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Yanan Zeng, Junsheng Lu, Xinyu Chang, Yuan Liu, Xiaodong Hu, Kangyan Su, Xiayu Chen
A digital hologram-optimizing method was proposed to improve the imaging quality of dual-wavelength digital holographic microscopy (DDHM) by reducing the phase noise level. In our previous work, phase noise reduction was achieved by dual-wavelength digital image-plane holographic microscopy (DDIPHM). In the optimization method in this paper, the phase noise was further reduced by enhancing the real-image term and suppressing effects of the zero-order term in the frequency spectrum of a digital hologram. Practically, the carrier frequency of the real-image term has the correspondence with interference fringes in the hologram...
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Xiangnan Li, Liqing He, Xiongwei Zhong, Jie Zhang, Shijing Luo, Wendi Yi, Luozheng Zhang, Manman Hu, Jun Tang, Xianyong Zhou, Xingzhong Zhao, Baomin Xu
Exploring earth-abundant and cost-effective catalysts with high activity and stability for a hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) is of great importance to practical applications of alkaline water electrolysis. Here, we report on A-site Ba2+ -deficiency doping as an effective strategy to enhance the electrochemical activity of BaCo0.4 Fe0.4 Zr0.1 Y0.1 O3- δ for HER, which is related to the formation of oxygen vacancies around active Co/Fe ions. By comparison with the benchmarking Ba0.5 Sr0.5 Co0.8 Fe0.2 O3- δ , one of the most spotlighted perovskite oxides, the Ba0...
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Piotr Lewitowicz, Jaroslaw Matykiewicz, Magdalena Chrapek, Dorota Koziel, Agata Horecka-Lewitowicz, Martyna Gluszek-Osuch, Iwona Wawrzycka, Stanisław Gluszek
Background: Technological advances constantly provide cutting-edge tools that enhance the progress of diagnostic capabilities. Gastrointestinal stromal tumors belong to a family of mesenchymal tumors where patient triaging is still based on traditional criteria such as mitotic count, tumor size, and tumor location. Limitations of the human eye and randomness in choice of area for mitotic figure counting compel us to seek more objective solutions such as digital image analysis. Presently, the labelling of proliferative activity is becoming a routine task amidst many cancers...
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Changcheng Gong, Li Zeng, Chengxiang Wang, Lei Ran
The purpose of this paper is to design and simulate a new computed tomography (CT) system with a high temporal resolution for dynamic objects. We propose a multisource cubical CT (MCCT) system with X-ray tubes and detectors installed on a cube. Carbon nanotube- (CNT-) based X-ray focal spots are distributed on the twelve edges of the cube. The distribution of X-ray focal spots and detectors completely avoids mechanical movements to scan an object under inspection. CNTs are excellent electron field emitters because the use of a "cold" cathode makes it possible to fabricate a cathode with multiple electron emission points, and the CNT-based X-ray focal spots possess little response time and programmable emission...
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Peng Yu, Mili Liu, Haixiong Gong, Fangfang Wu, Zili Yi, Hui Liu
SnO2 nanoparticles have been synthesized by a novel route of a sol-gel method assisted with biomimetic assembly using L-leucine as a biotemplate. The microstructure of as-prepared SnO2 nanoparticles was characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectra (FT-IR), and Brunner-Emmet-Teller (BET) measurements. The results demonstrated that the growth of SnO2 could be regulated by L-leucine at a high calcination temperature. The electrochemical performance of SnO2 was also measured as anodes for lithium-ion battery...
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Dawei Cui, Jinlong Wang, Ailing Sun, Hongmei Song, Wenqing Wei
Discharge rate is a key parameter affecting the cycle life of lithium-ion batteries (LIB). Normally, lithium-ion batteries deteriorate more severely at a higher discharge rate. In this paper, we report that the cycle performance of LiNi0.8 Co0.15 Al0.05 O2 /graphite high-energy 2.8 Ah 18650 cells is abnormally worse at a 1.5 C discharge rate than at a 2.0 C discharge rate. Combining macromethods with micromethods, the capacity/rate performance, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), and scanning electron microscope (SEM) morphology of the electrodes are systematically investigated...
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Jie Cui, Lin Cao, Dahai Zeng, Xiaojian Wang, Wei Li, Zhidan Lin, Peng Zhang
Ag-ion-modified titanium nanotube (Ag/TiO2 -NT) arrays were designed and fabricated as the electrode material of supercapacitors for electrochemical energy storage. TiO2 nanotube (NT) arrays were prepared by electrochemical anodic oxidation and then treated by Ag metal vapor vacuum arc (MEVVA) implantation. The Ag amount was controlled via adjusting ion implantation parameters. The morphology, crystallinity, and electrochemistry properties of as-obtained Ag/TiO2 -NT electrodes were distinguished based on various characterizations...
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Kaan Orhan, Reinhilde Jacobs, Berkan Celikten, Yan Huang, Karla de Faria Vasconcelos, Laura Ferreira Pinheiro Nicolielo, Arda Buyuksungur, Jeroen Van Dessel
While several materials and techniques have been used to assess the quality of root canal fillings in micro-CT images, the lack of standardization in scanning protocols has produced conflicting results. Hence, the aim of this study was to determine a cutoff voxel size value for the assessment of root canal filling voids in micro-CT and nano-CT images. Twenty freshly extracted mandibular central incisors were used. Root canals were prepared with nickel titanium files to an ISO size 40/0.06 taper and then filled with a single cone (40/0...
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Maria Stefanidou, Eleni Pavlidou
The effect of microstructure on macroproperties of building materials was the initiation in order to use microscopic techniques for studying the materials' behavior. Primer role among the different techniques has the scanning electron microscope (SEM) as it provides much information in an easy and understandable way. SEM has been used in almost every study of the last decades, dealing with historic and repair materials to complete the analysis performed. In the case of historic mortars, it is a unique technique as it requires a small representative sample and without any intense treatment important information derived from an almost unknown sample including damage detection, phase identification, and microanalysis...
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Lu Liu, Jianguo Xu, Rui Zhang, Sen Wu, Xiaodong Hu, Xiaotang Hu
This article presents an atomic force microscopy (AFM) technique for true three-dimensional (3D) characterization. The cantilever probe with flared tip was used in a home-made 3D-AFM system. The cantilever was driven by two shaking piezoceramics and oscillated around its vertical or torsional resonance frequency. The vertical resonance mode was used for upper surface imaging, and the torsional resonance mode was used for sidewall detecting. The 3D-AFM was applied to measure standard gratings with the height of 100 nm and 200 nm...
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Jianding Li, Jincheng Xu, Bo Li, Liqing He, Huaijun Lin, Hai-Wen Li, Huaiyu Shao
Mg-based materials are regarded as one of the most promising candidates for hydrogen storage. In order to clarify the relationship between the structures and properties as well as to understand the reaction and formation mechanisms, it is beneficial to obtain useful information about the size, morphology, and microstructure of the studied materials. Herein, the use of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques for the representation of Mg-based hydrogen storage materials is described...
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Emil Sandoz-Rosado, Michael R Roenbeck, Kenneth E Strawhecker
High-performance materials like ballistic fibers have remarkable mechanical properties owing to specific patterns of organization ranging from the molecular scale, to the micro scale and macro scale. Understanding these strategies for material organization is critical to improving the mechanical properties of these high-performance materials. In this work, atomic force microscopy (AFM) was used to detect changes in material composition at an extremely high resolution with transverse-stiffness scanning. New methods for direct quantification of material morphology were developed, and applied as an example to these AFM scans, although these methods can be applied to any spatially-resolved scans...
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Mohamed Yassine Amarouch, Jaouad El Hilaly, Driss Mazouzi
Atomic force microscopy (AFM) is a widely used imaging technique in material sciences. After becoming a standard surface-imaging tool, AFM has been proven to be useful in addressing several biological issues such as the characterization of cell organelles, quantification of DNA-protein interactions, cell adhesion forces, and electromechanical properties of living cells. AFM technique has undergone many successful improvements since its invention, including fluidic force microscopy (FluidFM), which combines conventional AFM with microchanneled cantilevers for local liquid dispensing...
2018: Scanning
Dmitry Filatov, Inga Kazantseva, Dmitry Antonov, Ivan Antonov, Maria Shenina, Dmitry Pavlov, Oleg Gorshkov
We report on the investigation of the resistive switching (RS) in the ultrathin (≈5 nm in thickness) yttria-stabilized zirconia (YSZ) films with single layers of Au nanoparticles (NPs) by conductive atomic force microscopy (CAFM). Besides the butterfly-type hysteresis loops in the current-voltage ( I - V ) curves of the contact of the CAFM probe to the investigated film surface corresponding to the bipolar RS, the negative differential resistance (NDR) has been observed in the I - V curves of the AFM probe contact to the YSZ films with Au NPs in the conductive ("ON") state...
2018: Scanning
Danielle Pereira Cavalcanti, Wanderley de Souza
The kinetoplast is a specialized region of the mitochondria of trypanosomatids that harbors the most complex and unusual mitochondrial DNA found in nature. Kinetoplast DNA (kDNA) is composed of thousands of circular molecules topologically interlocked to form a single network. Two types of DNA circles are present in the kinetoplast: minicircles (0.5-10 kb) and maxicircles (20-40 kb). Knowledge of kinetoplast architecture is crucial to understanding the replication and segregation of kDNA circles because the molecules involved in these processes are precisely positioned in functional domains throughout the kinetoplast...
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Kazuo Umemura, Shizuma Sato
Nanobioconjugates using carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are attractive and promising hybrid materials. Various biological applications using the CNT nanobioconjugates, for example, drug delivery systems and nanobiosensors, have been proposed by many authors. Scanning techniques such as scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and scanning probe microscopy (SPM) have advantages to characterize the CNT nanobioconjugates under various conditions, for example, isolated conjugates, conjugates in thin films, and conjugates in living cells...
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Soon-Hyeok Jeon, Geun Dong Song, Do Haeng Hur
The aim of this work is to characterize the oxide layer structure of Alloy 690TT in high-temperature water with different dissolved hydrogen (DH) contents by using an X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. Under the low DH contents (0.4494-0.8988 mg/kg), the oxide layers were composed of an outermost layer of Ni(OH)2 and Cr(OH)3 enriched in Ni, an intermediate layer of hydroxides and oxides enriched in Cr, and an inner Cr2 O3 layer. Outermost NiO coexists with small amount of Cr2 O3 layer, while in the inner oxide only Cr2 O3 remains...
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Peng Yu, Tao Hu, Hong Hui Chen, Fangfang Wu, Hui Liu
A composite of pyrolytic Triarrhena biochar loading with TiO2 nanoparticles has been synthesized by the sol-gel method. The composite shows a well-developed hollow mesoporous and macropore structure as characterized by XRD, BET, and SEM. When used as an absorbent to remove Congo red from aqueous solution, it was found that as-prepared composite performed better absorption capacity than single biochar or TiO2 . The results suggest that biochar loading with TiO2 could be promisingly implemented as an environmentally friendly and inexpensive adsorbent for Congo red removal from wastewater...
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Bo Li, Jianding Li, Huaiyu Shao, Wei Li, Huaijun Lin
TiVMn and TiCrMn alloys are promising hydrogen storage materials for onboard application due to their high hydrogen absorption content. However, the traditional synthesis method of melting and continuous necessary heat treatment and activation process are energy- and time-consuming. There is rarely any report on kinetics improvement and nanoprocessing in TiVMn- and TiCrMn-based alloys. Here, through ball milling with carbon black as additive, we synthesized face-centered cubic (FCC) structure TiVMn- and TiCrMn-based nanoalloys with mean particle sizes of around a few to tens of μ m and with the crystallite size just 10 to 13 nm...
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Clarice Steffens, Alexandra Nava Brezolin, Juliana Steffens
This paper describes the use of different conducting polymers (polyaniline, poly( o -ethoxyaniline), and polypyrrole) as a sensitive layer on a silicon cantilever sensor. The mechanical response (deflection) of the bimaterial (the coated cantilever) was investigated under the influence of relative humidity. The variations in the deflection of the coated cantilevers when exposed to relative humidity were evaluated. The results indicated a linear sensitivity in ranges, where the high value was obtained for a polypyrrole-sensitive layer between 20 and 45% of humidity...
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