Open Access Nano Express

Preparation of Pectin–ZnO Nanocomposite

L Shi and S Gunasekaran*

Author Affiliations

Food & Bioprocess Engineering Laboratory, Department of Biological System Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 460 Henry Mall, Madison, WI, 53706, USA

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2008, 3:491-495  doi:10.1007/s11671-008-9185-6

Published: 21 October 2008

Abstract

Pectin–ZnO nanocomposite was prepared in the aqueous solution condition at room temperature. The Fourier transform infrared, X-ray diffraction, and transmission electron microscope (TEM) measurements confirmed the nanoscaled structure of pectin–ZnO composite. According to the TEM observation, the average composite granules size was about 150 nm and the embedded ZnO nanoparticles were uniform with an average diameter of 70 nm.

Keywords:
Nanocomposite; Pection; Zinc oxide; Nanocrystallinity; Preparation