• Shape-controlled silver NPs for shape-dependent biological activities

      Sadeghi, F.; Yazdanpanah, A.; Abrishamkar, A.; Moztarzadeh, F.; Ramedani, A.; Pouraghaie, S.; Shirinzadeh, H.; Samadikuchaksaraei, A.; Chauhan, N.P.S.; Hopkinson, L.; et al. (2017-09)
      The most important issue during synthesis of nanoparticles (NPs) is to avoid particle agglomeration and adhesion. There have been several attempts to use special substances such as organic surfactants, polymers and stable ligands for this purpose. In this study, silver NPs were synthesised with and without gelatin macromolecules, as a green natural biopolymer, which resulted in NPs with varying shapes and sizes. The effect of morphological characteristics on the antibacterial and antifungal properties of the synthesised NPs were studied, by comparing Gram-negative (Escherichia coli) versus Gram-positive (Staphylococcus aureus) bacteria as well as fungi (Candida albicans) by calculation of minimal inhibition concentration value. The results corresponded well with the assumptions on the effects of shape and size on the antibacterial and antifungal properties of the studied NPs.