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Etienne Gaufrès, Nathalie Y-W Tang, Alexandre Favron, Charlotte Allard, François Lapointe, Vincent Jourdain, Said Tahir, Colin-Nadeau Brosseau, Richard Leonelli, Richard Martel
Liquid phase encapsulation of α-sexithiophene (6T) molecules inside individualized single-walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) is investigated using Raman imaging and spectroscopy. By taking advantage of the strong Raman response of this system, we probe the encapsulation isotherms at 30°C and 115°C using a statistical ensemble of SWCNTs deposited on a Si/SiO2 substrate. Two distinct and sequential stages of encapsulation are observed: Stage 1 is a one-dimensional (1D) aggregation of 6T aligned head-to-tail inside the nanotube and stage 2 proceeds with the assembly of a second row, giving pairs of aligned 6Ts stacked together side-by-side...
October 25, 2016: ACS Nano
Alice C Chang, Armen H Mekhdjian, Masatoshi Morimatsu, Aleksandra Kirillovna Denisin, Beth L Pruitt, Alexander R Dunn
Integrins mediate cell adhesion to the extracellular matrix and enable the construction of complex, multicellular organisms, yet fundamental aspects of integrin-based adhesion remain poorly understood. Notably, the magnitude of the mechanical load experienced by individual integrins within living cells is unclear, due principally to limitations inherent to existing techniques. Here we use FRET-based molecular tension sensors (MTSs) to directly measure the distribution of loads experienced by individual integrins in living cells...
October 25, 2016: ACS Nano
Gaël Reecht, Christian Lotze, Dmytro Sysoiev, Thomas Huhn, Katharina J Franke
Diarylethene molecules are prototype molecular switches with their two isomeric forms exhibiting strikingly different conductance, while maintaining similar length. We employed low-temperature scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) to resolve the energy and the spatial extend of the molecular orbitals of the open and closed isomers when lying on a Au(111) surface. We find an intriguing difference in the extension of the respective HOMOs and a peculiar energy splitting of the formerly degenerate LUMO of the open isomer...
October 24, 2016: ACS Nano
Laurent Pedesseau, Daniel Sapori, Boubacar Traore, Roberto Robles, Hong-Hua Fang, Maria Antonietta Loi, Hsinhan Tsai, Wanyi Nie, Jean-Christophe Blancon, Amanda Neukirch, Sergei Tretiak, Aditya D Mohite, Claudine Katan, Jacky Even, Mikaël Kepenekian
Layered halide hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites (HOP) have been the subject of intense investigation before the rise of three-dimensional (3D) HOP and their impressive performance in solar cells. Recently, layered HOP have also been proposed as attractive alternatives for photostable solar cells and revisited for light-emitting devices. In this review, we combine classical solid-state physics concepts with simulation tools based on density functional theory to overview the main features of the optoelectronic properties of layered HOP...
October 24, 2016: ACS Nano
Teng Wang, Yanru Guo, Zhenxing Zhou, Xinghua Chang, Jie Zheng, Xingguo Li
Developing noble-metal-free catalysts for electrochemical hydrogen evolution reactions (HER) with superior stability in acid is of critical importance for large-scale, low-cost hydrogen production from water electrolysis. Herein, we report a highly efficient and stable noble-metal-free HER catalyst, which is composed of Ni and Mo2C nanocrystals supported on N-doped graphite nanotubes. This catalyst shows very low overpotential (65 mV in 0.5 M H2SO4 at a current density of 10 mA cm(-2) with a Tafel plot of 67 mV/dec) and good stability for HER in acidic electrolyte, which is a promising noble-metal-free HER catalyst...
October 24, 2016: ACS Nano
Han Yu, Quan Sun, Kosei Ueno, Tomoya Oshikiri, Atsushi Kubo, Yasutaka Matsuo, Hiroaki Misawa
The extraordinary optical properties of coupled plasmonic nanostructures make these materials potentially useful in many applications; thus, they have received enormous attentions in basic and applied research. Coupled plasmon modes have been characterized predominantly using far-field spectroscopy. In near-field spectroscopy, the spectral response of local field enhancement in coupled plasmonic nanostructures remains largely unexplored, especially experimentally. Here, we investigate the coupled gold dolmen nanostructures in the near field using photoemission electron microscopy (PEEM), with wavelength-tunable femtosecond laser pulses as an excitation source...
October 24, 2016: ACS Nano
Ruobing Zhang, Gilbert O Fruhwirth, Oana Coban, James E Barrett, Thomas Burgoyne, Sang Hak Lee, Paul Dennis Simonson, Murat Baday, Boris Kholodenko, Clare E Futter, Tony Ng, Paul R Selvin
Heterogeneity of mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) activation in genetically identical cells, which occurs in response to epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) signaling, remains poorly understood. MAPK cascades integrate signals emanating from different EGFR spatial locations, including the plasma membrane and endocytic compartment. We previously hypothesized that in EGF-stimulated cells the MAPK phosphorylation (pMAPK) level and activity are largely determined by the spatial organization of the EGFR clusters within the cell...
October 21, 2016: ACS Nano
Søren Ulstrup, Jyoti Katoch, Roland J Koch, Daniel Schwarz, Simranjeet Singh, Kathleen M McCreary, Hyang Keun Yoo, Jinsong Xu, Berend T Jonker, Roland K Kawakami, Aaron Bostwick, Eli Rotenberg, Chris Jozwiak
There is a substantial interest in the heterostructures of semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) amongst each other or with arbitrary materials, through which the control of the chemical, structural, electronic, spintronic, and optical properties can lead to a change in device paradigms. A critical need is to understand the interface between TMDCs and insulating substrates, for example high-κ dielectrics, which can strongly impact the electronic properties such as the optical gap. Here we show that the chemical and electronic properties of the single-layer (SL) TMDC, WS2, can be transferred onto high-κ transition metal oxide substrates TiO2 and SrTiO3...
October 21, 2016: ACS Nano
Dongliang Chao, Pei Liang, Zhen Chen, Linyi Bai, He Shen, Xiaoxu Liu, Xinhui Xia, Yanli Zhao, Serguei V Savilov, Jianyi Lin, Ze Xiang Shen
The abundant reservation and low cost of sodium have provoked tremendous evolution of Na-ion batteries (SIBs) in the past few years, but their performances were still limited either by the specific capacity or rate capability. Attempts to pursuit high-rate ability with maintained high-capacity in a single electrode remains even more challenging. Here, an elaborate self-branched 2D SnS2 (B-SnS2) nanoarrays electrode is designed by a facile hot bath method for Na storage. This interesting electrode exhibits areal reversible capacity of ca...
October 21, 2016: ACS Nano
Yang Jie, Huarui Zhu, Xia Cao, Yue Zhang, Ning Wang, Liqun Zhang, Zhong Lin Wang
Tactile sensing is of great importance in developing human-machine interface, remote control and security systems. Here, a self-triggered alarm system based on the one-piece triboelectric nanosensor (TENS) is reported. By using nitrocellulose (NC) membrane as the triboelectric material, the as-designed TENS can not only sensitively respond to physical contacts in a self-triggered mode, but also securely detect the third-level details of latent fingerprint. The self-triggered idea based on the triboelectric nanogenerator is compatible with intelligent interactive interface...
October 21, 2016: ACS Nano
Sen Cong, Yu Cao, Xin Fang, Yufeng Wang, Qingzhou Liu, Hui Gui, Chenfei Shen, Xuan Cao, Eun Sok Kim, Chongwu Zhou
Active matrix liquid crystal display (AMLCD) is the most widely used display technology nowadays. Transparent display is one of the emerging technologies to provide people with more features such as displaying images on transparent substrates and simultaneously enabling people to see the scenery behind the panel. Polymer-dispersed liquid crystal (PDLC) is a possible active matrix transparent display technology due to its high transparency, good visibility, and low power consumption. Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) with excellent mobility, high transparency, and room-temperature processing compatibility are ideal materials for the driver circuit of the PDLC display...
October 20, 2016: ACS Nano
Sounik Saha, Xunhao Xiong, Prabir K Chakraborty, Khader Shameer, Rochelle R Arvizo, Rachel A Kudgus, Shailendra Kumar Dhar Dwivedi, Md Nazir Hossen, Elizabeth M Gillies, J David Robertson, Joel T Dudley, Raul A Urrutia, Russell G Postier, Resham Bhattacharya, Priyabrata Mukherjee
Altered tumor microenvironment (TME) arising from a bidirectional crosstalk between the pancreatic cancer cells (PCCs) and the pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) is implicated in the dismal prognosis in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), yet effective strategies to disrupt the crosstalk is lacking. Here, we demonstrate that gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) inhibit proliferation and migration of both PCCs and PSCs by disrupting the bidirectional communication via alteration of the cell secretome. Analyzing the key proteins identified from a functional network of AuNP-altered secretome in PCCs and PSCs, we demonstrate that AuNPs impair secretions of major hub node proteins in both cell types and transform activated PSCs toward a lipid-rich quiescent phenotype...
October 19, 2016: ACS Nano
Anders F Frellsen, Anders E Hansen, Rasmus I Jølck, Paul Kempen, Gregory W Severin, Palle H Rasmussen, Andreas Kjær, Andreas T I Jensen, Thomas L Andresen
By taking advantage of the ability of (64)Cu to bind non-specifically to gold surfaces, we have developed a new methodology to embed this radionuclide inside gold nanoparticles (AuNPs). (64)Cu enables the in vivo imaging of AuNPs by positron emission tomography (PET). AuNPs have a multitude of uses within health technology and are useful tools for general nanoparticle research. (64)Cu-AuNPs were prepared by incubating AuNP seeds with (64)Cu(2+), followed by the entrapment of the radionuclide by grafting a second layer of gold on the surface...
October 18, 2016: ACS Nano
Bumjin Jang, Wei Wang, Samuel Wiget, Andrew J Petruska, Xiangzhong Chen, Chengzhi Hu, Ayoung Hong, David Folio, Antoine Ferreira, Salvador Pané, Bradley J Nelson
We report the partial core-shell nanowire motors. These nanowires are fabricated using our previously developed electrodeposition-based technique, and their catalytic locomotion in the presence of H2O2 is investigated. Unlike conventional bimetallic nanowires that are self-electroosmotically propelled, our Au/Ru core-shell nanowires show both a noticeable decrease in rotational diffusivity and increase in motor speed with nanowire length. Numerical modelling based on self-electroosmosis attributes the decreases in rotational diffusivity to the formation of toroidal vortices at the nanowire tail, but fails to explain the speed increase with length...
October 18, 2016: ACS Nano
Saijie Pan, Niels Boon, Monica Olvera de la Cruz
Epitaxial growth of DNA functionalized nanoparticles is used to grow extended superlattices with a preferred orientation for optimizing the physical properties of meta-materials for real applications. Like any solid in nature, superlattices can contain different kinds of structural defects, which significantly alter their physical properties. Further development of these materials requires a deeper understanding of, as well as precise control over, structural defect formation. Here we use Monte Carlo simulations to conduct a systematic study of the equilibrium structures of the adsorbed nanoparticle monolayers by changing the binding energies of different attachment sites...
October 18, 2016: ACS Nano
Annabel Mikosch, Sibel Ciftci, Alexander J C Kuehne
The potential of colloidal crystals for applications in optics and photonics has been recognized since the description of spontaneous self-assembly of monodisperse colloids into periodic opaline geometries. Provided with a laser gain medium, these direct assemblies generate optical feedback and have prospective use as lasers, frequency converters and optical transistors; however, problems associated with crystal integrity and low loading capacities for the gain medium have pre-vented their realization to date...
October 18, 2016: ACS Nano
Nikolay Borodinov, Anna Paola Soliani, Yuriy Galabura, Bogdan Zdyrko, Carley Tysinger, Spencer Novak, Qingyang Du, Yizhong Huang, Vivek Singh, Zhaohong Han, Juejun Hu, Lionel Kimerling, Anuradha Murthy Agarwal, Kathleen Richardson, Igor Luzinov
We have fabricated gradient grafted nanofoam films that are able to record the presence of volatile chemical compounds in an off-line regime. In essence, the nanofoam film (100-300 nm thick) is anchored to a surface cross-linked polymer network in a metastable extended configuration that can relax back to a certain degree upon exposure to a chemical vapor. The level of the chain relaxation is associated with thermodynamic affinity between the polymer chains and the volatile compounds. In our design, the chemical composition of the nanofoam film is not uniform; therefore, the film possesses a gradually changing local affinity to a vapor along the surface...
October 18, 2016: ACS Nano
Benjamin T Diroll, Peijun Guo, Robert P H Chang, Richard D Schaller
Epsilon-near-zero materials may be synthesized as colloidal nanocrystals which display large magnitude sub-picosecond switching of infrared localized surface plasmon resonances. Such nanocrystals offer a solution-processable, scalable source of tunable metamaterials compatible with arbitrary substrates. Under intraband excitation, these nanocrystals display a red-shift of the plasmon feature arising from the low electron heat capacities and conduction band non-parabolicity of the oxide. Under interband pumping, they show in an ultrafast blueshift of the plasmon resonance due to transient increases in the carrier density...
October 18, 2016: ACS Nano
Xuan Cao, Christian Lau, Yihang Liu, Fanqi Wu, Hui Gui, Qingzhou Liu, Yuqiang Ma, Haochuan Wan, Moh R Amer, Chongwu Zhou
Semiconducting single-wall carbon nanotubes are ideal semiconductors for printed electronics due to their advantageous electrical and mechanical properties, intrinsic printability in solution, and desirable stability in air. However, fully printed, large-area, high-performance, and flexible carbon nanotube active-matrix backplanes are still difficult to realize for future displays and sensing applications. Here, we report fully screen-printed active-matrix electrochromic displays employing carbon nanotube thin-film transistors...
October 17, 2016: ACS Nano
Giles E Eperon, David Moerman, David S Ginger
We use high-resolution, spatially resolved, laser beam induced current, confocal photoluminescence, and photoconductive atomic force microscopy (pcAFM) measurements to correlate local solar cell performance with spatially heterogeneous local material properties in methylammonium lead triiodide (CH3NH3PbI3) perovskite solar cells. We find that, for this material and device architecture, the photocurrent heterogeneity measured via pcAFM on devices missing a top selective contact with traditional Au-coated tips is significantly larger than the photocurrent heterogeneity observed in full devices with both electron- and hole-selective extraction layers, indicating that extraction barriers at the Au/perovskite interface are ameliorated by deposition of the organic charge extraction layer...
October 17, 2016: ACS Nano
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