Background: Seaweeds, being abundant sources of active components have attained
much interest in recent times. The seaweeds are routinely used in life science research and are well
known for their biological applications. In addition to that, the synthesis of metallic nanoparticles
from these natural resources has its own attraction in drug delivery and was observed by using 2 mL
of Ag NP colloids.
Objective: In this study, the synthesis of silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) using Padina tetrastromatica
has been evaluated for their catalytic activity in the degradation of organic dye.
Method: The catalytic activity of the biosynthesized Ag NP colloid was studied for the degradation
of Methylene blue (MB) and Acridine orange (AO) dye. The degradation of methylene blue and
acridine orange was observed at regular time interval by using UV-vis absorption spectra at 664 nm
and 490 nm respectively.
Results: The percentage of dye degradation increased in the presence of NaBH4. It was observed that
80.09% of MB dye reduction was observed by using 2 mL of Ag NP colloids. The acridine orange
dye showed reduction of 83.06%. The rate constants for the reduction of Methylene blue (MB) and
acridine orange (AO) dye using 2 mL Ag NPs colloids are 0.077 and 0.090 min-1, respectively.