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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2013, Article ID 147613, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/147613
Research Article

Phytosynthesis of Cadmium Oxide Nanoparticles from Achillea wilhelmsii Flowers

Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Shiraz University, Shiraz 71454, Iran

Received 17 June 2012; Accepted 23 July 2012

Academic Editor: Kevin Shuford

Copyright © 2013 Javad Karimi Andeani and Sasan Mohsenzadeh. 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.

Abstract

The study here deals with the plant synthesis of cadmium oxide nanoparticles using flowers extract of Achillea wilhelmsii as the reducing agent. The photosynthesis is carried out at room temperature in the laboratory ambience. The aqueous cadmium ions when exposed to flower extract were reduced and resulted in their nanoparticles. The synthesized nanoparticles were characterized using techniques such as scanning electron microscope (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and UV-visible absorption spectroscopy. Stable cadmium oxide nanoparticles were formed by treating aqueous solution of cadmium chloride (CdCl2) with the plant flower extracts as reducing agent.