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Renyuan Li, Lianbin Zhang, Le Shi, Peng Wang
MXene, a new series of 2D material, has been steadily advancing its applications to a variety of fields, such as catalysis, supercapacitor, molecular separation, electromagnetic wave interference shielding. This work reports a carefully designed aqueous droplet light heating system along with a thorough mathematical procedure, which combined leads to a precise determination of internal light-to-heat conversion efficiency of a variety of nanomaterials. The internal light-to-heat conversion efficiency of MXene, more specifically Ti3C2, was measured to be 100%, indicating a perfect energy conversion...
March 24, 2017: ACS Nano
Cindy Gunawan, Christopher P Marquis, Rose Amal, Georgios A Sotiriou, Scott A Rice, Elizabeth J Harry
In this era of increasing antibiotic resistance, the use of alternative antimicrobials such as silver has become more widespread. Superior antimicrobial activity has been provided through fabrication of silver nanoparticles or nanosilver (NAg), which imparts cytotoxic actions distinct from those of bulk silver. In the wake of the recent discoveries of bacterial resistance to NAg and its rising incorporation in medical and consumer goods such as wound dressings and dietary supplements, we argue that there is an urgent need to monitor the prevalence and spread of NAg microbial resistance...
March 24, 2017: ACS Nano
Maogang Gong, Qingfeng Liu, Brent Cook, Bhupal Kattel, Ti Wang, Wai-Lun Chan, Dan Ewing, Matthew Casper, Alex Stramel, Judy Z Wu
In ZnO quantum dot/graphene heterojunction photodetectors, fabricated by printing quantum dots (QDs) directly on the graphene field-effect transistor (GFET) channel, the combination of the strong quantum confinement in ZnO QDs and the high charge mobility in graphene allows extraordinary quantum efficiency (or photoconductive gain) in visible-blind ultraviolet (UV) detection. Key to the high performance is a clean van der Waals interface to facilitate an efficient charge transfer from ZnO QDs to graphene upon UV illumination...
March 24, 2017: ACS Nano
Xiao-Xue Hu, Ping-Ping He, Guo-Bin Qi, Yu-Juan Gao, Yao-Xin Lin, Chao Yang, Pei-Pei Yang, Hongxun Hao, Lei Wang, Hao Wang
Tumor metastasis is one of the big challenges in cancer treatment and is often associated with high patient mortality. Until now, there is an agreement that tumor invasion and metastasis are related to degradation of extracellular matrix (ECM) by enzymes. Inspired by the formation of natural ECM and the in situ self-assembly strategy developed in our group, herein, we in situ constructed an artificial extracellular matrix (AECM) based on transformable Laminin (LN)-mimic peptide 1 (BP-KLVFFK-GGDGR-YIGSR) for inhibition of tumor invasion and metastasis...
March 23, 2017: ACS Nano
Wenxiang Guo, Weiwei Sun, Li-Ping Lv, Shaofeng Kong, Yong Wang
Metal-organic-framework (MOF) approach is demonstrated as an effective strategy for the morphology evolution control of MIL-53(Fe) with assistance of microwave irradiation. Owing to the homogenous nucleation offered by microwave irradiation and confined porosity and skeleton by MOF templates, various porous Fe2O3 nanostructures including spindle, concave octahedron, solid octahedron, yolk-shell octahedron, and nanorod with porosity control are derived by simply adjusting irradiation time. The formation mechanism for the MOF precursors and their derived iron oxides with morphology control are investigated...
March 23, 2017: ACS Nano
Zhepeng Zhang, Xujing Ji, Jianping Shi, Xiebo Zhou, Shuai Zhang, Yue Hou, Yue Qi, Qiyi Fang, Qingqing Ji, Yu Zhang, Min Hong, Pengfei Yang, Xinfeng Liu, Qing Zhang, Lei Liao, Chuanhong Jin, Zhongfan Liu, Yanfeng Zhang
Stacked transition-metal dichalcogenides on hexagonal boron nitride (h-BN) are platforms for high-performance electronic devices. However, such vertical stacks are usually constructed by the layer-by-layer polymer-assisted transfer of mechanically exfoliated layers. This inevitably causes interfacial contamination and device performance degradation. Herein, we develop a two-step, low-pressure chemical vapor deposition synthetic strategy incorporating the direct growth of monolayer h-BN on Au foil with the subsequent growth of MoS2...
March 23, 2017: ACS Nano
Shuanghao Zheng, Zhilin Li, Zhong-Shuai Wu, Yanfeng Dong, Feng Zhou, Sen Wang, Qiang Fu, Chenglin Sun, Liwei Guo, Xinhe Bao
Interfacial integration of the shape-engineered electrode with strongly bonded current collector is the key for minimizing both ionic and electronic resistance, and then developing high-power supercapacitors. Herein, we demonstrated the construction of high-power micro-supercapacitors (VG-MSCs) based on high-density unidirectional arrays of vertically aligned graphene (VG) nanosheets, derived from thermally decomposed SiC substrate. The as-grown VG arrays showed a standing basal plane orientation grown on (0001(-)) SiC substrate, tailored thickness (3...
March 23, 2017: ACS Nano
Moustafa R K Ali, Yue Wu, Deepraj Ghosh, Brian H Do, Kuangcai Chen, Michelle R Dawson, Ning Fang, Todd A Sulchek, Mostafa A El-Sayed
Most cancer patients die from metastasis. Recent studies have shown that gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) can slow down the migration/invasion speed of cancer cells and suppress metastasis. Since nuclear stiffness of the cell largely decreases cell migration, our hypothesis is that targeting AuNPs to the cell nucleus region could enhance nuclear stiffness, and therefore inhibit cell migration and invasion. Our results showed that upon nuclear targeting of AuNPs, the ovarian cancer cell motilities decrease significantly, compared with non-targeted AuNPs...
March 23, 2017: ACS Nano
Desmond E Schipper, Zhenhuan Zhao, Andrew P Leitner, Lixin Xie, Fan Qin, Md Kamrul Alam, Shuo Chen, Dezhi Wang, Zhifeng Ren, Zhiming Wang, Jiming Bao, Kenton H Whitmire
A variety of catalysts have been developed for electrocatalytic oxygen evolution, but very few of them can be readily integrated with semiconducting light absorbers for photoelectrochemical or photocatalytic water splitting. Here, we demonstrate an efficient core/shell photoanode with a highly active oxygen evolution electrocatalyst shell (FeMnP) and semiconductor core (rutile TiO2) for photoelectrochemical oxygen evolution reaction (PEC-OER). Metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) from a single-source precursor was used to ensure good contact between the FeMnP and the TiO2...
March 23, 2017: ACS Nano
Zhiyong Zhang, Yingjun Yang, Li Ding, Jie Han, Lian-Mao Peng
Solution-derived carbon nanotube (CNT) network films with high semiconducting purity are suitable materials for the wafer-scale fabrication of field-effect transistors (FETs) and integrated circuits (ICs). However, it is challenging to realize high-performance complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) FETs with high yield and stability on such CNT network films, and this difficulty hinders the development of CNT-film-based ICs. In this work, we developed a doping-free process for the fabrication of CMOS FETs based on solution-processed CNT network films, in which the polarity of the FETs was controlled by using Sc or Pd as the source/drain contacts to selectively inject carriers into the channels...
March 23, 2017: ACS Nano
Tao Li, Jingdian Zou, Fei Xing, Meng Zhang, Xia Cao, Ning Wang, Zhong Lin Wang
Triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs) can be applied for the next generation of artificial intelligent products, where skin-like tactile sensing advances the ability of robotics to feel and interpret environment. In this paper, a flexible and thin tactile sensor was developed on the basis of dual-mode TENGs. The effective transduction of touch and pressure stimulus into independent and interpretable electrical signals permits the instantaneous sensing of location and pressure with a plane resolution of 2 mm, a high-pressure-sensing sensitivity up to 28 mV·N(-1), and a linear pressure detection ranging from 40 to 140 N...
March 23, 2017: ACS Nano
Jun Lu, Yi-Xin Chang, Ning-Ning Zhang, Ying Wei, Ai-Ju Li, Jia Tai, Yao Xue, Zhao-Yi Wang, Yang Yang, Li Zhao, Zhong-Yuan Lu, Kun Liu
Gold nanorods are excellent anisotropic building blocks for plasmonic chiral nanostructures. The near-infrared plasmonic band of nanorods makes them highly desirable for biomedical applications such as chiral bioimaging and sensing, in which a strong circular dichroism (CD) signal is required. Chiral assemblies of gold nanorods induced by self-associating peptides are especially attractive for this purpose as they exhibit plasmonic-enhanced chiroptical activity. Here, we showed that the presence of cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) micelles in a gold nanorod solution promoted the self-association of l-/d-glutathione (GSH) and significantly enhanced the chirality of the resulting plasmonic nanochains...
March 23, 2017: ACS Nano
Lianfeng Zhao, Yao-Wen Yeh, Nhu L Tran, Fan Wu, Zhengguo Xiao, Ross A Kerner, YunHui L Lin, Gregory D Scholes, Nan Yao, Barry P Rand
Hybrid organic-inorganic halide perovskite semiconductors are attractive candidates for optoelectronic applications, such as photovoltaics, light-emitting diodes, and lasers. Perovskite nanocrystals are of particular interest, where electrons and holes can be confined spatially, promoting radiative recombination. However, nanocrystalline films based on traditional colloidal nanocrystal synthesis strategies suffer from the use of long insulating ligands, low colloidal nanocrystal concentration, and significant aggregation during film formation...
March 23, 2017: ACS Nano
Pavel Moroz, Natalia Razgoniaeva, Yufan He, Gregory Jensen, Holly Eckard, H Peter Lu, Mikhail Zamkov
Tracking the energy flow in nanoscale materials is an important yet challenging goal. Experimental methods for probing the intermolecular energy transfer (ET) are often burdened by the spectral crosstalk between donor and acceptor species, which complicates unraveling their individual contributions. This issue is particularly prominent in inorganic nanoparticles and biological macromolecules featuring broad absorbing profiles. Here, we demonstrate a general spectroscopic strategy for measuring the ET efficiency between nanostructured or molecular dyes exhibiting a significant donor-acceptor spectral overlap...
March 23, 2017: ACS Nano
Dalong Ni, Jiawen Zhang, Jing Wang, Ping Hu, Yingying Jin, Zhongmin Tang, Zhenwei Yao, Wenbo Bu, Jianlin Shi
Gd(3+)-based contrast agents (CAs) are the most prevailing and widely used for enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Numbers of approaches have been developed to regulate the key parameters in order to obtain high-relaxivity CAs, according to the classic Solomon-Bloembergen-Morgen theory. Herein, a method of controlling oxygen vacancies in inorganic nanosized CAs has been developed for largely accelerated proton relaxation to obtain a high r1 value. Such a strategy is verified on oxygen-deficient PEG-NaxGdWO3 nanorods, which exhibit a remarkable r1 value up to 80 mM(-1) s(-1) (at 0...
March 23, 2017: ACS Nano
Jie Guan, Hsun-Jen Chuang, Zhixian Zhou, David Tománek
In search of an improved strategy to form low-resistance contacts to semiconducting transition metal dichalcogenides, we combine ab initio density functional electronic structure calculations for an NbSe2/WSe2 interface with quantum transport measurements of the corresponding heterojunction between a few-layer WSe2 semiconductor and a metallic NbSe2 layer. Our theoretical results suggest that, besides a rigid band shift associated with charge transfer, the presence of NbSe2 does not modify the electronic structure of WSe2...
March 23, 2017: ACS Nano
Philipp Sebastian Schattling, Miguel Alexandre Ramos-Docampo, Veronica Salgueiriño, Brigitte Städler
Self-propelled particles attract a great deal of attention due to the auspicious range of application nanobots can be used for. In a biomedical context, self-propelled swimmers hold promise to autonomously navigate to a desired location in an attempt to counteract cell/tissue defects either by releasing drugs or performing surgical tasks. The vast majority of prior reports deal with single engine assemblies, often utilizing fuel molecules which are considered as highly cytotoxic. Herein, we introduce two engines: 1) a motor which couples enzymes i...
March 22, 2017: ACS Nano
Lei He, Dan-Qing Lu, Hao Liang, Sitao Xie, Can Luo, Miaomiao Hu, Liujun Xu, Xiaobing Zhang, Weihong Tan
Accurate detection and imaging of tumor-related mRNA in living cells hold great promise for early cancer detection. However, currently, most probes designed to image intracellular mRNA confront intrinsic interferences arising from complex biological matrices and resulting in inevitable false-positive signals. To circumvent this problem, a new class of intracellular DNA nanoprobe, termed DNA tetrahedron nano-tweezer (DTNT), was developed to reliably image tumor-related mRNA in living cells based on the FRET (fluorescence resonance energy transfer) "off" to "on" signal readout mode...
March 22, 2017: ACS Nano
Mariam Barawi, Luca De Trizio, Roberto Giannuzzi, Giulia Veramonti, Liberato Manna, Michele Manca
The reliable exploitation of localized surface plasmon resonance in transparent conductive oxides is being prospected to push the blooming of an emerging class of advanced dynamic windows, which offer the opportunity to selectively, and dynamically, control the intensity of the incoming thermal radiation without affecting visible transparency. In this view, Nb-doped TiO2 colloidal nanocrystals are particularly promising as they have a wide bandgap and their plasmonic features can be finely tailored across the near infrared region by varying the concentration of dopants...
March 22, 2017: ACS Nano
Shrikrishnan Sankaran, Leena Jaatinen, Jenny Brinkmann, Tomaso Zambelli, Janos Vörös, Pascal Jonkheijm
Biomimetic and stimuli-responsive cell-material interfaces are actively being developed to study and control various cell-dynamics phenomena. Since cells naturally reside in the highly dynamic and complex environment of the extracellular matrix, attempts are being made to replicate these conditions in synthetic biomaterials. Supramolecular chemistry, dealing with noncovalent interactions, has recently provided possibilities to incorporate such dynamicity and responsiveness in various types of architectures...
March 22, 2017: ACS Nano
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