Table of Contents
Journal of Nanoparticles
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 7056864, 6 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/7056864
Research Article

Synthesis and Investigation of Antimicrobial Activity of Cu2O Nanoparticles/Zeolite

1Institute of Applied Material Science, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, 1 Mac Dinh Chi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
2Research and Development Center for Radiation Technology, Vietnam Atomic Energy Institute, 202A Street 11, Linh Xuan Ward, Thu Duc District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Correspondence should be addressed to Nguyen Quoc Hien

Received 13 September 2016; Revised 24 November 2016; Accepted 7 December 2016; Published 9 January 2017

Academic Editor: Raphael Schneider

Copyright © 2017 Bui Duy Du 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

Cuprous oxide (Cu2O) nanoparticles in zeolite A were synthesized by two steps: (i) ion-exchange of copper ions into the zeolite and (ii) reduction of copper ions in cages of the zeolite by hydrazine hydrate in base medium. The Cu2O nanoparticles/zeolite product was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX). The particle size of Cu2O nanoparticles was of 40 nm. The antibacterial activity of the as-synthesized Cu2O nanoparticles/zeolite against Escherichia coli was also investigated. Cu2O NPs/zeolite product can be favorably produced on large scale for water treatment and agricultural application as antimicrobial agent.