Nanoscaled Zinc Oxide Prepared by Mono-amino Acid Templated Assembly and Their Superior Biological Properties

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Nanoscaled zinc oxide (ZnO) was synthesized via a benign mineralization reaction using mono-amino acid as templates. Characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and scanning electron microscopy, it was found that the microstructure of as-prepared ZnO can be fine-tuned into olive-like and flake-like structures with leucine and histidine respectively. Otherwise, the photoluminescence (PL) results indicate that biomineralized ZnO nanoparticles show a potential application in the fields of optical devices. To further explore the biological performance of as-prepared ZnO nanoparticles, antibacterial activity tests against Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli, and cytocompatibility on mouse MC3T3 cells were also investigated. The superior biological properties of these biomineralized ZnO together with their intrinsic photoluminescent properties open perspectives for the development of biomedical applications.

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This work was supported by the project of National Natural Science Foundation of China (No. 51701073), Natural Science Foundation of Hunan Province (No. 2018JJ3241), the Open Fund of the Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Advanced Energy Storage Materials and the Hunan Key Laboratory of crop germplasm innovation and resource utilization foundation of Hunan Agricultural University under Project No. 50262.

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Tan, C., Sun, Z., Ruan, Y. et al. Nanoscaled Zinc Oxide Prepared by Mono-amino Acid Templated Assembly and Their Superior Biological Properties. J Clust Sci (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10876-021-01986-w

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Keywords

  • Zinc oxide
  • Mineralization
  • Nanoscaled materials
  • Optical properties
  • Biological properties