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    • Gold nanoparticle nanofibres as SERS substrate for detection of methylene blue and a chemical warfare simulant (methyl salicylate)

      M S S BHARATH CHANDU BYRA D BANERJEE D SARMA B BARKAKATY VENUGOPAL RAO SOMA

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      Flexible polymer (polyvinyl alcohol, PVA) nanofibres achieved with electrospinning and loaded with picosecond laser-ablated gold nanoparticles (Au NPs) were utilized as surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrates.The fabricated polymer nanofibres and Au NPs were characterized by UV–Visible absorption, field emission scanning electron microscope, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction techniques. The PVA–Au NPs SERS substrates were used to detect the dye methylene blue (MB 5 $\mu$M) and a chemical warfare agent simulant (methyl salicylate) using a portable Raman spectrometer. The flexible PVA–Au NPs nanofibre exhibited a good sensitivity with enhancement factors of >10$^4$ and a high reproducibility (RSD$\sim$10%). These flexible substrates could be extended for SERS studies of various explosive and other hazardous molecules.

    • Properties of [Fe$_4$Cu$_2$] magnetic cluster compound

      SWAPNIL SHUKLA SAYED MUKTAR HOSSAIN SAKSHI MEHTA SUJIT KAMILYA ABHISHAKE MONDAL D D SARMA

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      We have designed and synthesized a novel magnetic cluster containing low-spin (S = 1/2) Fe$^{3+}$ and spin-1/2 Cu$^{2+}$ ions, which incorporates competing ferromagnetic Fe–Cu interactions and antiferromagnetic Fe–Fe and Cu–Cu interactions. This is achieved with the help of a cyanido-bridged hexanuclear iron-copper cluster [{Fe(Tp)(CN)$_3$}$_4${Cu(MePz)$_2$}$_2$] following the building block approach. All experiments were carried out using the stable compound, [{Fe(Tp)(CN)$_3$}$_4${Cu(MePz)$_2$}$_2$], after removing the solvent molecules at 110°C for 2 h. Unusual magnetic interactions in this compound are revealed by the temperature- and field-dependent dc magnetic measurements. These magnetic measurements indicate the existence of ferromagnetic interactions between the low-spin Fe$^{3+}$ and Cu$^{2+}$ ions via cyanide bridge dominating magnetic properties over a wide temperature range below ${\sim}$15 K. At a still lower temperature, magnetic properties appear to be controlled by an effective antiferromagnetic interaction, possibly arising from inter-cluster couplings. Frequency-dependent ac susceptibility measurements establish a possible glassy state emerging below 4 K.

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