Hybrid Nanocomposites of Montmorillonite/Copper Oxide, Synthesis and Evaluation as Effective Growth Inhibitors in Different Biological Systems

Document Type: Research Paper


The external and interlamellar spaces of montmorilonite (MMT) were used as solid support for synthesis of CuO nanoparticles (NPs) at room temperature by the chemical reduction method. In this project, Copper Nitrate plus water (Cu(NO3)2. xH2O) and Sodium Hydroxide (NaOH) were used as Copper precursor and reducing agent respectively. Then, MMT/Cu2+ nanocomposites were stabilized with different range of the weight percent of Polyethylene glycol (PEG). The solids were characterized by X-Ray diffractometry (XRD), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)‚ Transmission electron microscopy (TEM)‚ Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) and UV-Visible spectroscopy. The antibacterial activities of different size of CuO NPs in MMT were investigated against Gram-positive‚ Staphylococcus aureus, Gram-negative bacteria and Escherichia coli‚ by the disk diffusion method using Muller-Hinton agar (MHA). These results were showed that smaller CuO NPs were found to have higher antibacterial activities. By this method we were able to obtain CuO NPs with different sizes and making them applicable to medical applications and can be used as effective growth inhibitors in different biological system.