This paper describes surfactant-free and template-free synthesis of gold nanorods/nanobelts (Au-NRBs) using ciprofloxacin (CF) as a reducing/stabilizing agent (a fluoroquinolone antibiotic). Synthesized Au-NRBs were stable and easily soluble in water. Scanning electron microscopy, energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and UV-visible spectroscopy are used for characterization of synthesized Au-NRBs. Indeed, synthesized Au-NRB-modified electrodes show high electrocatalytic properties toward oxidation of ethanol in alkaline solution (0.1 M NaOH).
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Ashok Kumar, S., Wang, S. F., Yang, J. C., Yeh, C. T., & Lu, H. C. (2010). Synthesis of gold nanorods/nanobelts and their potent electrocatalytic properties toward ethanol oxidation. Chemistry Letters, 39(1), 74-75. https://doi.org/10.1246/cl.2010.74