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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454167/nanofilm-induced-spectral-tuning-of-third-harmonic-generation
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Stephen C Warren-Smith, Mario Chemnitz, Henrik Schneidewind, Roman Kostecki, Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem, Tanya M Monro, Markus A Schmidt
Intermodal third-harmonic generation using waveguides is an effective frequency conversion process due to the combination of long interaction lengths and strong modal confinement. Here we introduce the concept of tuning the third harmonic phase-matching condition via the use of dielectric nanofilms located on an open waveguide core. We experimentally demonstrate that tantalum oxide nanofilms coated onto the core of an exposed core fiber allow tuning the third harmonic wavelength over 30 nm, as confirmed by qualitative simulations...
May 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454159/modal-interferometer-based-on-a-single-mechanically-induced-long-period-fiber-grating-and-a-nanoparticles-coated-film-section
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Karla M Salas-Alcántara, Laura Aparicio-Ixta, Ismael Torres-Gómez, Mario Rodríguez, Gabriel Ramos-Ortiz, Rafael Espinosa-Luna, Juan L Pichardo-Molina
A modal interferometer by a single mechanically induced long-period fiber grating (MI-LPFG) using a half-length coating fiber is presented. The coating material used for this Letter is a film of silica nanoparticles doped with an organic chromophore. The silica nanoparticles, with diameters within the range of 40-50 nm, were deposited over 3.5 cm length of fiber by the dip-coating method, forming a film with a thickness between 500 and 1250 nm. Then the modal interferometer was implemented by inscribing the MI-LPFG over the coated fiber section and a similar fiber length of the uncoated fiber...
May 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454155/efficient-terahertz-anti-reflection-properties-of-metallic-anti-dot-structures
#3
Kumar Neeraj, Samiran Choudhury, Debanjan Polley, Rakhi Acharya, Jaivardhan Sinha, Anjan Barman, Rajib Kumar Mitra
We report the use of micrometer-sized copper (Cu) anti-dot structures as a novel terahertz (THz) anti-reflection coating (ARC) material and their superior performance over conventionally used metallic (Cu) thin films. Cu anti-dot structures of two different thicknesses (7 and 10 nm) with varying anti-dot diameters (100, 200, and 300 μm, inter-anti-dot separation fixed at 100 μm) are deposited on silicon substrates by RF magnetron sputtering and e-beam evaporation. The anti-reflection performance of these samples is studied in the frequency range of 0...
May 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454141/incoherent-optical-modulation-of-graphene-based-on-an-in-line-fiber-mach-zehnder-interferometer
#4
Cong Gao, Lei Gao, Tao Zhu, Guolu Yin
We investigated the incoherent optical modulation of graphene based on an in-line fiber Mach-Zehnder interferometer fabricated by offset splicing of a D-shaped fiber and single-mode fibers. The D-shaped flat surface was coated with a single-layer graphene whose refractive index can be modulated by an external laser. With a backward pump-probe setup, we found that the incoherent optical modulation occurred independently of the wavelength difference between the pump and probe lasers, supporting the theoretical analysis that the incoherent optical modulation is mainly contributed by the carrier-phonon process of graphene...
May 1, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454074/photocatalytic-degradation-of-dye-using-ceo2-scb-composite-catalysts
#5
Duangdao Channei, Auppatham Nakaruk, Sukon Phanichphant
The main task of the present work is to enhance the photocatalytic degradation efficiency of methylene blue (MB) by using CeO2/sugarcane bagasse (SCB) composite catalysts. Homogeneous precipitation method was used to synthesis CeO2-SCB composite catalysts by adding SCB powder to precursor solution of Ce base-metal. The structural analytical data indicated the pure cubic fluorite structure of CeO2. Morphological images revealed the coating of CeO2 layer on high surface area of SCB core-shell. The chemical analysis presented spectrum of the Ce 3d in CeO2/SCB sample existed in the form of the Ce(3+) and Ce(4+) mixed- valence states...
April 22, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454037/agricultural-expansion-as-risk-to-endangered-wildlife-pesticide-exposure-in-wild-chimpanzees-and-baboons-displaying-facial-dysplasia
#6
Sabrina Krief, Philippe Berny, Francis Gumisiriza, Régine Gross, Barbara Demeneix, Jean Baptiste Fini, Colin A Chapman, Lauren J Chapman, Andrew Seguya, John Wasswa
Prenatal exposure to environmental endocrine disruptors can affect development and induce irreversible abnormalities in both humans and wildlife. The northern part of Kibale National Park, a mid-altitude rainforest in western Uganda, is largely surrounded by industrial tea plantations and wildlife using this area (Sebitoli) must cope with proximity to human populations and their activities. The chimpanzees and baboons in this area raid crops (primarily maize) in neighboring gardens. Sixteen young individuals of the 66 chimpanzees monitored (25%) exhibit abnormalities including reduced nostrils, cleft lip, limb deformities, reproductive problems and hypopigmentation...
April 25, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453962/a-bead-based-immunofluorescence-assay-on-a-microfluidic-dielectrophoresis-platform-for-rapid-dengue-virus-detection
#7
Edwar Iswardy, Tien-Chun Tsai, I-Fang Cheng, Tzu-Chuan Ho, Guey Chuen Perng, Hsien-Chang Chang
The proof of concept of utilizing a microfluidic dielectrophoresis (DEP) chip was conducted to rapidly detect a dengue virus (DENV) in vitro based on the fluorescence immunosensing. The mechanism of detection was that the DEP force was employed to capture the modified beads (mouse anti-flavivirus monoclonal antibody-coated beads) in the microfluidic chip and the DENV modified with fluorescence label, as the detection target, can be then captured on the modified beads by immunoreaction. The fluorescent signal was then obtained through fluorescence microscopy, and then quantified by ImageJ freeware...
April 12, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453953/dual-functioning-peptides-discovered-by-phage-display-increase-the-magnitude-and-specificity-of-bmsc-attachment-to-mineralized-biomaterials
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Harsha Ramaraju, Sharon J Miller, David H Kohn
Design of biomaterials for cell-based therapies requires presentation of specific physical and chemical cues to cells, analogous to cues provided by native extracellular matrices (ECM). We previously identified a peptide sequence with high affinity towards apatite (VTKHLNQISQSY, VTK) using phage display. The aims of this study were to identify a human MSC-specific peptide sequence through phage display, combine it with the apatite-specific sequence, and verify the specificity of the combined dual-functioning peptide to both apatite and human bone marrow stromal cells...
April 18, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453943/supercharging-a-mno-sub-2-sub-nanowire-an-amine-altered-morphology-retains-capacity-at-high-rates-and-mass-loadings
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Girija Thesma Chandran, Gaurav Jha, Shaopeng Qiao, Mya Le Thai, Rajen Kumar Dutta, Alana F Ogata, Ji-Soo Jang, Il-Doo Kim, Reginald M Penner
The influence of hexamethylenetetraamine (HMTA) on the morphology of δ- MnO<sub>2</sub> and its properties for electrical energy storage are investigated - specifically for ultra-thick δ-MnO<sub>2<\sub> layers in the micron scale. Planar arrays of gold@δ-MnO<sub>2</sub>, core@shell nanowires, were prepared by electrodeposition with and without the HMTA and their elec- trochemical properties evaluated. HMTA alters the MnO<sub>2</sub> in three ways: First, it creates a more open morphology for the MnO<sub>2</sub> coating, characterized by "petals" with a thickness of 6 nm to 9 nm, rather than much thinner δ-MnO<sub>2</sub> sheets seen in the absence of HMTA...
April 28, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453932/a-green-route-to-a-na2fepo4f-based-cathode-for-sodium-ion-batteries-of-high-rate-and-long-cycling-life
#10
Xiang Deng, Wenxiang Shi, Jaka Sunarso, Meilin Liu, Zongping Shao
Sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) are considered one of the most promising alternatives for large-scale energy storage due largely to the abundance and low cost of sodium. However, the lack of high-performance cathode materials at low cost represents a major obstacle towards broad commercialization of SIB technology. In this work, we report a green route strategy that allows cost-effective fabricaiton of carbon-coated Na2FePO4F cathode for SIBs. By using vitamin C as a green organic carbon source and environment-friendly water-based polyacrylic latex as the binder, we have demonstrated that the Na2FePO4F phase in the as-derived Na2FePO4F/C electrode shows a high reversible capacity of 117 mAh g-1 at a cycling rate of 0...
April 28, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453926/fluoropolymer-stabilized-chromophore-catalyst-assemblies-in-aqueous-buffer-solutions-for-water-oxidation-catalysis
#11
Michael S Eberhart, Kyung-Ryang Wee, Degao Wang, Seth Marquard, Kasey Skinner, Animesh Nayak, Thomas J Meyer
We describe here application of the fluorinated polymer (Dupont AF, a copolymer of 4,5-difluoro-2,2-bis(trifluoromethyl)-1,3-dioxole and tetrafluoroethylene) in stabilizing phosphonate-derivatized molecular assemblies on oxide electrodes. In the procedure, the polymer is dip coated onto the surfaces of oxide electrodes with pre-bound, phosphonate-derivatized chromophores and assemblies including assemblies for water oxidation. The results of our experiments demonstrate a high degree of stabilization by the added polymer and a demonstration of its use in stabilizing surface-bound assemblies for water oxidation catalysis...
April 28, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453641/phenotypic-and-genetic-analysis-of-the-leopard-complex-spotting-in-noriker-horses
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Thomas Druml, Gertrud Grilz-Seger, Markus Neuditschko, Barbara Neuhauser, Gottfried Brem
Genetic analyses of coat colors are frequently restricted to subjectively categorized phenotype information. The aim of this study was to develop a method to numerically quantify the variability of leopard complex spotting phenotypes introducing tools from image analysis. Generalized Procrustes Analysis eliminates systematic errors due to imaging process. The binarization of normalised images and the application of Principal Component Analysis on the derived pixel matrices, transform pixel information into numerical data space...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Heredity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453429/anti-microbial-coating-innovations-to-prevent-infectious-diseases-amici-cost-action-ca15114
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Colum P Dunne, Minna M Keinänen-Toivola, Anne Kahru, Birgit Teunissen, Hulya Olmez, Isabel Gouveia, Luis Melo, Kazimierz Murzyn, Martina Modic, Merja Ahonen, Pete Askew, Theofilos Papadopoulos, Christian Adlhart, Francy R L Crijns
Worldwide, millions of patients are affected annually by healthcare-associated infection (HCAI), impacting up to 80,000 patients in European Hospitals on any given day. This represents not only public health risk, but also an economic burden. Complementing routine hand hygiene practices, cleaning and disinfection, antimicrobial coatings hold promise based, in essence, on the application of materials and chemicals with persistent bactericidal or -static properties onto surfaces or in textiles used in healthcare environments...
April 28, 2017: Bioengineered
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449549/fabrication-of-tio2-nanosheet-aarrays-graphene-cu2o-composite-structure-for-enhanced-photocatalytic-activities
#14
Jinzhao Huang, Ke Fu, Xiaolong Deng, Nannan Yao, Mingzhi Wei
TiO2 NSAs/graphene/Cu2O was fabricated on the carbon fiber to use as photocastalysts by coating Cu2O on the graphene (G) decorated TiO2 nanosheet arrays (NSAs). The research focus on constructing the composite structure and investigating the reason to enhance the photocatalytic ability. The morphological, structural, and photocatalytic properties of the as-synthesized products were characterized. The experimental results indicate that the better photocatalytic performance is ascribed to the following reasons...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449070/in-situ-screening-for-postsynaptic-cell-adhesion-molecules-during-synapse-formation
#15
Takeshi Uemura, Tomoko Shiroshima, Asami Maeda, Misato Yasumura, Takashi Shimada, Yuko Fukata, Masaki Fukata, Tomoyuki Yoshida
Neuronal synapse formation is regulated by pre- and postsynaptic cell adhesion molecules. Presynaptic neurexins (NRXNs) and receptor protein tyrosine phosphatases (RPTPs; PTPδ, PTPσ, and LAR in mammals) can induce postsynaptic differentiation through the interaction with various postsynaptic cell adhesion molecules. Here, we developed a novel in situ screening method to identify postsynaptic membranous proteins involved in synaptogenesis. Magnetic beads coated with the extracellular domains of NRXN1β(-S4) and PTPδ-A6 variants preferentially induced excitatory postsynaptic differentiation on the beads' surface when co-cultured with cortical neurons...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449050/cardioscape-mapping-the-cardiovascular-funding-landscape-in-europe
#16
Axel Radlach Pries, Anastasia Naoum, Helmut Habazettl, Mathias Dunkel, Robert Preissner, Caroline J Coats, Ana Tornada, Francesco Orso, Frans Van de Werf, David A Wood
Aims: The burden of cardiovascular disease is increasing worldwide, which has to be reflected by cardiovascular (CV) research in Europe. CardioScape, a FP7 funded project initiated by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), identified where CV research is performed, how it is funded and by whom. It could be transformed into an on-line and up-to-date resource of great relevance for researchers, funding bodies and policymakers and could be a role model for mapping CV research funding in Europe and beyond...
April 25, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448878/rapid-extraction-of-uranium-from-sea-water-using-fe3o4-and-humic-acid-coated-fe3o4-nanoparticles
#17
Pallavi Singhal, Sanjay K Jha, Shailaja P Pandey, Suman Neogy
Uranium is one of the most toxic elements present in the environment and a number of methods have been developed for its extraction. Herein we have demonstrated a new method using magnetic nanoparticles (NPs) that can be used for uranium extraction from water and sea water matrix. Fe3O4 and humic acid (HA) coated Fe3O4 NPs with different amount of HA coating were synthesized and uranium sorption from water and sea water matrix was demonstrated. It was observed that sorption increases with increase in amount of HA coating...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448819/construction-of-three-dimensional-vascularized-functional-human-liver-tissue-using-a-layer-by-layer-cell-coating-technique
#18
Kazuki Sasaki, Takami Akagi, Tadafumi Asaoka, Hidetoshi Eguchi, Yasunari Fukuda, Yoshifumi Iwagami, Daisaku Yamada, Takehiro Noda, Hiroshi Wada, Kunihito Gotoh, Koichi Kawamoto, Yuichiro Doki, Masaki Mori, Mitsuru Akashi
The creation of artificial liver tissue is an active area of research due to the shortage of donors for liver transplantation. Here we investigated whether a simple and efficient cell coating technique developed in our laboratory could be used to generate functional vascularized liver tissue. This technique creates three-dimensional tissue by loading cells sterically onto other cells that have been coated with layer-by-layer (LbL) nanofilms of fibronectin and gelatin, two extracellular matrix proteins. We used this technique to construct homogenous, dense, well-vascularized liver tissue from cryopreserved human primary hepatocytes, human umbilical vein endothelial cells, and normal human dermal fibroblasts...
February 28, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448807/alternative-sweeteners-influence-the-biomass-of-oral-biofilm
#19
Fathilah Abdul Razak, Baizatul Amirah Baharuddin, Elisya Farha Mohd Akbar, Amira Hanim Norizan, Nur Fazilah Ibrahim, Md Yusoff Musa
OBJECTIVE: Compact-structured oral biofilm accumulates acids that upon prolonged exposure to tooth surface, causes demineralisation of enamel. This study aimed to assess the effect of alternative sweeteners Equal Stevia(®), Tropicana Slim(®), Pal Sweet(®) and xylitol on the matrix-forming activity of plaque biofilm at both the early and established stages of formation. METHODS: Saliva-coated glass beads (sGB) were used as substratum for the adhesion of a mixed-bacterial suspension of Streptococcus mutans, Streptococcus sanguinis and Streptococcus mitis...
April 20, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448714/octopus-inspired-assembly-of-nanosucker-arrays-for-dry-wet-adhesion
#20
Ying-Chu Chen, Hongta Yang
The octopus is able to adhere to slippery, fouled and irregular surfaces in the marine intertidal environment, because of its periodic infundibulum-shaped suckers on the arms. Here, we report a scalable self-assembly technique for fabricating adhesion materials that mimic octopus-sucker functionality. By utilizing spin-coated two-dimensional colloidal crystals as templates, non-close-packed nanosucker arrays are patterned on silicone substrates. The resulting nanosuckers can be deformed to exhibit great adhesive capacities on both micro-rough and flat surfaces in dry and wet environments...
April 27, 2017: ACS Nano
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