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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640993/locking-in-optimal-nanoscale-structure-induced-by-naphthalenediimide-based-polymeric-additive-enables-efficient-and-stable-inverted-polymer-solar-cells
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Kwang Hyun Park, Yujin An, Seungon Jung, Hyesung Park, Changduk Yang
Operational stability and high performance are the most critical issues that must be addressed in order to propel and advance the current polymer solar cell (PSC) technology to the next level such as manufacturing and mass production. Herein, we report a high power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 11.2% together with an excellent device stability in PTB7-Th:PC71BM-based PSCs in the inverted structure by introducing the n-type P(NDI2OD-T2) macromolecular additive (>75% PCE retention at high temperature up to 120 °C, >97% PCE retention after 6 months in inert conditions, >93% PCE retention after 2 months in air with encapsulation, and >80% PCE retention after 140 h in air without encapsulation)...
June 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640992/crystalline-organic-pigment-based-field-effect-transistors
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Haichang Zhang, Ruonan Deng, Jing Wang, Xiang Li, Yu-Ming Chen, Kewei Liu, Clinton J Taubert, Stephen Z D Cheng, Yu Zhu
Three conjugated pigment molecules with fused hydrogen bonds, 3,7-diphenylpyrrolo[2,3-f]indole-2,6(1H,5H)-dione (BDP), (E)-6,6'-dibromo-[3,3'-biindolinylidene]-2,2'-dione (IIDG), and 3,6-di(thiophen-2-yl)-2,5-dihydropyrrolo-[3,4-c]pyrrole-1,4-dione (TDPP), were studied in this work. The insoluble pigment molecules were functionalized with tert-butoxylcarbonyl (t-Boc) groups to form soluble pigment precursors (BDP-Boc, IIDG-Boc, and TDPP-Boc) with latent hydrogen bonding. The single crystals of soluble pigment precursors were obtained...
June 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640855/the-effect-of-subpressure-on-the-bond-strength-of-resin-to-zirconia-ceramic
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Yong-Mei Li, Rui-Shen Zhuge, Zu-Tai Zhang, Yue-Ming Tian, Ning Ding
OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted to investigate the effect of subpressure on the bond strength of resin to zirconia ceramic. The subpressure would create a pressure gradient which could clean out the bubbles in the adhesives or bonding interface. METHODS: Twenty-eight pre-sintered zirconia discs were fabricated. Half of them were polished (group P, n = 14), and the rest were sandblasted (group S, n = 14). After sintered,the surface roughness of the zirconia discs was measured...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640759/electroactive-%C3%AE-crystalline-phase-inclusion-and-photoluminescence-response-of-heat-controlled-spin-coated-pvdf-tio2-free-standing-nanocomposite-film-for-nanogenerator-and-active-nanosensor
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Md Mehebub Alam, Ayesha Sultana, Debabrata Sarkar, Dipankar Mandal
The electroactive β-phase is most desirable due to its highest piezo-, pyro- and ferro-electric properties in poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF). Induction of β-phase is successfully accomplished in titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles (NPs) doped spin coated PVDF nanocomposite (PNC) films. The optimized yields of β-phase and homogeneous ultra-smooth free standing PNC film is utilized in mechanical energy harvesting application by fabricating a nanogenerator (NG) where the typical electrical poling step is not undertaken...
June 22, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640747/a-single-amino-acid-change-in-the-non-structural-nv-protein-impacts-the-virulence-phenotype-of-viral-hemorrhagic-septicemia-virus-in-trout
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Laury Baillon, Emilie Mérour, Joëlle Cabon, Lénaïg Louboutin, Hélène Quenault, Fabrice Touzain, Thierry Morin, Yannick Blanchard, Stéphane Biacchesi, Michel Brémont
Novirhabdoviruses like the Viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSV) are rhabdoviruses infecting fish. In the current study, RNA genomes of different VHSV field isolates classified as high, medium or low virulent phenotypes have been sequenced by next-generation sequencing and compared. Various amino acid changes, depending on the VHSV phenotype, have been identified in all the VHSV proteins. As a starting point, we focused our study on the non-virion (NV) non-structural protein in which an arginine residue (R116) is present in all the virulent isolates and replaced by a serine/asparagine residue S/N116 in the attenuated isolates...
June 22, 2017: Journal of General Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640628/oriented-gold-nanorods-and-gold-nanorod-chains-within-smectic-liquid-crystal-topological-defects
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Brigita Rožič, Jérôme Fresnais, Celine Molinaro, Joseph Calixte, Shivakumar Umadevi, Stephanie Lau-Truong, Nordin Felidj, Tobias Kraus, Fabrice Charra, Vincent Dupuis, Torsten Hegmann, Celine Fiorini-Debuisschert, Bruno Gallas, Emmanuelle Lacaze
We show that the use of oriented linear arrays of smectic A defects, the so-called smectic oily streaks, enables the orientation of gold nanorods (GNRs) for a large range of GNR diameters, ranging from 7 to 48 nm, and for various ligands. For the small GNRs it enables oriented end-to-end small chains of GNRs when the density is increased from around 2 GNRs/μm(2) to around 6 GNRs/μm(2). We have characterized the orientation of single GNRs by spectrophotometry and two-photon luminescence (TPL). A strongly anisotropic absorption of the composites and an on-off switching of GNR luminescence, both controlled by incident light polarization, are observed, revealing an orientation of the GNRs mostly parallel to the oily streaks...
June 22, 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/28640583/fluffy-and-ordered-graphene-multilayer-films-with-improved-electromagnetic-interference-shielding-over-x-band
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Zicheng Wang, Renbo Wei, Xiaobo Liu
Highly ordered nitrogen-doped graphene multilayer films with large interlayer void are successfully fabricated by thermal annealing the compact stacking graphene oxide/copper phthalocyanine (GO/CuPc) multilayer films. Scanning electron microscopic (SEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Raman, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopic (XPS) and electrical conductivity measurements indicate that the breakaway of oxygen functional groups on/in the GO sheets at high temperature and the in-situ pyrolysis of CuPc molecules in the interlayer of graphene sheets synergistically facilitate the restoration of GO in graphitization, the effective nitrogen doping by replacing carbon atoms in graphene frameworks, the retention of layer-by-layer stacking structure of graphene sheets in plane and the formation of interlayer voids, leading to the enhancement in the electrical conductivity (3...
June 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640582/thermoelectric-performance-of-se-cd-co-doped-snte-via-microwave-solvothermal-method
#9
Lijun Wang, Siyi Chang, Shuqi Zheng, Teng Fang, Wenlin Cui, Pengpeng Bai, Luo Yue, Zhigang Chen
Extensive attention has been focused on thermoelectric performance optimization of SnTe because of its potential in waste heat recovery. Here, we fabricate high thermoelectric performance Se/Cd co-doped SnTe octahedral particles by microwave-stimulated solvothermal method. The SnTe-based octahedral particles have the sizes ranging from several micrometers to hundreds of nanometers, forming dense bulks after spark plasma sintering. Combined with the strong point defect scattering by Se and Cd dopants, a low thermal conductivity of 1...
June 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637349/the-antibacterial-polyamide-6-zno-hierarchical-nanofibers-fabricated-by-atomic-layer-deposition-and-hydrothermal-growth
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Zhengduo Wang, Li Zhang, Zhongwei Liu, Lijun Sang, Lizhen Yang, Qiang Chen
In this paper, we report the combination of atomic layer deposition (ALD) with hydrothermal techniques to deposit ZnO on electrospun polyamide 6 (PA 6) nanofiber (NF) surface in the purpose of antibacterial application. The micro- and nanostructures of the hierarchical fibers are characterized by field emission scanning electron microscopy (FE-SEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM), and scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM). We find that NFs can grow into "water lily"- and "caterpillar"-like shapes, which depend on the number of ALD cycles and the hydrothermal reaction period...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637348/hydrogen-peroxide-sensing-based-on-inner-surfaces-modification-of-solid-state-nanopore
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Libo Zhu, Dejian Gu, Quanjun Liu
There are many techniques for the detection of molecules. But detection of molecules through solid-state nanopore in a solution is one of the promising, high-throughput, and low-cost technology used these days. In the present investigation, a solid-state nanopore platform was fabricated for the detection of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), which is not only a label free product but also a significant participant in the redox reaction. We have successfully fabricated silicon nitride (Si3N4) nanopores with diameters of ~50 nm by using a focused Ga ion beam, the inner surface of the nanopore has been modified with horseradish peroxidase (HRP) by employing carbodiimide coupling chemistry...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636991/non-invasive-detection-of-somatic-mutations-using-next-generation-sequencing-in-primary-central-nervous-system-lymphoma
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Maxime Fontanilles, Florent Marguet, Élodie Bohers, Pierre-Julien Viailly, Sydney Dubois, Philippe Bertrand, Vincent Camus, Sylvain Mareschal, Philippe Ruminy, Catherine Maingonnat, Stéphane Lepretre, Elena-Liana Veresezan, Stéphane Derrey, Hervé Tilly, Jean-Michel Picquenot, Annie Laquerrière, Fabrice Jardin
PURPOSE: Primary central nervous system lymphomas (PCNSL) have recurrent genomic alterations. The main objective of our study was to demonstrate that targeted sequencing of circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) released by PCNSL at the time of diagnosis could identify somatic mutations by next-generation sequencing (NGS). PATIENTS AND METHODS: PlasmacfDNA and matched tumor DNA (tDNA) from 25 PCNSL patients were sequenced using an Ion Torrent Personal Genome Machine (Life Technologies®)...
June 1, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636632/parasitoid-wasp-usurps-its-host-to-guard-its-pupa-against-hyperparasitoids-and-induces-rapid-behavioral-changes-in-the-parasitized-host
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Prabitha Mohan, Palatty Allesh Sinu
Some parasites have an ability to fabricate the behavior of their host and impel the host to guard parasites' offspring, which is popularly called as bodyguard manipulation. Psalis pennatula larva parasitized by a braconid parasitoid wasp Microplitis pennatula exhibits some behavioral changes including the guarding of the parasitoid pupa from its natural enemies. We hypothesized that these behavioral change exhibited by the parasitized host larva are induced by the parasitoid and can be considered as an example of bodyguard manipulation...
2017: PloS One
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
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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/28636388/correlation-between-photoluminescence-and-carrier-transport-and-a-simple-in-situ-passivation-method-for-high-bandgap-hybrid-perovskites
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Ryan J Stoddard, Felix T Eickemeyer, John K Katahara, Hugh W Hillhouse
High bandgap mixed-halide hybrid perovskites have higher open-circuit voltage deficits and lower carrier diffusion lengths than their lower-bandgap counterparts. We have developed a Ligand-Assisted Crystallization (LAC) technique that introduces additives in-situ during the solvent wash and developed a new method to dynamically measure the absolute-intensity steady-state photoluminescence and the mean carrier diffusion length simultaneously. The measurements reveal four distinct regimes of material changes and show that photoluminescence brightening often coincides with losses in carrier transport, such as in degradation or phase segregation...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636365/sustainable-elastomers-from-renewable-biomass
#16
Zhongkai Wang, Liang Yuan, Chuanbing Tang
Sustainable elastomers have undergone explosive growth in recent years, partly due to the resurgence of biobased materials prepared from renewable natural resources. However, mounting challenges still prevail: How can the chemical compositions and macromolecular architectures of sustainable polymers be controlled and broadened? How can their processability and recyclability be enabled? How can they compete with petroleum-based counterparts in both cost and performance? Molecular-biomass-derived polymers, such as polymyrcene, polymenthide, and poly(ε-decalactone), have been employed for constructing thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs)...
June 21, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636318/inverse-photonic-glasses-by-packing-bi-disperse-hollow-microspheres-with-uniform-cores
#17
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/28636315/fabrication-of-hierarchical-macroporous-biocompatible-scaffolds-by-combining-pickering-high-internal-phase-emulsion-templates-with-three-dimensional-printing
#18
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/28636088/multicompartment-drug-release-system-for-dynamic-modulation-of-tissue-responses
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Aaron H Morris, Rajwant S Mahal, Jillian Udell, Michelle Wu, Themis R Kyriakides
Pharmacological modulation of responses to injury is complicated by the need to deliver multiple drugs with spatiotemporal resolution. Here, a novel controlled delivery system containing three separate compartments with each releasing its contents over different timescales is fabricated. Core-shell electrospun fibers create two of the compartments in the system, while electrosprayed spheres create the third. Utility is demonstrated by targeting the foreign body response to implants because it is a dynamic process resulting in implant failure...
June 21, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636086/selective-and-tunable-near-infrared-and-visible-light-transmittance-of-moo3-x-nanocomposites-with-different-crystallinity
#20
Ning Li, Yamei Li, Guangyao Sun, Yining Ma, Tianci Chang, Shidong Ji, Heliang Yao, Xun Cao, Shanhu Bao, Ping Jin
In this Communication, we report MoO3-x nanocomposites in which the near-infrared and visible light transmittance can be selectively modulated through the crystallinity. The MoO3-x nanocomposites were fabricated by a hydrothermal method, and their optical properties were characterized by UV-Vis spectrometer. The obtained results proved the possibility to tune the nanocomposite's optical properties in the UV/Visible spectral region: crystalline MoO3 mainly regulates the near-infrared range (800-2600 nm), and amorphous MoO3-x mainly changes the visible range from 350 nm to 800 nm and MoO3-x , with semi-crystalline structures mainly modulating around 800-1000 nm...
June 21, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
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