynthesized through the mediation of Azolla microphylla and A. microphylla extract on acetaminophen-induced hepatocyte damage in common carp fish (Cyprinus carpio L.). The gold nanoparticles (100, 150, 200 μg/ml) and A. microphylla extract powder (100, 200, 400 μg/ml) were added to the primary hepatocytes in different conditions: treatment I (before 12 mM acetaminophen), treatment II (after 12 mM acetaminophen), and treatment III (both before and after 12 mM acetaminophen), and incubated. Among these, control group treated with 12 mM acetaminophen produced significantly elevated levels (50-80%) of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), catalase (CAT), glutamate oxalate transaminase (GOT), glutamate pyruvate transaminase (GPT), and malondialdehyde (MDA), and significantly decreased the levels (60-75%) of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GSH-Px). Treatment with methanol extract of A. microphylla phytochemically biosynthesized gold nanoparticles (100, 150, 200 μg/ml) and A. microphylla methanol extract powder (100, 200, 400 μg/ml) significantly improved the viability of cells in a culture medium. It also significantly reduced the levels of LDH, CAT, GOT, GPT, and MDA, and significantly increased the levels of SOD and GSH-Px. In conclusion, gold nanoparticles biosynthesized through A. microphylla demonstrated effective hepatoprotective and antioxidant effects than methanol extract of A. microphylla. PMID:25862331

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    Andreu-Cabedo, Patricia; Mondragon, Rosa; Hernandez, Leonor; Martinez-Cuenca, Raul; Cabedo, Luis; Julia, J. Enrique

    2014-10-01

    Thermal energy storage (TES) is extremely important in concentrated solar power (CSP) plants since it represents the main difference and advantage of CSP plants with respect to other renewable energy sources such as wind, photovoltaic, etc. CSP represents a low-carbon emission renewable source of energy, and TES allows CSP plants to have energy availability and dispatchability using available industrial technologies. Molten salts are used in CSP plants as a TES material because of their high operational temperature and stability of up to 500°C. Their main drawbacks are their relative poor thermal properties and energy storage density. A simple cost-effective way to improve thermal properties of fluids is to dope them with nanoparticles, thus obtaining the so-called salt-based nanofluids. In this work, solar salt used in CSP plants (60% NaNO3 + 40% KNO3) was doped with silica nanoparticles at different solid mass concentrations (from 0.5% to 2%). Specific heat was measured by means of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). A maximum increase of 25.03% was found at an optimal concentration of 1 wt.% of nanoparticles. The size distribution of nanoparticle clusters present in the salt at each concentration was evaluated by means of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and image processing, as well as by means of dynamic light scattering (DLS). The cluster size and the specific surface available depended on the solid content, and a relationship between the specific heat increment and the available particle surface area was obtained. It was proved that the mechanism involved in the specific heat increment is based on a surface phenomenon. Stability of samples was tested for several thermal cycles and thermogravimetric analysis at high temperature was carried out, the samples being stable.

  15. A new attitude to environment: Preparation of an efficient electrocatalyst for methanol oxidation based on Ni-doped P zeolite nanoparticles synthesized from stem sweep ash

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    Graphical abstract: - Abstract: Amorphous silica powder was extracted from stem sweep (SS) which grows in the southern parts of the Caspian Sea (Mazandran province, Iran) and used in the preparation of P zeolite nanoparticles. X-ray diffraction, scanning electronic microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and FT-IR techniques were used to characterize P zeolite nanoparticles. SEM and TEM showed the presence of nearly spherical nanoparticles with sizes in the nanometer range. Ni2+ ions could introduced into the pores of P zeolite nanoparticles through exchange with Na+ ions to modify zeolite and improve their electrochemical properties. To surmount the overvoltage of methanol oxidation on carbon paste electrode (CPE), Ni (II)-doped P zeolite (Ni/P) mixed with CPE was used as modified electrode (Ni/P-CPE). Electrochemical techniques such as cyclic voltammetry and chronoamperometry were applied to modified electrode in order to investigate the role of zeolite in electrocatalytic process of methanol oxidation. The current intensity of methanol oxidation increases impressively on Ni/P-CPE in the presence of methanol and in comparison with CPE that means the catalyst can reduce the overvoltage of methanol oxidation. Ni/P nanoparticles provide the active sites on modified electrode to catalyze the oxidation of methanol in alkaline solution. Some parameters such as potential scan rates and methanol concentration investigated to describe the mechanism of catalysis of methanol oxidation on Ni/P. In contrast to some expensive materials such as noble metals, Ni-doped P zeolite play effective role in reduction of methanol oxidation overvoltage by some valuable advantage such as inexpensive and environmentally friend nature and simplicity of preparation

  16. Magnetic properties of Co{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel ferrite nanoparticles synthesized by starch-assisted sol–gel autocombustion method and its ball milling

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    Yadav, Raghvendra Singh, E-mail: yadav@fch.vutbr.cz [Materials Research Centre, Brno University of Technology, Purkyňova 464/118, 61200 Brno (Czech Republic); Havlica, Jaromir [Materials Research Centre, Brno University of Technology, Purkyňova 464/118, 61200 Brno (Czech Republic); Hnatko, Miroslav; Šajgalík, Pavol [Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dúbravská cesta 9, SK-845 36 Bratislava (Slovakia); Alexander, Cigáň [Institute of Measurement Science, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dúbravská cesta 9, SK-841 04 Bratislava (Slovakia); Palou, Martin; Bartoníčková, Eva; Boháč, Martin; Frajkorová, Františka; Masilko, Jiri; Zmrzlý, Martin; Kalina, Lukas; Hajdúchová, Miroslava; Enev, Vojtěch [Materials Research Centre, Brno University of Technology, Purkyňova 464/118, 61200 Brno (Czech Republic)

    2015-03-15

    In this article, Co{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x=0.0 and 0.5) spinel ferrite nanoparticles were achieved at 800 °C by starch-assisted sol–gel autocombustion method. To further reduce the particle size, these synthesized ferrite nanoparticles were ball-milled for 2 h. X-ray diffraction patterns demonstrated single phase formation of Co{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} (x=0.0 and 0.5) spinel ferrite nanoparticles. FE-SEM analysis indicated the nanosized spherical particles formation with spherical morphology. The change in Raman modes and relative intensity were observed due to ball milling and consequently decrease of particle size and cationic redistribution. An X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS) result indicated that Co{sup 2+}, Zn{sup 2+} and Fe{sup 3+} exist in octahedral and tetrahedral sites. The cationic redistribution of Zn{sup 2+} and consequently Fe{sup 3+} occurred between octahedral and tetrahedral sites after ball-milling. The change in saturation magnetization (M{sub s}) and coercivity (H{sub c}) with decrease of nanocrystalline size and distribution of cations in spinel ferrite were observed. - Highlights: • Co{sub 1−x}Zn{sub x}Fe{sub 2}O{sub 4} spinel ferrite nanoparticles. • Starch-assisted sol–gel auto-combustion method. • Effect of ball-milling on particle size and cation distribution. • Magnetic property dependent on cations and particle size.

  17. Effect of oxidation on α″-Fe16N2 phase formation from plasma-synthesized spherical core–shell α-Fe/Al2O3 nanoparticles

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    The introduction of an oxidation treatment to the synthesis of spherical and core–shell α″-Fe16N2/Al2O3 nanoparticles (~62 nm) from plasma-synthesized core–shell α-Fe/Al2O3 nanoparticles has been found to result in a high yield of α″-Fe16N2 phase of up to 98%. The oxidation treatment leads the formation of a maghemite phase with open channeled structures along the c-axis, facilitating penetration of H2 and NH3 gases during the hydrogen reduction and nitridation steps. The saturation magnetization and magnetic coercivity of the core–shell α″-Fe16N2/Al2O3 magnetic nanoparticles were found to be 156 emu/g and 1450 Oe, respectively. The detailed effects of the oxidation on the formation of α″-Fe16N2 phase were investigated by characterizing the morphology (SEM, TEM and BET), elemental composition (EDX, EELS, and XAFS) and magnetic properties (Mössbauer and MSPS) of the prepared particles. The good magnetic properties obtained have the potential for future applications such as rare-earth-free magnetic materials. - Highlights: • High yield of α″-Fe16N2 up to 98% was prepared from core–shell α-Fe/Al2O3 NPs. • Introduction of oxidation improved yield of α″-Fe16N2 for large size of NPs. • Oxidation forming microporous structured maghemite facilitated nitridation process. • Particle morphology changed during the nitrogen process due to atomic dislocation. • Core–shell α″-Fe16N2/Al2O3 nanoparticles showed good magnetic performances

  18. Effect of oxidation on α″-Fe{sub 16}N{sub 2} phase formation from plasma-synthesized spherical core–shell α-Fe/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles

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    Zulhijah, Rizka [Department of Chemical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Hiroshima University, 1-4-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima 739-8527 (Japan); Nandiyanto, Asep Bayu Dani [Departemen Kimia, Fakultas Pendidikan Matematika dan Ilmu Pengetahuan Alam, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Jl. Dr. Setiabudi No. 229, Bandung 40154 (Indonesia); Ogi, Takashi, E-mail: ogit@hiroshima-u.ac.jp [Department of Chemical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Hiroshima University, 1-4-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima 739-8527 (Japan); Iwaki, Toru [Department of Chemical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Hiroshima University, 1-4-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima 739-8527 (Japan); Nakamura, Keitaro [Research Center for Production and Technology, Nisshin Seifun Group, Inc., 5-3-1, Tsurugaoka, Fujimino, Saitama 356-8511 (Japan); Okuyama, Kikuo [Department of Chemical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Hiroshima University, 1-4-1 Kagamiyama, Higashi-Hiroshima 739-8527 (Japan)

    2015-05-01

    The introduction of an oxidation treatment to the synthesis of spherical and core–shell α″-Fe{sub 16}N{sub 2}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles (~62 nm) from plasma-synthesized core–shell α-Fe/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles has been found to result in a high yield of α″-Fe{sub 16}N{sub 2} phase of up to 98%. The oxidation treatment leads the formation of a maghemite phase with open channeled structures along the c-axis, facilitating penetration of H{sub 2} and NH{sub 3} gases during the hydrogen reduction and nitridation steps. The saturation magnetization and magnetic coercivity of the core–shell α″-Fe{sub 16}N{sub 2}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} magnetic nanoparticles were found to be 156 emu/g and 1450 Oe, respectively. The detailed effects of the oxidation on the formation of α″-Fe{sub 16}N{sub 2} phase were investigated by characterizing the morphology (SEM, TEM and BET), elemental composition (EDX, EELS, and XAFS) and magnetic properties (Mössbauer and MSPS) of the prepared particles. The good magnetic properties obtained have the potential for future applications such as rare-earth-free magnetic materials. - Highlights: • High yield of α″-Fe{sub 16}N{sub 2} up to 98% was prepared from core–shell α-Fe/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} NPs. • Introduction of oxidation improved yield of α″-Fe{sub 16}N{sub 2} for large size of NPs. • Oxidation forming microporous structured maghemite facilitated nitridation process. • Particle morphology changed during the nitrogen process due to atomic dislocation. • Core–shell α″-Fe{sub 16}N{sub 2}/Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles showed good magnetic performances.

  19. N-doped carbon nanotubes synthesized in high yield and decorated with CeO2 and SnO2 nanoparticles

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    Graphical abstract: Highlights: · Nitrogen doped multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CNxNTs) with high yield have been prepared. · The maximum yield of the CNxNTs is 920%. · SnO2 and CeO2 nanoparticles were decorated on the surface of CNxNTs without any pre-treatment. · The SnO2/CNxNTs and the CeO2/CNxNTs have excellent activity for NO electrooxidation. - Abstract: Nitrogen doped multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CNxNTs) with high yield and purity have been successfully prepared from n-propylamine precursor with CoxMg1-xMoO4 catalyst. The maximum yield of the CNxNTs is 920%. SnO2 and CeO2 nanoparticles are decorated on the surface of CNxNTs without any acid treatment due to the inherent interface activity. The TEM images reveal that SnO2 and CeO2 nanoparticles were anchored on the surface of the CNxNTs uniformly, and the XPS results indicate that the doped nitrogen atoms of CNxNTs play significant roles in immobilizing SnO2 and CeO2 nanoparticles, and the mechanism of the composite process has been discussed. The electrooxidation performance of the composites for NO at the modified electrodes was investigated. The CNxNTs-based composites show greater activity and sensitivity than the conventional CNTs-based composites for NO electrooxidation, which render them excellent electrode materials for NO detection and other potential applications.

  20. Enhanced coagulation-photocatalytic treatment of Acid red 73 dye and real textile wastewater using UVA/synthesized MgO nanoparticles.

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    Jorfi, Sahand; Barzegar, Gelavizh; Ahmadi, Mehdi; Darvishi Cheshmeh Soltani, Reza; Alah Jafarzadeh Haghighifard, Nemat; Takdastan, Afshin; Saeedi, Reza; Abtahi, Mehrnoosh

    2016-07-15

    Sequencing coagulation - photocatalytic degradation using UVA/MgO nanoparticles process was investigated for Acid red 73dye removal and then treatment of a real textile wastewater. Effective operational parameters including pH and coagulant and photocatalyst dosage were studied in synthetic wastewater and then the process was applied for real wastewater. Both coagulation and photocatalytic processes were pH dependent. At coagulant dosage of 200 mg/L and initial pH of 6, the dye concentration decreased from 200 to 31 mg/L. Complete removal of AR73 was observed with MgO nanoparticles of 0.8 g/L, initial pH of 5 and reaction time of 60 min. Langmuir-Hinshelwood model was well fitted with removal results (R(2): 0.939-0.988 for different initial dye concentration). In the case of real textile wastewater, the sequence coagulation-UVA/MgO nanoparticles photocatalytic degradation yielded considerable total COD and TOC removal 98.3% and 86.9%respectively, after 300 min. PMID:27086271

  1. Fixation of laccase enzyme into polypyrrole, assisted by chemical interaction with modified magnetite nanoparticles: A facile route to synthesize stable electroactive bionanocomposite catalysts

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    Highlights: • Chemically immobilized laccase enzyme on magnetite nanoparticles is presented. • Modified nanoparticles were entrapped in conducting polymer matrix. • Bio-electrocatalytic effect was evidenced in the oxygen reduction reaction. • The method may serve as a general platform for enzyme incorporation. • New avenue for conducting polymer based biocatalytic electrodes. - Abstract: Effective bio-electrocatalysts require stable immobilization of sufficient amounts of the bioactive component. In this study, a novel and efficient method for specific binding of laccase enzyme onto magnetite nanoparticles (NPs) is presented. The interaction between the chemically modified magnetite NPs and the enzyme was evidenced by both infrared (FT-IR) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Subsequently, the enzyme-coated magnetite NPs were successfully incorporated into polypyrrole (PPy) matrix during galvanostatic electropolymerization. The encapsulation of laccase covered NPs was proved by EQCN, TEM, and FT-IR spectroscopy; whereas the electrochemical behaviour of the formed bionanocomposite was characterized by cyclic voltammetry. In oxygen saturated solution a cathodic charge surplus was observed, related to the electrochemical reduction of oxygen. This surplus was two times higher in the case of the laccase containing layer compared to its only magnetite containing counterpart. Kinetic aspects of the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) on the laccase containing films were investigated by hydrodynamic voltammetry, and the four-electron route was found to be exclusive, which is promising from the fuel cell perspective. Such synergistic combination of inorganic NPs and enzymes may open new avenues in the application of these bio-nanocomposite materials

  2. TiO2 modified with Ag nanoparticles synthesized via ultrasonic atomization-UV reduction and the use of kinetic models to determine the acetic acid photocatalytic degradation

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    Xu, Yingcao; You, Hong

    2014-12-01

    TiO2 surfaces modified with noble metal nanoparticles have been found to effectively reduce the photogenerated carrier recombination rate and significantly extend the light absorption properties of TiO2, thereby greatly increasing its photocatalytic activity. In this paper, highly ordered, double-sided TiO2 nanotube arrays were prepared using an anodic oxidation method in a home-made reactor using glycerol/water (volume ratio 2:1) and NH4F (0.25 mol/L) as the electrolyte, titanium plates (10 cm × 2 cm × 0.5 mm) as the anode and graphite as the cathode at a constant voltage of 25 V. After a 2-h reaction, anatase TiO2 nanotubes were obtained upon calcination at 450 °C for 4 h. The Ag nanoparticles on the surfaces of the TiO2 were prepared via ultrasonic atomization-ultraviolet light reduction. First, a silver nitrate solution was sputtered into small droplets under ultrasonication. Then, the Ag+ droplets were reduced to Ag nanoparticles. The surface morphologies, structures and elemental compositions were characterized using SEM, EDS, XRD and XPS. The photocatalytic activities were determined in acetic acid solutions (40-200 mg/L), and a mathematical model for catalytic degradation was established based on a hyperbolic model. The SEM results showed that the diameters of the as-prepared Ag/TiO2 are approximately 100 nm and that the lengths are approximately 1.8 μm. The XRD crystal structure analysis shows that the anatase phase of the TiO2 does not change during the Ag modification, and there was a peak from Ag (2 2 0). The XPS determined that the Ag atom percentage was 1.11%. The degradation of acetic acid indicated that Ag/TiO2 has a higher photocatalytic activity than the undoped TiO2.

  3. Magnetic and structural properties of RE doped Co-ferrite (REåNd, Eu, and Gd) nano-particles synthesized by co-precipitation

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    Cobalt ferrite nano-particles, Co0.9RE0.1Fe2O4, with three different rare earth ions (Nd, Eu, and Gd) were prepared by the chemical co-precipitation method. X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR), and Vibrating Sample Magnetometry were carried out to study the structural and magnetic properties, respectively. The XRD results revealed that the crystal size is about 22 nm for Gd–Co ferrite, which is close to the particle sizes observed from TEM images (20 nm). The FTIR measurements between 350 and 4000 cm−1 confirmed the intrinsic cation vibrations of the spinel structure. The results showed that the RE ions increase both vibrational frequencies and bond strength. The magnetic results showed that the highest magnetic coercivity and the loop area correspond to the Gd–Co ferrite, making it suitable for hyperthermia treatment. Also, the Curie point was decreased by the RE ions and had its lowest value for Nd–Co ferrite (336 °C). - Highlights: • Magnetic and structural studies of RE3+–Co-ferrite (RE=Nd, Gd, and Eu) are investigated. • Simple co-precipitation method involving less energy and low-cost is used. • Nanoparticles with high coercivity, magnetization and loop area are obtained. • The obtained particles are