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Mohammad Asadi, Baharak Sayahpour, Pedram Abbasi, Anh T Ngo, Klas Karis, Jacob R Jokisaari, Cong Liu, Badri Narayanan, Marc Gerard, Poya Yasaei, Xuan Hu, Arijita Mukherjee, Kah Chun Lau, Rajeev S Assary, Fatemeh Khalili-Araghi, Robert F Klie, Larry A Curtiss, Amin Salehi-Khojin
Lithium-air batteries are considered to be a potential alternative to lithium-ion batteries for transportation applications, owing to their high theoretical specific energy. So far, however, such systems have been largely restricted to pure oxygen environments (lithium-oxygen batteries) and have a limited cycle life owing to side reactions involving the cathode, anode and electrolyte. In the presence of nitrogen, carbon dioxide and water vapour, these side reactions can become even more complex. Moreover, because of the need to store oxygen, the volumetric energy densities of lithium-oxygen systems may be too small for practical applications...
March 21, 2018: Nature
B Irene Tieleman
This article provides a brief historical perspective on the integration of physiology into the concept of the pace of life of birds, evaluates the fit of immune function into this framework, and asks what it will take to fruitfully understand immune functioning of birds in pace of life studies in the future. In the late 1970s, physiology started to seriously enter avian life history ecology, with energy as the main currency of interest, inspired by David Lack's work in the preceding decades emphasizing how food availability explained life history variation...
2018: Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology
Mugahed A Al-Antari, Mohammed A Al-Masni, Mohamed K Metwally, Dildar Hussain, Se-Je Park, Jeong-Sik Shin, Seung-Moo Han, Tae-Seong Kim
BACKGROUND: In general, the image quality of high and low energy images of dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) suffers from noise due to the use of a small amount of X-rays. Denoising of DXA images could be a key process to improve a bone mineral density map, which is derived from a pair of high and low energy images. This could further improve the accuracy of diagnosis of bone fractures and osteoporosis. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to develop and test a new technology to improve the quality, remove the noise, and preserve the edges and fine details of real DXA images...
March 15, 2018: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
Muhammad A Hagras, William J Glover
Recent interest in Polarizable Embedding methods for electronic excited states has so far been focused on optical absorption and emission spectra calculations. To explore the suitability of these methods for excited-state reactions, we have constructed a simple molecular system with an electronic crossing coupled to a polarizable species: the triatomic LiFBe. We find that current polarizable QM/MM methods inadequately describe the potential energy surfaces in this system, particularly close to the electronic crossing, so we have developed a new polarizable embedding method called dynamically weighted polarizable QM/MM...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Songling Ma, Sungbo Hwang, Sehan Lee, William Acree, Kyoung Tai No
To describe the physically realistic solvation free energy surface of a molecule in a solvent, a generalized version of the solvation free energy density (G-SFED) calculation method has been developed. In the G-SFED model, the contribution from the hydrogen bond (HB) between a solute and a solvent to the solvation free energy was calculated as the product of the acidity of the donor and the basicity of the acceptor of an HB pair. The acidity and basicity parameters of a solute were derived using the summation of acidities and basicities of the respective acidic and basic functional groups of the solute, and that of the solvent was experimentally determined...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Chemical Information and Modeling
Wenshuai Chen, Haipeng Yu, Sang-Young Lee, Tong Wei, Jian Li, Zhuangjun Fan
Nanocellulose has emerged as a sustainable and promising nanomaterial owing to its unique structures, superb properties, and natural abundance. Here, we present a comprehensive review of the current research activities that center on the development of nanocellulose for advanced electrochemical energy storage. We begin with a brief introduction of the structural features of cellulose nanofibers within the cell walls of cellulose resources. We then focus on a variety of processes that have been explored to fabricate nanocellulose with various structures and surface chemical properties...
March 21, 2018: Chemical Society Reviews
Asuka Fujii, Natsuko Sugawara, Po-Jen Hsu, Takuto Shimamori, Ying-Cheng Li, Toru Hamashima, Jer-Lai Kuo
Because of the hydrogen bond coordination properties of alcohols, their possible hydrogen bond network structures are categorized into only a few types. Therefore, gas phase clusters of alcohols can be a very simple model system to examine the properties of hydrogen bond networks, such as structural development with cluster size and temperature dependence. In this perspective, we focus on the structural study of protonated short-chain alcohol clusters, whose excess protons (charge) enable size-selective spectroscopy in combination with mass spectrometric techniques...
March 21, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Satoshi Nozaki, Aya Mawatari, Yuka Nakatani, Emi Hayashinaka, Yasuhiro Wada, Yukihiro Nomura, Takahito Kitayoshi, Kouji Akimoto, Shinji Ninomiya, Hisashi Doi, Yasuyoshi Watanabe
PURPOSE: Thiamine is an essential component of glucose metabolism and energy production. The disulfide derivative, thiamine tetrahydrofurfuryl disulfide (TTFD), is better absorbed than readily-available water-soluble thiamine salts because it does not require the rate-limiting transport system required for thiamine absorption. However, the detailed pharmacokinetics of thiamine and TTFD under normal and pathological conditions have not yet been clarified. C-11-labeled thiamine and TTFD were recently synthesized by our group...
March 20, 2018: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
Andrew Sedman, A Hepper
INTRODUCTION: This paper outlines aspects of UK Ministry of Defence's research and development of blast overpressure protection technologies appropriate for use in body armour, with the aim of both propagating new knowledge and updating existing information. METHODS: Two simple models are introduced not only to focus the description of the mechanism by which the lungs can be protected, but also to provide a bridge between fields of research that may hold the key to further advances in protection technology and related body armour...
March 19, 2018: Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
Min Cheng, Guangming Zeng, Danlian Huang, Cui Lai, Yang Liu, Chen Zhang, Jia Wan, Liang Hu, Chengyun Zhou, Weiping Xiong
The presence of antibiotics in aquatic environments has attracted global concern. Fenton process is an attractive yet challenging method for antibiotics degradation, especially when such a reaction can be conducted at neutral pH values. In this study, a novel composite Fe/Co catalyst was synthesized via the modification of steel converter slag (SCS) by salicylic acid-methanol (SAM) and cobalt nitrate (Co(NO3 )2 ). The catalysts were characterized by N2 -Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS)...
March 10, 2018: Water Research
Ali Hassan Sodhro, Arun Kumar Sangaiah, Gul Hassan Sodhro, Sonia Lohano, Sandeep Pirbhulal
Rapid progress and emerging trends in miniaturized medical devices have enabled the un-obtrusive monitoring of physiological signals and daily activities of everyone's life in a prominent and pervasive manner. Due to the power-constrained nature of conventional wearable sensor devices during ubiquitous sensing (US), energy-efficiency has become one of the highly demanding and debatable issues in healthcare. This paper develops a single chip-based wearable wireless electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring system by adopting analog front end (AFE) chip model ADS1292R from Texas Instruments...
March 20, 2018: Sensors
Luis Cruz-Piris, Diego Rivera, Ivan Marsa-Maestre, Enrique de la Hoz, Juan R Velasco
Internet growth has generated new types of services where the use of sensors and actuators is especially remarkable. These services compose what is known as the Internet of Things (IoT). One of the biggest current challenges is obtaining a safe and easy access control scheme for the data managed in these services. We propose integrating IoT devices in an access control system designed for Web-based services by modelling certain IoT communication elements as resources. This would allow us to obtain a unified access control scheme between heterogeneous devices (IoT devices, Internet-based services, etc...
March 20, 2018: Sensors
Guilong Yan, Haitao Niu, Hua Zhou, Hongxia Wang, Hao Shao, Xueting Zhao, Tong Lin
Auxiliary fields have been used to enhance the performance of needle electrospinning. However, much less has been reported on how auxiliary fields affect needleless electrospinning. Herein, we report a novel needleless electrospinning technique that consists of an aerodynamic field and a second electric field. The second electric field is generated by setting two grounded inductive electrodes near the spinneret. The two auxiliary fields have to be applied simultaneously to ensure working of the electrospinning process...
March 20, 2018: Nanotechnology
Yoshio Okiyama, Tatsuya Nakano, Chiduru Watanabe, Kaori Fukuzawa, Shigenori Tanaka
In this study, an ab initio fragment molecular orbital (FMO) methodology was developed to evaluate the solvent effects on electrostatic interactions, which make a significant contribution to the physical and chemical processes occurring in biological systems. Here, a fully polarizable solute consisting of the FMO electron density was electrostatically coupled with an implicit solvent based on the Poisson-Boltzmann (PB) equation; in addition, the nonpolar contributions empirically obtained from the molecular surface area (SA) were added...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
Yury I Kostyukevich, Alexey S Kononikhin, Igor A Popov, Eugene N Nikolaev
We present the accurate analytical solution obtained for the system of rate equations describing the isotope exchange process for molecule containing arbitrary number of equivalent labile atoms. The exact solution was obtained using Mathematica 7.0 software and this solution has the form of the time-dependent Gaussian distribution. For the case when forward exchange considerable overlaps the back exchange it is possible to estimate the activation energy of the reaction by obtaining a temperature dependence of the reaction degree...
March 20, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
Ren Sasaki, Arif Md Rashedul Kabir, Daisuke Inoue, Shizuka Anan, Atsushi P Kimura, Akihiko Konagaya, Kazuki Sada, Akira Kakugo
Self-organized structures of biomolecular motor systems, such as cilia and flagella, play key roles in the dynamic processes of living organisms, like locomotion or the transportation of materials. Although fabrication of such self-organized structures from reconstructed biomolecular motor systems has attracted much attention in recent years, a systematic construction methodology is still lacking. In this work, through a bottom-up approach, we fabricated artificial cilia from a reconstructed biomolecular motor system, microtubule/kinesin...
March 20, 2018: Nanoscale
Heng Guo, Xiao-Ning Zhang, Jian Chen, He-Ping Li, Kostya Ken Ostrikov
Non-equilibrium is one of the important features of an atmospheric gas discharge plasma. It involves complicated physical-chemical processes and plays a key role in various actual plasma processing. In this report, a novel complete non-equilibrium model is developed to reveal the non-equilibrium synergistic effects for the atmospheric-pressure low-temperature plasmas (AP-LTPs). It combines a thermal-chemical non-equilibrium fluid model for the quasi-neutral plasma region and a simplified sheath model for the electrode sheath region...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Marcello Panagia, Howard H Chen, Dominique Croteau, Yin-Ching Iris Chen, Chongzhao Ran, Ivan Luptak, Lee Josephson, Wilson S Colucci, David E Sosnovik
BACKGROUND: Substrate utilization in tissues with high energetic requirements could play an important role in cardiometabolic disease. Current techniques to assess energetics are limited by high cost, low throughput, and the inability to resolve multiple readouts simultaneously. Consequently, we aimed to develop a multiplexed optical imaging platform to simultaneously assess energetics in multiple organs in a high throughput fashion. METHODS AND RESULTS: The detection of 18F-Fluordeoxyglucose uptake via Cerenkov luminescence and free fatty acid uptake with a fluorescent C16 free fatty acid was tested...
March 2018: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
Abdullah Talha Sözer, Can Bülent Fidan
Steady state visual evoked potential (SSVEP)-based brain computer interface (BCI) systems can be realised using only one electrode; however, due to the inter-user and inter-trial differences, the handling of multiple electrode is preferred. This raises the problem of evaluating information from multiple electrode signals. To solve this problem, we developed a novel spatial filtering method (Generated Reference Filter) for SSVEP-based BCIs. In our method an artificial reference signal is generated by a combination of reference electrode signals...
March 6, 2018: Computers in Biology and Medicine
Christian Baeumer, Martin Janson, Beate Timmermann, Jörg Wulff
AIM: To assess if apertures shall be mounted upstream or downstream of a range shifting block if these field-shaping devices are combined with the pencil-beam scanning delivery technique (PBS). The lateral dose fall-off served as a benchmark parameter. Both options realizing PBS-with-apertures were compared to the uniform scanning mode. We also evaluated the difference regarding the out-of-field dose caused by interactions of protons in beam-shaping devices.
 Methods: The potential benefit of the downstream configuration over the upstream configuration was estimated analytically...
March 19, 2018: Physics in Medicine and Biology
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