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Optical studies on human hair fibres treated with a natural extract of red tulip flowers



  1. University of Bucharest, Faculty of Physics, Department of Electricity, Solid-State Physics and Biophysics, 405 Atomiștilor Street, PO Box MG-11, Bucharest-Măgurele, 077125, Romania
  2. University “Politehnica” of Bucharest, General Chemistry Department, Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, 1–7 Polizu Street, 011061 Bucharest, Romania
  3. National Institute for Research and Development in Optoelectronics—INOE 2000, Optospintronics Department, 409 Atomistilor Street, 077125, Măgurele, Ilfov County, Romania


Valorization of natural wastes in view of some interesting applications is in the spotlight of scientific research. Hair is a valuable biological material and its wastes could be used in various applications including optoelectronics. Therefore, the treatment of these natural fibres with phyto-derived bioactive agents is of great interest. This paper describes a “green” strategy to treat hair wastes with an extract of red flowers of tulip (Tulipa gesneriana L.). The tulip extract presents impressive antioxidant and antibacterial properties. FTIR-ATR and reflectance spectra proved the insertion of natural extract into hair fibres. These findings are promising, with great potential in biomedical and biophotonics fields.


Human hair, Ultrasound irradiation, Tulip (Tulipa gesneriana L.), Bio-activities (antioxidant and antibacterial activity).


M.-E. BARBINTA-PATRASCU, C. UNGUREANU, N. BADEA, S. M. IORDACHE, Optical studies on human hair fibres treated with a natural extract of red tulip flowers, Optoelectronics and Advanced Materials - Rapid Communications, 16, 9-10, September-October 2022, pp.458-463 (2022).

Submitted at: Aug. 16, 2022

Accepted at: Oct. 5, 2022