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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650163/enhanced-hydrogen-production-with-chiral-conductive-polymer-based-electrodes
#1
Francesco Tassinari, Koyel Banerjee-Ghosh, Francesca Parenti, Kiran Vankayala, Adele Mucci, Ron Naaman
Efficient photoelectrochemical production of hydrogen from water is the aim of many studies in recent decades. Typically, one observes that the electric potential required to initiate the process significantly exceeds the thermodynamic limit. It was suggested that by controlling the spins of the electrons that are transferred from the solution to the anode, and ensuring that they are co-aligned, the threshold voltage for the process can be decreased to that of the thermodynamic voltage. In the present study, by using anodes coated with chiral conductive polymer, the hydrogen production from water is enhanced and the threshold voltage is reduced, as compared with anodes coated with achiral polymer...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649968/real-time-polymer-nanocomposites-based-physical-nanosensors-theory-and-modelling
#2
Stefano Bellucci, Yuri Shunin, Viktor Gopejenko, Tamara Lobanova-Shunina, Natalya Burlutskaya, Yuri Zhukovskii
Functionalized CNTs and GNRs nanostructures, serving as the basis for the creation of physical pressure and temperature nanosensors, are considered as tools for ecological monitoring and medical applications. Fragments of nanocarbon inclusions with different morphologies, presenting a disordered system, are regarded as models for nanocomposite materials based on carbon nanoсluster suspension in dielectric polymer environments (e.g., epoxy resins). We have formulated the approach of conductivity calculations for carbon-based polymer nanocomposites using the effective media cluster approach, disordered systems theory and conductivity mechanisms analysis, and obtained the calibration dependences...
June 26, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649845/multifunctional-nanostructured-conductive-polymer-gels-synthesis-properties-and-applications
#3
Fei Zhao, Ye Shi, Lijia Pan, Guihua Yu
Conductive polymers have attracted significant interest over the past few decades because they synergize the advantageous features of conventional polymeric materials and organic conductors. With rationally designed nanostructures, conductive polymers can further exhibit exceptional mechanical, electrical, and optical properties because of their confined dimensions at the nanoscale level. Among various nanostructured conductive polymers, conductive polymer gels (CPGs) with synthetically tunable hierarchical 3D network structures show great potential for a wide range of applications, such as bioelectronics, and energy storage/conversion devices owing to their structural features...
June 26, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647414/effect-of-different-packaging-materials-containing-poly-2-tert-butylamino-methylstyrene-on-the-growth-of-spoilage-and-pathogenic-bacteria-on-fresh-meat
#4
S Dohlen, C Braun, F Brodkorb, B Fischer, Y Ilg, K Kalbfleisch, R Lorenz, M Kreyenschmidt, J Kreyenschmidt
The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of novel antimicrobial packaging materials containing poly-[2-(tertbutylamino) methylstyrene] (poly(TBAMS)) on the growth of typical spoilage and pathogenic bacteria present on meat. The antimicrobial activity of materials containing different poly(TBAMS) concentrations was determined by comparing the bacterial counts on reference and sample materials at different temperatures and times and in the presence of meat components. Storage tests with poultry fillets and veal cutlets were conducted with samples vacuum packaged in the reference foil and foil containing 10% poly(TBAMS)...
June 13, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647315/safety-and-efficacy-of-new-biodegradable-polymer-based-sirolimus-eluting-stents-in-a-preclinical-model
#5
Armando Pérez de Prado, Claudia Pérez Martínez, Carlos Cuellas Ramón, Marta Regueiro Purriños, María López Benito, José Manuel Gonzalo Orden, José Antonio Rodríguez Altónaga, Rodrigo Estévez Loureiro, Tomás Benito González, David Viñuela Baragaño, María Molina Crisol, Marc Amorós Aguilar, Isabel Pérez Serranos, Arnau Vidal Parreu, Ana Benavides Montegordo, Luis Duocastella Codina, Felipe Fernández Vázquez
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: New drug-eluting stents (DES) designed to overcome the limitations of existing devices should initially be tested in preclinical studies. Our objective was to analyze the safety and efficacy of new biodegradable polymer-based DES compared with bare-metal stents (BMS) and commercially available DES in a model of normal porcine coronary arteries. METHODS: We randomly implanted 101 stents (BMS and biodegradable polymer-based sirolimus-eluting stents: 3 test stent iterations [BD1, BD2, and BD3], Orsiro, Biomime and Biomatrix) in the coronary arteries of 34 domestic pigs...
June 21, 2017: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646766/gaps-in-aquatic-toxicological-studies-of-microplastics
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REVIEW
Ali Karami
The contamination of aquatic environments with microplastics (MPs) has spurred an unprecedented interest among scientific communities to investigate their impacts on biota. Despite the rapid growth in the number of studies on the aquatic toxicology of MPs, controversy over the fate and biological impacts of MPs is increasingly growing mainly due to the absence of standardized laboratory bioassays. Given the complex features of MPs, such as the diversity of constituent polymers, additives, shapes and sizes, as well as continuous changes in the particle buoyancy as a result of fouling and defouling processes, it is necessary to modify conventional bioassay protocols before employing them for MP toxicity testings...
June 14, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645863/toxicology-of-octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane-d4
#7
Allison Franzen, Tracy Greene, Cynthia Van Landingham, Robinan Gentry
Octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane (D4) is a volatile cyclic siloxane used primarily as a monomer or intermediate in the production of some silicon-based polymers widely used in industrial and consumer applications and may be present as a residual impurity in a variety of consumer products. A robust toxicological data set exists for D4. Treatment-related results from a chronic inhalation study conducted in rats are limited to mild effects on the respiratory tract, increases in liver weight, increases in the incidence of uterine endometrial epithelial hyperplasia, and a dose-related trend in the incidence of endometrial adenomas...
June 20, 2017: Toxicology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643403/unusual-internal-electron-transfer-in-conjugated-radical-polymers
#8
Fei Li, Danielle Gore, Shaoyang Wang, Jodie Lutkenhaus
Nitroxide-containing organic radical polymers (ORPs) have captured attention for their high power and fast redox kinetics. Yet a major challenge is the polymer's aliphatic backbone, resulting in a low electronic conductivity. Recent attempts that replace the aliphatic backbone with a conjugated one have not met with success. The reason for this is not understood until now. We examine a family of polythiophenes bearing nitroxide radical groups, showing that while both species are electrochemically active, there exists an internal electron transfer mechanism that interferes with stabilization of the polymer's fully oxidized form...
June 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642200/enhancement-of-solubility-and-dissolution-rate-of-baicalein-wogonin-and-oroxylin-a-extracted-from-radix-scutellariae
#9
Hang Yu, Jae-Sang Chang, Sun Young Kim, Yoon G Kim, Hoo-Kyun Choi
Baicalein, wogonin, and oroxylin A are three major hydrophobic components in the extract of Radix scutellariae with wide spectrum of pharmacological applications. The purpose of this study was to enhance the solubility, dissolution rate and stability of baicalein, wogonin and oroxylin A by solid dispersion (SD) technique. SD of the extract with various polymers was prepared to select the best carrier. Solubility study, chemical stability study and dissolution study were performed to characterize the SD. The solubility of all three components, after forming solid dispersion with povidone K-30 (PVP K-30) was significantly increased in pH 6...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640997/from-1d-polymers-to-2d-polymers-preparation-of-free-standing-single-monomer-thick-two-dimensional-conjugated-polymers-in-water
#10
Na Zhang, Taisheng Wang, Xing Wu, Chen Jiang, Taiming Zhang, Bangkun Jin, Hengxing Ji, Wei Bai, Ruke Bai
Recently, investigation on two-dimensional (2D) organic polymers has made great progress, and conjugated 2D polymers already play a dynamic role in both academic and practical applications. However, a convenient, noninterfacial approach to obtain single-layer 2D polymers in solution, especially in aqueous media, remains challenging. Herein, we present a facile, highly efficient, and versatile "1D to 2D" strategy for preparation of free-standing single-monomer-thick conjugated 2D polymers in water without any aid...
June 24, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640585/thermally-and-electrically-triggered-triple-shape-memory-behavior-of-poly-vinyl-acetate-poly-lactic-acid-due-to-graphene-induced-phase-separation
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Mohammad Sabzi, Masoud Babaahmadi, Mohammadreza Rahnama
This work aimed to develop a facile and broadly applicable method for fabricating a multi-stimuli responsive triple-shape memory polymer (SMP). Hence, herein the SMPs were prepared through the simple physical blending of two commercially available biopolymers, poly(lactic acid) (PLA) and poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc), in the presence of robust and conductive graphene nanoplatelets. Interestingly, atomic force microscopy (AFM) observations and thermal analyses revealed that the presence of nanofillers led to phase separation and appearance of two well-separated transition temperatures in the blend of these two miscible polymers...
June 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639791/insight-into-the-final-step-of-the-supramolecular-buildup-of-eumelanin
#12
Anne Büngeler, Benjamin Hämisch, Klaus Huber, Wolfgang Bremser, Oliver Ingolf Strube
The final step in the supramolecular buildup of eumelanin particles is investigated regarding involved species and mechanism. Time resolved in situ light scattering and scanning electron microscopy reveal an aggregation of particles with narrow size distribution around 40 nm, previously only observed as substructures. These form larger particles with again very uniform size and diameters around 200 nm. Aggregation of each single particle takes only a few minutes to complete, whereas the entire process goes on for at least three hours, partly due to kinetics of the precursors...
June 22, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639647/water-mediated-proton-conduction-in-a-sulfonated-microporous-organic-polymer
#13
C Klumpen, S Gödrich, G Papastavrou, J Senker
Polymer membranes (PEMs) within fuel cells (FCs) act as separators and efficient proton conducting electrolytes. Established systems tend to microphase separation into hydrophilic and hydrophobic regions, making these materials prone to water loss at elevated temperatures. Therefore, recent approaches utilize porous materials, which promise stronger interactions between water molecules and the framework, while still providing efficient conductive pathways. Here we show, that the microporous polymer PAF-1 exhibits proton conductivities up to 10(-1) S cm(-1) under hydrous conditions, after post-synthetic sulfonation...
June 22, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638780/materials-design-and-system-construction-for-conventional-and-new-concept-supercapacitors
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REVIEW
Zhong Wu, Lin Li, Jun-Min Yan, Xin-Bo Zhang
With the development of renewable energy and electrified transportation, electrochemical energy storage will be more urgent in the future. Supercapacitors have received extensive attention due to their high power density, fast charge and discharge rates, and long-term cycling stability. During past five years, supercapacitors have been boomed benefited from the development of nanostructured materials synthesis and the promoted innovation of devices construction. In this review, we have summarized the current state-of-the-art development on the fabrication of high-performance supercapacitors...
June 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638136/ternary-resistance-switching-memory-behavior-based-on-graphene-oxide-embedded-in-a-polystyrene-polymer-layer
#15
Yanmei Sun, Dianzhong Wen, Xuduo Bai, Junguo Lu, Chunpeng Ai
Nonvolatile ternary memory devices were fabricated using the composite of polystyrene (PS) and graphene oxide(GO) as active layers, which have an reliable intermediate state. The current-voltage (I-V) curves of the indium tin oxide (ITO)/PS+GO/Al device under the external applied voltages exhibited current tri-stability with three conductivity states, which clearly revealed ternary memory performance. Under the stimulus of the external voltage, a stable intermediate conductivity state was observed. In the write-read-erase-read test, the ITO/PS+GO/Al device exhibited rewritable, nonvolatile, ternary memory properties...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638056/trap-modulated-charge-carrier-transport-in-polyethylene-graphene-nanocomposites
#16
Zhonglei Li, Boxue Du, Chenlei Han, Hang Xu
The role of trap characteristics in modulating charge transport properties is attracting much attentions in electrical and electronic engineering, which has an important effect on the electrical properties of dielectrics. This paper focuses on the electrical properties of Low-density Polyethylene (LDPE)/graphene nanocomposites (NCs), as well as the corresponding trap level characteristics. The dc conductivity, breakdown strength and space charge behaviors of NCs with the filler content of 0 wt%, 0.005 wt%, 0...
June 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637350/structural-peculiarities-of-ion-conductive-organic-inorganic-polymer-composites-based-on-aliphatic-epoxy-resin-and-salt-of-lithium-perchlorate
#17
Liubov Matkovska, Maksym Iurzhenko, Yevgen Mamunya, Igor Tkachenko, Valeriy Demchenko, Volodymyr Synyuk, Andriy Shadrin, Gisele Boiteux
The article is concerned with hybrid amorphous polymers synthesized basing on epoxy oligomer of diglycide aliphatic ester of polyethylene glycol that was cured by polyethylene polyamine and lithium perchlorate salt. Structural peculiarities of organic-inorganic polymer composites were studied by differential scanning calorimetry, wide-angle X-ray spectra, infrared spectroscopic, scanning electron microscopy, elemental analysis, and transmission and reflective optical microscopy. On the one hand, the results showed that the introduction of LiClO4 salt into epoxy polymer leads to formation of the coordinative metal-polymer complexes of donor-acceptor type between central Li(+) ion and ligand...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636820/experimental-and-theoretical-study-of-ionic-pair-dissociation-in-lithium-ion-linear-polyethyleneimine-polyacrylonitrile-blend-for-solid-polymer-electrolytes
#18
Fernando Pignanelli, Mariano Romero, Ricardo Faccio, Álvaro W Mombrú
Herein, we report the preparation and characterization of novel polymeric blend between linear polyethylene imine (PEI) and polyacrylonitrile (PAN), with the purpose to facilitate the dissociation of lithium perchlorate salt (LiClO4) and thus to enhance Li-ion transport. It is a joint theoretical and experimental procedure for evaluating and thus demonstrating, the lithium salt dissociation. The procedure implies the correlation between theoretical pair distribution function (PDF) and conventional X-rays diffraction (XRD) by means of molecular dynamics (MD) approach...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636400/click-biotinylation-of-plga-template-for-biotin-receptor-oriented-delivery-of-doxorubicin-hydrochloride-in-4t1-cell-induced-breast-cancer
#19
Yuvraj Singh, K K Durga Rao Viswanadham, Arun Kumar Jajoriya, Jayagopal Meher, Kavit Raval, Swati Jaiswal, Jayant Dewangan, H K Bora, Srikanta Kumar Rath, Jawahar Lal, Durga Prasad Mishra, Manish Kumar Chourasia
PLGA was functionalized with PEG and biotin using click chemistry to generate a biotin receptor targeted copolymer (Biotinylated-PEG-PLGA) which in turn was used to fabricate ultrafine nanoparticles (BPNP) of doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX) for effective delivery in 4T1 cell induced breast cancer. However adequate entrapment of a hydrophilic bioactive like DOX in a hydrophobic polymer system made of PLGA is not usually possible. We therefore modified a conventional W/O/W emulsion method by utilizing ammonium chloride in the external phase to constrain DOX in dissolved polymer phase by supressing its inherent aqueous solubility as per common ion effect...
June 21, 2017: Molecular Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632270/silicon-anodes-protected-by-a-nitrogen-doped-porous-carbon-shell-for-high-performance-lithium-ion-batteries
#20
Jinhui Zhu, Jun Yang, Zhixin Xu, Jiulin Wang, Yanna Nuli, Xiaodong Zhuang, Xinliang Feng
Silicon (Si) anodes, which are among the most promising candidates for high-energy lithium-ion batteries (LIBs), have attracted considerable attention from both academic and industrial communities. However, Si anodes usually suffer from an inherently low conductivity and extremely large volume change during the lithiation and delithiation processes, and consequently exhibit an inferior rate capability and poor cycle life. In this paper, we report new porous polymer-derived carbon coated Si nanoparticles (NPs) as the next generation anodes for LIBs to overcome these serious problems...
June 20, 2017: Nanoscale
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