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Green synthesis of Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs) and their biological activity

  • Mahesh Midatharahalli Chikkanna
  • Shivayogeeswar E. Neelagund
  • Kotresh K. Rajashekarappa
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Abstract

Zinc oxide (ZnO) has broad applications in various areas. Green synthesis is an alternative to conventional physical and chemical methods. Green synthesis of nanoparticles is gaining importance due to its cost-effectiveness, reduction of toxic chemicals and extensive antimicrobial activity. Herein, we have discovered synthesis of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnONPs) using agro waste materials like sheep and goat faecal matter as a reducing agent. Synthesized ZnONPs were evaluated for their purity, particle size, morphological structure, using UV–visible spectroscopy, Fourier transforms infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction and scanning electron microscope analysis. However, nanoparticles gain low crystallite size, they seemed to be uneven structures like spongy like and flower shaped particles. Obtained nanoparticles exhibit good antimicrobial activity and minimum inhibitory concentration against Salmonella typhimurium and Bacillus subtilis. Agro-waste based green synthesized ZnONPs possess small sized particles, enhances the good antimicrobial effect. This research leads to develop a new way of cost-effective synthesis and reducing usage of chemicals in further studies.

Keywords

Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnONPs) Goat and sheep faecal matter Green synthesis Antimicrobial activity Minimum inhibitory concentration 

1 Introduction

The “green chemistry” which involves using eco-friendly materials and ensures compatibility for pharmaceutical and other biomedical applications, where toxic chemicals are not used for the synthesis process. The biological approach which includes different types of microorganisms has been used to synthesize different metallic NPs, which has advantages over other chemical methods as this is greener, energy saving and cost-effective. The biocompatibility of bio-inspired NPs offers very interesting applications in biomedicine and related fields [1]. The coating of biological molecules on the surface of NPs makes them biocompatible in comparison with the NPs prepared by chemical methods [2, 3, 4]. The use of agricultural wastes [5] or plants and their parts [6, 7] has emerged as an alternative to chemical synthetic procedures because it does not require elaborate processes such as intracellular synthesis and multiple purification steps or the maintenance of microbial cell cultures [8]. Phytochemical studies indicate that the plant and plant metabolites contain important phytochemicals such as lupeol, ursolic acid, oleanolic acid, sitosterol, rutin, leucocyanidin, anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins, glycosides of kaempferol and quercetin. Pharmacological studies suggest that the plant possesses anti-oxidative, antibacterial, gastro protective, hepatoprotective, anti-diarrheal, anti-nociceptive, anti-mutagenic, anti-eoplastic and chemo preventive effects [9].

Among the metal oxide nanoparticles, zinc oxide nanoparticles have drawn the attention of many researchers for their unique optical and chemical behaviours which can be easily tuned by changing the morphology. Zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnONPs) belongs to the class of metal oxides, which is characterized by photocatalytic and photo-oxidizing capacity against chemical and biological species [10]. Within the large family of metal oxide nanoparticles, zinc oxide nanoparticles have been used in various cutting-edge applications like electronics, communication, sensor, cosmetics, environmental protection, biology and medicinal industry [11, 12, 13, 14, 15]. Moreover, zinc oxide nanoparticles have a tremendous potential in biological applications like biological sensing, biological labelling, gene delivery, drug delivery and nanomedicines. Durable nanoparticles were also synthesized using cotton fabrics [16].

Since various attempts have been made in the field of nanoparticle synthesis by different methods, biological synthesis is the new and advanced method due to its low cost, less usage of chemicals, and results in more yield. Various researchers studied the biosynthesis of zinc oxide nanoparticles using fungal cultures [17, 18, 19] and date seed extract [20]. In present study, we have used sheep and goat faecal matter as reducing agents, they consume plants and their constituents, so their excrete contains secondary metabolites such as plant residues, alkaloids, terpenoids, flavonoids, phenols, nitrogen excretions etc., which mainly act as reducing agents in nanoparticle synthesis, so that we have chosen goat and sheep faecal matter as reducing agents.

2 Experimental

2.1 Materials and methods

All materials and chemicals were used as received. Zinc sulfate (M.W 287.54) was purchased from Jain chemicals, Shimoga, Karnataka, India. Faecal matter was collected from a local area of Madhugiri, which were collected, washed with distilled water, shade dried at room temperature and kept in sealed cover for further use.

2.2 Extract preparation

20 g of the dried faecal matter was taken in a different container, crushed in pestle mortar for powder and mix with 100 ml of distilled water. Mix thoroughly and kept microwave heat for 3 times for 3 min under a power of 90 W. After cooling, filtered with Whatman filter paper No. 1, the filtrates were used as reducing agent for nanoparticle synthesis.

2.3 Green synthesis of zinc oxide nanoparticles

10 ml of goat and sheep faecal matter extracts were added to 2 different conical flasks containing 100 ml of 0.1 M Zinc sulfate (ZnSO4) solution. pH of the solution was maintained to 8 to attain smaller size particles. The solutions were kept on a magnetic stirrer at room temperature for 24 h and kept for 1–2 h without disturbing, the solution turns into milky white indicates the particles formation. The solution was centrifuged at 10,000 rpm for 10 min, then the supernatant was discarded and pellets were collected. Pellets were washed with distilled water for 6–8 times to remove solid faecal matter impurities along with polar and non-polar solvents to remove secondary metabolites and other organic impurities. Washed samples dried in an oven at 100 °C to remove other impurities, and particles were subjected to calcination at 350–400 °C which converts zinc nanoparticles to zinc oxide nanoparticles, calcination also leads to increase slightly in the particles size. The resulting dried sample was crushed into powder and stored in airtight container for further analysis.

In our investigation we have synthesized nanoparticles by using agro waste as reducing agents, they contain secondary metabolites which came along with green parts of plants, which were consumed by goat and sheep. These secondary metabolites act as reducing agents in the synthesis process.

2.4 Synthesized ZnONPs characterization

Synthesized nanoparticles were characterized for further confirmation. The absorption spectrum was measured by using UV–visible spectrophotometer (HR 4000 UV–Vis spectrophotometer, UV–Vis–NIR light source, DT-MINI-2-GS, Jaz detector). The average particle size and phase detection of particles were evaluated by X-ray diffraction (XRD) pattern using X’pert Pro diffractometer (Phillips, Cu-Kα radiation, λCu = 1.5148 Å) working at 30 mA and 40 kV recorded in the 2θ range between 10° and 90° (scan rate 1° min−1). Morphological features were studied using a Philips XL30 scanning electron microscope (SEM).

2.5 Antibacterial activity and MIC

Bacterial strains of gram-positive Bacillus subtilis ATCC 19659 and gram-negative Salmonella typhimurium ATCC 23564 were used to determine antibacterial activity by agar well diffusion method. Nutrient agar medium was used as a culture, 100 µl of 24 h old mature cultures were swabbed using the L-shaped rod on medium. Wells were made using sterile cork borer (6 mm). ZnONPs were dispersed with dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO (CH3)2SO, m.m 78.13 g/mol.) for good dispersion of nanoparticles, which was used as a control. Ampicillin (C16H19N3O4S, m.w. 349.41 g/mol.) was used as a standard. Zone of inhibition (ZOI) was measured in mm. Four wells were made in each Petri plate and were filled with 50 µl of DMSO, ampicillin (100 µg/ml), ZnONPs (GFM) (100 µg/ml) and ZnONPs (SFM) (100 µg/ml) respectively, GFM and SFM extracts were tested in different plates against both organisms.

Minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) was measured against Bacillus subtilis ATCC 19659 and gram-negative Salmonella typhimurium ATCC 23564. Four wells were made in each Petri plate and each well were filled with different concentrations of DMSO (50 µl), ampicillin (100 µg/ml), nanoparticles synthesized using goat and sheep faecal matter (NPs GFM and SFM) (100 µg/ml) and goat and sheep faecal matter solutions (50 µl). The plates were left for 24 h to grow the organisms and inhibition zones were measured in mm and recorded.

3 Results and discussion

3.1 UV–visible spectrophotometer analysis

Synthesized nanoparticles were subjected to UV–visible spectrophotometer analysis which confirms the formation of particles in the initial stage. The solid white coloured samples of ZnONPs synthesized using both sheep and goat faecal matters were subjected to scan UV-Spectrophotometer in the range of 200–1000 nm. Various peaks were observed under UV region, peaks at 217.45 nm, 298.57 nm, 304.64 nm, 312.66 nm, 316.07 nm, 324.23 nm, 335.96 nm, 339.88 nm, 346.08 nm, 352.60 nm and 353.57 nm for nanoparticles synthesized using goat fecal matter as reducing agent, peaks at 213.87 nm, 224.75 nm, 232.58 nm, 298.28 nm, 304.82 nm, 311.33 nm, 316.98 nm, 323.97 nm, 335.25 nm, 337.45 nm, 339.62 nm, 351.38 nm, 352.67 nm and 356.60 nm for nanoparticles synthesized using sheep fecal matter as reducing agent indicates the zinc oxide nanoparticles formation. Peaks at 352.67 nm and 356.60 nm indicate the zinc oxide nanoparticles formation using goat faecal matter and peaks from 352.60 nm and 353.67 nm [21] indicates the zinc oxide nanoparticles formation using sheep faecal matter as reducing agent (Fig. 1).
Fig. 1

UV–visible absorption spectrum of zinc oxide nanoparticles synthesized using goat and sheep faecal matter

3.2 XRD analysis

Synthesized particles were subjected to X-Ray diffraction studies, to obtain the crystallinity and average particle size of synthesized nanoparticles. Following figures reveal the XRD pattern of zinc oxide nanoparticles. Number of Bragg reflections for ZnONPs using goat fecal matter appears at 2θ = 31.77° (100), 34.44° (002), 36.27° (101), 47.62° (102), 56.73° (110), 62.96° (103), 68.06° (112), 69.13° (201) and 77.04 (202). Peaks for ZnONPs synthesized using sheep fecal matter appears at 2θ = 31.79° (100), 34.47° (002), 36.26° (101), 47.67° (102), 56.66° (110), 62.94° (103), 68.01° (112), 69.19° (201) and 77.04° (202) respectively. The planes show a good agreement with the JCPDS file (JCPDS: 80-0075 card ICSD#: 067849), which elucidates the hexagonal wurtzite structure which corresponds to pure zinc oxide nanoparticles [22, 23]. By using Debey-Scherrer equation [24], the average particle size of synthesized particles was calculated to be as 28.5 nm for ZnONPs (GFM) and 24.4 nm for ZnONPs (SFM). The broad peaks indicate the decreasing in crystallinity, which inwards suggests the formation of smaller particles size (Fig. 2).
Fig. 2

XRD pattern of zinc oxide nanoparticles synthesized using goat and sheep faecal matter

3.3 FTIR analysis

The Fourier transform infrared spectra (FTIR) were analyzed using FTIR JASCO FTIR-5300 model, in the range of 0–4000 cm−1 was recorded using KBr pellet method to recognize the organic, inorganic, biomolecule residues along with nanoparticle formation, which may come along via reducing agent on to the surface of ZnONPs. Absorption bands for ZnONPs (GFM) at 464.51 cm−1, 537.92 cm−1, 672.03 cm−1, 2334.10 cm−1, 2361.74 cm1, 3445.55 cm−1. The bands for ZnONPs (SFM) at 433.79 cm−1, 461.27 cm−1, 498.51 cm−1, 937.71 cm−1, 1099.15 cm−1, 1630.06 cm−1, 2340.96 cm−1, 3417.63 cm−1. The intense broad bands at 3445.55 cm−1 and 3417.63 cm−1 were assigned to O–H stretching of flavonoids, polyphenols and C–O groups on the surface of ZnO crystal nanostructure which may present in faecal matter extract that indicates the bending frequencies of H2O reveals the water content on the surface of nanoparticles [25]. The intense peaks at 2334.10 cm−1, 2361.74 cm−1, and 2340.96 cm−1 indicate the formation of CO2 molecules which may absorb during synthesis [26]. The peak at 1630.06 cm−1 is corresponding to C=C stretch in the aromatic ring. Bands at 1099.15 cm−1 and 937.71 cm−1 indicates the stretching of C–O in the amino acid [27]. Bulk peaks at 672.03 cm−1, 537.92 cm−1 and 498.51 cm−1 indicates the significance presence of Si–O bending vibration which may be the possible inclusion with fecal matter residues [28], peaks at 464.51 cm−1 for ZnO-GFM and peaks at 433.79 cm−1 and 461.27 cm−1 for ZnO-SFM indicates the stretching vibrations of zinc and oxygen bonds, which shows the formation of ZnO nanoparticles [29, 30, 31].

Regardless of repeated washing, the surveillance proves the subsistence of aldehydes, amines, terpenoids and phenolic compounds were bounded to the surface of ZnONP’s enhances the stabilization by covering the metallic nanoparticles [32]. Synthesized ZnONP’s were surrounded by proteins and metabolites such as terpenoids, flavonoids, aldehydes, ketones as functional groups. From FTIR analysis we conclude that the carbonyl groups from the amino acid residues and proteins have the stronger ability to bind metal showing that the proteins can prevent agglomeration. This indicates that in an aqueous medium the biological molecules could possibly perform dual functions of formation and stabilization of ZnONP’s. Secondary metabolites such as flavonoids or terpenoids conjugate with nanoparticles adsorb on the nanoparticles surface may possibly by interaction through carbonyl groups or π-electrons in the absence of other strong ligating agents in sufficient concentration. The presence of reducing sugars in the solution could be responsible for the reduction of metal ions and the formation of the zinc oxide nanoparticles. It is also possible that the terpenoids play a role in the reduction of metal ions by oxidation of aldehydic groups in the molecules to carboxylic acids (Fig. 3).
Fig. 3

FTIR spectra of zinc oxide nanoparticles synthesized using goat faecal matter and sheep faecal matter

3.4 Scanning electron microscope (SEM) and energy dispersive spectra (EDS) analysis

SEM analysis is used to analyze the structural and morphological confirmation of synthesized nanoparticles Fig. 4a, b reveals the SEM images of ZnONPs (GFM) and ZnONPs (SFM). Particles clearly execute the spherical structural formation. In following images we can clearly observe the obtained particles possess nearly spongy like and flower-like structural nanoparticles. Following figures, clearly observe oval like structured particles and flower-like structured irregularly formed particles. Nanoparticles exhibits lower particle size and possess nearly 40–120 nm for ZnONPs (GFM) and 60–130 nm for ZnONPs (SFM). A homogenous distribution of particles can give us better knowledge on a morphological study and approximate particles size.
Fig. 4

SEM images of Zinc oxide nanoparticles synthesized using goat feacal matter (a) sheep feacal matter (b)

From the literature survey [33] it was found that usage of natural particles as reducing agents sometimes leads to particles agglomeration and somewhat particles will seem to have a bit bigger particles size, correspondence to ZnO nanoparticles by biological synthesis [34].

EDS pattern of zinc oxide nanoparticles was shown in Fig. 5a, b and percentage analysis were showed in Tables 1 and 2. From these figures and tables, we can observe the peaks of zinc and oxygen along with some other constituents as Sulphur, carbon, silicon and calcium which may come along with a faecal matter which sometimes acted as a capping agent to nanoparticles.
Fig. 5

EDS pattern of Zinc oxide nanoparticles synthesized using goat feacal matter (a) sheep feacal matter (b)

Table 1

EDS analysis of zinc oxide nanoparticles synthesized using goat feacal matter

Element

Weight %

Atomic %

Net Int.

Error %

K ratio

Z

R

A

F

C K

26.27

55.66

17.47

15.31

0.0517

1.1845

0.8878

0.1663

1.0000

O K

10.10

16.06

17.95

15.05

0.0225

1.1387

0.9121

0.1956

1.0000

Si K

5.39

4.89

37.89

11.42

0.0266

1.0444

0.9673

0.4704

1.0048

Ca K

2.90

1.84

20.28

15.41

0.0277

0.9919

1.0083

0.9184

1.0505

Zn K

55.35

21.55

96.51

4.70

0.4995

0.8529

1.0463

1.0061

1.0522

Table 2

EDS analysis of zinc oxide nanoparticles synthesized using sheep feacal matter

Element

Weight %

Atomic %

Net Int.

Error %

K ratio

Z

R

A

F

C K

21.20

46.46

18.04

14.83

0.0400

1.1917

0.8851

0.1583

1.0000

O K

15.04

24.74

42.21

11.94

0.0396

1.1457

0.9094

0.2296

1.0000

Si K

5.84

5.48

53.62

10.74

0.0282

1.0510

0.9649

0.4570

1.0045

Zn K

57.92

23.32

135.92

4.21

0.5266

0.8587

1.0450

1.0069

1.0515

When we observe the table we can clearly notice the major element as zinc which comprises more than 50% of total constituent along with oxygen, which clearly confirms the formation of pure zinc oxide nanoparticles. This indicates the nanoparticles synthesis can be made easily by biological synthesis method.

3.5 ZOI and MIC of ZnONPs

Synthesized nanoparticles were subjected to antimicrobial activity. Particles were tested against both gram-positive Bacillus Subtilis ATCC 19659 and gram-negative Salmonella Typhimurium ATCC 23564 using agar well plate method [35]. Secondary cultures were made using primary culture and 24 h old secondary cultures were used for the activity. No zone of inhibition (ZOI) was observed for DMSO for both organisms.

Radial diameter of ZOI against S. Typhi was found to be 3.23 ± 0.15 mm for ZnONPs (GFM), 2.93 ± 0.15 mm for ZnONPs (SFM) and 4.43 ± 0.05 mm for ampicillin. ZOI against B. subtilis was found to be as 2.46 ± 0.06 mm for ZnONPs (GFM), 2.1 ± 0.10 mm for ZnONPs (SFM) and 3.16 ± 0.05 mm for ampicillin. It shows significantly an average ZOI for ZnONPs against both organisms when compared with standard ampicillin. Based on these results, it could be concluded that these synthesized ZnONPs has shown significant antibacterial activity on both of the gram classes of bacteria. This antibacterial activity may be attributed due to the presence of amines and carboxyl groups on their cell surface and occurrence of greater affinity of zinc oxide ions toward these groups [36]. ZnONPs has shown efficient antibacterial property due to their extremely large surface area, which could provide better contact with microorganisms. Zinc ions released subsequently may be bind to DNA molecules and lead to disorder of the helical structure by cross-linking within and between the nucleic acid strands. Zinc ions inside bacterial cells were also involved in the disruption of biochemical processes [37, 38]. The antibacterial activity of ZnONPs towards Gram-negative bacteria was observed higher when compared to Gram-positive bacteria. The difference in activity between these two types of bacteria could be attributed to the structural and compositional differences in the cell membrane [39]. Gram-positive bacteria have thicker peptidoglycan cell membranes compared to the Gram-negative bacteria and it is harder for ZnONPs to penetrate it, resulting in a low antibacterial response [40].

Minimum inhibitory concentration [MIC] was also calculated against both organisms using different concentration of samples. MIC values against S. typhi were found to be 1.16 ± 0.15 mm for 10 µg/ml, 1.56 ± 0.05 mm for 25 µg/ml, 2.38 ± 0.15 mm for 50 µg/ml, 3.2 ± 0.20 mm for 100 µg/ml for ZnONPs (GFM) and 0.96 ± 0.14 mm for 10 µg/ml, 1.63 ± 0.07 mm for 25 µg/ml, 2.18 ± 0.17 mm for 50 µg/ml, 3.15 ± mm for 100 µg/ml for ZnONPs (SFM). MIC values against B. Subtilis were found to be 1.08 ± 0.24 mm for 10 µg/ml, 2.01 ± 0.22 mm for 25 µg/ml, 2.50 ± 0.10 mm for 50 µg/ml, 2.98 ± 0.22 mm for 100 µg/ml for ZnONPs (GFM) and 1.15 ± 0.14 mm for 10 µg/ml, 1.5 ± 0.07 mm for 25 µg/ml, 2.18 ± 0.17 mm for 50 µg/ml, 3.43 ± 0.21 mm for 100 µg/ml for ZnONPs (SFM).

By MIC we can notice a gradual increase in the zone of inhibition by increasing the concentration of nanoparticles which indicates the effect of nanoparticles on organisms.

We have observed that very low concentration of ZnO didn’t show any activity against bacterial strains, which may be due to the presence of lesser zinc oxide nanoparticles present sometimes act as a nutrient for organisms. Antimicrobial activity is always higher above 5 µg/ml concentration [41].

Considering previous inhibition results obtained by Renata Dobruka et al., 31 mm for 1280 µg/ml of ZnO nanoparticle, Kumar et al., 35 mm for 1 mg/ml of ZnO nanoparticle and Kiranmayi et al., 4.5 mm for 100 µg/ml of ZnO nanoparticle [42, 43, 44], we can report our obtained results have shown prominent activity.

From MIC and ZOI we can clearly notice that ZnO synthesized using green synthesis always possess smaller particle size to have great antibacterial effects due to the larger surface area to volume ratio and surface reactivity. A number of studies have done on the considerable impact of particle size on the antibacterial activity, and the researchers found that controlling ZnO-NPs size was crucial to achieving a best bactericidal response, and ZnO-NPs with a smaller size (higher specific surface areas) showed highest antibacterial activity [45, 46, 47]. ZnONPs prepared from green synthesis method is more effective than another mode of preparation, which may be due to oxygen species released on the surface of ZnO, which causes fatal damage to microorganisms [48]. The dissolution of ZnONPs into Zn2+ was reported as size dependent, and few studies suggested this dissolution of Zn2+ responsible for the toxicity of ZnONPs. They react with hydrogen ions to produce molecules of H2O2. The generated H2O2 can penetrate the cell membrane and act lethally to microorganisms [49]. The generation of H2O2 depends strongly on the surface area of zin0c oxide nanoparticles, which results in more oxygen species on the surface and the higher antibacterial activity of the smaller nanoparticles [50]. The effect of size and concentration was successfully analyzed by Padmavathy and Vijayaraghavan [51] who described the generation of H2O2, which depends mainly on the surface area of ZnO. The larger the surface area and the higher concentration of oxygen species on the surface can obtain greater antibacterial activity by smaller particles, which was in contrast to that of Franklin et al. [52] who found no size-related effect. In general, a correspondence between nanoparticles size and bacteria appears to be required for the bioactivity of ZnONPs, as well the concentration (Fig. 6).
Fig. 6

a and b Zone of inhibition of DMSO, ampicillin, and zinc oxide nanoparticles synthesized using goat faecal matter and sheep faecal matter against Salmonella typhimurium and Bacillus subtilis. c MIC of ampicillin against Salmonella typhimurium and Bacillus subtilis. d MIC of zinc oxide nanoparticles synthesized using goat faecal matter against Bacillus subtilis and Salmonella typhimurium. e MIC of zinc oxide nanoparticles synthesized using sheep faecal matter against Bacillus subtilis and Salmonella typhimurium

4 Conclusion

It is known that the green synthesis of ZnONPs is much safer and environmentally friendly as compared to chemical synthesis. In response to this assumption, this study demonstrates the use of agro waste materials goat and sheep faecal matter extract as a reducing agent. The synthesized ZnO nanoparticles were characterized by UV–Vis absorption spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Energy dispersive X-ray analysis (EDX). UV–visible Peaks at 352.67 nm and 356.60 nm indicate the formation of ZnONPs (GFM) and peaks at 352.60 nm and 353.67 nm for ZnONPs (SFM). By using XRD we have obtained average crystallite size of synthesized particles was calculated to be as 28.5 nm for ZnONPs (GFM) and 24.4 nm for ZnONPs (SFM). FTIR shows that peaks at 64.51 cm−1 for ZnONPs (GFM) and peaks at 433.79 cm−1 and 461.27 cm−1 for ZnONPs (SFM) were the characteristic absorptions of zinc oxide bond which confirms the formation of zinc oxide nanoparticles. By SEM characterizations, synthesized nanoparticles were observed to be spongy structure and flower-like structures, possess within the diameter of 40–120 nm for ZnONPs (GFM) and 60–130 nm for ZnONPs (SFM). EDS analysis shows the component mixtures of zinc oxide and other organic compounds. ZnONPs exhibits good antibacterial activity against both Bacillus Subtilis and Salmonella Typhimurium. MIC against both organisms was tested, at 10 µg/ml nanoparticles exhibits minimum activity. Zinc oxide nanoparticles prepared from green synthesis route are expected to have more extensive application in biotechnology, sensors, medical, catalysis, optical device, coatings and drug delivery. This is a highly effective rout of synthesis which involves reduction of chemicals and cost-effective which leads to digging out for further routes of environmental friendly nanoparticles.

Notes

Funding

These authors declare that above-submitted work was not funded by any governmental or private funding source nor supported by any financial projects.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

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  • Mahesh Midatharahalli Chikkanna
    • 1
  • Shivayogeeswar E. Neelagund
    • 1
  • Kotresh K. Rajashekarappa
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Studies and Research in Biochemistry, Jnana SahyadriKuvempu UniversityShimogaIndia

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