Shib Shankar Dash*
Department of Chemistry, Government General Degree College, Salboni, Paschim Medinipur, 721 516, West Bengal, India,
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Shib Shankar Dash
Department of Chemistry, Government General Degree College, Salboni, Paschim Medinipur, 721 516, West Bengal, India
Objective: Areca nut seed commonly used as ingredients in the preparation of betel has tremendous medicinal significance, is rich in different types of primary and secondary plant metabolites. In this work, the seed extract has been utilized in the synthesis of gold nanoparticles at room temperature under very mild conditions. Material and methods: The synthesis of the gold nanoparticles occurred rapidly and no extra stabilizing or capping agents were necessary. The gold nanoparticles were characterized by Surface Plasmon Resonance Spectroscopy, HRTEM, FTIR and X-ray Diffraction studies. Results and conclusion: The synthesized gold nanoparticles are almost spherical in shape with average size 15 nm. The Catalytic property of gold nanoparticles towards the reduction of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol has also been demonstrated. The results described here will be useful in nanoscience and nanotechnology.
Keywords: Areca nut, gold nanoparticles, green synthesis, catalytic reduction