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Role of bio-derived zinc oxide nanoparticles in antifungal and photocatalytic activities

  • Mahsa Nourbakhsh
  • Majid Darroudi
  • Mostafa GholizadehEmail author
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Abstract

Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO-NPs) are known as a material in the treatment of environmental pollutions. In this study, ZnO-NPs were synthesized using Boswellia mukul gum. The characterization of synthesized ZnO-NPs was performed UV–Vis spectroscopy, powder X-ray diffraction, FTIR, and field emission scanning electron microscopy. The obtained outcomes have illustrated that the synthesized nanoparticles had been in hexagonal shapes and contained a sheet form in the size of 20–50 nm. The antifungal assay of synthesized ZnO-NPs has been studied against Aspergillus niger and Aspergillus flavus, while the minimum inhibitory concentrations of both strains have been calculated to be 18 μg/mL. We have evaluated the photocatalytic activity of synthesized ZnO-NPs through the utilization of methylene blue (MB) (Q1/R4) under UV light. The photocatalytic results of MB dye show up to 70% degradation in 180 min, which indicates that the synthesized nanoparticles are capable of deteriorating artificial colors and can eradicate some environmental contaminants.

Keywords

Zinc oxide nanoparticles  Boswellia mukul gum Photocatalytic Antifungal 

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Acknowledgements

The authors gratefully acknowledge the partial support of this study by Ferdowsi University of Mashhad Research Council (3/48910).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mahsa Nourbakhsh
    • 1
  • Majid Darroudi
    • 2
    • 3
  • Mostafa Gholizadeh
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Chemistry, Faculty of ScienceFerdowsi University of MashhadMashhadIran
  2. 2.Nuclear Medicine Research CenterMashhad University of Medical SciencesMashhadIran
  3. 3.Department of Modern Sciences and Technologies, School of MedicineMashhad University of Medical SciencesMashhadIran

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