57Fe Mössbauer spectroscopy and electron paramagnetic resonance studies of human liver ferritin, Ferrum Lek and Maltofer®

I. V. Alenkina, M. I. Oshtrakh, Z. Klencsár, E. Kuzmann, A. V. Chukin, V. A. Semionkin

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A human liver ferritin, commercial Ferrum Lek and Maltofer® samples were studied using Mössbauer spectroscopy and electron paramagnetic resonance. Two Mössbauer spectrometers have been used: (i) a high velocity resolution (4096 channels) at 90 and 295 K, (ii) and a low velocity resolution (250 channels) at 20 and 40 K. It is shown that the three studied materials have different superparamagnetic features at various temperatures. This may be caused by different magnetic anisotropy energy barriers, sizes (volume), structures and compositions of the iron cores. The electron paramagnetic resonance spectra of the ferritin, Ferrum Lek and Maltofer® were decomposed into multiple spectral components demonstrating the presence of minor ferro- or ferrimagnetic phases along with revealing marked differences among the studied substances. Mössbauer spectroscopy provides evidences on several components in the measured spectra which could be related to different regions, layers, nanocrystallites, etc. in the iron cores that coincides with heterogeneous and multiphase models for the ferritin iron cores.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-36
Number of pages13
JournalSpectrochimica Acta - Part A: Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Publication statusPublished - Sep 15 2014



  • Electron paramagnetic resonance
  • Ferritin
  • Ferrum Lek
  • Maltofer®
  • Mössbauer spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Instrumentation
  • Spectroscopy

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