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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107622/newton-output-blocking-force-under-low-voltage-stimulation-for-carbon-nanotube-electroactive-polymer-composite-artificial-muscles
#1
I-Wen Peter Chen, Ming-Chia Yang, Chia-Hui Yang, Yiwen Chen, Dai-Xuan Zhong, Ming-Chun Hsu
This is a study on the development of carbon nanotube-based composite actuators using a new ionic liquid-doped electroactiveionic polymer. For scalable production purposes, a simple hot-pressing method was used. Carbon nanotube/ionic liquid-Nafion/carbon nanotube composite films were fabricated that exhibited a large output blocking force and a stable cycling life with low alternating voltage stimuli in air. Of particular interest and importance, a blocking force of 1.5 N was achieved at an applied voltage of 6 V...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107618/carbon-hollow-microspheres-with-a-designable-mesoporous-shell-for-high-performance-electromagnetic-wave-absorption
#2
Hailong Xu, Xiaowei Yin, Meng Zhu, Meikang Han, Zexin Hou, Xinliang Li, Litong Zhang, Laifei Cheng
In this work, mesoporous carbon hollow microspheres (PCHMs) with designable mesoporous shell and interior void are constructed by a facile in situ stöber templating approach and a pyrolysis-etching process. The PCHMs are characterized by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectra, Raman, nitrogen adsorption and desorption system. A uniform mesoporous shell (pore size 4.7 nm) with a thickness of 55 nm and a cavity size of 345 nm is realized. The composite of paraffin mixed with 20 wt...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107617/fabrication-of-nanostructured-mesoporous-germanium-for-applications-in-laser-desorption-ionization-mass-spectrometry
#3
Hazem H Abdelmaksoud, Taryn M Guinan, Nicolas H Voelcker
Surface-assisted laser desorption/ionization mass spectrometry (SALDI-MS) is a high-throughput analytical technique ideally suited for small molecule detection from different bodily fluids (e.g. saliva, urine, and blood plasma). Many SALDI-MS substrates require complex fabrication processes and further surface modifications. Furthermore, some substrates show instability upon exposure to ambient conditions and need to be kept under special inert conditions. We have successfully optimized mesoporous germanium (meso-pGe) using bipolar electrochemical etching (BEE) and efficiently applied meso-pGe as a SALDI-MS substrate for the detection of cocaine in the context of workplace, roadside, and anti-addictive drug compliance...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28107616/superhydrophilic-antireflective-periodic-mesoporous-organosilica-coating-on-flexible-polyimide-substrate-with-strong-abrasion-resistance
#4
Jing Wang, Cong Zhang, Chunming Yang, Ce Zhang, Mengchao Wang, Jing Zhang, Yao Xu
Superhydrophilic antireflective periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMO) coating was prepared on flexible polyimide substrate via solvent-evaporation-induced self-assembly (SEISA) method, in which tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and a special bridged silsesquioxane were used as reactants. The bridged silsesquioxane, EG-BSQ, was synthesized through the stoichiometric reaction between 3-glycidoxyporpyltrimethoxysilane (GPTMS) and ethylene diamine (EDA) at 60 (○)C with no catalyst. Under the influence of surfactant, TEOS and EG-BSQ co-condensed and enclosed the ordered mesporous in the coating...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106986/microwave-assisted-synthesis-of-nacopo4-red-phase-and-initial-characterization-as-high-voltage-cathode-for-sodium-ion-batteries
#5
Arturo Gutierrez, Soojeong Kim, Timothy T Fister, Christopher S Johnson
Transition metal-containing polyanion compounds are attractive for use as cathode materials in sodium-ion batteries (SIB) because they possess elevated higher intrinsic electrochemical potentials versus oxide analogs given the same M(n+/(n+1)+) redox couple, which leads to higher energy densities. NaMPO4 (M = transition metal) compounds have a driving force to form into the electrochemically inactive maricite phase when using conventional methods. Herein we report on the synthesis of a NaCoPO4 (NCP) polymorph ("Red"-phase) by a microwave-assisted solvothermal process at 200 °C using tetraethylene glycol as the solvent...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106979/li-ion-localization-and-energetics-as-a-function-of-anode-structure
#6
Nicholas William McNutt, Marshall T McDonnell, Orlando Rios, David J Keffer
In this work, we study the effect of carbon composite anode structure on the localization and energetics of Li-ions. A computational molecular dynamics study is combined with experimental results from neutron scattering experiments to understand the effect of composite density, crystallite size, volume fraction of crystalline carbon, and ion loading on the nature of ion storage in novel, lignin-derived composite materials. In a recent work1, we demonstrated that these carbon composites display a fundamentally different mechanism for Li-ion storage than traditional graphitic anodes...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106978/variations-of-polymer-porous-surface-structures-via-the-time-sequenced-dosing-of-mixed-solvents
#7
Erik Wrzecionko, Antonín Minařík, Petr Smolka, Martin Minařík, Petr Humpolíček, Petra Rejmontová, Aleš Mráček, Magda Minaříková, Lenka Gřundělová
A new approach to polystyrene surface treatment via the time-sequenced dispensing of a good / poor solvent mixture on the rotating surface of treated substrate is presented in this study. It is demonstrated that the variation of the sequencing, together with other variables (e.g., temperature and solvent concentration), affects the size and depth of pores evolving on the polystyrene surface. A model of the surface pore creation, associated with the viscoelastic phase separation, surface tension and secondary flows caused by temperature variations and the rapid evaporation of the good solvent is proposed...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106977/correction-to-synthesis-of-%C3%AE-cyclodextrin-based-electrospun-nanofiber-membranes-for-highly-efficient-adsorption-and-separation-of-methylene-blue
#8
Rui Zhao, Yong Wang, Xiang Li, Bolun Sun, Ce Wang
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106976/correction-to-synthesis-structural-characterization-and-field-effect-transistor-properties-of-n-channel-semiconducting-polymers-containing-five-membered-heterocyclic-acceptors-superiority-of-thiadiazole-compared-with-oxadiazole
#9
Huajie Chen, Zhaoxia Liu, Zhiyuan Zhao, Liping Zheng, Songting Tan, Zhihong Yin, Chunguang Zhu, Yunqi Liu
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106380/role-of-sputter-deposition-rate-in-tailoring-nanogranular-gold-structures-on-polymer-surfaces
#10
Matthias Schwartzkopf, Alexander Hinz, Oleksandr Polonskyi, Thomas Strunskus, Franziska Carina Löhrer, Volker Körstgens, Peter Muller-Buschbaum, Franz Faupel, Stephan V Roth
The reproducible low-cost fabrication of functional polymer-metal-interfaces via self-assembly is of crucial importance in organic electronics and organic photovoltaics. In particular, submonolayer and nanogranular systems expose highly interesting electrical, plasmonic and catalytical properties. The exploitation of their great potential requires tailoring of the structure on the nanometer scale and below. In order to obtain full control over the complex nanostructural evolution at the polymer-metal interface, we monitor the evolution of the metallic layer morphology with in situ time-resolved GISAXS during sputter deposition...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106379/sustainable-release-of-vancomycin-from-silk-fibroin-nanoparticles-for-treating-severe-bone-infections-in-a-rat-tibia-osteomyelitis-model
#11
Negar Hassani Besheli, Fatemeh Mottaghitalab, Masoud Eslami, Mahdi Gholami, Subhas C Kundu, David L Kaplan, Mehdi Farokhi
The successful treatment of bone infections is a major challenge in the field of orthopedics. There are some common methods for treating bone infections, including systemic antibiotic administration, local non-degradable drug vehicles, and surgical debridement and each of these approaches has advantages and disadvantages. In the present study, the antibiotic vancomycin (VANCO) was loaded in silk fibroin nanoparticles (SFNPs) and the complexes were then entrapped in silk scaffolds to form sustained drug delivery systems...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106378/cell-selective-apoptosis-induced-by-polymorphic-alteration-of-self-assembled-silica-nano-webs
#12
Meysam Keshavarz, Bo Tan, Krishnan Venkatakrishnan
The biocompatibility of silicon-based nanomaterial makes it suitable for biophysical and biomedical applications. However, the application of silicon-based nanomaterials has been mainly restricted to nanoparticles (NPs) as a potential drug carrier and the extracellular matrix (ECM) as a platform for cell adhesion and proliferation. Here, we introduced silica NPs self-assembled into a 3D nano-web architecture that was shown to inherit the therapeutic and proliferative attributes of both NPs and ECMs. The self-assembled silica nano-web (SNW) has, therefore, not only shown targeted drug-like behavior in HeLa cells without the use of bio-markers but also has shown ECM characteristics...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106376/an-efficient-bi-functional-electrocatalyst-for-zinc-air-battery-derived-by-fe-n-c-and-bimetallic-metal-organic-frameworks-composites
#13
Mengfan Wang, Tao Qian, Jinqiu Zhou, Chenglin Yan
Efficient bi-functional electrocatalysts with desirable oxygen activities are closely related to practical applications of renewable energy systems including metal-air batteries, fuel cells, and water splitting. Here, a composite material derived from the combination of bimetallic zeolitic imidazolate frameworks (denoted as BMZIFs) and Fe/N/C framework was reported as an efficient bi-functional catalyst. Although BMZIF or Fe/N/C alone exhibits undesirable oxygen reaction activity, their combined materials show unprecedented ORR (half-wave potential of 0...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106374/extremely-high-barrier-performance-of-organic-inorganic-nanolaminated-thin-films-for-organic-light-emitting-diodes
#14
Kwan Hyuck Yoon, Harrison Sejoon Kim, Kyu Seok Han, Seung Hun Kim, Yong-Eun Koo Lee, Nabeen K Shrestha, Seung Yong Song, Myung Mo Sung
This work presents a novel barrier thin film based on an organic-inorganic nanolaminate, which consists of alternating nanolayers of self-assembled organic layers (SAOLs) and Al2O3. The SAOLs-Al2O3 nanolaminated films were deposited using a combination of molecular layer deposition and atomic layer deposition techniques at 80 °C. Modulation of the relative thickness ratio of the SAOLs and Al2O3 enabled control over the elastic modulus and stress in the films. Furthermore, the SAOLs-Al2O3 thin film achieved a high degree of mechanical flexibility, excellent transmittance (> 95%), and an ultra-low water-vapor transmission rate (2...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106373/preparation-of-reduced-graphene-oxide-zno-hybrid-cathode-interlayer-using-in-situ-thermal-reduction-annealing-for-interconnecting-nanostructure-and-its-effect-on-organic-solar-cell
#15
Ding Zheng, Wei Huang, Pu Fan, Yifan Zheng, Jiang Huang, Junsheng Yu
A novel hybrid cathode interlayer (CIL) consisting of reduced graphene oxide and zinc oxide (ZnO) is realized in the inverted organic solar cells (OSCs). Dual-nozzle spray coating system and facile one step in-situ thermal reduction/annealing (ITR/ITA) method are introduced to precisely control the components of the CIL, assemble ZnO with graphene oxide, and reduce graphene oxide into in-situ thermal reduced graphene oxide (IT-RGO), simultaneously. The ZnO:IT-RGO hybrid CIL shows high electric conductivity, interconnecting nanostructure and matched energy level, which leads to a significant enhancement in the power conversion efficiency from 6...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106372/folate-engineered-microvesicles-for-enhanced-target-and-synergistic-therapy-towards-breast-cancer
#16
Lian Zhu, Di Dong, Zi-Li Yu, Yi-Fang Zhao, Dai-Wen Pang, Zhi-Ling Zhang
As an ideal nanovector candidate, microvesicles (MVs) have been gradually utilized for packaging kinds of functional molecules for effective tumor diagnosis and therapy; however, the deficiency of their tumor targeting influenced their therapy efficacy. Through a facile phospholipid substitution strategy, MVs based drug delivery system (DDS) was apparently endowed with high tumor targeting towards breast cancer thanks to the modified folate onto the membrane of MVs, simultaneously possessed of synergistic anti-tumor effect, and in vivo tumor imaging attributed to the SA-QDs labeling...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106371/enhancement-of-electrode-stability-using-platinum-cobalt-nanocrystals-on-a-novel-composite-sictic-support
#17
María Millán, Hector Zamora, Manuel Andrés Rodrigo, Justo Lobato
PtCo alloy catalysts for high temperature PEMFCs (Protonic Exchange Membrane Fuel Cells) were synthesized on a novel non-carbonaceous support (SiCTiC) using the impregnation method with NaBH4 as the reducing agent at different synthesis temperatures to evaluate the effect of this variable on their physicochemical and electrochemical properties. The catalysts were characterized by inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES), scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), transmission electron microscope-energy dispersive X-ray (TEM) and temperature programmed reduction (TPR)...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106370/redox-active-cation-intercalation-deintercalation-in-two-dimensional-layered-mno2-nanostructures-for-high-rate-electrochemical-energy-storage
#18
Pan Xiong, Renzhi Ma, Nobuyuki Sakai, Xueyin Bai, Shen Li, Takayoshi Sasaki
Two-dimensional (2D) layered materials with high intercalation pseudocapacitance have long been investigated for Li+-ion-based electrochemical energy storage. By contrast, the exploration of guest ions other than Li+ has been limited, although promising. The present study investigate the intercalation/deintercalation behaviors of various metal ions in 2D layered MnO2 with various interlayer distances, K-birnessite nanobelt (K-MnO2), its protonated form (H-MnO2), and a freeze-dried sample of exfoliated nanosheets...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106369/sponge-like-porous-silica-nanosheets-from-soft-molecular-trapping-to-dna-delivery
#19
Qingmin Ji, Tomohiko Yamazaki, Jiao Sun, Żaneta Górecka, Nien-Chi Huang, Shan-Hui Hsu, Lok Kumar Shrestha, Jonathan P Hill, Katsuhiko Ariga
Sponge-like porous silica nanosheets having nanometer thicknesses and possess pores whose diameters are on the hundreds-of-nanometers scale have been used as a novel carrier for molecular immobilization of different guests. Enhanced properties of encapsulation were shown for drug molecules of different dimensions due to "softness" caused by the specific nanometric features of the porous structure. The encapsulating effect of the structure results in sustained and stimuli-responsive release behavior of immobilized guest molecules...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106368/programmable-shape-recovery-process-of-water-responsive-shape-memory-polyvinyl-alcohol-by-wettability-contrast-strategy
#20
Zhiqiang Fang, Yudi Kuang, Panpan Zhou, Siyi Ming, Penghui Zhu, Yu Liu, Honglong Ning, Gang Chen
Water-responsive shape memory polymers (SMPs) are desirable for biomedical applications, but their limited shape recovery process is problematic. Herein, we demonstrate a shape-memory polyvinyl alcohol (SM-PVA) with programmable multi-step shape recovery processes in water via a wettability contrast strategy. A hexamethyldisilazane (HMDS)-treated SiO2 nanoparticle layer with varying loading weights was rationally deposited onto the surface of SM-PVA, aiming to create surface-wettability contrast. The varying wettability led to different water adsorption behaviors of SM-PVA that could be well described by the pseudo-first-order kinetic model...
January 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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