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R X Chu, J Lin, C Q Wu, J Zheng, Y L Chen, J Zhang, R H Han, Y Zhang, H Guo
Lithium-sulfur (Li-S) batteries have attracted great attention owing to their excellent electrochemical properties, such as the high discharge voltage of 2.3 V, specific capacity of 1675 mA h g(-1) and energy density of 2600 Wh kg(-1). The widely used slurry made electrodes of Li-S batteries are plagued by the serious shuttle effect and insulating nature of sulfur. Herein, a reduced graphene oxide coated porous carbon nanofiber flexible paper (rGO@S-PCNP) was fabricated and directly used as an additive-free cathode for Li-S batteries...
June 23, 2017: Nanoscale
Wen Wu Xu, Xiao Cheng Zeng, Yi Gao
An understanding of the structural stability and formation mechanism of ligated gold nanoclusters with triply coordinated μ3-sulfido (μ3-S) motifs is important not only for gold chemistry but also for the design of more effective catalysts or drug carriers for various applications. In this article, a new elementary block Au3(μ3-S) with zero valence electrons [referred to as Au3(μ3-S)(0e)] has been identified, which describes all crystallized ligated gold clusters with μ3-S motifs, in conjunction with the previously reported Au3(2e) and Au4(2e) elementary blocks, in a grand unified model (GUM)...
June 23, 2017: Nanoscale
Peifeng Li, Chenchen Jiang, Shang Xu, Yu Zhuang, Libo Gao, Alice Hu, Hongtao Wang, Yang Lu
Layered molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) exhibits rich electronic and optical properties and possesses vastly differing characteristic dimensions. A multi-layer MoS2 membrane represents the critical hierarchical structure which bridges the length-scale of monolayer and bulk material architectures. In this study, the in-plane mechanical properties of MoS2 membranes were investigated by in situ SEM tensile testing. Under the uniaxial tensile loading, brittle fracture caused failure in a highly localized region of the MoS2 membranes and their mechanical properties showed a thickness effect: the strengths of the relatively thicker MoS2 membranes (thickness around hundreds of nanometers) distribute from ∼100 to ∼250 MPa, while the corresponding values of the MoS2 nanosheets (thickness around tens of nanometers) increase significantly to more than 1 GPa...
June 23, 2017: Nanoscale
Yongcheng Liang, Zhenbang Gao, Ping Qin, Li Gao, Chun Tang
The quest for novel nanomaterials with unusual functionalities continues to be a central challenge to modern nanoscience. Here we report a surprisingly anomalous hardening behavior exhibited by a class of transition-metal monoborides (TMB). Most remarkable is the occurrence of the intrinsic hardness maximum at the valence-electron concentration (VEC) of about 8 electrons per formula unit (e per f.u.); both lower and higher VECs lead to the decrease of hardness, contrasting with the expected positive correlation between hardness and VEC...
June 23, 2017: Nanoscale
Dezhong Zhang, Chunyu Liu, Bo Yin, Ruiliang Xu, Jingran Zhou, Xindong Zhang, Shengping Ruan
A heterojunction photo-conductive ultraviolet (UV) detector was developed based on TiO2 nanowires array (NWA) surrounded by N,N'-bis-(1-naphthalenyl)-N,N'-bis-phenyl-(1,1'-biphenyl)-4,4'-diamine (NPB). The novel and effective two-step method of static infusion and dynamic solution-cleaning was employed to fill NPB into TiO2 NWA gaps and simultaneously remove the unwelcomed top NPB layer. The device fabricated via the two-step method exhibited optimal performance compared to TiO2/NPB device with top NPB layer and TiO2 NWA device...
June 23, 2017: Nanoscale
B Shirmardi Shaghasemi, E S Dehghani, E M Benetti, E Reimhult
We demonstrate that crown ether-assisted ligand replacement on Fe3O4 NPs using halide salts leads to quantitative stripping of an existing stabilizer shell with unprecedented (complete) efficiency; this allows subsequent re-grafting of functional ligands at maximal surface density. The mechanism of the anion-driven ligand replacement is elucidated by varying the halide salt and the versatility by varying the re-grafted ligand.
June 23, 2017: Nanoscale
Miao Wang, Fuyang Xu, Yu Lin, Bing Cao, Linghua Chen, Chinhua Wang, Jianfeng Wang, Ke Xu
We proposed and demonstrated an integrated high energy efficient and high linearly polarized InGaN/GaN green LED grown on (0001) oriented sapphire with combined metasurface polarizing converter and polarizer system. It is different from those conventional polarized light emissions generated with plasmonic metallic grating in which at least 50% high energy loss occurs inherently due to high reflection of the transverse electric (TE) component of an electric field. A reflecting metasurface, with a two dimensional elliptic metal cylinder array (EMCA) that functions as a half-wave plate, was integrated at the bottom of a LED such that the back-reflected TE component, that is otherwise lost by a dielectric/metal bi-layered wire grids (DMBiWG) polarizer on the top emitting surface of the LED, can be converted to desired transverse magnetic (TM) polarized emission after reflecting from the metasurface...
June 23, 2017: Nanoscale
Lijun Zheng, Dachi Yang, Rong Chang, Chengwen Wang, Gaixia Zhang, Shuhui Sun
We have developed "crack-tips" and "superlattice" enriched Pt-Cu nanoflakes (NFs), benefiting from the synergetic effects of "crack-tips" and "superlattice crystals"; the Pt-Cu NFs exhibit 4 times higher mass activity, 6 times higher specific activity and 6 times higher stability than those of the commercial Pt/C catalyst, respectively. Meanwhile, the Pt-Cu NFs show more enhanced CO tolerance than the commercial Pt/C catalyst.
June 23, 2017: Nanoscale
Jeong-Hwan Kim, Haruki Eguchi, Yoshihiro Ishikawa
Ultrafine Au quantum clusters (QCs) were synthesized by etching host Au nanoparticles in the presence of ethylenediamine (en) and exhibited both strong photoluminescence (PL) and specific anticancer activity. The cutting-edge feature of this QC compound comprises subnanometer-size rhombohedral Au8, which consists of 8 units of the anticancer motif, namely, an Au(+)(en) complex (Au(en)QCs), which contributes to photo- and physicochemical stability as well as subcellular theranostic activity in intracellular PL imaging and in situ targeting...
June 22, 2017: Nanoscale
Rajith Illathvalappil, Vishal M Dhavale, Siddheshwar N Bhange, Sreekumar Kurungot
A highly active and durable CuPt alloy catalyst with trigonal bipyramidal and truncated cube-type mixed morphologies, anchored on the nitrogen-doped graphene (NGr) surface (CuPt-TBTC/NGr), was prepared by a simple and fast method. The obtained CuPt alloy showed improved oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) activity, with a 30 mV positive shift in the half-wave potential value, as compared to the state-of-the-art Pt/C catalyst in a 0.1 M KOH solution. The CuPt alloy with the trigonal bipyramidal morphology possesses porous type inter-connected sides, which help to achieve improved mass transport of oxygen during the ORR...
June 22, 2017: Nanoscale
Linfan Cui, Xiaopeng Wang, Nan Chen, Bingxue Ji, Liangti Qu
Recycling of plastic waste has commercial value and practical significance for both environmental safety and recovery of resources. To realize trash recycling, a cheap, simple, and safe solid-state chemical vapor deposition method has been developed to convert a series of daily plastic wastes to a high quality graphene foil (GF) at a large scale. The GF possesses a high electrical conductivity of 3824 S·cm(-1), which is much higher than that of the conventional free-standing graphene film treated at an extremely high temperature of 2200-2500 °C...
June 22, 2017: Nanoscale
Fengming Lin, Chengcheng Li, Li Dong, Degang Fu, Zhan Chen
Imaging biofilm-encased microorganisms is challenging due to them being shielded by a sticky and strong extracellular polymeric substance matrix that blocks the penetration of dyes, but is especially important for biofilm study. Here, carbon dots, namely CDs-605, were used for successfully imaging biofilm-encased microorganisms. We demonstrated that such CDs-605 could be easily synthesized from L. plantarum by one-step hydrothermal carbonization. The negatively charged CDs-605 were composed of C, H, O, N, P, and S and contained various functional groups, including -OH, -COOH, and -CONH-...
June 22, 2017: Nanoscale
Wenguang Tu, Yichang Li, Libang Kuai, Yong Zhou, Qinfeng Xu, Haijin Li, Xiaoyong Wang, Min Xiao, Zhigang Zou
Two-dimensional MoS2 nanosheets were in situ grown on TiO2 nanosheets to form two-dimensional (2D) hybrid nanojunctions, with which MoS2 nanosheets compactly contact with TiO2 to increase the interfacial area. MoS2 was identified as a promising cost-effective substitute for noble metal cocatalysts such as Pt, Au, and Ag, and shows superior activity and selectivity for reducing CO2 to CH3OH in aqueous solution to these metal cocatalysts under UV-vis light irradiation. The photo-luminescence (PL) spectra and transient time-resolved PL decay measurements reveal that the fast electron transfer from TiO2 to MoS2 can minimize charge recombination losses to improve the conversion efficiency of photoreduction...
June 22, 2017: Nanoscale
Qiuqun Chen, Hui Song, Fangteng Zhang, Hang Zhang, Yongze Yu, Zhi Chen, Rongfei Wei, Ye Dai, Jianrong Qiu
Directly controlling the growth process of clusters and nanoparticles is an effective way to tune their specific properties, which has been considered as a significant issue lying at the heart of nanotechnology. For technological applications, great strides have been made in the assembly of clusters and nanoparticles. However, controllable synthesis of clusters and nanoparticles inside a bulk solid-state medium remains a tremendous challenge, which is important for integrated devices. Here we report a strategy for space-selective control of elemental tellurium (Te) precipitation as clusters or nanoparticles in glass by femtosecond (fs) laser irradiation...
June 22, 2017: Nanoscale
Kui Wang, Wubulikasimu Yiming, Jayaprakash Saththasivam, Zhaoyang Liu
Polymeric and ceramic asymmetric membranes have dominated commercial membranes for water treatment. However, polymeric membranes are prone to becoming fouled, while ceramic membranes are mechanically fragile. Here, we report a novel concept to develop asymmetric membranes based on ultra-long ceramic/polymeric fibers, with the combined merits of good mechanical stability, excellent fouling resistance and high oil/water selectivity, in order to meet the stringent requirements for practical oil/water separation...
June 22, 2017: Nanoscale
Yu Wang, Cheng-Xiong Yang, Xiu-Ping Yan
The development of the multimodal probes is of great importance for bioimaging application. Herein, we report the fabrication of a functional nanocomposite from near-infrared (NIR) persistent luminescent nanoparticles (PLNPs) and Gd2O3 as a multimodal probe for in vivo NIR persistent luminescence and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging. Small-sized monodispersed NIR ZnGa2O4:Cr(3+) PLNPs (ca. 15 nm) were prepared as the NIR persistent luminescence source by a hydrothermal method while hyaluronic acid (HA) functionalized Gd2O3 (HA-Gd2O3) was synthesized as the MR contrast agent via a biomineralization approach...
June 22, 2017: Nanoscale
Huangtianzhi Zhu, Liqing Shangguan, Danyu Xia, Julfikar Hassan Mondal, Bingbing Shi
A supra-amphiphilic system with a tunable supra-amphiphilic type and self-assembled morphology was constructed and controlled via light and host-guest interactions based on a water-soluble pillar[5]arene and a stiff-stilbene.
June 22, 2017: Nanoscale
Shizhe Fu, Xueqing Zhang, Yuzhe Xie, Jie Wu, Huangxian Ju
An efficient enzyme-powered micromotor device was fabricated by assembling multiple layers of catalase on the inner surface of a poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene and sodium 4-styrenesulfonate)/Au microtube (PEDOT-PSS/Au). The catalase assembly was achieved by programmed DNA hybridization, which was performed by immobilizing a designed sandwich DNA structure as the sensing unit on the PEDOT-PSS/Au, and then alternately hybridizing with two assisting DNA to bind the enzyme for efficient motor motion. The micromotor device showed unique features of good reproducibility, stability and motion performance...
June 22, 2017: Nanoscale
Lorenzo Ferrari, Joseph Stephen Thomas Smalley, Yeshaiahu Fainman, Zhaowei Liu
A novel method is presented to outcouple high spatial frequency (large-k) waves from hyperbolic metamaterials (HMMs) without the use of a grating. This approach relies exclusively on dispersion engineering, and enables preferential power extraction from the top or from the side of a HMM. Multilayer (ML) HMMs are shown to be better suited for lateral outcoupling, while nanowire HMMs are the most convenient choice for top outcoupling. A 6-fold increase in laterally extracted power is predicted for a dipole-HMM system with a Ag/Si ML operating at λ = 530 nm, when metallic filling ratio is changed from an unoptimized to the optimized one...
June 22, 2017: Nanoscale
W H Yang, C Zhang, S Sun, J Jing, Q Song, S Xiao
Dark plasmonic resonances in metallic nanostructures are essential for many potential applications such as refractive index sensing, single molecule detection, nanolasers etc. However, it is difficult to excite the dark modes in optical experiments and thus the practical applications are severely limited. Herein, we demonstrate a simple method to experimentally excite the quadrupolar and higher-order plasmonic modes with normal incident light. By directionally depositing silver films onto the sidewalls of metal-covered one-dimensional grating, we have experimentally observed a series of asymmetrical resonances at the plasmonic ranges of silver gratings...
June 22, 2017: Nanoscale
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