Synthesis, photocatalytic and antidiabetic properties of ZnO/PVA nanoparticles

A series of ZnO and ZnO/poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) catalysts were prepared using sol–gel method. An X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed the existence of the wurtzite ZnO phase, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) observation revealed the formation of spherical ZnO and ZnO/PVA nanoparticles. The decomposition of methylene blue (MB) and methyl orange (MO) induced by the synthesized pure ZnO and ZnO/PVA nanoparticles was studied under ultraviolet–visible irradiation. Among the catalysts evaluated, ZnO/5PVA was the most active in the decomposition of MB, whereas ZnO/7PVA was the most active catalyst in the decomposition of MO.

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Fig: Reaction scheme of ZnO/PVA nanocomposites.

Moreover, an investigation of the biological activity of pure ZnO and ZnO/PVA indicated that ZnO/5PVA exhibited the best performance in lowering the glucose level in diabetic rats.

EL-Dafrawy, S.M., Tarek, M., Samra, S. et al. Synthesis, photocatalytic and antidiabetic properties of ZnO/PVA nanoparticles. Sci Rep 11,11404 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-90846-8

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