Yogita Sharma, Atul Bhardwaj, Preeti Malik, Preeti Verdodia, Rajni Upadhyay, Ashu Saini, Sunaina Narwal and Rachna Bhateria
Department of Environmental Sciences, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak-124 001 (Haryana), India
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(Received : December 21, 2020; Accepted : February 12, 2021)
Plants are a source of different plant biomolecules, which also act as reducing, capping and stabilizing agents for the synthesis of metal nanoparticles. In this study, the leaf extract of weeds, namely, Asphodelus tenuifolius, Argemone mexicana, Chenopodium album and Datura metel was employed for nano-silver synthesis without adding any reducing, capping and stabilizing agents as the extract obtained from these weeds acted as a reducing agent. Silver nanoparticles were subjected to UV-Visible analysis for the confirmation of silver nanoparticles synthesis. Transmission electron microscopy showed spherical shapes of silver nanoparticles with a mean size of 39 nm (Argemone mexicana), 22 nm (Asphodelus tenuifolius), 30 nm (Chenopodium album) and 13 nm (Datura metel). This was an initiative of expanding the applications of silver nanoparticles using the extract of weeds in different fields of bio-nanotechnology.
Key words : Green synthesis, silver nanoparticles, transmission electron microscopy, plant biomolecules, nanotechnology