Synthesis of L-Cysteine Capped Silver Nanoparticles in Acidic Media at Room Temperature and Detailed Characterization

Panhwar S., Hassan S. S., Mahar R. B., Canlier A., Sirajuddin S., Arain M.

JOURNAL OF INORGANIC AND ORGANOMETALLIC POLYMERS AND MATERIALS, vol.28, no.3, pp.863-870, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier


This work reports a simple and one pot synthesis of water dispersible l-cysteine stabilized silver nanoparticles (l-CYS-AgNPs) in an acidic media. Silver nanoparticles were synthesized within few minutes of reaction time (< 5 min) at room temperature without needing to heat and use of any hazardous organic solvents. Prepared nanoparticles were characterized by UV-Visible spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, X-ray diffraction and zeta potential analysis, respectively. Surface plasmon resonance band of AgNPs which was observed at 392 nm by UV-Visible spectroscopy indicated successful formation of l-CYS-AgNPs in acidic media. Imaging techniques showed that AgNPs possess spherical morphology and average size of 25 nm. Nanoparticles were stable for more than 2 months when stored at ambient temperature. This approach is a facile and rapid one pot synthesis which can be stored as a homogenous aqueous dispersion for more than 2 months. Being stabilized by a sulfur-containing amino acid (l-cysteine) and the synthesis carried out in a moderately acidic media (pH 5.3) are distinctive aspect of this work. These stable l-CYS-AgNPs could be used as a catalyst and sensor applications for advanced perspective against water pollution and industrial effluents.