Journal of Cluster Science

, Volume 29, Issue 6, pp 1161–1167 | Cite as

Bombyx mori Silk: An Eco-friendly Source to Produce Nanogold–Silk Bioconjugates and Gold Nanoparticles

  • V. Kiruthiga
  • A. Vinodhini
  • Akon Higuchi
  • K. Murugan
  • G. SingaraveluEmail author
Original Paper


The immobilization of proteins on nano-colloidal substrates recently received increasing attention as it may improve the polymer properties and extend their application fields. The present investigation outlined that silkworm silk can represent a potential biopolymer useful to produce nanogold bioconjugates and gold nanoparticles. The gold nanoparticles and silk–nanogold bioconjugates were characterized by UV–vis spectroscopy, FTIR spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy (HR-SEM), energy dispersive X-ray analysis and transmission electron microscopy (HR-TEM). Overall, this study opens a one-pot novel route to produce Bombyx mori silk–nanogold bioconjugates and “green” gold nanomaterials using a cheap and non-toxic insect-borne natural biopolymer.


Green nanosynthesis Nanogold bioconjugate Nanotechnology Silkworm 



The authors are grateful to the Department of Science and Technology (Nano Mission), New Delhi, Government of India for financial assistance. HR-TEM and HR-SEM assistance of SAIF, IITM, Chennai are gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. Kiruthiga
    • 1
  • A. Vinodhini
    • 1
  • Akon Higuchi
    • 2
    • 3
  • K. Murugan
    • 4
  • G. Singaravelu
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyD.K.M. College for WomenVelloreIndia
  2. 2.Department of Chemical and Materials EngineeringNational Central UniversityJhongli, TaoyuanTaiwan
  3. 3.Nano Medical Engineering LaboratoryRIKENWakoJapan
  4. 4.Nanoscience Division, Department of ZoologyThiruvalluvar UniversityVelloreIndia

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