Facile synthesis of Curcuma longa tuber powder engineered metal nanoparticles for bioimaging applications

Renu Sankar, Pattanathu K.S.M. Rahman, Krishnamoorthy Varunkumar, Chidambaram Anusha, Arunachalam Kalaiarasi, Kanchi Subramanian Shivashangari, Vilwanathan Ravikumar*

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Nanomaterials based fluorescent agents are rapidly becoming significant and promising transformative tools for improving medical diagnostics for extensive in vivo imaging modalities. Compared with conventional fluorescent agents, nano-fluorescence has capabilities to improve the in vivo detection and enriched targeting efficiencies. In our laboratory we synthesized fluorescent metal nanoparticles of silver, copper and iron using Curcuma longa tuber powder by simple reduction. The physicochemical properties of the synthesized metal nanoparticles were attained using UV–visible spectrophotometry, scanning electron microscopy with EDAX spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction. The Curcuma longa tuber powder has one of the bioactive compound Curcumin might act as a capping agent during the synthesis of nanoparticles. The synthesized metal nanoparticles fluorescence property was confirmed by spectrofluorometry. When compared with copper and iron nanoparticles the silver nanoparticles showed high fluorescence intensity under spectrofluorometry. Moreover, in vitro cell images of the silver nanoparticles in A549 cell lines also correlated with the results of spectrofluorometry. These silver nanoparticles show inspiring cell-imaging applications. They enter into cells without any further modifications, and the fluorescence property can be utilized for fluorescence-based cell imaging applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-16
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Molecular Structure
Early online date20 Sept 2016
Publication statusPublished - 5 Feb 2017


  • A549 cells
  • Biocompatibility
  • Cell-imaging
  • Curcuma longa
  • Fluorescent nanoparticles
  • Spectrofluorometry


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