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ISRN Nanotechnology
Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 539601, 8 pages
Review Article

Dissolvable Trimolybdate Nanowires as Ag Carriers for High-Efficiency Antimicrobial Applications

1Key Laboratory for the Physics and Chemistry of Nanodevices and School of Electronics Engineering and Computer Science, Peking University, Beijing 100871, China
2Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 15 Datun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, China

Received 5 October 2011; Accepted 9 November 2011

Academic Editors: C. A. Charitidis and C. Malagù

Copyright © 2012 Jiongwei Xue et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Elimination of bacteria and other microbes effectively is important to our daily life and a variety of medical applications. Here, we introduce a new kind of trimolybdate nanowires, namely Ag2x(NH4)xMo3O103H2O, that carry a large amount of Ag atoms in the lattice and Ag-rich nanoparticles on the surface. These nanowires can eliminate bacteria of E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and unknown microbes in raw natural water with high efficiency. For example, they can inactivate more than 98% of E. coli with a nanowire concentration of only 5 ppm in the solution. The excellent sterilization performance is attributed to the combined effects of Ag ions, Mo ions, and Ag-rich nanoparticles of the Ag2x(NH4)xMo3O103H2O nanowires. These nanowires are not dissolvable in deionized water but can be dissolved by the metabolic materials released from bacteria, making them attractive for many biological applications.