Controlled extracellular biosynthesis of ZnS quantum dots by sulphate reduction bacteria in the presence of hydroxypropyl starch as a mediator

Abstract

Metal sulphide quantum dots (QDs) have broad applications. Sulphate-reducing bacteria (SRB) have been recognized as synthesizers of metal sulphides, with the characteristics of a high-production efficiency and easy product harvest. However, SRB are incapable of synthesizing metal sulphide QDs. In the present study, cheap hydroxypropyl starch (HPS) was used to assist SRB in manufacturing the ZnS QDs. The results exhibited that the HPS accelerated the growth of SRB and reduction of SO42+ into S2−, while it blocked the precipitation between S2− and Zn2+ to control the nucleation and growth of ZnS, resulting in the formation of ZnS QDs. When the HPS concentration increased from 0.2 to 1.6 g/L, the average crystal size (ACS) of ZnS QDs dropped from 5.95 to 3.34 nm, demonstrating the controlled biosynthesis of ZnS QDs. The ZnS QDs were coated or adhered to by both HPS and proteins, which played an important role in the controlled biosynthesis of ZnS QDs. The remarkable blue shift of the narrow UV absorption peak was due to the quantum confinement effect. The sequential variation in the colour of the photoluminescence spectrum (PL) from red to yellow suggested a tunable PL of the ZnS QDs. The current work demonstrated that SRB can fabricate the formation of ZnS QDs with a controlled size and tunable PL at a high-production rate of approximately 8.7 g/(L × week) through the simple mediation of HPS, with the yield being 7.46 times the highest yield in previously reported studies. The current work is of great importance to the commercialization of the biosynthesis of ZnS QDs.

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