Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Rajalingam Dakshinamurthy (Director), Chad Snyder, Kevin Williams

Degree Program

Department of Chemistry

Degree Type

Master of Science


On the verge of entering the post-antibiotic era, numerous efforts are in place to regain the waning charm of antibiotics which are proving ineffective against most “Superbugs”. Engineered nanomaterials, especially gold nanoparticles (GNPs) capped with antibacterial agents, are proving to be an effective and novel strategy against multidrug resistant (MDR) bacteria. In this study, we report a one-step synthesis of antibioticcapped GNPs (25 ± 5 nm) utilizing the combined reducing and capping ability of a cephalosporin antibiotic, ceftazidime. No signs of aggregation or leaching of ceftazidime from GNP surface was observed upon its storage. Antibacterial testing showed dosedependent broad spectrum activity of Cef-GNPs against both Gram-positive (S. bovis and E. durans) and Gram-negative (P. aeruginosa and E. aerogenes) bacteria. A significant reduction in the minimum inhibition concentration (MIC) of Cef-GNPs was observed as compared to the ceftazidime by itself against Gram-negative bacteria. The MIC of Cef- GNPs were 0.1 mg mL-1 (P. aeruginosa and E. aerogenes) and 1.2 mg mL-1 (E. durans and S. bovis). Cef-GNPs exerted bactericidal action on both P. aeruginosa and E. durans by disrupting the cellular membrane resulting in leakage of cytoplasmic content and death of bacterial cell. Our investigation and results provides an additional step in the development of antibiotic capped GNP as potent next generation antibacterial agents.


Analytical Chemistry | Chemistry | Medicinal-Pharmaceutical Chemistry | Organic Chemistry