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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636823/how-bacteria-respond-to-material-stiffness-during-attachment-a-role-of-escherichia-coli-flagellar-motility
#1
Fangchao Song, Megan E Brasch, Hao Wang, James H Henderson, Karen Sauer, Dacheng Ren
Material stiffness has been shown to have potent effects on bacterial attachment and biofilm formation, but the mechanism is still unknown. In this study, response to material stiffness by Escherichia coli during attachment was investigated with biofilm assays and cell tracking using the Automated Contour-base Tracking for In Vitro Environments (ACTIVE) computational algorithm. By comparing the movement of E. coli cells attached on poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) surfaces of different Young's moduli (0.1 and 2...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636819/superelastic-pseudocapacitors-from-freestanding-mno2-decorated-graphene-coated-carbon-nanotube-aerogels
#2
Yepin Zhao, Maxwell Patrick Li, Siyuan Liu, Mohammad F Islam
In recent years, the demand for emerging electronic devices has driven efforts to develop electrochemical capacitors with high power and energy densities that can preserve capacitance under and after recovery from mechanical deformation. We have developed superelastic pseudocapacitors using ≈ 1.5 mm thick graphene-coated single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) aerogels decorated with manganese oxide (MnO2) as freestanding electrodes that retain high volumetric capacitance and electrochemical stability before, under, and after recovery from 50% compression...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636350/integrating-a-semi-transparent-fullerene-free-organic-solar-cell-in-tandem-with-a-bivo4-photoanode-for-unassisted-solar-water-splitting
#3
Yuelin Peng, Gokul V Govindaraju, Dong Ki Lee, Kyoung-Shin Choi, Trisha L Andrew
We report an unassisted solar water splitting system powered by a diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP)-containing semi-transparent organic solar cell. Two major merits of this fullerene-free solar cell enable its integration with a BiVO4 photoanode. First is the high open circuit voltage and high fill factor displayed by this single junction solar cell, which yields sufficient power to effect water splitting when serially-connected to an appropriate electrode/catalyst. Second, the wavelength-resolved photoaction spectrum of the DPP-based solar cell has minimal overlap with that of the BiVO4 photoanode, thus ensuring that light collection across these two components can be optimized...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636324/oxide-film-efficiently-suppresses-dendrite-growth-in-aluminum-ion-battery
#4
Hao Chen, Hanyan Xu, Bingna Zheng, Siyao Wang, Tieqi Huang, Fan Guo, Weiwei Gao, Chao Gao
Aluminum metal foil is the optimal choice as an anode material for aluminum-ion battery for its key advantages such as high theoretical capacity, safety and low cost. However, the metallic nature of aluminum foil is very likely to induce severe dendrite growth with further electrode disintegration and cell failure, which is inconsistent with the previous reports. Here, we discover that it is aluminum oxide film that efficiently restricts the growth of crystalline Al dendrite and thus improves the cycling stability of Al anode...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636323/ultrafast-dynamic-pressure-sensors-based-on-graphene-hybrid-structure
#5
Shanbiao Liu, Xing Wu, Dongdong Zhang, Congwei Guo, Peng Wang, Weida Hu, Xinming Li, Xiaofeng Zhou, Hejun Xu, Chen Luo, Jian Zhang, Jun-Hao Chu
The development of artificial skin is drawing tremendous attention due to its potential applications in sensing a variety of physical quantities, such as tactility, vibration, and temperature. A strain sensor that can mimic and surpass the subtle pressure-sensing properties of natural skin requires rational material design and array-accessible devices. Here, we report a new and facile preparation of a graphene hybrid structure with an ultrafast dynamic pressure response. Graphene oxide nanosheets are used as a surfactant to prevent graphene restacking in aqueous solution...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636322/spirally-structured-conductive-composites-for-highly-stretchable-robust-conductors-and-sensors
#6
Xiaodong Wu, Yangyang Han, Xinxing Zhang, Canhui Lu
Flexible and stretchable electronics are highly desirable for next generation devices. However, stretchability and conductivity are fundamentally difficult to combine for conventional conductive composites, which restricts their widespread applications especially as stretchable electronics. Here, we innovatively develop a new class of highly stretchable and robust conductive composites via a simple and scalable structural approach. Briefly, carbon nanotubes are spray-coated onto a self-adhesive rubber film, followed by rolling up the film completely to create a spirally layered structure within the composites...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636321/copper-oxide-nanoparticles-induce-lysogenic-bacteriophage-and-metal-resistance-genes-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-pao1
#7
Jianhua Guo, Shu-Hong Gao, Ji Lu, Philip L Bond, Willy Verstraete, Zhiguo Yuan
The intensive use of metal-based nanoparticles results in their continuous release into the environment, leading to potential risks for human health and microbial ecosystems. Although previous studies have indicated that nanoparticles may be toxic to microorganisms, there is a scarcity of data available to assess the underlying molecular mechanisms of inhibitory and biocidal effects of nanoparticles on microorganisms. This study used physiological experiments, microscopy, Live/Dead staining and the genome-wide RNA sequencing to investigate the multiple responses of Pseudomonas aeruginosa to the exposure of copper oxide nanoparticles (CuO NPs)...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636320/dna-loading-and-release-using-custom-tailored-poly-l-lysine-surfaces
#8
Amin Shakiba, Sagar L Patil, Oussama Zenasni, Monika E Schmitt, Preethi H Gunaratne, T Randall Lee
This manuscript describes the generation and study of surfaces modified with custom-crafted poly(L-lysine) (PLL) coatings for use in the loading and delivery of single-stranded DNA (ssDNA). The experimental strategy utilizes bidentate dithiol adsorbates to generate stably-bound azide-terminated self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) on gold possessing an oligo(ethylene glycol) (OEG) spacer. Consequent to the molecular assembly on gold, the azide termini are covalently attached to a maleimide linker moiety via a copper-catalyzed azide-alkyne "click" reaction...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636319/green-catanionic-gemini-surfactant-lichenysin-mixture-improved-surface-antimicrobial-and-physiological-properties
#9
Albert Ruiz, Aurora Pinazo, Lourdes Pérez, Angeles Manresa, Ana M M Marqués
Catanionic surfactant mixtures form a wide variety of organized assemblies and aggregates with improved physicochemical and biological properties. The green catanionic mixture C3(CA)2:lichenysin (molar ratio 8:2) showed antimicrobial synergies against Yersinia enterocolitica, Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Candida albicans. Flow cytometry and viability studies indicated that this catanionic mixture increases the probability of Y. enterocolitica (38.2%) and B. subtilis (17.1%) cells entering a viable but nonculturable state...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636318/inverse-photonic-glasses-by-packing-bi-disperse-hollow-microspheres-with-uniform-cores
#10
Seung-Hyun Kim, Sofia Magkiriadou, Do Kyung Rhee, Doo Sung Lee, Pil J Yoo, Vinothan N Manoharan, Gi-Ra Yi
A major fabrication challenge is producing disordered photonic materials with angle-independent structural red color. Theoretical work has shown that such color can be produced by fabricating inverse photonic glasses with monodisperse, non-touching voids in a silica matrix. Here we demonstrate a route toward such materials and show that they have angle-independent red color. We first synthesize monodisperse hollow silica particles with precisely controlled shell thickness, then make glassy colloidal structures by mixing two types of hollow particles with the same core size and different shell thicknesses...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636316/a-novel-melamine-o-phthalaldehyde-covalent-organic-frameworks-nanaosheets-enhancement-flame-retardant-and-mechanical-performances-of-thermoplastic-polyurethanes
#11
Xiaowei Mu, Jing Zhan, Xiaming Feng, Bihe Yuan, Shuilai Qiu, Lei Song, Yuan Hu
Covalent organic frameworks (COFs) nanosheets prepared from condensation reaction between melamine and o-phthalaldehyde are firstly prepared through ball milling and then incorporated into thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) by solution mixing. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectrometer are applied to characterize COFs nanosheets. It is observed apparently from TEM image that COFs nanosheets are obtained...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636315/fabrication-of-hierarchical-macroporous-biocompatible-scaffolds-by-combining-pickering-high-internal-phase-emulsion-templates-with-three-dimensional-printing
#12
Ting Yang, Yang Hu, Chaoyang Wang, Bernard P Binks
Biocompatible and biodegradable porous scaffolds with adjustable pore structure have aroused increasing interest in bone tissue engineering. Here, we report a facile method to fabricate hierarchical macroporous biocompatible (HmPB) scaffolds by combining Pickering high internal phase emulsion (HIPE) templates with three-dimensional (3D) printing. HmPB scaffolds composed of a polymer matrix of poly(L-lactic acid), PLLA, and poly(ε-caprolactone), PCL, are readily fabricated by solvent evaporation of 3D printed Pickering HIPEs which are stabilized by hydrophobically modified silica nanoparticles (h-SiO2)...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636314/giant-thermal-rectification-from-single-carbon-nanotube-graphene-junction
#13
Xueming Yang, Dapeng Yu, Bingyang Cao
We describe the influence of the geometry parameters on the thermal rectification of single carbon nanotube-graphene junction. The two-dimensional (2D) distribution of the thermal rectification with respect to the tube length and the side length of the graphene nanosheet are calculated and visualized. The maximum thermal rectification ratios of the designed single carbon nanotube-graphene junction can reach 1244.1% and 1681.6% at average temperatures of 300 K and 200 K, respectively. These values are much higher than those reported for single-material nanostructure-based thermal rectifiers...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636312/combining-protein-and-mirna-quantification-for-bladder-cancer-analysis
#14
Ruixue Duan, Zhenyu Zhang, Fuxin Zheng, Longwang Wang, Ju Guo, Tianchi Zhang, Xiaomeng Dai, Shengwei Zhang, Dong Yang, Renrui Kuang, Gongxian Wang, Chaohong He, Abdul Hakeem, Chang Shu, Ping Yin, Xiaoding Lou, Fuqing Zeng, Huageng Liang, Fan Xia
We combine the telomerase extension reaction and microRNA (miRNA)-induced rolling circle amplification, followed by graphene oxide (GO) and nicking enzyme assisted signal amplification, to analyze telomerase and miRNA 21 in urine samples with following merits. Firstly, it is a binary assay and can simultaneously output double signals which corresponds to the quantities of telomerase and miRNA, respectively. Secondly, telomerase activity is firstly enhanced by using DNA molecular beacon probe to inhibit the formation of G-quadruplex...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636308/redox-sensitive-nanoscale-coordination-polymers-for-drug-delivery-and-cancer-theranostics
#15
Jiayue Zhao, Yu Yang, Xiao Han, Chao Liang, Jingjing Liu, Xuejiao Song, Zili Ge, Zhuang Liu
Nanoscale coordination polymers (NCPs) with inherent biodegradability, chemical diversities, and porous structures, are a promising class of nanomaterials in the nanomedicine field. Herein, a unique type of redox sensitive NCPs is constructed with manganese ions (Mn2+) and dithiodiglycolic acid as the disulfide (SS) containing organic bridging ligand. The obtained Mn-SS NCPs with mesoporous structure could be efficiently loaded with doxorubicin (DOX), a chemotherapeutics. The yielded Mn-SS/DOX nanoparticles are coated with a layer of polydopamine (PDA) and then modified by polyethylene glycol (PEG)...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635272/efficient-flame-retardant-and-smoke-suppression-properties-of-mg-al-layered-double-hydroxide-nanostructures-on-wood-substrate
#16
Bingtuo Guo, Yongzhuang Liu, Qi Zhang, Fengqiang Wang, Qingwen Wang, Yixing Liu, Jian Li, Haipeng Yu
Improving the flame retardancy of wood is an imperative, yet highly challenging step in the application of wood in densely populated spaces. In this study, Mg-Al layered double hydroxide (LDH) coating was successfully fabricated on a wood substrate to confer flame-retardant and smoke-suppression properties. The chemical compositions and bonding states characterized by energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirmed the coating constituents of Mg-Al LDH. The coating evenly covered the sample wood surfaces and provided both mechanical enhancement and flame-retardancy effects...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635267/cytochrome-c-provides-an-electron-funneling-antenna-for-efficient-photocurrent-generation-in-a-reaction-center-biophotocathode
#17
Vincent Morris Friebe, Diego Millo, David Swainsbury, Michael R Jones, Raoul N Frese
The high quantum efficiency of photosynthetic reaction centers make them attractive for bioelectronic and biophoto-voltaic applications. However, much of the native reaction center efficiency is lost in communication between surface bound reaction centers and electrode materials. State of the art biophotoelectrodes utilizing cytochrome c (cyt c) as a biological wiring agent have at best approached 32% retained RC quantum efficiency. However, bottlenecks in cyt c -mediated electron transfer have not been fully elucidated...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635250/a-highly-stimuli-responsive-au-nanorods-poly-n-isopropylacrylamide-pnipam-composite-hydrogel-for-smart-switch
#18
Chuan-Ling Zhang, Fu-Hu Cao, Jin-Long Wang, Zhi-Long Yu, Jin Ge, Yang Lu, Zhi-Hua Wang, Shu-Hong Yu
To achieve both fast response and structural integrity during the repeating volume changes are the most significant chal-lenges for thermo-responsive hydrogels. In this work, AuNRs/PNIPAM composite hydrogel with fast thermal/optical re-sponse and structural integrity is facilely prepared by electrospinning and following a curing treatment. By combining the photothermal property of AuNRs and thermal-responsive effect of PNIPAM, the composite hydrogel shows fast thermal/photo-response, high heating rate and high structural integrity with fiercely size change...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635249/perfluorocarbon-gold-loading-for-non-invasive-in-vivo-assessment-of-bone-fillers-using-19f-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-computed-tomography
#19
Simone Mastrogiacomo, Weiqiang Dou, Olga Koshkina, Otto C Boerman, John A Jansen, Arend Heerschap, Mangala Srinivas, X Frank Walboomers
Calcium phosphate cement (CPC) is used in bone repair because of its biocompatibility. However, high similarity between CPC and the natural osseous phase results in poor image contrast in most of the available in vivo imaging techniques such as computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). For accurate identification and localization during and after implantation in vivo, a composition with enhanced image contrast is needed. In this study, we labeled CPC with perfluoro-15-crown-5-ether-loaded (PFCE) poly(latic-co-glycolic acid) nanoparticles (hydrodynamic radius 100 nm) and gold nanoparticles (diameter 40 nm), as 19F MRI and CT contrast agents respectively...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28621922/selective-organic-contacts-for-methyl-ammonium-lead-iodide-mapi-perovskite-solar-cells-influence-of-layer-thickness-on-carriers-extraction-and-carriers-lifetime
#20
Ilario Gelmetti, Lydia Cabau, Nuria F Montcada, Emilio Palomares
We have fabricated MAPI solar cells using as selective contacts PEDOT:PSS polymer for holes and PCBM-C70 fullerene derivative for electrons. The thickness of MAPI, PCBM-C70, and PEDOT:PSS layers have been varied in order to evaluate the contribution of each layer to the final device performance. We have measured the devices capacitance under illumination and the charge carrier's lifetime using photo-induced time resolved techniques. The results show that in this kind of devices the limiting layer is the PCBM-C70 due to its relative reduced mobility compared to PEDOT:PSS that makes the control of the fullerene thickness crucial for device optimization...
June 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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