International Journal of Environmental Sciences

Volume 6 Issue 3 2015- July 2015  Pages: 345- 351 <<Previous    Next>>

Application of nanomedicine Cuprum metallicum as an agent for remediation of an azo dye, methyl orange and study its associated antimicrobial activity

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Monalisa Chakraborty1,2, Sukhen Das1,2,3, R. K. Manchanda4, Ruma Basu2,5,Papiya Nandy2

  1. Department of Physics, Jadavpur University, Raja S.C. Mullick Road, Kolkata, India
  2. Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Education, Kolkata, India.
  3. Indian Institute of Engineering  Science and Technology,  Shibpur, India,
  4. Central council for research in Homeopathy, New Delhi, India.
  5. Department of Physics, Jogamaya Devi College, Kolkata, India


Nanomedicine cuprum metallicum, a commonly available homeopathic drug which has copper nanoparticle as a main constituent, has been used to degrade azo dye methyl orange which is mutagenic in nature and is a prime pollutant in the waste water effluents of textile industry. Cuprum metallicum of three different potencies (6C, 30C, 200C) are used to degrade the dye at a particular time interval and also study their effect against gram positive and gram negative bacteria. The result shows that methyl orange can easily be degraded in presence of cuprum metallicum of different potencies and the drug also proved lethal to bacterial strains. Maximum dye degradation and antibacterial activity is observed in presence of 200C potency of the nanomedicine.

Keywords: Cuprum metallicum, methyl orange, UV-Vis spectroscopy, dye degradation, antimicrobial property.


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