Silver nanoparticles were prepared by using alkali treated maize starch which plays a dual role as reducer for AgNO 3 and stabilizer for the produced AgNPs. The redox reaction which takes a place between AgNO 3 and alkali treated starch was followed up and controlled in order to obtain spherical shaped silver nanoparticles with mean size 4–6 nm. The redox potentials confirmed the principle role of alkali treatment in increasing the reducibility of starch macromolecules. The measurements of reducing sugars at the end of reaction using dinitrosalicylic acid reagent (DNS) were carried out in order to control the chemical reduction reaction. The UV/Vis spectra show that an absorption peak, occurring due to surface plasmon resonance (SPR), exists at 410 nm, which is characteristic to yellow color of silver nanoparticles solution. The samples have been characterized by transmission electron microscopy (TEM), which reveal the nanonature of the particles.
El-Rafie, M. H., Ahmed, H. B., & Zahran, M. K. (2014). Facile Precursor for Synthesis of Silver Nanoparticles Using Alkali Treated Maize Starch. International Scholarly Research Notices, 2014, 1–12. https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/702396