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Catalytic and antibacterial activity of copper nanoparticle-starch composite

Gargi Dinda1, Dipankar Halder1*, Atanu Mitra2*



1Department of Food Technology & Biochemical Engineering, Jadavpur University, Kolkata 700032. India

2Department of Chemistry, Shree Chaitanya College, Habra, West Bengal, India

Adv. Mater. Proc., 2018, 3 (1), 02-07

DOI: 10.5185/amp.2018/651

Publication Date (Web):01 January 2018

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We report the successful synthesis of copper nanoparticle (CuNP)-starch composite employing low cost green protocol without inert gas protection. UV-Vis spectroscopy, X-Ray diffraction (XRD) and Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) were used to characterize the CuNP-starch composite. Mono-disperse almost spherical CuNP having average diameter 4.02 ± 0.076 nm was obtained. The catalytic activity of the as-synthesized CuNP-starch composite during reduction of pollutants, like, 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) and dyes, Eosine Blue (EB), Eriochrome Black T (EBT) and Brilliant Cresyl Blue (BCB by NaBH4 has been investigated. High catalytic efficiency of the composite was demonstrated by rapid decrease of the intensity of the UV-Vis absorption peaks at respective λmax of the pollutants with time when reaction mixture contained NaBH4 and small quantity of CuNP-starch composite. The rate constant of each processes was calculated by considering that the reactions follow pseudo-first-order kinetics with respect to substrate.  The obtained rate constants for 4-NP, EB, EBT and BCB are 0.021S-1, 0.011S-1, 0.036S-1 and 0.032S-1 respectively. The other application, antibacterial activity was tested against Gm positive and Gm negative bacteria. Plate count and minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) studies show higher susceptibility of Gm positive bacteria towards CuNP-starch composite. The as-synthesized CuNP-starch composite may find potential application in the field of environmental remedies and antibacterial formulations. Copyright©2018 VBRI Press.


Green synthesis, CuNP-starch composite, catalytic efficiency, pollutants degradation, antibacterial activity.