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ISSN: 1430-4171 (electronic version)

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Abstract Volume 21 (2016) pp 73-76

Three Green Approaches to the Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles Using Pentose and Hexose Carbohydrates

Giordano Paniconi*,†, Sung-Jae Chung, Sz-Chian Liou, Suyon Sarah Kim§, Lucia Kim**, Sungmin, Kang††, Dennis Kim‡‡

Marymount University, School of Arts and Sciences, 2807 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22302, giordano.paniconi@marymount.eduMaryland Nanocenter, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742; §Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, Alexandria, VA 22312; **Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, VA 22015; ††Westfield High School, Chantilly, VA 20151; ‡‡Biochemistry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA24061
Received September 29, 2015. Accepted December 18, 2015.

Published: 15 April 2016

Abstract. A fast, green and readily reproducible microwave-based method for the production of high quality silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in high yield is presented. Starch is used as a stabilizing agent with different reducing carbohydrates as D- mannose, D-xylose and D- fructose. From the UV-vis peak profile spectra of the solutions of the silver nanoparticles, we have investigated the size of the NPs together with the average diameter, shape, and aggregation state of the colloidal AgNPs. TEM measurements and EDX analysis have confirmed the morphology of our AgNPs.

Key Words: In the Classroom; inorganic chemistry; microwave synthesis; UV-vis spectroscopy, Mie theory, silver nanoparticles, TEM and EDX

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