Green synthesis of colloidal selenium nanoparticles in starch solutions and investigation of their photocatalytic, antimicrobial, and cytotoxicity effects


In this research, we have offered a green and new synthesizing procedure for selenium nanoparticles (Se-NPs) through the utilization of Na2SeO3, in which starch has a role of stabilizer and capping agent, as the functionality of green reducing mediums is taken by glucose and ascorbic acid. According to the observations, this method has been capable of producing Se-NPs in lab conditions. Additionally, the synthesized Se-NPs can be separated from the aqueous solution of stabilizer and reducing agents by a high—speed. Certain analyzing procedures have been used to characterize the obtained particles including TEM, XRD, UV–VIS, DLS, FESEM, EDX, FTIR, and AFM. In this paper, we have investigated the antimicrobial and photocatalytic functionality of Se-NPs on Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Methylene blue (MB) and according to the results, these particles have shown satisfying activity in both cases. To be stated in exact, about 60% of MB has degraded under UV light after 150 min, which indicates the acceptable position of Se-NPs could be applied for eliminating water pollutions. Moreover, the attained data on colorectal cancer SW480 cell lines in regards to the in vitro cytotoxicity assessments have exhibited non-toxic effects, which had lasted throughout concentrations that had measured up to even 100 µg/mL within MTT assay.

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The technical support for this work has been provided by Payame Noor University of Mashhad and Mashhad University of Medical Sciences based on the Ph.D. thesis of Mrs. M. Kazemi.

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Kazemi, M., Akbari, A., Sabouri, Z. et al. Green synthesis of colloidal selenium nanoparticles in starch solutions and investigation of their photocatalytic, antimicrobial, and cytotoxicity effects. Bioprocess Biosyst Eng (2021).

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  • Selenium nanoparticle
  • Starch
  • Green synthesis
  • Photocatalyst
  • Cytotoxicity