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M E Sánchez Vergara, R Salcedo, Bertha Molina, R Carrera-Téllez, J R Álvarez-Bada, A Hernández-García, V Gómez-Vidales
The present study reports the doping of a semiconducting molecular material through the formation of hydrogen bonds between the macrocycle Cu(II)(TAAB) and the electronic acceptor TCNQ. According to density functional theory (DFT) calculations and electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) analysis, the doped compound has the shape of a distorted square pyramid, with four nitrogen atoms in the equatorial position and the apical oxygen atom from the water ligands. These water molecules can generate strong hydrogen bonds with TCNQ and the TAAB metallic complex...
April 11, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Liu Changshi, Zhang Jianxin
The voltage-dependent current is a crucial parameter for determining the electrical properties of microelectronic devices. In this study, we aimed to extend a generic dc model to successfully explain the drain current (Id ) for metal-oxide semiconductors (MOSs) and thin-film transistors (TFTs) based on the gate voltage (Vg ), where the threshold voltage (Vth ) could also be obtained from this model in a nature manner. This dc model meets the requirements for compact modeling, including modeling computer circuit simulators...
April 4, 2018: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
Christen J Boyer, Jennifer E Woerner, Christopher Galea, Corbin A Gatlin, Ghali E Ghali, David K Mills, Jeffery A Weisman, Jonathan S Alexander
PURPOSE: After cleft lip and palate surgical procedures, patients often need nostril supports to help the reconstructed nostrils retain their shape during healing. Many postoperative nasal stents use a one-size-fits-all approach, in which a standard rubber tube retainer is trimmed and used to support the healing nares. The purpose of this study was to examine photogrammetry and 3-dimensional (3D) printing as a fabrication tool for postoperative patient-specific nasal supports that can be loaded with bioactive agents for localized delivery...
March 28, 2018: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Muhammad Hanif Ramlee, Mohd Ayub Sulong, Evelyn Garcia-Nieto, Daniel Angure Penaranda, Antonio Ros Felip, Mohammed Rafiq Abdul Kadir
Pilon fractures can be caused by high-energy vertical forces which may result in long-term patient immobilization. Many experts in orthopedic surgery recommend the use of a Delta external fixator for type III Pilon fracture treatment. This device can promote immediate healing of fractured bone, minimizing the rate of complications as well as allowing early mobilization. The characteristics of different types of the Delta frame have not been demonstrated yet. By using the finite element method, this study was conducted to determine the biomechanical characteristics of six different configurations (Model 1 until Model 6)...
April 21, 2018: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
Roberto Gabrielli, Maria Sofia Rosati, Massiliano Millarelli, Angelica Dante, Maurizio Maiorano, Aldo Musilli, Roberto Chiappa, Marco Ventura
BACKGROUND: Common femoral artery is still the most frequently site used for vascular access, mostly for peripheral arterial interventions and its puncture remains a significant source of patient's morbidity. Manual compression (MC) has been the gold standard for hemostasis after femoral catheterization until recently, but only in the last few years, vascular closure devices (VCDs) are replacing MC due to their rapid development. Nowadays also vascular surgeons are becoming familiar with VCDs...
April 17, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Taewoo Eom, Jeong Eun Park, Sang Yong Park, Jeong Hoon Park, Jackson Bweupe, Donggun Lim
Copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS) thin film solar cells have been regarded as a candidate for energy conversion devices owing to their high absorption coefficient, high temperature stability, and low cost. ZnO:Al thin film is commonly used in CIGS solar cells as a window layer. In this study, ZnO:Al films were deposited on glass under various post-heat temperature using RF sputtering to observe the characteristics of ZnO:Al films such as Hall mobility, carrier concentration, and resistivity; subsequently, the ZnO:Al films were applied to a CIGS solar cell as a window...
September 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Hyeseon Shin, Il-Ki Han, Jae-Hyeon Ko, Moongyu Jang
Hole mobility characteristics were investigated with surface roughness and silicon-on-insulator (SOI) thickness variations to investigate the influence of surface roughness to mobility. The root mean square roughness varied between 0.16, 0.85 and 10.6 nm in 220, 100 and 40 nm thick SOI samples. Hole mobility was measured and analyzed as a function of effective field and temperature with the variations of surface roughness. The hole mobility, determined by transconductance, greatly decreased with the increase of effective field due to the increased surface roughness scattering in 40 nm thick SOI samples...
September 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Jiyeon Ma, Geonwook Yoo
So far many of research on transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDCs) are based on a bottomgate device structure due to difficulty with depositing a dielectric film on top of TMDs channel layer. In this work, we study different effects of various passivation layers on electrical properties of multilayer MoS2 transistors: spin-coated CYTOP, SU-8, and thermal evaporated MoOX. The SU-8 passivation layer alters device performance least significantly, and MoOX induces positive threshold voltage shift of ~8.0 V due to charge depletion at the interface, and the device with CYTOP layer exhibits decreased field-effect mobility by ~50% due to electric dipole field effect of C-F bonds in the end groups...
September 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Kiwon Lim, Pyungho Choi, Sangsub Kim, Hyunki Kim, Minsoo Kim, Jeonghyun Lee, Younghwan Hyeon, Kwangjun Koo, Byoungdeog Choi
Double stacked indium-zinc oxide (IZO)/zinc-tin oxide (ZTO) active layers were employed in amorphous-oxide-semiconductor thin-film transistors (AOS TFTs). Channel layers of the TFTs were optimized by varying the molarity of ZTO back channel layers (0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.3 M) and the electrical properties of IZO/ZTO double stacked TFTs were compared to single IZO and ZTO TFTs with varying the molarity and molar ratio. On the basis of the results, IZO/ZTO (0.1 M) TFTs showed the excellent electrical properties of saturation mobility (13...
September 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Minsoo Kim, Pyungho Choi, Jeonghyun Lee, Kiwon Lim, Younghwan Hyeon, Kwangjun Koo, Byoungdeog Choi
In this study, we investigated the effects of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) on solution-processed zirconium oxide (ZrO2) dielectric materials. The addition of H2O2 into ZrO2 dielectric showed a reduction in hysteresis capacitance-voltage characteristics (from 393 mV to 96 mV). This resulted in a reduction in border trap density (Nbt) of the ZrO2 film (ZrO2: 2.24 × 1011 cm-2, ZrO2 + H2O2: 3.96 × 1010 cm-2). In addition, use of H2O2 in the ZrO2 dielectric improved the interface quality. Specifically, the reduced number of trap sites improved the reliability of the device under a negative bias stress (NBS)...
September 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Hyeon-Tak Kwak, Seung-Bo Chang, Hyun-Gu Jung, Hyun-Seok Kim
In this study, we consider the relationship between the temperature in a two-dimensional electron gas (2-DEG) channel layer and the RF characteristics of an AlGaN/GaN high-electron-mobility transistor by changing the geometrical structure of the field-plate. The final goal is to achieve a high power efficiency by decreasing the channel layer temperature. First, simulations were performed to compare and contrast the experimental data of a conventional T-gate head structure. Then, a source-bridged field-plate (SBFP) structure was used to obtain the lower junction temperature in the 2-DEG channel layer...
September 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Yeu-Hui Chuang, Fu-Chih Lai, Chia-Chi Chang, Hsu-Tien Wan
BACKGROUND: The correct and appropriate performance of nursing skills by students can ensure patient safety and care quality. However, developing appropriate teaching and learning strategies to enhance nursing students' nursing skills and knowledge are challenging tasks for nursing faculty members. Nowadays, smartphones are popular mobile devices that are used on campuses by students and could be considered a potential tool to deliver learning materials to nursing students. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to examine the effects of a skill demonstration video delivered by smartphone on facilitating nursing students' nursing skill competency and confidence...
April 7, 2018: Nurse Education Today
Camilo Lellis-Santos, Patricia A Halpin
Cost-effective student engagement poses a challenge for instructors, especially those who may not be familiar with new technologies and mobile devices. In this workshop, participants, experienced and discussed two ways of using smartphones in physiology classes: to engage in an online learning environment for discussions, and to make physiological measurements. Participants signed up for individual Twitter accounts and learned how to tweet, retweet, message, use a URL shortener, and use hashtags. They then went on to locate articles on an assigned topic from the Twitter accounts of credible science sources ( American Journal of Physiology, The Scientist, CDC...
June 1, 2018: Advances in Physiology Education
Xiaoming Zhao, Tianjun Liu, Yuzhou Cui, Xueyan Hou, Zilu Liu, Xingyi Dai, Jie Kong, Wenda Shi, T John S Dennis
There are only a few reported methods by which the size and morphology of organic single crystals for high-performance organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) or other devices can be controlled. Here, a facile solution-processed antisolvent vapor diffusion method was employed to grow millimeter-length C60 single crystal microwires directly in solution. The size of the microwires can be controllably varied via the C60 concentration and/or the choice of antisolvent. OFETs fabricated from the as-produced microwires exhibit mobilities as high as 2...
April 20, 2018: Nanoscale
Wendy Doubé, Paul Carding, Kieran Flanagan, Jordy Kaufman, Hannah Armitage
Children with speech sound disorders benefit from feedback about the accuracy of sounds they make. Home practice can reinforce feedback received from speech pathologists. Games in mobile device applications could encourage home practice, but those currently available are of limited value because they are unlikely to elaborate "Correct"/"Incorrect" feedback with information that can assist in improving the accuracy of the sound. This protocol proposes a "Wizard of Oz" experiment that aims to provide evidence for the provision of effective multimedia feedback for speech sound development...
2018: Frontiers in Psychology
Ziyang He, Xiaoqing Zhang, Yangjie Cao, Zhi Liu, Bo Zhang, Xiaoyan Wang
By running applications and services closer to the user, edge processing provides many advantages, such as short response time and reduced network traffic. Deep-learning based algorithms provide significantly better performances than traditional algorithms in many fields but demand more resources, such as higher computational power and more memory. Hence, designing deep learning algorithms that are more suitable for resource-constrained mobile devices is vital. In this paper, we build a lightweight neural network, termed LiteNet which uses a deep learning algorithm design to diagnose arrhythmias, as an example to show how we design deep learning schemes for resource-constrained mobile devices...
April 17, 2018: Sensors
Prem K Mony, Prashanth Thankachan, Swarnarekha Bhat, Suman Rao, Maryann Washington, Sumi Antony, Annamma Thomas, Sheela C Nagarajarao, Hiteshwar Rao, Bharadwaj Amrutur
Objective: Newer technologies such as wearables, sensors, mobile telephony and computing offer opportunities to monitor vital physiological parameters and tackle healthcare problems, thereby improving access and quality of care. We describe the design, development and testing of a wearable sensor device for remote biomonitoring of body temperatures in mothers and newborns in southern India. Methods: Based on client needs and technological requirements, a wearable sensor device was designed and developed using principles of 'social innovation' design...
April 2018: BMJ Innovations
Amir H Atabaki, Sajjad Moazeni, Fabio Pavanello, Hayk Gevorgyan, Jelena Notaros, Luca Alloatti, Mark T Wade, Chen Sun, Seth A Kruger, Huaiyu Meng, Kenaish Al Qubaisi, Imbert Wang, Bohan Zhang, Anatol Khilo, Christopher V Baiocco, Miloš A Popović, Vladimir M Stojanović, Rajeev J Ram
Electronic and photonic technologies have transformed our lives-from computing and mobile devices, to information technology and the internet. Our future demands in these fields require innovation in each technology separately, but also depend on our ability to harness their complementary physics through integrated solutions1,2 . This goal is hindered by the fact that most silicon nanotechnologies-which enable our processors, computer memory, communications chips and image sensors-rely on bulk silicon substrates, a cost-effective solution with an abundant supply chain, but with substantial limitations for the integration of photonic functions...
April 2018: Nature
M Berthelette, D D Mann, J Ripat, C M Glazebrook
Wheelchair users who live in cold climates are faced with daily difficulties related to personal independence and societal inclusion, as their assistive devices are unable to overcome the physical barriers created by snow and ice. The purpose of the research was to evaluate four commercially available casters to determine which caster performed best on snow-covered surfaces. Performance measures included: travel time, force transfer through the palms of the hands, number of propulsive movements, static resistance to movement, kinetic resistance to movement, and caster penetration into the packed snow...
April 18, 2018: Assistive Technology: the Official Journal of RESNA
Pedro Nogueira, Joana Urbano, Luís Paulo Reis, Henrique Lopes Cardoso, Daniel Castro Silva, Ana Paula Rocha, Joaquim Gonçalves, Brígida Mónica Faria
With the rise in wearable technology and "health culture", we are seeing an increasing interest and affordances in studying how to not only prolong life expectancy but also in how to improve individuals' quality of life. On the one hand, this attempts to give meaning to the increasing life expectancy, as living above a certain threshold of pain and lack of autonomy or mobility is both degrading and unfair. On the other hand, it lowers the cost of continuous care, as individuals with high quality of life indexes tend to have lower hospital readmissions or secondary complications, not to mention higher physical and mental health...
April 17, 2018: Journal of Medical Systems
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