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Anisha N Patel, Agnès Anne, Arnaud Chovin, Christophe Demaille, Eric Grelet, Thierry Michon, Cécilia Taofifenua
Organizing active enzyme molecules on nanometer-sized scaffolds is a promising strategy for designing highly efficient supported catalytic systems for biosynthetic and sensing applications. This is achieved by designing model nanoscale enzymatic platforms followed by thorough analysis of the catalytic activity. Herein, the virus fd bacteriophage is considered as an enzyme nanocarrier to study the scaffolding effects on enzymatic activity. Nanoarrays of randomly oriented, or directionally patterned, fd bacteriophage virus are functionalized with the enzyme glucose oxidase (GOx), using an immunological assembly strategy, directly on a gold electrode support...
January 18, 2017: Small
Sinho Choi, Yoon-Gyo Cho, Jieun Kim, Nam-Soon Choi, Hyun-Kon Song, Guoxiu Wang, Soojin Park
Porous structured materials have unique architectures and are promising for lithium-ion batteries to enhance performances. In particular, mesoporous materials have many advantages including a high surface area and large void spaces which can increase reactivity and accessibility of lithium ions. This study reports a synthesis of newly developed mesoporous germanium (Ge) particles prepared by a zincothermic reduction at a mild temperature for high performance lithium-ion batteries which can operate in a wide temperature range...
January 18, 2017: Small
Xinglei Zhao, Yuyao Li, Ting Hua, Pan Jiang, Xia Yin, Jianyong Yu, Bin Ding
The lethal danger of particulate matter (PM) pollution on health leads to the development of challenging individual protection materials that should ideally exhibit a high PM2.5 purification efficiency, low air resistance, an important moisture-vapor transmission rate (MVTR), and an easy-to-clean property. Herein, a cleanable air filter able to rapidly transfer moisture and efficiently capture PM2.5 is designed by electrospinning superhydrophilic polyacrylonitrile/silicon-dioxide fibers as the adsorption-desorption vector for moisture-vapor, and hydrophobic polyvinylidene fluoride fibers as the repellent components to avoid the formation of capillary water under high humidity...
January 17, 2017: Small
Chunyan Liu, Shulin Zhao, Yanan Lu, Yingxue Chang, Dongdong Xu, Qi Wang, Zhihui Dai, Jianchun Bao, Min Han
3D porous nanoarchitectures derived from SnS/S-doped graphene hybrid nanosheets are successfully prepared by controllable thermal conversion of oleylamine-capped mixed-phase SnS2 -SnS nanodisks precursors, and employed as electroactive material to fabricate flexible, symmetric, all-solid-state supercapacitors. The fabricated solid devices exhibit very high areal specific capacitance (2.98 mF cm(-2) ), good cycling stability (99% for 10 000 cycles), excellent flexibility, and desirable mechanical stability.
January 16, 2017: Small
Hongbao Xin, Yuchao Li, Dekang Xu, Yueli Zhang, Chia-Hung Chen, Baojun Li
Detecting and analyzing pathogenic bacteria in an effective and reliable manner is crucial for the diagnosis of acute bacterial infection and initial antibiotic therapy. However, the precise labeling and analysis of bacteria at the single-bacterium level are a technical challenge but very important to reveal important details about the heterogeneity of cells and responds to environment. This study demonstrates an optical strategy for single-bacterium labeling and analysis by the cotrapping of single upconversion nanoparticles (UCNPs) and bacteria together...
January 16, 2017: Small
Meng-Hsuan Chao, Yen-Ting Lin, Namasivayam Dhenadhayalan, Hsin-Lung Lee, Hsin-Yen Lee, King-Chuen Lin
Single-molecule fluorescence correlation spectroscopy overcomes the resolution barrier of optical microscopy (10≈-20 nm) and is utilized to look into lipid dynamics in small unilamellar vesicles (SUVs; diameter < 100 nm). The fluorescence trajectories of lipid-like tracer 1,1'-dioctadecyl-3,3,3',3'-tetramethylindodicarbocyanine (DiD) in the membrane bilayers are acquired at a single-molecule level. The autocorrelation analysis yields the kinetic information on lipid organization, oxygen transport, and lateral diffusion in SUVs' membrane...
January 16, 2017: Small
Hieu Bui, Vincent Miao, Sudhanshu Garg, Reem Mokhtar, Tianqi Song, John Reif
Theoretical models of localized DNA hybridization reactions on nanoscale substrates indicate potential benefits over conventional DNA hybridization reactions. Recently, a few approaches have been proposed to speed-up DNA hybridization reactions; however, experimental confirmation and quantification of the acceleration factor have been lacking. Here, a system to investigate localized DNA hybridization reactions on a nanoscale substrate is presented. The system consists of six metastable DNA hairpins that are tethered to a long DNA track...
January 16, 2017: Small
Karim Aissou, Muhammad Mumtaz, Pierre Marcasuzaa, Cyril Brochon, Eric Cloutet, Guillaume Fleury, Georges Hadziioannou
Laterally ordered nanorings with a periodicity of 38 nm are produced from the directed self-assembly of poly(1,1-dimethylsilacyclobutane)-block-polystyrene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) thin films on topographically patterned substrates. Such nanoscale arrays with vertically oriented rings are highly desired in technological applications including memory using magnetic recording, metamaterial, waveguide, etc.
January 16, 2017: Small
Yuqi Zhang, Qianqian Fu, Jianping Ge
A test-paper-like photonic crystal (PC) viscometer is fabricated based on the positive correlation between viscosity and the infiltration time for viscous liquid to entirely soak the PC film. It can be broadly used in different occasions to quickly determine the viscosity for many liquids, considering its portable and disposable characteristics and the requirement of little samples.
January 16, 2017: Small
Guoxi Xu, Zihan Huang, Pengyu Chen, Tianqi Cui, Xinghua Zhang, Bing Miao, Li-Tang Yan
Structurally dynamic polymers are recognized as a key potential to revolutionize technologies ranging from design of self-healing materials to numerous biomedical applications. Despite intense research in this area, optimizing reactivity and thereby improving self-healing ability at the most fundamental level pose urgent issue for wider applications of such emerging materials. Here, the authors report the first mechanistic investigation of the fundamental principle for the dependence of reactivity and self-healing capabilities on the properties inherent to dynamic polymers by combining large-scale computer simulation, theoretical analysis, and experimental discussion...
January 16, 2017: Small
Feng Li, Junjie Qi, Minxuan Xu, Jiankun Xiao, Yuliang Xu, Xiankun Zhang, Shuo Liu, Yue Zhang
Here surface potential of chemical vapor deposition (CVD) grown 2D MoS2 with various layers is reported, and the effect of adherent substrate and light illumination on surface potential of monolayer MoS2 are investigated. The surface potential of MoS2 on Si/SiO2 substrate decreases from 4.93 to 4.84 eV with the increase in the number of layer from 1 to 4 or more. Especially, the surface potentials of monolayer MoS2 are strongly dependent on its adherent substrate, which are determined to be 4.55, 4.88, 4.93, 5...
January 16, 2017: Small
Myung Jin Park, Yuna Kim, Youngsoo Kim, Byung Hee Hong
The demands to examine components serving as one of the active layers in heterostructures of 2D materials have been recently increasing. Nanomaterials synthesized from a solution process and their self-assembly can provide a promising route to build a new type of mixed dimensional heterostructures, and several methodologies have been reported previously to construct 2D assemblies from colloidal nanostructures in solution. Graphene quantum dots (GQDs), receiving much interest due to the tunable optical band gap and the capability of chemical functionalization, are considered as emerging nanomaterials for various optoelectronic and biological applications...
January 16, 2017: Small
Takeaki Yajima, Tomonori Nishimura, Akira Toriumi
The "collective length" in VO2 metal-insulator transitions is identified by controlling nanoscale dopant distribution in thin films. The crossover from the local transition to the collective transition is observed, which originated from the increased instability of the metal-insulator domain boundary. This instability renders the transition collective within the "collective length," which will enable to design collective electronic devices.
January 16, 2017: Small
Xiaojing Zhao, Lei Dai, Qing Qin, Fei Pei, Chengyi Hu, Nanfeng Zheng
3D PdCu alloy nanosheets exhibit enhanced electrocatalytic activity toward hydrogen evolution reaction and ethanol oxidation reaction in alkaline media. Simultaneous hydrogen and acetate production via a solar-powered cell for ethanol reforming has been fabricated using the nanosheets as bifunctional electrocatalysts. The device is promising for the production of both hydrogen and value-added chemicals using renewable energy.
January 16, 2017: Small
Sukeun Kuk, Byung Il Lee, Joon Seok Lee, Chan Beum Park
Rose bengal (RB)-loaded upconverting nanocomposites are synthesized as a near-infrared (NIR)-responsive inhibitor of Aβ aggregation. Rattle-structured, organosilica shell (ROS) is deposited on NaYF4 :Yb,Er nanocrystals (UCNPs) for high loading efficiency and disaggregation of RB. RB/UCNP@ROS successfully inhibits Aβ self-assembly under NIR irradiation by generating (1) O2 . Furthermore, photoexcited RB/UCNP@ROS is effective in suppressing Aβ-induced cytotoxicity.
January 16, 2017: Small
Richard J Murdock, Shawn A Putnam, Soumen Das, Ankur Gupta, Elyse D Z Chase, Sudipta Seal
A clinically relevant magneto-optical technique (fd-FRS, frequency-domain Faraday rotation spectroscopy) for characterizing proteins using antibody-functionalized magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) is demonstrated. This technique distinguishes between the Faraday rotation of the solvent, iron oxide core, and functionalization layers of polyethylene glycol polymers (spacer) and model antibody-antigen complexes (anti-BSA/BSA, bovine serum albumin). A detection sensitivity of ≈10 pg mL(-1) and broad detection range of 10 pg mL(-1) ≲ cBSA ≲ 100 µg mL(-1) are observed...
January 16, 2017: Small
Ming Liu, Qing Li, Xianying Qin, Gemeng Liang, Wenjie Han, Dong Zhou, Yan-Bing He, Baohua Li, Feiyu Kang
V2 O5 decorated carbon nanofibers (CNFs) are prepared and used as a multifunctional interlayer for lithium-sulfur (Li-S) battery. V2 O5 anchored on CNFs can not only suppress the shuttle effect of polysulfide by the strong adsorption and redox reaction, but also work as a high-potential dam to restrain the self-discharge behavior in battery. As a result, the Li-S batteries with a high capacity and long cycling life can be stored and rested for a long time without obvious capacity fading.
January 13, 2017: Small
Yong Cheng, Xing Feng, Xiaoting Cao, Bin Wen, Qian Wang, Yoshiyuki Kawazoe, Puru Jena
The present work not only predicts the existence of 3D topological semimetallic carbon allotropes composed of tetrarings, but also provides a likely crystalline structure for the unknown phase produced in the detonation soot.
January 12, 2017: Small
Mingyang Li, Mei Zu, Jinshan Yu, Haifeng Cheng, Qingwen Li
A stretchable fiber supercapacitor (SC) based on buckled MnO2 /oxidized carbon nanotube (CNT) fiber electrode is fabricated by a simple prestraining-then-buckling method. The prepared stretchable fiber SC has a specific volumetric capacitance up to 409.4 F cm(-3) , which is 33 times of the pristine CNT fiber based SC, and shows the outstanding stability and repeatability in performance as stretchable SC.
January 12, 2017: Small
Shixian Lv, Zhaohui Tang, Wantong Song, Dawei Zhang, Mingqiang Li, Huaiyu Liu, Jianjun Cheng, Wu Zhong, Xuesi Chen
Nanomedicine (NM) cannot penetrate deeply into solid tumors, which is partly attributed to the heterogeneous microenvironment and high interstitial fluid pressure of solid tumors. To improve NM efficacy, there has been tremendous effort developing tumor-penetrating NMs by miniaturizing NM sizes or controlling NM surface properties. But progress along the direction of developing tumor penetrating nanoparticle has been slow and improvement of the overall antitumor efficacy has been limited. Herein, a novel strategy of inhibiting solid tumor with high efficiency by dual-functional, nontumor-penetrating NM is demonstrated...
January 12, 2017: Small
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