Synthesis of l-Cysteine Capped Silver Nanoparticles in Acidic Media at Room Temperature and Detailed Characterization

  • Sallahuddin Panhwar
  • Syeda Sara Hassan
  • Rasool Bux Mahar
  • Ali Canlier
  • Sirajuddin
  • Munazza Arain


This work reports a simple and one pot synthesis of water dispersible l-cysteine stabilized silver nanoparticles (l-CYS-AgNPs) in an acidic media. Silver nanoparticles were synthesized within few minutes of reaction time (< 5 min) at room temperature without needing to heat and use of any hazardous organic solvents. Prepared nanoparticles were characterized by UV–Visible spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, atomic force microscopy, X-ray diffraction and zeta potential analysis, respectively. Surface plasmon resonance band of AgNPs which was observed at 392 nm by UV–Visible spectroscopy indicated successful formation of l-CYS-AgNPs in acidic media. Imaging techniques showed that AgNPs possess spherical morphology and average size of 25 nm. Nanoparticles were stable for more than 2 months when stored at ambient temperature. This approach is a facile and rapid one pot synthesis which can be stored as a homogenous aqueous dispersion for more than 2 months. Being stabilized by a sulfur-containing amino acid (l-cysteine) and the synthesis carried out in a moderately acidic media (pH 5.3) are distinctive aspect of this work. These stable l-CYS-AgNPs could be used as a catalyst and sensor applications for advanced perspective against water pollution and industrial effluents.


Nanoparticles Silver l-Cysteine Acidic media Water dispersible 



The authors are thankful to the US.-Pakistan Centers for Advanced studies in Water (USPCAS-W), Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) Jamshoro, Sindh Pakistan with partnering University, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States for the financial supports and the excellent environment provided for research. The authors are also thankful to Javed Iqbal for carrying out TEM measurement and images at National Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE), Faisalabad, Punjab, Pakistan.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sallahuddin Panhwar
    • 1
  • Syeda Sara Hassan
    • 1
  • Rasool Bux Mahar
    • 1
  • Ali Canlier
    • 2
    • 3
  • Sirajuddin
    • 4
  • Munazza Arain
    • 5
  1. 1.U.S.-Pakistan Center for Advanced Studies in Water (USPCAS-W)Mehran University of Engineering & Technology (MUET)JamshoroPakistan
  2. 2.Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, College of EngineeringChungnam National UniversityDaejeonSouth Korea
  3. 3.Department of Materials Science and Nanotechnology EngineeringAbdullah Gul UniversityKayseriTurkey
  4. 4.National Center of Excellence in Analytical ChemistryUniversity of SindhJamshoroPakistan
  5. 5.Dr. M. A. Kazi Institute of ChemistryUniversity of SindhJamshoroPakistan

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