Liquid media regulated growth of cinnamon nanoparticles: Absorption and emission traits


  • Ali Aqeel Salim Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Sib Krishna Ghoshal Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Lau Pik Suan Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Noriah Bidin Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Khaidzir Hamzah Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Maisarah Duralim Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
  • Hazri Bakhtiar Universiti Teknologi Malaysia



PLAL, CNPs, liquid media, absorption, emission


Customized cinnamon-based nanostructures are of great demand for broad arrays of nanomedical, biomedical and photocatalytic purposes. Conventional methods for cinnamon nanomaterials production with desirable optical absorption and emission properties are still limited. This communication elucidates the role of growth media (liquid ethanol and methanol) in controlling the optical qualities of cinnamon nanoparticles (CNPs). Such CNPs of varied morphologies were prepared using pulsed laser ablation in liquid (PLAL) technique (a simple, an inexpensive, and an eco-friendly approach). In the PLAL process, clean cinnamon sticks (as target material purchased from supermarket) were ablated via Q-switched Nd:YAG laser pulse of wavelength 532 nm operated at optimum fluence of 5.73 J/cm2. As-synthesized CNPs were characterized at room temperature using ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) absorption and photoluminescence (PL) emission spectroscopy. Uniformly dispersed high purity colloidal CNPs with narrow size distribution was achieved. The UV-Vis absorption and the PL spectra of CNPs revealed prominent peaks. These observed distinctive absorption and emission traits of studied CNPs were ascribed to the effects of oxygen deficiency, quantum confinement, crystal defects and existence of cinnamaldehyde compounds. In short, the nucleation and growth of CNPs was significantly sensitive to the chemical character of liquid suspension that provided a favorable thermodynamic condition via entropy driven free energy minimization. It was demonstrated that the structural, morphological, physical, optical properties of such CNPs can be tailored by intuitively selecting the liquid growth media. This disclosure affirmed that the present systematic approach can constitute a basis for the large-scale production of CNPs effective for widespread applications.

Author Biographies

Ali Aqeel Salim, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Laser Center, Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research

Sib Krishna Ghoshal, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Advanced Optical Materials Research Group, Physics Department, Faculty of Science

Lau Pik Suan, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Noriah Bidin, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Laser Center, Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research

Khaidzir Hamzah, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Faculty of Chemical and Energy Engineering

Maisarah Duralim, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Laser Center, Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research

Hazri Bakhtiar, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia

Laser Center, Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research


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