Ultraviolet Extinction and Visible Transparency by Ivy Nanoparticles

Nanoscale Res Lett. 2010 Jun 16;5(9):1487-1491. doi: 10.1007/s11671-010-9666-2.


Though much research has been conducted for nanoparticles, naturally occurring nanoparticles have not yet been well explored for their diverse properties and potential applications. This paper reports the optical absorption and scattering properties of nanoparticles secreted by English ivy. Both experimental and theoretical studies have been conducted. Strong ultraviolet extinction and excellent visible transparency are observed, compared to the inorganic TiO(2) and ZnO nanoparticles at similar concentrations. The contributions of absorption and scattering to the total extinction are quantified by simulation of the Mie scattering theory.