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ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

Jianming Zhang, Yue Huang, Lei Jin, Federico Rosei, Fiorenzo Vetrone, Jerome P Claverie
We report the two-step synthesis of a core@shell nanohybrid material for visible-to-near-infrared (NIR) photocatalysis. The core is constituted of NaGdF4:Er(3+), Yb(3+) upconverting nanoparticles (UCNPs). A bismuth ferrite (BFO) shell is assembled around the UCNPs via a hydrothermal process. The photocatalytic degradation assays of organic compounds of methylene orange and 4-chlorophenol reveal that core@shell nanostructures possess remarkably enhanced reaction activity under visible and NIR irradiation, compared to the BFO powder alone and the BFO-UCNP mixture...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Yunping Wen, Long Chen, Ying Pang, Zhaowei Guo, Duan Bin, Yong-Gang Wang, Congxiao Wang, Yongyao Xia
This paper reports a facile sol-gel synthesis method to successfully prepare the TiP2O7/expanded graphite (EG) nanocomposite as an advanced anode material for aqueous lithium-ion batteries. The constructed TiP2O7 nanocomposite (50-100 nm) are in-situ encapsulated in the pore and layer structure of expanded graphite with good conductivity and high specific surface area. As a consequence, the resulting TiP2O7/EG electrode exhibits a reversible capacity of 66 mAh g-1 at 0.1 A g-1 with an appropriate potential of -0...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Arixin Bo, Jose Alarco, Huaiyong Zhu, Eric R Waclawik, Haifei Zhan, YuanTong Gu
Construction of nano-architectures requires techniques like joint formation and trimming. For ceramic materials, however, it is extremely difficult to form nanojoints by conventional methods like merging. In this work, we demonstrate that ceramic titanate nanowires (NWs) can be joined by spot melting under electron beam (e-beam) irradiation (EBI). The irradiation fuses the contacted spot of titanate NWs yielding an intact nanojoint. Nanojoints with different morphologies can be produced. The joint structures consist of titanium dioxide (TiO2) rutile, anatase and titanate phases in direction away from the e-beam melting spot...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Nikita Gupta, K D Mallikharjuna Rao, Ritu Gupta, Frederik C Krebs, Giridhar U Kulkarni
Despite relatively high manufacturing cost, crystalline-Si solar cell continues to hold promising future due to its high energy conversion efficiency and long life. As regards cost, one pertinent issue is the top electrode metallization of textured cell surface, which typically involves screen printing of silver paste. The associated disadvantages call for alternative methods that can lower the cost without compromising the solar cell efficiency. In the present work, a highly interconnected one dimensional (1D) metal wire network has been employed as front electrode on conventional Si wafers...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Annabel Braem, Katrijn De Brucker, Nicolas Delattin, Manuela Sonja Killian, Maarten B J Roeffaers, Tomohiko Yoshioka, Satoshi Hayakawa, Patrik Schmuki, Bruno P A Cammue, Sannakaisa Virtanen, Karin Thevissen, Bram Neirinck
One prominent cause of implant failure is infection, therefore research is focusing on developing surface coatings that render the surface resistant to colonization by micro-organisms. Permanently attached coatings of antimicrobial molecules are of particular interest because of the reduced cytoxicity and lower risk of developing resistance compared to controlled release coatings. In this study, we focus on the chemical grafting of bioactive molecules on titanium. To concentrate the molecules at the metallic implant surface, we propose electrophoretic deposition (EPD) applying alternating current (AC) signals with an asymmetrical wave shape...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Jaakko Henrik Leppäniemi, Kim Eiroma, Himadri Majumdar, Ari Alastalo
The inkjet-printing process of precursor solutions containing In-nitrate dissolved in 2-methoxyethanol is optimized using ethylene glycol as a co-solvent that allows the stabilization of the droplet formation, leading to a robust, repeatable printing process. The inkjet-printed precursor films are then converted to In2O3 semiconductors at flexible-substrate-compatible low-temperatures (150 - 200 °C) using combined far ultraviolet (FUV) exposure at ~160 nm and thermal treatment. The compositional nature of the precursor-to-metal oxide conversion is studied using grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD), X-ray reflectivity (XRR) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy that indicate that amorphous, high density (up to 5...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Runjiang Guo, Yiping Guo, Huanan Duan, Hua Li, Hezhou Liu
In recent years, the lead-free piezoelectric nanogenerators have attracted much attention, because of their great potential for harvesting energy from our environment. Here, we report on the first synthesis of two-dimensional (2D) single crystal ZnSnO3 hexagon nanoplates and fabrication of nanogenerators based on the single crystal ZnSnO3 nanoplates. The orthorhombic perovskite structured ZnSnO3 nanoplates with the (111) facets exposed at the surface of the plates are successfully synthesized via a one-step hydrothermal reaction...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Faheng Zang, Konstantinos Gerasopoulos, Adam D Brown, James N Culver, Reza Ghodssi
In this paper, a capillary microfluidics-integrated sensor system is developed for rapid assembly of bionanoreceptor interfaces on-chip and label-free biosensing. Genetically engineered Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) virus-like particle (VLP), displaying thousands copies of identical receptor peptides FLAG-tags, are utilized as nanoceptors for antibody sensing. Controlled and accelerated assembly of VLP receptor layer on impedance sensor has been achieved using capillary effect and surface evaporation from an open-channel capillary microfluidic system...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Longzhen You, Bin Liu, Tao Liu, Bingbing Fan, Yunhao Cai, Lin Guo, Yanming Sun
Tungsten oxide as an alternative to conventional acidic PEDOT:PSS has attracted much attention in organic solar cells (OSCs). However, the vacuum-processed WO3 layer and high temperature sol-gel hydrolyzed WOX are incompatible with large-scale manufacturing of OSCs. Here, we report for the first time that a specific tungsten oxide WO2.72 (W18O49) nanowire can function well as the anode buffer layer. The nw-WO2.72 film exhibits a high optical transparency. The power conversion efficiency (PCE) of OSCs based on three typical polymer active layers PTB7:PC71BM, PTB7-Th:PC71BM, and PDBT-T1:PC71BM with nw-WO2...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Soumen Dutta, Chaiti Ray, Yuichi Negishi, Tarasankar Pal
Cost-effective, highly active water oxidation catalysts are becoming increasingly demanding in the field of energy conversion and storage. Herein, simple modified hydrothermally (MHT) synthesized zinc and cobalt based hydroxyl double salt i.e., Zn4-xCoxSO4(OH)6• 0.5 H2O (ZCS) has been exfoliated for the first time as an efficient electrocatalyst for oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in alkaline medium. Morphology investigation suggests the evolution of unique hexagonal nanoplates of ZCS material. As OER catalyst, it requires only 370 and 450 mV overpotential to achieve 10 and 100 mA cm-2 current density respectively...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Haejun Yu, Jaehoon Ryu, Jong Woo Lee, Jongmin Roh, Kisu Lee, Juyoung Yun, Jungsup Lee, Yun Ki Kim, Doyk Hwang, Jooyoun Kang, Seong Keun Kim, Jyongsik Jang
There remains tremendous interest in perovskite solar cells (PSCs) in the solar energy field; the certified power conversion efficiency (PCE) now exceeds 20 %. Along with research focused on enhancing PCE, studies are also underway concerning PSC commercialization. It is crucial to simplify the fabrication process and reduce the production cost to facilitate commercialization. Herein, we successfully fabricated highly efficient hole-blocking layer (HBL)-free PSCs through vigorously interrupting penetration of hole-transport material (HTM) into FTO by large grain based-CH3NH3PbI3 (MAPbI3) film, thereby obtaining a PCE of 18...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Qiankun Zhang, Joung-Hwan Oh, Chan Ho Park, Jeong-Hwa Baek, Hyun-Mo Ryoo, Kyung Mi Woo
Impaired wound healing in diabetic patients is associated with altered inflammatory responses, poor angiogenesis, deficient extracellular matrix (ECM) component, and peripheral neuropathy. To develop a wound dressing that is capable of the controlled delivery of bioactive small molecules that can improve diabetic wound healing, dimethyloxalylglycine (DMOG)-embedded poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) fiber (PCLF/DMOG) meshes are fabricated by electrospinning, and the effects of the PCLF/DMOG meshes on wound healing in diabetic rats are evaluated...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Xiaoyu Zhao, Jiahong Wen, Mengning Zhang, Dunhui Wang, Yaxin Wang, Lei Chen, Yongjun Zhang, Jinghai Yang, Youwei Du
An easy-handling and low-cost method is utilized to controllably fabricate nanopattern arrays as the surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) active substrates with high density of SERS-active areas (hot spots). A hybrid silver array of nanocaps and nanotriangles are prepared by combining magnetron sputtering and plasma etching. By adjusting the etching time of polystyrene (PS) colloid spheres array in silver nanobowls, the morphology of the arrays can be easily manipulated to control the formation and distribution of hot spots...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Baohua Zhang, Yiguo Xue, Anning Jiang, Zhimin Xue, Zhonghao Li, Jingcheng Hao
Hierarchically structured one-dimensional (1D) MoO2 is synthesized for the first time in ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide ([BMIM][Tf2N]). The synthesis system is very simple (single [BMIM][Tf2N] solvent plus MoO2(acac)2 reactant). [BMIM][Tf2N] itself works as both the reaction medium and the template for the formation of these interesting 1D MoO2 particles with ultrathin nanosheet subunits. The as-synthesized hierarchically 1D MoO2_40 particles exhibit remarkable electrocatalytic activity with good long-term cycle stability for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) in acidic media...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Dangchen Ma, Shing Bo Peh, Gang Han, Shing Bor Chen
Zirconiumv (IV)-carboxylate metal-organic framework (MOF) UiO-66 nanoparticles were successfully synthesized and incorporated in the polyamide (PA) selective layer to fabricate novel thin-film nanocomposite (TFN) membranes. Compared to unmodified pure polyamide thin-film composite (TFC) membranes, the incorporation of UiO-66 nanoparticles significantly changes the membrane morphology and chemistry, leading to an improvement of intrinsic separation properties due to the molecular sieving and superhydrophilic nature of UiO-66 particles...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Harshul Thakkar, Stephen Eastman, Ahmed Al-Mamoori, Amit Hajari, Ali A Rownaghi, Fateme Rezaei
Amine-based materials have represented themselves as a promising class of CO2 adsorbents; however, their large-scale implementation requires their formulation into suitable structures. In this study, we report formulation of aminosilica adsorbents into monolithic structures through a three-dimensional (3D) printing technique. In particular, 3D-printed monoliths were fabricated using presynthesized silica-supported tetraethylenepentamine (TEPA) and poly(ethylenimine) (PEI) adsorbents using three different approaches...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Tianxiang Liang, Liangang Xiao, Ke Gao, Wenzhan Xu, Xiaobin Peng, Yong Cao
A porphyrin-based molecule DPPEZnP-BzTBO with bulky benzothiophene groups was designed and synthesized as an electron donor material for bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells. The optimized devices under thermal annealing (TA) and then chloroform solvent vapor anneanling (SVA) for 80 s exhibited an outstanding power conversion efficiencie (PCE) of 9.08%. Contrasted with the smaller thienyl substituted analogues we reported previously, DPPEZnP-BzTBO-based BHJ solar cells exhibited a higher open circuit voltage due to the lower highest occupied molecular orbital energy level...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Wen-Cheng Chen, Yi Yuan, Shao-Fei Ni, Ze-Lin Zhu, Jinfeng Zhang, Zuo-Quan Jiang, Liang-Sheng Liao, Fu-Lung Wong, Chun-Sing Lee
Organic materials containing arylamines have been widely used as hole-transporting materials as well as emitters in organic light-emitting devices (OLEDs). However, it has been pointed out that the C-N bonds in these arylamines can easily suffer from degradation in excited states, especially in deep-blue OLEDs. In this work, phenanthro[9,10-d]imidazole (PI) is proposed as a potential donor with higher stability than those of arylamines. Using PI as the donor, a donor-acceptor type deep-blue fluorophore 1-phenyl-2-(4″-(1-phenyl-1H-benzo[d]imidazol-2-yl)-[1,1':4',1″-terphenyl]-4-yl)-1H-phenanthro[9,10-d]imidazole (BITPI) is designed and synthesized...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Su Yeong Lee, Won Seok Yun, J D Lee
Schottky barrier height and carrier polarity are seminal concepts for a practical device application of the interface between semiconductor and metal electrode. Investigation of those concepts is usually made by a conventional method such as the Schottky-Mott rule, incorporating the metal work function and semiconductor electron affinity, or the Fermi level pinning effect, resulting from the metal-induced gap states. Both manners are, however, basically applied to the bulk semiconductor metal contacts. To explore few-layer black phosphorus metal contacts far from the realm of bulk, we propose a new method to determine the Schottky barrier by scrutinizing the layer-by-layer phosphorus electronic structure from the first-principles calculation combined with the state-of-the-art band unfolding technique...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Jinhui Zhang, Shuming Gong, Jinbo Yu, Peng Li, Xuejie Zhang, Yuwei He, Jianbang Zhou, Rui Shi, Huanrong Li, Aiyun Peng, Jing Wang
Nowadays, it is still a great challenge for lanthanide complexes to be applied in solid state lighting, especially for high-power LEDs because they will suffer severe thermal-induced luminescence quenching and transmittance loss when LEDs are operated at high current. In this paper, we have not only obtained high efficient and thermally chemical stable red emitting hybrid material by introducing europium complex into nanozeolite (NZ) functionalized with the imidazolium-based stopper but also abated its thermal-induced transmittance loss and luminescence quenching behavior via coating it onto a heat-resistant luminescent glass (LG) with high thermal conductivity (1...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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