Size control synthesis of starch capped-gold nanoparticles

  • S. Tajammul Hussain
  • M. Iqbal
  • M. Mazhar
Research Paper


Metallic gold nanoparticles have been synthesized by the reduction of chloroaurate anions [AuCl4] solution with hydrazine in the aqueous starch and ethylene glycol solution at room temperature and at atmospheric pressure. The characterization of synthesized gold nanoparticles by UV–vis spectroscopy, high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), electron diffraction analysis, X-ray diffraction (XRD), and X-rays photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) indicate that average size of pure gold nanoparticles is 3.5 nm, they are spherical in shape and are pure metallic gold. The concentration effects of [AuCl4] anions, starch, ethylene glycol, and hydrazine, on particle size, were investigated, and the stabilization mechanism of Au nanoparticles by starch polymer molecules was also studied by FT-IR and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA). FT-IR and TGA analysis shows that hydroxyl groups of starch are responsible of capping and stabilizing gold nanoparticles. The UV–vis spectrum of these samples shows that there is blue shift in surface plasmon resonance peak with decrease in particle size due to the quantum confinement effect, a supporting evidence of formation of gold nanoparticles and this shift remains stable even after 3 months.


Gold nanoparticles Starch Synthesis Particle size-control 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Nano Science and Catalysis, National Centre for PhysicsQuaid-i-Azam UniversityIslamabadPakistan
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryQuaid-i-Azam UniversityIslamabadPakistan

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