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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230999/design-of-contact-electrodes-for-semiconductor-nanowire-solar-energy-harvesting-devices
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Tzu-Ging Lin, Sarath Ramadurgam, Chen Yang
Transparent, low resistive contacts are critical for efficient solar energy harvesting devices. It is important to reconsider the material choices and electrode design as devices move from 2D films to 1D nanostructures. In this paper, we study the effectiveness of indium tin oxide (ITO) and metals, such as Ag and Cu, as contacts in 2D and 1D systems. Although ITO has been studied extensively and developed into an effective transparent contact for 2D devices, our results show that effectiveness does not translate to 1D systems...
February 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230869/a-combined-high-temperature-experimental-and-theoretical-kinetic-study-of-the-reaction-of-dimethyl-carbonate-with-oh-radicals
#2
Fethi Khaled, Binod Raj Giri, Milán Szőri, Tam V-T Mai, Lam K Huynh, Aamir Farooq
The reaction kinetics of dimethyl carbonate (DMC) and OH radicals were investigated behind reflected shock waves over the temperature range of 872-1295 K and at pressures near 1.5 atm. Reaction progress was monitored by detecting OH radicals at 306.69 nm using a UV laser absorption technique. The rate coefficients for the reaction of DMC with OH radicals were extracted using a detailed kinetic model developed by Glaude et al. (Proc. Combust. Inst. 2005, 30(1), 1111-1118). The experimental rate coefficients can be expressed in Arrhenius form as: kexpt'l = 5...
February 23, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229938/participation-of-ghrelin-signalling-in-the-reciprocal-regulation-of-hypothalamic-npy-pomc-mediated-appetite-control-in-amphetamine-treated-rats
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Ching-Han Yu, Shu-Chen Chu, Pei-Ni Chen, Yih-Shou Hsieh, Dong-Yih Kuo
Hypothalamic neuropeptide Y (NPY) and proopiomelanocortin (POMC) have been documented to participate in amphetamine (AMPH)-induced appetite suppression. This study investigated whether ghrelin signalling is associated with changes in NPY/POMC-mediated appetite control. Rats were given AMPH daily for four days, and changes in food intake, body weight, plasma ghrelin, hypothalamic NPY, melanocortin 3 receptor (MC3R), ghrelin O-acyltransferase (GOAT), acyl ghrelin (AG) and ghrelin receptor (GHSR1a) were examined and compared...
February 13, 2017: Appetite
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228417/oxygen-sensitive-regulation-and-neuroprotective-effects-of-growth-hormone-dependent-growth-factors-during-early-postnatal-development
#4
Susan Jung, Gudrun Boie, Helmuth-Guenther Doerr, Regina Trollmann
Perinatal hypoxia severely disrupts metabolic and somatotrophic development, as well as cerebral maturational programs. Hypoxia-inducible transcription factors (HIF) represent the most important endogenous adaptive mechanisms to hypoxia, activating a broad spectrum of growth factors that contribute to cell survival and energy homeostasis. To analyse effects of systemic hypoxia and growth hormone (GH) therapy (rhGH) on HIF-dependent growth factors during early postnatal development, we compared protein (ELISA) and mRNA levels (quantitative RT PCR) of growth factors in plasma and brain between normoxic and hypoxic mice (8% O2, 6 h; postnatal day 7, P7) at P14...
February 22, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227872/detection-of-different-types-of-noise-in-lung-sounds
#5
A Leal, R Couceiro, I Chouvarda, N Maglaveras, J Henriques, R Paiva, P Carvalho, C Teixeira, A Leal, R Couceiro, I Chouvarda, N Maglaveras, J Henriques, R Paiva, P Carvalho, C Teixeira, R Couceiro, P Carvalho, C Teixeira, A Leal, R Paiva, J Henriques, N Maglaveras, I Chouvarda
Lung sound signal processing has proven to be a great improvement to the traditional acoustic interpretation of lung sounds. However, that analysis can be seriously hindered by the presence of different types of noise originated in the acquisition environment or caused by physiological processes. Consequently, the diagnostic accuracy of pulmonary diseases can be severely affected, especially if the implementation of telemonitoring systems is considered. The present study is focused on the implementation of an algorithm able to identify noisy periods, either voluntarily (vocalizations, chest movement and background voices) or involuntarily produced during acquisitions of lung sounds...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227633/beacon-based-opportunistic-scheduling-in-wireless-body-area-network
#6
Yang Zhou, Zhengguo Sheng, Victor C M Leung, Peyman Servati, Yang Zhou, Zhengguo Sheng, Victor C M Leung, Peyman Servati, Yang Zhou, Zhengguo Sheng, Victor C M Leung, Peyman Servati
Wireless Body Area Networks (WBANs) are one of the key technologies that support the development of digital health care, which has attracted increasing attention in recent years. Compared with general Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs), WBANs have more stringent requirements on reliability and energy efficiency. Though WBANs are applied within limited transmission range, the on-body channel condition can be very challenging because of blocking or absorbing of signal. In this paper, we are looking into the design of Medium Access Control (MAC) protocols and propose an opportunistic scheduling scheme by applying heuristic scheduling and dynamic superframe length adjustment to improve the system performance...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227585/tribowalk-triboelectric-dual-functional-wireless-system-for-gait-monitoring-and-energy-harvesting
#7
Xian Li, Hui Huang, Ye Sun, Xian Li, Hui Huang, Ye Sun, Ye Sun, Hui Huang, Xian Li
In this paper, we report the design and validation of a novel wearable wireless system, TriboWalk, for gait monitoring and motion energy harvesting based on triboelectrification. Gait analysis is an important diagnostic method for medical rehabilitation. The TriboWalk system is capable of gait monitoring and analysis by capturing gait timing parameters and ground contact force (GCF) pattern based on four tribo-elements on each shoe sole. The tribo-elements are removable and easily placed on different shoes...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227466/engineering-based-assessment-for-a-shape-design-of-a-pediatric-eptfe-pulmonary-conduit-valve
#8
Yusuke Tsuboko, Yasuyuki Shiraishi, Akihiro Yamada, Tomoyuki Yambe, Hidekazu Miura, Seitaro Mura, Masaaki Yamagishi, Yusuke Tsuboko, Yasuyuki Shiraishi, Akihiro Yamada, Tomoyuki Yambe, Hidekazu Miura, Seitaro Mura, Masaaki Yamagishi, Akihiro Yamada, Seitaro Mura, Yasuyuki Shiraishi, Tomoyuki Yambe, Yusuke Tsuboko, Hidekazu Miura, Masaaki Yamagishi
The authors examined the hemodynamic characteristics of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) pulmonary valved conduits quantitatively by our originally developed pediatric pulmonary mechanical circulatory system, in order to suggest the optimal shape design. The system consisted of pneumatically driven right atrium and ventricle model, a pulmonary valve chamber, and elastic pulmonary compliance model with peripheral vascular resistance units, a venous reservoir. We employed two different types of ePTFE valve and evaluated the relationship between the leaflets motion and hemodynamic characteristics by using a high-speed video camera...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227301/an-adapted-double-threshold-protocol-for-spastic-muscles
#9
Pedro M Vieira, Joao F Ferreira, Pedro R Gomes, Carlos S Lima, Pedro M Vieira, Joao F Ferreira, Pedro R Gomes, Carlos S Lima, Pedro M Vieira, Joao F Ferreira, Pedro R Gomes, Carlos S Lima
The onset of muscle contraction has been an important element in the understanding of human motor control system as well as in the development of medical devices. This task is problematic in the study of spasticity using surface Electromyography (sEMG). In fact, spasticity is characterized by involuntary muscle contractions that can be seen as both, a non-stationary background if they are weak or a severe non-stationary EMG signal if they are strong. In other hand, these sEMG signals present a very low signal to noise ratio, beyond the added noise that contaminates this signal...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226882/development-of-a-real-time-activity-monitoring-android-application-utilizing-smartstep
#10
Nagaraj Hegde, Edward Melanson, Edward Sazonov, Nagaraj Hegde, Edward Melanson, Edward Sazonov, Nagaraj Hegde, Edward Melanson, Edward Sazonov
Footwear based activity monitoring systems are becoming popular in academic research as well as consumer industry segments. In our previous work, we had presented developmental aspects of an insole based activity and gait monitoring system-SmartStep, which is a socially acceptable, fully wireless and versatile insole. The present work describes the development of an Android application that captures the SmartStep data wirelessly over Bluetooth Low energy (BLE), computes features on the received data, runs activity classification algorithms and provides real time feedback...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226540/micro-tube-mass-production-device-for-microbial-culture
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K Fujimoto, M Ogawa, K Higashi, N Miki, K Fujimoto, M Ogawa, K Higashi, N Miki, K Higashi, K Fujimoto, M Ogawa, N Miki
This paper describes mass production system of micro-tubes for microbial culture in an open environment. Microbes are used in many fields, such as food, medicine, environmental and energy. We proposed a microbe culture system using hydrogel micro-tubes, which can protect the target microbes inside from competitive microbes outside of the tubes while allow oxygen and nutrition to diffuse through. The hydrogel micro-tubes can be produced by a microfluidic device, which can precisely control the flow and therefore, the tube geometry...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226221/development-of-new-density-functional-approximations
#12
Neil Qiang Su, Xin Xu
Kohn-Sham density functional theory has become the leading electronic structure method for atoms, molecules, and extended systems. It is in principle exact, but any practical application must rely on density functional approximations (DFAs) for the exchange-correlation energy. Here we emphasize four aspects of the subject: (a) philosophies and strategies for developing DFAs; (b) classification of DFAs; (c) major sources of error in existing DFAs; and (d) some recent developments and future directions. Expected final online publication date for the Annual Review of Physical Chemistry Volume 68 is April 20, 2017...
February 22, 2017: Annual Review of Physical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225610/intramolecular-energy-and-electron-transfer-within-a-diazaperopyrenium-based-cyclophane
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Xirui Gong, Ryan M Young, Karel J Hartlieb, Claire Miller, Yilei Wu, Hai Xiao, Peng Li, Nema Hafezi, Jiawang Zhou, Lin Ma, Tao Cheng, William A Goddard, Omar K Farha, Joseph T Hupp, Michael R Wasielewski, J Fraser Stoddart
Molecules capable of performing highly efficient energy transfer and ultrafast photo-induced electron transfer in well-defined multichromophoric structures are indispensable to the development of artificial photosynthetic systems. Herein, we report on the synthesis, characterization and photophysical properties of a rationally designed multichromophoric tetracationic cyclophane, DAPPBox(4+), containing a diazaperopyrenium (DAPP(2+)) unit and an extended viologen (ExBIPY(2+)) unit, which are linked together by two p-xylylene bridges...
February 22, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225281/hydrogen-abstraction-from-hydrocarbons-by-nh2
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Kamal Siddique, Mohammednoor K Altarawneh, Jeff Gore, Phillip R Westmoreland, Bogdan Z Dlugogorski
This contribution investigates thermokinetic parameters of bimolecular gas-phase reactions involving the amine (NH2) radical and a large number of saturated and unsaturated hydrocarbons. These reactions play an important role in combustion and pyrolysis of nitrogen-rich fuels, most notably biomass. Computations performed at the CBS-QB3 level and based on the conventional transition-state theory yield potential-energy surfaces and reaction rate constants, accounting for tunnelling effects and the presence of hindered rotors...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224685/bubble-sheet-like-interface-design-with-an-ultrastable-solid-electrolyte-layer-for-high-performance-dual-ion-batteries
#15
Panpan Qin, Meng Wang, Na Li, Haili Zhu, Xuan Ding, Yongbing Tang
In this work, a bubble-sheet-like hollow interface design on Al foil anode to improve the cycling stability and rate performance of aluminum anode based dual-ion battery is reported, in which, a carbon-coated hollow aluminum anode is used as both anode materials and current collector. This anode structure can guide the alloying position inside the hollow nanospheres, and also confine the alloy sizes within the hollow nanospheres, resulting in significantly restricted volumetric expansion and ultrastable solid electrolyte interface (SEI)...
February 22, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223531/real-space-renormalization-group-theory-of-disordered-models-of-glasses
#16
Maria Chiara Angelini, Giulio Biroli
We develop a real space renormalization group analysis of disordered models of glasses, in particular of the spin models at the origin of the random first-order transition theory. We find three fixed points, respectively, associated with the liquid state, with the critical behavior, and with the glass state. The latter two are zero-temperature ones; this provides a natural explanation of the growth of effective activation energy scale and the concomitant huge increase of relaxation time approaching the glass transition...
February 21, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221387/one-step-in-situ-synthesis-of-core-shell-structured-cr2o3-p-fibrous-phosphorus-hybrid-composites-with-highly-efficient-full-spectrum-response-photocatalytic-activities
#17
Hongpeng Zhou, Shixin Xu, Dingke Zhang, Shijian Chen, Junkai Deng
Making full use of solar energy and achieving high charge separation efficiency are critical factors for the photocatalysis technique. In this work, we report core-shell structured fibrous phosphorus (f-P) coated P-doped Cr2O3 (Cr2O3:P@f-P) hybrid composites with a strong optical absorption in the full region of 200-2600 nm. The Cr2O3:P@f-P hybrid composites exhibit a record photocatalytic efficiency under UV, visible and near-infrared light irradiation, demonstrating as promising photocatalysts for the full utilization of solar energy...
February 21, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219051/simultaneous-cell-disruption-and-lipid-extraction-in-a-microalgal-biomass-using-a-nonpolar-tertiary-amine
#18
Wen-Can Huang, Jong-Duk Kim
A simultaneous cell disruption and lipid extraction method is developed for microalgal biodiesel production using a triethylamine/methanol solvent system. Individually, the pure solvents, i.e. triethylamine and methanol, do not exhibit significant enhancement in lipid extraction, but a 3:7 (v/v) triethylamine/methanol mixture exhibits the highest lipid extraction, corresponding to 150% of the conventional chloroform/methanol (2:1, v/v) solvent extraction. This extraction is equivalent to 92.5% of the total lipids, even when extracted from a wet microalgal biomass with a water content of 80%...
February 11, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218921/visualizing-excitations-at-buried-heterojunctions-in-organic-semiconductor-blends
#19
Andreas C Jakowetz, Marcus L Böhm, Aditya Sadhanala, Sven Huettner, Akshay Rao, Richard H Friend
Interfaces play a crucial role in semiconductor devices, but in many device architectures they are nanostructured, disordered and buried away from the surface of the sample. Conventional optical, X-ray and photoelectron probes often fail to provide interface-specific information in such systems. Here we develop an all-optical time-resolved method to probe the local energetic landscape and electronic dynamics at such interfaces, based on the Stark effect caused by electron-hole pairs photo-generated across the interface...
February 20, 2017: Nature Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218920/a-non-volatile-organic-electrochemical-device-as-a-low-voltage-artificial-synapse-for-neuromorphic-computing
#20
Yoeri van de Burgt, Ewout Lubberman, Elliot J Fuller, Scott T Keene, Grégorio C Faria, Sapan Agarwal, Matthew J Marinella, A Alec Talin, Alberto Salleo
The brain is capable of massively parallel information processing while consuming only ∼1-100 fJ per synaptic event. Inspired by the efficiency of the brain, CMOS-based neural architectures and memristors are being developed for pattern recognition and machine learning. However, the volatility, design complexity and high supply voltages for CMOS architectures, and the stochastic and energy-costly switching of memristors complicate the path to achieve the interconnectivity, information density, and energy efficiency of the brain using either approach...
February 20, 2017: Nature Materials
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