Bactericidal and fungicidal capacity of Ag2O/Ag nanoparticles synthesized with Aloe vera extract

N. S. Flores-Lopez*, J. A. Cervantes-Chávez, D. G. Téllez de Jesús, M. Cortez-Valadez, M. Estévez-González, R. Esparza

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This research aims to provide an alternative eco-friendly way to obtain silver species and assess their bactericidal activity. This study reports the synthesis of Ag2O nanoparticles and Ag nanoparticles reduced with a green synthesis method, using a low-cost and commercial Aloe vera extract. The crystalline phases of Ag and Ag2O nanoparticles were analyzed by X-ray diffraction. The oxidation states for both species were determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The optical properties of the material were studied through optical absorption, which resulted in well-defined band centered at 545 nm. This result is attributed to the morphology and size of the silver nanoparticles. In addition, antibacterial tests were performed on AgNPs biosynthesized with A. vera with the Kirby–Bauer protocol on Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria Escherichia coli and Staphylococcus aureaus, respectively. Moreover, antifungal tests were performed with various species from Candida.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)762-768
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Environmental Science and Health - Part A Toxic/Hazardous Substances and Environmental Engineering
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2021

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  • Aloe vera
  • Green synthesis
  • antibacterial
  • antifungal
  • silver nanoparticles


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