PVP-capped silver nanoparticles (Ag@PVP) were synthesized through a chemical reduction method using sodium borohydride (NaBH4) as reducing agent in an aqueous medium. The as-prepared nanoparticles were characterized using a Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM), UV-Visible, photoluminescence and Raman spectroscopies. Optical absorption measurements of Ag@PVP nanoparticles showed a strong localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR). SERS experiments highlighted the regioselective adsorption of PVP on the Ag surface via the Ag-O interactions and the stability of Ag@PVP nanoparticles. The biocompatibility of these nanoparticles was studied using cytotoxicity experiments against HUVEC cells.
C. El Baher Dhafer, A. Mezni, L.S. Smiri
Silver nanoparticles, Raman-SERS, Ag-O interactions, Biocompatibility, Cytotoxicity
Iron molybdate NaMnFe(MoO4)3 has been synthesized by flux method and solid state reaction, and characterized by X-ray diffraction, magnetic susceptibility and ionic conductivity. This compound is isostructural with α-NaFe2 (MoO4)3 and crystallizes in the triclinic space group PĪ with the cell parameters: a = 6.963(3) Å, b = 6.998(1) Å, c = 11.169(2) Å, α = 79.88(1)°, β = 84.01(3)°, γ = 80.81(3)° and Z = 2. Its structure is built up from [Mn,Fe]2O10 units of edge-sharing [Mn,Fe]O6 octahedra which are linked to each other through the common corners of MoO4 tetrahedra. The resulting anionic three-dimensional framework leads to the formation of channels along the  direction, where the Na+ cations are located. The disordered distribution of iron and manganese in the same site is confirmed by bond valence calculation. Magnetic measurements show that this compound to be antiferromagnetic with Cm = 9.03 emu K/mol and θ = -65.5 K. Ionic conductivity results of the title compound reveal an activation energy Ea = 0.95 eV noticeably higher than Ea < 0.36 eV observed for NaMFe(MoO4)3 (M = Ni, Zn) . This disparity can be related to the difference between the structural characteristics of both kinds of compounds.
M. Mhiri, A. Badri, M.L. Lopez, C. Pico, M. Ben Amara
Iron molybdate; X-ray diffraction; Magnetic measurements; Ionic conductivity