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Journal of Nanomaterials
Volume 2010, Article ID 641545, 6 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2010/641545
Research Article

Synthesis and Characterization of Bovine Serum Albumin-Conjugated Copper Sulfide Nanocomposites

Department of Bio-Nano Science and Engineering, Key Laboratory for Thin Film and Microfabrication Technology of Ministry of Education, National Key Laboratory of Micro/Nano Fabrication Technology, Research Institute of Micro/Nano Science and Technology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China

Received 27 September 2009; Revised 31 December 2009; Accepted 2 April 2010

Academic Editor: Maryam Tabrizian

Copyright © 2010 Peng Huang et al. 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

A simple biomolecule-assisted solution route was developed to synthesize Bovine Serum Albumin-conjugated copper sulfide (CuS/BSA) nanocomposites, directly using copper salts and thioacetamide (TAA) as the starting materials with a zwitterionic surfactant Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) as foaming and stabilizing agent. The CuS/BSA nanocomposites have been characterized by UV, TEM, Zeta, DLS, XRD, and FTIR. The results indicate that the as-prepared CuS/BSA nanocomposites are approximate sphere with a size distribution from 10 to 35 nm in diameter and good dispersibility, depending highly on concentration of BSA concentration. These protein-assisted synthesized nanocomposites have a great potential application in biomedical engineering and microelectronics.