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Biological Synthesis of Size-Controlled Cadmium Sulfide Nanoparticles Using ImmobilizedRhodobacter sphaeroides

Hongjuan Bai1*, Zhaoming Zhang2, Yu Guo1 and Wanli Jia1

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1 Chemical Industry and Ecology Institute, North University of China, Taiyuan, 030051, China

2 College of Life Science and Technology, Shanxi University, Taiyuan, 030006, China

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2009, 4:717-723  doi:10.1007/s11671-009-9303-0

Published: 18 April 2009


Size-controlled cadmium sulfide nanoparticles were successfully synthesized by immobilizedRhodobacter sphaeroidesin the study. The dynamic process that Cd2+was transported from solution into cell by livingR. sphaeroideswas characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Culture time, as an important physiological parameter forR. sphaeroidesgrowth, could significantly control the size of cadmium sulfide nanoparticles. TEM demonstrated that the average sizes of spherical cadmium sulfide nanoparticles were 2.3 ± 0.15, 6.8 ± 0.22, and 36.8 ± 0.25 nm at culture times of 36, 42, and 48 h, respectively. Also, the UV–vis and photoluminescence spectral analysis of cadmium sulfide nanoparticles were performed.

Biosynthesis; Cadmium sulfide; Nanoparticles; Rhodobacter sphaeroides