"VNx nanoparticles and nanowires have been prepared by nitrifying V2O5 nanoparticles (NP) and nanowires (NW). The V2O5 NP and NW were synthesized by a facile hydrothermal method. Magnetic susceptibility (chi) and magnetization measurements showed long range superconducting ordering (LRSO) at the temperature of 5.8 K for NW, but there was no observation of LRSO (at least down to 2 K) for the NP sample, which is a much lower temperature than for the corresponding bulk, while both NP and NW showed the absence of long range magnetic ordering, at least down to 2 K. However, the chi data showed that both samples possess a high Pauli-like component, chi(0), in their susceptibility (chi(0) approximate to 2.22 x 10(-4) emu/mol for NP and 5 x 10(-4) emu/mol for NW). Moreover, for the NW samples, chi has a strong magnetic field dependence and presents a non-linear field-polarization feature, suggesting strong spin-orbit coupling. (C) 2012 American Institute of Physics. [doi:10.1063/1.3679148]"