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Catechin-capped gold nanoparticles: green synthesis, characterization, and catalytic activity toward 4-nitrophenol reduction

Yoonho Choi1, Myung-Jin Choi2, Song-Hyun Cha2, Yeong Shik Kim3, Seonho Cho2 and Youmie Park12*

Author Affiliations

1 College of Pharmacy, Inje University, 197 Inje-ro, Gimhae, Gyeongnam 621-749, Republic of Korea

2 National Creative Research Initiatives (NCRI) Center for Isogeometric Optimal Design, Seoul National University, 1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 151-744, Republic of Korea

3 College of Pharmacy and Natural Products Research Institute, Seoul National University, 1 Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, Seoul 151-742, Republic of Korea

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Nanoscale Research Letters 2014, 9:103  doi:10.1186/1556-276X-9-103

Published: 3 March 2014


An eco-friendly approach is described for the green synthesis of gold nanoparticles using catechin as a reducing and capping agent. The reaction occurred at room temperature within 1 h without the use of any external energy and an excellent yield (99%) was obtained, as determined by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry. Various shapes of gold nanoparticles with an estimated diameter of 16.6 nm were green-synthesized. Notably, the capping of freshly synthesized gold nanoparticles by catechin was clearly visualized with the aid of microscopic techniques, including high-resolution transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, and field emission scanning electron microscopy. Strong peaks in the X-ray diffraction pattern of the as-prepared gold nanoparticles confirmed their crystalline nature. The catalytic activity of the as-prepared gold nanoparticles was observed in the reduction of 4-nitrophenol to 4-aminophenol in the presence of NaBH4. The results suggest that the newly prepared gold nanoparticles have potential uses in catalysis.

Green synthesis; Catechin; Gold nanoparticles; Catalysis; 4-Nitrophenol reduction