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Carbon Coated Alumina Nanoparticles: A Green Option for Water Purification

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A green, low-cost and reproducible Lactobacillus mediated biosynthesis of carbon coated Al2 O3 nanoparticles (cc-Al2 O3 NPs) is reported. The synthesis is performed near to room temperature in the laboratory ambience. X-ray and transmission electron microscopy analyses are performed to ascertain the formation of cc-Al2 O3 NPs. Individual nanoparticles of spherical shape having the dimensions of 8–22 nm are found. The probable mechanism involved for the biosynthesis of cc-Al2 O3 NPs has been discussed. An experiment for assaying the purification promise of cc-Al2 O3 NPs was also carried out in which appreciable lowering in the levels of pH, TSS and TDS was observed in water samples collected from two different sources.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2012-06-01

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