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Synthesis, Characterization of Dichlorofluorescein Silver Nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) and Their Effect on Seed Germination of Vigna radiata

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Bipin Deochand Lade, Arti Sanjay Shanware and Ruchika M. Barapatre

Submitted: 04 October 2020 Reviewed: 21 February 2021 Published: 16 March 2021

DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.96756

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The main objective of this study was to investigate whether dichlorofluorescein (DCF) is adequate for the formulation of stable dichlorofluorescein-induced silver nanoparticles under the boiling method to analyze their effects on the seed germination of Mung seeds (Vigna radiata). Preliminary dichlorofluoresceine nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) synthesis evidence by noticing the solution color transformed from a light green color to a dark brown color. The 2.5 ml of dichlorofluoresceine (DCF) solution was found sufficient for the formulation of dichlorofluoresceine induced silver nanoparticles at boiling conditions. Purified dichlorofluoresceine nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) measure an average diameter of 293 nm where the majority of nanoparticles were around 159 nm in size with the surface load of-9.35 mV zeta potential value. The impact of dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) on the germination percentage of V. radiata has shown that, the 25% concentration of DCF-SNPs is excellent for the growth of Mung seeds (V. radiata). Overall, the dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles may be constructive for improving the percentage of seed germination at 25% of its concentration and may also be useful for fluorescent measurement using the confocal microscopy technique. Hence, dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) are proposed as an efficient detection system for nanoparticles in agrochemicals for plants.


  • dichlorofluoresceine (DCF)
  • Vigna radiata
  • dichlorofluoresceine silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNP)
  • Zeta potential
  • confocal microscopy studies

1. Introduction

Dyes are colored entities that are chemically attached to the matrix fiber and accumulate during the drying period, providing color through the systematic absorption of light and increasing the speed of the fiber dyeing process [1]. There are two types of dyes which are natural or organic dyes and chemically synthesized dyes. In this chapter we are going to deal with organic dyes.

1.1 Organic dye

Natural dyes are derived from natural resources and, are typically categorized as plant, animal, mineral and microbial dyes, though plants are the key sources of natural dyes [2]. Examples of natural and organic coloring dyes are blue dye which derived from plant leaves, while red dye, Madder and Morinda from roots. Brazil Wood an old-world dye comes from wood of plant. Safflower and saffron dye made from their flowers, however, rhizomes of turmeric use to make dye. On the other hand yellow dye derived from roots, leaves, stems and flowers [2]. The organic dyes are colored as they appear in the visible light spectrum (400–700 nm) comprising of one chromosphere, a conjugate framework with a dual bond alternating arrangement with a single bond and an electron resonance that stabilizes in organic compounds [3]. Based on the chemical structure and characteristics properties, dyes are classified as Azo dyes, Anthraquinone dyes, Nitro dyes, Diphenlmethane dyes, Triphenylmethane dyes, Xanthene dyes, Phthaleins dyes, Indigoid and Thionidigoid dyes [4]. These organic coloring powders are smaller, thicker, finely fragmented crystalline solids, which are water soluble, whereas they are insoluble in application media such as ink or paint for the use of optical media, image sensors [1], photosensitizer and coloration [5]. Improved color functionality has been studied in recent times by adding functional properties such as antimicrobial, UV protection, insect repellent, etc. [6]. In addition, organic coloring is a major supplier for floral, dried flowers, pesticides, ice-melt, deicing, reservoir, lake, water tracing, leak detection, greenhouse, livestock, seed treatment, crop protection, fertilizer staining, food, cosmetic and environmental issues [7]. The multitude application of organic dyes has enable to use them for coloring, detection, biosensor, tracking in the test samples. One of the best examples of tracking dye is dichlorofluorescein (DCF).

1.2 Dichlorofluoresceine (DCF)

Fluorescein based titrations shows effective results at 0.005 N concentrations of chloride and if the formulation has neutral alkaline conditions [8]. 2′,7’-Dichloro- and 2′,7′-difluorofluoresceins are superior alternatives to underivatized fluorescein. Quadrupole ion trap mass spectrometer for the analysis of the gas phase properties of three charge states of fluorescein, indicating that dianions and cations do not emit detectable fluorescence in the gas phase. Monoanions, on the other hand, do fluorescence and are useful for experiments [9]. Dichlorofluorescein (DFC) is a natural, crystalline organic, coloring agent that substitutes for chloride at 2 and 7 positions and originated in the fluorescein family. Figure 1 illustrates the molecular structure of dichlorofluorescein. The molecular weight of dichlorofluorescein (PubChem SID: 24894041) is 401.20 g/mol, a melting point of 280 °C and it is used as an indicator which is not prone to soluble, absorbs, disintegrates or infuses silver or halide ion, but changes color at the end of precipitate due to absorption phenomena [8]. It was therefore used as a quantitative agentometry titrant indicator, consisting of a known concentration of silver nitrate, to estimate the molarity of chloride in the sample as specified in the Fajans method [11].

Figure 1.

Demonstrates the molecular structure of Dichlorofluorescein with empirical formula as C20H10cl205 [10].

1.2.1 Dichlorofluorescein (DCF) applications

Organic Dichlorofluorescein (DCF) applications are even less documented, however it has demonstrated application as an indicator for halide titration argentometry, gaseous dianion studies, targeting it as a probe for imaging, heamotherapy and histological applications [8, 10, 12]. Generally, non fluorescent 2′ 7’ Dichlorodihydrofluorscein diacetate is used in human hepatocellular carcinoma cells to monitor the oxidation of 2′,7′-dichlorofluorescin-diacetate (DCF-DA) to an extremely fluorescent 2′,7′ dichlorofluorescein (DCF) compound due to the presence of reactive oxygen species using a fluorometric microplate assay [13]. And thereby, 2′,7′ dichlorofluorescein (DCF) may be very significant in the assessment of the human organ culture model. In the same way, organic dyes can be used to research the tracing of in the host body of insects, plants and animals [12]. DCF can be the reducing agent for metallic salt (iron, copper, zinc, silver, gold, etc.) for the formation of metallic nanoparticles for various agriculture applications.

1.3 Silver nitrate (AgNO3)

Silver nitrate (AgNO3) is an inorganic compound that appears to have a colorless, white crystalline composition with molecular weight of 169.873 g/mol. In its solid state, it has a density of 4.35 grams per cubic centimeter and its density in the liquid state at a temperature is 210 °C corresponds to 3.97 g/cm3. The melting and boiling points of silver nitrate are 414 °F and 824 °F respectively. In 1800s, silver nitrate was used for the treatment of ulcerations and infected wounds and stomach ulcers [14, 15]. Silver nitrate is a chemical with a wide range of applications including antiseptic, suturing, eye disease disinfectant, burned wounds, wart and granulation tissue reduction, ulceration, dental cavity retention, etc. [16]. Other noteworthy medical applications of silver include wire or coated suture topical therapy for osteocutaneous fistulae, and foil coverings for burn wounds [14]. Silver nitrate compound is a productive source of creation for many other silver compounds used for the medical, biotechnological, nanotechnological, pharmaceutical as well as several other industries. Figure 2 shows the silver nitrate molecular structure. Silver nitrate is frequently used chemical in several areas in agriculture including control growth, flowering development, dormancy and by spraying it on the growth tip of plants [17].

Figure 2.

Shows the molecular structure of silver nitrate [16].

Silver nitrate has a long use in nanotechnology for acting as a protective layer in stabilizing nanoparticles from further agglomeration. During the reduction of metal salt formation narrow size of nanoparticles are obtained. It absorbs on the surface of particle provide stabilization & diffusion barrier in the growth of particle [18]. Therefore, this silver salt are the best source for silver nanoparticles synthesis.

1.4 Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs)

Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) range from 1 to 100 nm in size, which are fundamentally synthesized by physical, chemical and biological approaches. Silver nanoparticles were being used as antimicrobial agents in a wide variety of applications, which include disinfecting medical instruments and home appliances to water treatment [19]. Even though the other biological properties of silver nanoparticles such as antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and anti-angiogenesis [20] already have enabled them to be extensively used in the fields of medicine and dentistry, diagnostics, therapeutic, medical care, health and food applications [21]. The other medical applications, including wound repair, bone healing, dental applications, vaccine adjuvant, antidiabetic agent, and biosensing [22]. The techniques of synthesis of metal silver nanoparticles have certain benefits as well as drawbacks. Therefore, depending on the application, the selection of the procedure is presumed and therefore, depending upon the application the selection of the methodology is considered. A well recorded manuscript available in the literature on the physical, chemical and biological preparation of silver nanoparticles. Nanoparticles have proved to be efficient agrochemical agents in order to improve the crop productivity, reducing the pests, increasing the nutrient uptake, inhibiting the pathogens and act as ‘magic bullets’ serving as herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers etc. [23, 24]. The biological activity of AgNPs depends on factors including surface chemistry, size, size distribution, shape, particle morphology, particle composition, coating/capping, agglomeration, and dissolution rate, particle reactivity in solution, efficiency of ion release, and cell type, and the type of reducing agents used for the synthesis of AgNPs are a crucial factor for the determination of cytotoxicity [20]. The physicochemical properties of nanoparticles enhance the bioavailability of therapeutic agents after both systemic and local administration and other hand it can affect cellular uptake, biological distribution, penetration into biological barriers, and resultant therapeutic effects [20]. There are several methods for creating nanoparticles, including co precipitation, hydrothermal synthesis, inert gas condensation, ion sputtering scattering, micro emulsion, microwave, pulse laser ablation, sol–gel, sono chemical, spark discharge, template synthesis, and biological synthesis. We shall now briefly look into the methods for the synthesis of nanoparticles [25].

1.5 Synthesis of silver nanoparticles

There are large number of mrthods for bthe synthesis of silver nanoparticles. While in the present study we will discuss using microorganisms, plant extract and we proposed to use DCF for silver nanoparticles synthesis.

1.5.1 Silver nanoparticles synthesis using microorganism

There are various microorganism that have been explored for the synthesis of silver nanoparticles due to their advantage of reliable and ecofriendly process. The microorganisms used for reducing and capping the silver salts produces the various size, shape and morphology of silver nanoparticles. Novel Nocardiopsis species, Brevibac teriumfrigoritolerans strain, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Escherichia coli, and Pseudomonas jessinii are some of the examples of micro organisms used for silver nanoparticles synthesis [26]. Besides, the production of silver nanoparticles form Bacillus clausii cultured form Enterogermina is explored [27]. The aqueous extract of cynobacterial Oscillatoria limnetica fresh biomass was used for the green synthesis of AgNPs and it takes about 30–60 hours for the reduction and stabilizing the synthesize of metallic nanoparticles that ranges from 3.30–17.97 nm in size [28].

1.5.2 Silver nanoparticles synthesis using plants

The plants part being organic and eco friendly are extensively used for synthesis of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs). The plant are the hot spots for the phytochemicals and secondary metabolites that are used constantly for various medicinal purposes including antimicrobial, antifungal, anti inflammatory, wound healing, antidiabatic etc. The plant sources such as leaves, stem, roots, flowers possessing the medicinal properties are used for the formulation of silver nanoparticles which carries the specific medicinal compound to reduce and capped the silver salt and present at the outer layer of silver to make them stable [29]. Therefore, the plant based silver nanoparticles possess the duel properties from silver and one from capped compounds from plants. The different plant leaf extracts for examples pine, ginkgo, magnolia, mango, neem, oscimum scantum, are used for their extracellular synthesis of silver nanoparticles. The biological silver nanoparticles production has the faster synthesis rates than the chemical methods and potentially be used in various foods, agriculture, chemical and medical application. The aqueous peel extract of Annona squamosa has been used successfully for synthesis of silver nanoparticles of irregular spherical in shape with the average particle size of 35 nm, at room temperature [30]. Green synthesis of silver nanoparticles by different plant extracts are described in Table 1. There are some of the synthesis methods that are constantly used for nanoparticles synthesis such as high temperature, pressure, sunlight condition, in autoclave [29]. In contrast, there are other publication that performed the synthesis process at room temperature.

Sr noPlantsSize (nm)Plant’s partShape
1.Abutilon indicum7–17LeavesSpherical
4.Acorus calamus31.83RhizomeSpherical
5.Allium sativum4–22LeavesSpherical
6.Aloe vera50–350LeavesSpherical,
7.Alternanthera dentate50–100LeavesSpherical
8.Argyreia nervosa20–50Seeds
9.Boerhaaviadiusa25Whole plantSpherical
10.Brassica rapa16.4Leaves
11.Calotropis procera19–45PlantSpherical
12.Carica papaya25–50Leavescircular,
14.Citrus sinensis10–35PeelSpherical
16.Cocous nucifera22InflorescenceSpherical
18.Datura metel16–40LeavesQuasilinear
19.Eclipta prostrate35–60Leavespentagons,
20.Eucalyptus hybrid50–150Peelspherical
22.Garcinia mangostana35Leaves
23.Melia dubia35LeavesSpherical
25.Moringa oleifera57Leaves
26.Musa paradisiacal20Peel
27.Nelumbo nucifera25–80Leavestriangular
28.Nelumbo nucifera25–80Leavestriangular
29.Passiflora foetidaLeavesCoral
32.Portulaca oleracea<60Leaves
36.Tea extract20–90LeavesSpherical
37.Thevetia peruviana10–30LatexSpherical
38.Trachyspermumammi87, 99.8Seeds
39.Tribulus terrestris16–28FruitSpherical
40.Vitex negundo5 & 10–30LeavesSpherical
41.Vitis vinifera30–40Fruitcircular,

Table 1.

Green synthesis of silver nanoparticles by different researchers using plant extracts [31].

Diversity of compounds, polymers, exopolysaccharides, proteins, lipids and other compounds such as natural dyes could be a good source for reducing metal salts to form stable stained nanoparticles which can have various applications such as pesticides, nutrients, hormones delivery for sustainable agriculture. In the light of the above addressed interesting information on dichlorofluorescein, silver nitrate, silver nanoparticles, it is evident that silver nanoparticles have an enormous application in various fields. It was noticed that none of the papers reported the synthesis of silver nanoparticles using any dye. The direct use of dichlorofluorescein (DCF) for the reduction of silver salt can also produce silver nanoparticles and could be used for the study of absorption and biotransformation in seeds and plants. The aim of this research is therefore to conduct the synthesis and characterization of dichlorofluorescein induced dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) under boiling method to evaluate their effects on the seed germination of Vigna radiata and to propose that they would be used for real-time transformation in the living plant using confocal microscopy.


2. Materials and methods

The materials and the methodology adopted for the synthesis of dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNP), characterization and application are described below. Material required: Requirement specification for the formulation of silver nanoparticles utilize dichlorofluorescein, NaOH, distilled water, AgNO3 (1 mm), conical flask, beaker, aluminum foil, volumetric flask, etc. Silver nitrate (AgNO3): silver nitrate was used for the synthesis of dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) and was then used with the seed germination assay. Instruments for study: The following instruments such as Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Zeta Potential (ZP) and Nanoparticles tracking analysis (NTA) were used for characterization of synthesized dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) [32].

2.1 Preparation of dichlorofluorescein (DCF) solution

Dichlorofluorescein (DCF) solution is prepared using 10 mg concentrate in 100 ml of distilled water. The solution is entirely blended until it becomes a greenish liquid. A 2.5 mL of the prepared dichlorofluorescein (DCF) solution was used for the preparation of 100 mL silver nanoparticles.

2.2 Synthesis of silver nitrate (AgNO3) solution

The silver nitrate solution is prepared by using 1.698 g silver nitrate powder in 100 ml of distilled water to form 100 mM concentration. From his prepared 100 ml of silver nitrate solution; 1 ml is used for preparation of 1 mM silver nitrate solution for silver nanoparticles synthesis. The complete process is performed under absence of light.

2.3 Synthesis of dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles

The dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) is prepared by mixing 97.5 ml of AgNO3 (1 mm) and 2.5 ml of dichlorofluorescein in conical flask at constant stirring. The complete reaction process is carried out under boiling condition for 1–2 min, the pH of the mixture is adjusted to 12 and the reaction completes after 24 hours. The chemical constituents or the functional group that are presents in the Dichlorofluoresceine (DCF) structure reduced the silver salt to form the silver nanoparticles called as dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs). The complete process of synthesis of dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) using AgNO3 and dichlorofluorescein at 0 hr., 2 hr. and 24 hr. and observed changes in color from light green to dark brown, confirming the synthesis of silver nanoparticles synthesis is given in Figure 3.

Figure 3.

Displays the synthesis of dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNP) employing AgNO3 and dichlorofluorescein under heating conditions. The change in color of the reaction mixture was noticed from light green to dark brown, demonstrating the formation of silver nanoparticles.


3. Characterization of DCF-SNP

Various instruments are used to characterize the synthesized dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles. These are some of the techniques which we used in our investigations, such as FTIR analysis, that are used to classify a functional group that has a reducing and stabilizing properties. Finally, zeta potential and nanoparticles tracking analysis are used to track the surface charge and the size of the silver nanoparticles.

3.1 Fourier transform infra red (FTIR)

Dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) are used in the FTIR analysis to recognize the main functional groups involved in the reduction and capping of silver salt for the development of stable dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs). In the FTIR instrument, the radiation falls on the sample and causes changes in the vibration and rotational motion of the molecules at a wavelength of 4000–440 cm − 1 consisting of near and far infrared frequencies and the FTIR spectrum of the formulation was recorded.

3.2 Nanoparticles tracking analysis (NTA)

The size of the synthesized dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) is calculated using Nanosight (LM-20, UK) at the Department of Biotechnology, Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, India. Dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNP) were diluted in 0.5 ml nuclease-free water and injected into the sample chamber. The instrument parameters are calibrated as specified and the device is analyzed nanoparticles samples to calculate the size of the nanoparticles. The data are summarized on the computer screen and are retrieved in PDF format for analysis.

3.3 Zeta-potential analysis (ZP)

The zeta potential characterization of dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) was tested by the Department of Biotechnology, Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, Maharashtra, India. A zeta potential is used to assess the potential surface charge of Dichlorofluorescein Silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNP) using a zetasizer (nano ZS, malvern instrument Ltd., UK). In particular, the liquid samples of the dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles DCF-SNP (5 ml) were diluted with double distilled water (50 ml) using NaCl as an electrolyte suspension solution 2 M NaCl). In addition, the samples are injected into the sample slot of Zeta potential instrument and the good and important results data are reported in PDF formats. In each case, an average of three different measurements made while the values of the zeta potential ranged from +30 mV to-30 mV.

3.4 Effect of dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) on seeds germination of Vigna radiata

Dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNP) was used to investigate its effect on the germination of Mung Bean (Vigna radiata) seeds. Mung bean seeds were purchased from the market and stored in a dry place under room temperature in the dark. Here, four separate concentrations of 25 per cent, 50 per cent, 75 per cent and 100 per cent (v/v) of dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) dispersion were prepared in distilled water. The Whatman no.3 filter paper is layered on the sterile Petri dishes of 12 cm diameter and germination test analysis was carried out. In this test, the seeds were surface sterilized with 0.1% Hgcl2 solution and rinsed three times with distilled water In total, 10 seeds of Mung Bean (V. radiata) were placed in the respective Petri dishes. The solution of each concentration was transferred to each Petri dish and the treatment was administered daily at only enough doses to hydrate the seeds. The petri dish was then placed in a dark seed germinator and held at 25 °C. Seed with root tip 1 mm and above was considered germinated. Percent germination and root and shoot length (in mm) were recorded every 24 hours up to 72 hours. The root length was determined from the region under the hypocotylis to the end of the root cap. The length of the shoot was measured to the nearest millimeter of the root hypocotyl transission zone to the middle of the cotyledon. The length of the shoot and root was calculated with the aid of a string and a scale [33].


4. Results and discussions

Dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) are used by different analytical methods to characterize them at the nanoscale level. The technique used for characterization were fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), zeta potential (ZP) analysis and nanoparticles tracking analysis (NTA) using NanoSight LM-20. In addition, the synthesized dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) was used to successfully test its effect on the germination of Mung Bean (V. radiata) seeds. Essentially, the characterization of the synthesized dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNP) was primarily carried out by observing the change in color of the reaction mixture from light green to dark brown. In addition different nanoparticles characterization techniques are used to chemically characterize nanoparticles. In the UV–visible spectrum analysis a single, strong, and broad surface plasmon resonance (SPR) peak was observed at 419 nm that confirmed the synthesis of Dichlorofluoresceine Silver nanoparticles. In same way, [34] UV–vis results displayed that the SPRs becomes sharper and shifts towards lower wavelength (Escherichia hermannii = 438 nm, Citrobacter sedlakii = 441 nm), shows that the particle size of AgNPs decreased. The work of [35] suggested that the green synthesis of gallic acid-coated silver nanoparticles UV–vis absorption spectrum shows typical and narrow absorption peak at approximately 400 nm.

4.1 Visualization of (DCF-SNPs)

Dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNP) were successfully fabricated using AgNO3 (1 mM) and DCF (2.5 per cent) by boiling the reactants at 12 pH. The reaction is observed for color shift and is found to be dark brown in color after 24 hours. The synthesized dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles DCF-SNP before and after the reaction and color shift are shown in Figure 4.

Figure 4.

Visual observation of color change during the dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) nucleation stage.

The silver nanoparticles have been synthesized successfully using DCF has been synthesized by mixing 97.5 ml of AgNO3 (1 mM) and 2.5 ml of dichlorofluoresceine in conical flask. It takes 75 sec to boil and the color changes from orangish to greenish color. However, [34] uses silver nitrate (AgNO3) of 10–3 M concentration to the reaction vessels containing the bacterial isolate supernatants and reaction completes after 24 hours.

4.2 Fourier transforms infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) analysis

The FTIR measurement were carried out in order to identify the involvement of different functional groups present in dichlorofluorescein compound solution responsible for the bioreduction of Ag + and the capping of dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs). The observed FTIR intense bands for Dichlorofluorescein compound solution were compared with the standard IR band ranges and this enables to identify the functional group at 1042.809 cm−1, 1074.148 cm−1, 1153.629 cm−1, 1262.412 cm−1, 1373.712 cm−1, 1472.978 cm−1, 1634.676 cm−1, 1997.814 cm−1, 2113.782 cm−1, 2204.477 cm−1, 2261.689 cm−1, 2300.828 cm−1 and 3262.457 cm−1 for possibly capped the dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles. The FTIR spectrum of dichlorofluoresceine silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) is shown in Figure 5 and the details in terms of wave number, bond and intensity are given in (Table 2). Table 3 illustrates a rather more specific FTIR spectrum of dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) including that of the area covered, peak height from left to right edge and centre.

Figure 5.

Shows the FTIR spectrum of dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) which has been reduced via dichlorofluorescein (DCF) solution.

Sr. No.Wavenumber (cm−1)BondFunctional groupIntensity
1.1042.809C-N stretchingAmineMedium
2.1074.148C-N stretchingAmineStrong
3.1153.629C-O stretchingTertiary alcoholStrong
4.1262.412C-O stretchingAromatic easterStrong
5.1373.712O-H bondingAlcoholMedium
6.1472.978C-H bondingAlkaneVariable
7.1634.676C-C stretchingConjugated alkeneMedium
8.1997.814C=C=C stretchingAlleneMedium
9.2113.782C C stretchingAlkyneWeak
10.2204.477C C stretchingAlkyneWeak
11.22161.689N=C=O stretchingStrong, broadIsocynate
13.3262.457O-H stretchingStrong, broadAlcohol

Table 2.

Shows the specifics of the FTIR spectrum of dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) in terms of wave number (cm−1), bond, functional group and bonding strength.

Peak NameAreaHeightLeft EdgeRight EdgeCenter

Table 3.

Shows the more specific FTIR spectrum of dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) including the area covered, peak height from left to right edge and Centre.

The fourier transform infrared spectroscopy results confirms that absorption bands at 1042.809 cm−1, 1074.148 cm−1, 1153.629 cm−1, 1262.412 cm−1, 1373.712 cm−1, 1472.978 cm−1, 1634.676 cm−1, 1997.814 cm−1, 2113.782 cm−1, 2204.477 cm−1, 2261.689 cm−1, 2300.828 cm−1 and 3262.457 cm−1 as the wave numbers for the functional groups amine, tertiary alcohol, aromatic ester, alkane, conjugated alkene, alkyne and isocynate that have taken part reducing the silver salt to form dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNP). Similarly, [36] showed single aldehyde, OH stretching and aldehyde, amide, carbonyl, ethylene, methoxy compounds present in Cannonball Leaves extract and involved in the reduction of silver salt for the creation of silver nanoparticles using the FTIR spectrum.

4.3 Nanoparticles tracking (NTA) analysis

Nanoparticles tracking and analysis (NTA) was carried out using NanoSight LM-20 to determine the dispersion characteristics, i. e. size and distribution of silver nanoparticles of dichlorofluoresceine (DCF-SNPs). The nanoparticles tracking and analysis measure the size of individual nanoparticles in a suspension by their brownian motions from which the intensity of particle size distribution are obtained. The size of dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) from nanoparticles tracking and analysis was found to be less than 293 nm. The size distribution histogram of dichlorofluoresceine silver nanoparticles using nanoparticles tracking and analysis (NTA) is represented in Figure 6 and the 3-D plot of dichlorofluoresceine silver nanoparticles size distribution intensity can be seen in Figure 7.

Figure 6.

Shows the size distribution histogram of dichlorofluoresceine silver nanoparticles using nanoparticles tracking and analysis (NTA).

Figure 7.

Shows the 3-D plot for size distribution intensity of dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs).

It could be seen extremely obviously from the histogram that the synthesized dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) ranged from 66 nm to 293 nm in size. The very few dichlorofluoresceine silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) are 112 nm, 159 nm, 215 nm and 293 nm in size. However the substantial majority of dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNP) are 159 nm wide.

The synthesized dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) intensity of their size distribution in nanoscale clearly demonstrates that most dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) are similar in diameter (159 nm) and few are clustered in scales above 300 nm. The synthesized dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) are therefore stabled formulated which could be used for chemical analysis in agriculture.

4.4 Zeta potential (ZP) analysis

The synthesized dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) has a zeta potential value of-9.35 mV implying that the dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNP) have a high negative surface load. The zeta variance efficiency was found to be 6.10 and 0.0196, reflecting that the zeta potential synthesized dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles are significant and could be used to associate other materials or molecules to achieve secondary effects. Figure 8 displays the zeta potential graph for dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNP).

Figure 8.

Shows the zeta potential graph for surface charge on the dichlorofluoresceine silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs).

The dichlorofluoresceine silver nanoparticles (DCFs) are in ranged between 40–293 nm size in diameter confirmed by analyzing nanoparticles tracking and analysis (NTA). The size distribution and zeta potential of dichlorofluoresceine silver nanoparticles were determined by DLS and it is confirmed that the dichlorofluoresceine silver nanoparticles obtained are colloidal in nature, with average diameter approximately 159 nm and the corresponding average zeta potential for dichlorofluoresceine silver nanoparticles as −9.35 mV. In contrast, the work of Saeb et al. (2014) obtained silver nanoparticles using bacterial isolates gave the highest value of zeta potential of −30 mV, which indicates a good stability. However, unexpectedly, this zeta potential value was drastically decreased to −18.3 mV and − 9.5 mV after 30 and 90 days respectively.

4.5 Effect of DCF-SNPs on seeds germination of Vigna radiata

The effect of dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) on seed germination of Mung bean (V. radiata) was conducted and the root and shoot lengths were recorded every 24 hours. In the present experiment, the production of radicals exceeding 1 cm is interpreted to be positive growth otherwise indicated as negative. The effect of dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) on seed germination of Mung bean is shown in the Figure 9.

Figure 9.

Shows the time dependent toxicity effect of varying concentrations of dichlorofluoresceine silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) on mung beans.

From the Figure 9 it is noted that as the concentration of dichlorofluoresceine silver nanoparticles increases the root and shoot length decreases as compared to controls once. After 96 hrs, the Mung beans treated with 25% of dichlorofluoresceine silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) shows growth in root and shoot length when compared with the positive control. However, the concentration of DCF-SNPs increases from 50% to 100%, there was inhibition of growth observed when compared to 25% of dichlorofluoresceine silver nanoparticles (Figure 10).

Figure 10.

Shows the dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles effect on a: Root length and B: Shoot length of mung beans (V. radiata) seed after 24 hr., 48 hr., 72 hr.

The effect of dichlorofluoresceine silver nanoparticles on seed germination of the Mung bean (V. radiata) was carried out and the size of root and shoot lengths were recorded after every 24 hour. Percentage of seed germination were substantially influenced by the addition of dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs). The 25% concentration of DCF-SNPs treated Mung seeds indicates an excellent growth at 72 hours. In specific, the seed germination rate increases from 75% to 95%. While, as the concentration increases from 50% to 100%, the growth rate get varies or unpredicted. Our results are similar to the work of the [33] found that the as the concentration of ZnO NPs increased there was decrease in germination of seeds. Control showed statistically significant difference and could not improve shoot length. Besides, There was an increase in germination significantly with zinc oxide nano particles treated seeds at different concentrations viz., 20 mg shown 100%, 40 mg-95%, 60 mg-90%, 80 mg-90% and 100 mg of ZnO NPs shown 85% germination in Mung bean seeds [33].

The [37] study the effect of silver nanoparticles on the seed germination and plant growth and found that the highest germination rate for corn seeds, was 6.5 seeds/day, which was observed after exposure to 1.5 mg/ml of silver nanoparticles and the highest germination percentage (73.33%) and highest germination rate (1.59 seeds/day) for watermelon were recorded at 2 mg/ml silver nanoparticles.

Due to interactions of dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles, the percentage of germination and length of root and shoot has indeed been affected. The average length of root are measure after 24 hrs, 48 hrs and 72 hrs and found to be 6.6 mm, 22.2 mm and 41.7 mm respectively. Similarly, the average length of shoot are measure after 48 hrs and 72 hrs and found to be 2.4 mm and 9 mm respectively. The experiment showed the average length of root and shoot at 72 hours was highest which is 41.7 mm and 9 mm respectively (Table 4).

Sr. noConc. of DCF-SNPsAverage root lengthAverage shoot length
24 hrs48 hrs72 hrs24 hrs48 hrs72 hrs
1.0%7 mm16.1 mm49.8 mm4 mm17.5 mm
2.25%7.1 mm24.1 mm50.2 mm2 mm16.3 mm
3.50%6 mm22.3 mm34.5 mm2.5 mm
4.75%7.1 mm27.4 mm42.2 mm1.3 mm3.7 mm
5.100%6 mm21.4 mm32 mm5.3 mm
6.Total Avg.6.6 mm22.2 mm41.7 mm2.4 mm9 mm

Table 4.

Indicates the average percentage of the observed root and shoot length of germinated mung bean after 24 hrs, 48 hrs, 72 hrs.

In the present study, the dichlorofluoresceine silver nanoparticles showed unpredicted effects on root and shoot length when treated with the various concentrations of dichlorofluoresceine silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs). The higher concentration of nanoparticles may be attributed to toxic level of nanoparticles which has been seen in present experimentation that above certain level of concentration the seedlings respond in different way and causes subsequent declines in growth. The work of [33] evidence the same results their study stating that at low concentrations the ZnO nanoparticles shows good effect on root and shoot was more prominent.

Therefore, the 25% concentration of dichlorofluoresceine silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) though show positive effects on the seed germinations of mung beans it could have an advantage of using as the tracking the bio active compound, fertilizers, pesticides, hormone, minerals transfer into the plant system. As the dichlorofluoresceine silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) is a organic dye it could be coupled with the non toxic materials or polymer that could have avoid harmless to plants and at the same time assist to deliver bio active essential compound in plants. This bio uptake, biotransformation, and bioaccumulation of Fluorescent dichlorofluoresceine silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNP) could be studied using the Confocal Laser-Scanning Microscopy. A study done by [38] already used Confocal laser scanning microscopy (CLSM), Leica TCS SP2 microscope (Leica Inc., Buffalo Grove, IL) to visualize the fluorescent Zein nanoparticles translocation in sugar cane.


5. Conclusion

In the current study, the synthesized dichlorofluoresceine silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) were synthesized successfully by boiling method. In addition, dichlorofluoresceine silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) were characterized by different techniques for measuring the particles size, morphology, functional group and surface charge. Moreover, the different concentrations of dichlorofluoresceine silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) effects on germination of mung beans (V. radiata) and the length of root and shoot were studied. The synthesized dichlorofluoresceine silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) are less than 159 nm size that interact and activates growth related gene. Therefore, 25% concentration of dichlorofluoresceine silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNP) is tested positive for shoot and root growth as compare to control. The 25% concentration of dichlorofluoresceine silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) is good dye for conjugation with other bioactive compounds and useful for tracking the bio active compounds, bio uptake, biotransformation and bioaccumulation into the plant system using confocal laser scanning microscopy.



The authors would like to thank Rajiv Gandhi Biotechnology Centre, Rashtrasant Tukdoji Maharaj Nagpur University, L.I.T. Premises, Nagpur-440033 (M.S.), India, for providing research space and laboratory facility for experimentations.


Conflict of interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.



The FTIR analysis of dichlorofluorescein silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNPs) were done at the Narsamma Hirayya Arts Commerce & Science college, Amravati, Maharashtra, India.



Author would like to thank the Principal and Dr. Khandekar, of Narsamma Hirayya Arts Commerce & Science college, Kiran Nagar Near Farshi Stop, Amravati, Maharashtra, India, for FTIR analysis. In addition, authors thanks Dr. Aniket Gade, Sant Gadge Baba Amravati University, MS, India for the zeta potential and Nanoparticles tracking and analysis (NTA) characterization of formulated dichlorofluoresceine silver nanoparticles (DCF-SNP).


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Bipin Deochand Lade, Arti Sanjay Shanware and Ruchika M. Barapatre

Submitted: 04 October 2020 Reviewed: 21 February 2021 Published: 16 March 2021