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Indian Journal of Materials Science
Volume 2016, Article ID 6937489, 5 pages
Research Article

Detection of Phenols from Industrial Effluents Using Streptomyces Mediated Gold Nanoparticles

A-DBT Research Laboratory, Department of Microbiology, Gulbarga University, Gulbarga 585 106, India

Received 9 March 2016; Accepted 1 June 2016

Academic Editor: Kalaynrao Garadkar

Copyright © 2016 Bi Bi Zainab Mazhari and Dayanand Agsar. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Extracellular gold nanoparticles synthesized by Streptomyces tuirus DBZ39 were explored for the detection of phenols in the effluent of fertilizer and distillery industries. An average size of 27–56 nm gold nanoparticles was produced and confirmed by UV-vis absorption spectrum, scanning electron microscopy, and energy dispersive X-ray analysis. In the present investigation visual detection of phenols in the effluent samples by gold nanoparticles is enhanced by sodium sulphate. The detection is achieved successfully within 2 min, with change in color of the effluent samples. Use of biologically originated gold nanoparticles along with salt for the detection of phenols from industrial effluents is a novel approach.