alexa Synthesis of Iron Nanoparticles using Extracts of Native Fruits of Ecuador, as Capuli (Prunus serotina) and Mortiño (Vaccinium floribundum)
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Synthesis of Iron Nanoparticles using Extracts of Native Fruits of Ecuador, as Capuli (Prunus serotina) and Mortiño (Vaccinium floribundum)

Erika Murgueitio*, Luis Cumbal, Alexis Debut and Carlos Arroyo

Centro de Nanociencia y Nanotecnologia, Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas ESPE, P.O. Box 171-5-231B, Sangolqui, Ecuador

*Corresponding Author:
Erika Murgueitio
Centro de Nanociencia y Nanotecnologia
Universidad de las Fuerzas Armadas ESPE
P.O. Box 171-5-231B
Sangolqui, Ecuador
Tel: +593-23989400 Ext: 2113
E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: March 16, 2016 Accepted Date: March 31, 2016 Published Date: April 05, 2016

Citation: Murgueitio E, Cumbal L, Debut A, Arroyo CR (2016) Synthesis of Iron Nanoparticles using Extracts of Native Fruits of Ecuador, as Capuli (Prunus serotina) and Mortiño (Vaccinium floribundum). Biol Med (Aligarh) 8:282. doi:10.4172/0974-8369.1000282

Copyright: © 2016 Murgueitio E, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited



This study describes an eco-friendly synthesis for the production of zero-valent iron nanoparticles (nZVIs). Extracts of capulí (Prunus serotina) and mortiño (Vaccinium floribundum) were used as reducing and stabilizer agents. Freshly prepared nanoparticles were characterized with Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), X-ray Diffraction (XRD) and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry (FTIR). Zerovalent iron nanoparticles with mortiño extract (V. floribundum) resulted in 13.2 nm diameter; while diameter of the nZVIs prepared with capulí extract (P. serotina) was 11.9 nm. On the other hand, XRD spectra showed peaks that are associated with hematite and zero-valent iron. FTIR patterns displayed functional groups in both nZVIs prepared with the extracts and only fruit extracts. Polyphenols are the key compounds for the nanoparticles growth.


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