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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346721/emulsion-electrospinning-of-polytetrafluoroethylene-ptfe-nanofibrous-membranes-for-high-performance-triboelectric-nanogenerators
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Pengfei Zhao, Navneet Soin, K Prashanthi, Jinkai Chen, Shurong Dong, Erping Zhou, Zhigang Zhu, Anand Arcot Narasimulu, Carlo D Montemagno, Liyang Yu, Jikui Luo
Electrospinning is a simple, versatile technique for fabricating fibrous nanomaterials with the desirable features of extremely high porosities and large surface areas. Using emulsion electrospinning, polytetrafluoroethylene/polyethene oxide (PTFE/PEO) membranes were fabricated followed by a sintering process to obtain pure PTFE fibrous membranes, which were further utilised against a polyamide 6 (PA6) membrane for vertical contact-mode triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs). Electrostatic force microscopy (EFM) measurements of the sintered electrospun PTFE membranes revealed the presence of both positive and negative surface charges owing to the transfer of positive charge from PEO which further corroborated by FTIR measurements...
January 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346720/nanoscale-control-of-molecular-self-assembly-induced-by-plasmonic-hot-electron-dynamics
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Sabrina Simoncelli, Yi Li, Emiliano Cortes, Stefan A Maier
Self-assembly processes allow designing and creating complex nanostructures using molecules as building blocks and surfaces as scaffolds. This autonomous driven construction is possible due to a complex thermodynamic balance of molecule-surface interactions. As such, nanoscale guidance and control over this process is hard to achieve. Here we use the highly localized light-to-chemical-energy conversion of plasmonic materials to spatially cleave Au-S bonds on pre-determined locations within a single nanoparticle, enabling a high degree of control over this archetypal system for molecular self-assembly...
January 18, 2018: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346015/treatment-of-a-textile-effluent-by-adsorption-with-cork-granules-and-titanium-dioxide-nanomaterial
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Margarida Castro, Verónica Nogueira, Isabel Lopes, Maria N Vieira, Teresa Rocha-Santos, Ruth Pereira
This study aimed to explore the efficiency of two adsorbents, cork granules with different granulometry and titanium dioxide nanomaterial, in the removal of chemical oxygen demand (COD), colour and toxicity from a textile effluent. The adsorption assays with cork were unsatisfactory in the removal of chemical parameters however they eliminated the acute toxicity of the raw effluent to Daphnia magna. The assay with TiO2 NM did not prove to be efficient in the removal of colour and COD even after 240 min of contact; nevertheless it also reduced the raw effluent toxicity...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345630/completely-flat-two-dimensional-zn-sub-3-sub-o-sub-2-sub-monolayer-with-triangle-and-pentangle-coordinated-networks
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Lingbiao Meng, Yingjuan Zhang, Jicheng Zhang, Weidong Wu
Two-dimensional (2D) materials with strictly planar hyper-coordinated motifs are of great importance in fundamental science and potential applications but extremely rare. Here we theoretically design a novel 2D IIB-VIA inorganic system, namely Zn3O2 monolayer, by comprehensive first-principles computations. This Zn3O2 monolayer is composed from highly symmetrical tri-coordinated oxygen and tetra-coordinated zinc, featuring planar and peculiar triangle and pentangle combined bonded network. The newly predicted Zn3O2 monolayer possesses excellent dynamic and thermal stabilities and is also the lowest-energy structure of its 2D space indicated by particle swarm search, supporting its experimentally synthetic viability...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345538/real-time-monitoring-of-nanoscale-tio2-concentration-by-spectrophotometry-implications-of-agglomeration-due-to-natural-organic-matter-and-multivalent-ions
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Andrew B Holmes, Frank X Gu
The study of the environmental fate of nanoscale TiO2 (n-TiO2) is a major recent research focus which requires a rapid and accurate on-site concentration determination method. Inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy (ICP-MS) has been the most widely used method for determining the concentration of n-TiO2 in environmental samples; however, poses many challenges, such as hazardous hydrofluoric acid pre-treatment and clear limitations in mobile on-site measurement and monitoring. This study demonstrates that industrial wastewater containing natural organic matter (NOM) can present a major challenge to the analysis of n-TiO2 by ICP-MS, and introduces a spectrophotometry technique that can be used as an alternative...
January 18, 2018: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345456/pre-occupation-of-empty-carriers-decreases-endo-lysosome-escape-and-reduces-the-protein-delivery-efficiency-of-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles
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Wenqing Li, Liping Sun, Yiqiu Xia, Si-Jie Hao, Gong Cheng, Zhigang Wang, Yuan Wan, Chuandong Zhu, Hongzhang He, Si-Yang Zheng
Endo/lysosome escape is a major challenge in nanoparticles-based protein delivery for cancer therapy. To enhance endo/lysosomal escape and increase the efficacy of proteins delivery, current strategies mainly focuses on destroying endo/lysosomes by employing modified nanoparticles, such as pH-sensitive polyplexes, cell-penetrating peptides, and photosensitive molecules. Herein, we hypothesize that pre-treatment with empty nanocarriers might make endo/lysosomes occupied and affect the endo/lysosomal escape of subsequent protein delivery by nanocarriers...
January 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345434/two-photon-excited-silica-and-organosilica-nanoparticles-for-spatiotemporal-cancer-treatment
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REVIEW
Jonas G Croissant, Jeffrey I Zink, Laurence Raehm, Jean-Olivier Durand
Coherent two-photon-excited (TPE) therapy in the near-infrared (NIR) provides safer cancer treatments than current therapies lacking spatial and temporal selectivities because it is characterized by a 3D spatial resolution of 1 µm3 and very low scattering. In this review, the principle of TPE and its significance in combination with organosilica nanoparticles (NPs) are introduced and then studies involving the design of pioneering TPE-NIR organosilica nanomaterials are discussed for bioimaging, drug delivery, and photodynamic therapy...
January 18, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344800/platycodon-saponins-from-platycodi-radix-platycodon-grandiflorum-for-the-green-synthesis-of-gold-and-silver-nanoparticles
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Yoonho Choi, Sehyeon Kang, Song-Hyun Cha, Hyun-Seok Kim, Kwangho Song, You Jeong Lee, Kyeongsoon Kim, Yeong Shik Kim, Seonho Cho, Youmie Park
A green synthesis of gold and silver nanoparticles is described in the present report using platycodon saponins from Platycodi Radix (Platycodon grandiflorum) as reducing agents. Platycodin D (PD), a major triterpenoidal platycodon saponin, was enriched by an enzymatic transformation of an aqueous extract of Platycodi Radix. This PD-enriched fraction was utilized for processing reduction reactions of gold and silver salts to synthesize gold nanoparticles (PD-AuNPs) and silver nanoparticles (PD-AgNPs), respectively...
January 17, 2018: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344297/mesoporous-carbon-nanospheres-as-a-multifunctional-carrier-for-cancer-theranostics
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Libo Zhou, Ying Jing, Yubin Liu, Zhihe Liu, Duyang Gao, Haobin Chen, Weiye Song, Tao Wang, Xiaofeng Fang, Weiping Qin, Zhen Yuan, Sheng Dai, Zhen-An Qiao, Changfeng Wu
Optical nanomaterials with intense absorption in near-infrared (NIR) region hold great promise for biomedical applications such as photothermal therapy (PTT) and photoacoustic imaging (PAI). In this work, we report mesoporous carbon nanospheres (Meso-CNs) with broadband and intense absorption in the UV-Vis-NIR region (300-1400 nm) and explore their potential as a multifunctional platform for photoacoustic imaging and chemo-photothermal therapy. Methods: Meso-CNs were prepared by a "silica-assisted" synthesis strategy and characterized by transmission electron microscope and optical spectroscopy...
2018: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343819/effects-of-silver-nanocolloids-on-plant-complex-type-n-glycans-in-oryza-sativa-roots
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Risa Horiuchi, Yukari Nakajima, Shosaku Kashiwada, Nobumitsu Miyanishi
Silver nanomaterials have been mainly developed as antibacterial healthcare products worldwide, because of their antibacterial activity. However, there is little data regarding the potential risks and effects of large amounts of silver nanomaterials on plants. In contrast, N-glycans play important roles in various biological phenomena, and their structures and expressions are sensitive to ambient environmental changes. Therefore, to assesse the effects of silver nanomaterials, we focused on the correlation between N-glycans and the effects of silver nanomaterials in plants and analyzed N-glycan structures in Oryza sativa seedlings exposed to silver nanocolloids (SNCs)...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343761/a-high-throughput-approach-for-the-generation-of-orthogonally-interacting-protein-pairs
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Justin Lawrie, Xi Song, Wei Niu, Jiantao Guo
In contrast to the nearly error-free self-assembly of protein architectures in nature, artificial assembly of protein complexes with pre-defined structure and function in vitro is still challenging. To mimic nature's strategy to construct pre-defined three-dimensional protein architectures, highly specific protein-protein interacting pairs are needed. Here we report an effort to create an orthogonally interacting protein pair from its parental pair using a bacteria-based in vivo directed evolution strategy...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343729/drug-self-assembly-for-synthesis-of-highly-loaded-antimicrobial-drug-silica-particles
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Cameron A Stewart, Yoav Finer, Benjamin D Hatton
Antimicrobial drug release from biomaterials for orthopedic repair and dental restorations can prevent biofilm growth and caries formation. Carriers for drug incorporation would benefit from long-term drug storage, controlled release, and structural stability. Mesoporous silica, synthesized through a co-assembly of silica and surfactant template, is an ideal drug encapsulation scaffold that maintains structural integrity upon release. However, conventional loading of drug within meso-silica pores via concentration-gradient diffusion limits the overall payload, concentration uniformity, and drug release control...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342977/correction-dierking-ingo-and-al-zangana-shakhawan-lyotropic-liquid-crystal-phases-from-anisotropic-nanomaterials-nanomaterials-2017-7-305
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Ingo Dierking, Shakhawan Al-Zangana
Due to an oversight during production, the authors wish to make the following correction to reference [65] of this paper [...].
January 15, 2018: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342950/recent-advances-of-rare-earth-ion-doped-luminescent-nanomaterials-in-perovskite-solar-cells
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REVIEW
Yu Qiao, Shuhan Li, Wenhui Liu, Meiqing Ran, Haifei Lu, Yingping Yang
Organic-inorganic lead halide based perovskite solar cells have received broad interest due to their merits of low fabrication cost, a low temperature solution process, and high energy conversion efficiencies. Rare-earth (RE) ion doped nanomaterials can be used in perovskite solar cells to expand the range of absorption spectra and improve the stability due to its upconversion and downconversion effect. This article reviews recent progress in using RE-ion-doped nanomaterials in mesoporous electrodes, perovskite active layers, and as an external function layer of perovskite solar cells...
January 15, 2018: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342925/synergistic-effect-of-metal-oxide-nanoparticles-on-cell-viability-and-activation-of-map-kinases-and-nf%C3%AE%C2%BAb
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Ángela Dávila-Grana, Lara Diego-González, África González-Fernández, Rosana Simón-Vázquez
In recent years, there has been an increase in the production of several types of nanoparticles (Nps) for different purposes. Several studies have been performed to analyse the toxicity induced by some of these individual Nps, but data are scarce on the potential hazards or beneficial effects induced by a range of nanomaterials in the same environment. The purpose of the study described here was to evaluate the toxicological effects induced by in vitro exposure of human cells to ZnO Nps in combination with different concentrations of other metal oxide Nps (Al₂O₃, CeO₂, TiO₂ and Y₂O₃)...
January 15, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342860/aunps-hybrid-black-zno-nanorods-made-by-a-sol-gel-method-for-highly-sensitive-humidity-sensing
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Hongyan Zhang, Min Zhang, Cunchong Lin, Jun Zhang
A highly sensitive self-powered humidity sensor has been realized from AuNPs hybrid black zinc oxide (ZnO) nanorods prepared through a sol-gel method. XRD pattern reveals that both ZnO and ZnO/AuNPs exhibit a wurtzite structure. ZnO/AuNPs nanorods grow in a vertical alignment, which possesses high uniformity and forms dense arrays with a smaller diameter than that of ZnO nanoparticles. All ZnO/AuNPs and pure black ZnO show lower band gap energy than the typically reported 3.34 eV of pure ZnO. Furthermore, the band gap of ZnO/AuNPs nanocomposites is effectively influenced by the amount of AuNPs...
January 13, 2018: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341609/probing-and-quantifying-the-food-borne-pathogens-and-toxins-from-in-vitro-to-in-vivo
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Jing-Min Liu, Zhi-Hao Wang, Hui Ma, Shuo Wang
Development of real-time and in situ analytical methods for determination of food-borne pathogens and toxins ingested into human body would be a promising research direction in the food safety area. The present review starts with summarization of the up-to-date progress of the nanomaterial-assisted in vitro detection methods for pathogens and toxins, and finally focused on application of animal bioimaging to in vivo study, including prospective strategies for in vivo quantification of target pathogens or toxins and in vivo investigation of their behaviors inside the living body, with the assistance of real-time and non-invasive optical bioimaging...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341378/halloysite-nanotubes-green-nanomaterial-for-functional-organic-inorganic-nanohybrids
#18
REVIEW
Wei Ma, Hui Wu, Yuji Higaki, Atsushi Takahara
The unique one-dimensional nanoporous structure and the reactive external and internal surfaces make halloysite nanotube (HNT) an interesting nanomaterial for various applications. HNT is a green nanomaterial because it is easily available from abundant deposits in nature and is biocompatible with low cytotoxicity. After a brief introduction on the structure of HNT, recent advances in surface modification of HNT and its functional organic-inorganic nanohybrids including hybrid nanocontainers, flame retardant nanocomposites, dye removal adsorbents, liquid marbles, and superamphiphobic coatings are introduced...
January 17, 2018: Chemical Record: An Official Publication of the Chemical Society of Japan ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340414/nanoparticle-separation-based-on-size-dependent-aggregation-of-nanoparticles-due-to-the-critical-casimir-effect
#19
Hongyu Guo, Gheorghe Stan, Yun Liu
Nanoparticles typically have an inherent wide size distribution that may affect the performance and reliability of many nanomaterials. Because the synthesis and purification of nanoparticles with desirable sizes are crucial to the applications of nanoparticles in various fields including medicine, biology, health care, and energy, there is a great need to search for more efficient and generic methods for size-selective nanoparticle purification/separation. Here we propose and conclusively demonstrate the effectiveness of a size-selective particle purification/separation method based on the critical Casimir force...
January 17, 2018: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340254/response-of-methane-production-via-propionate-oxidation-to-carboxylated-multiwalled-carbon-nanotubes-in-paddy-soil-enrichments
#20
Jianchao Zhang, Xingxuan Xia, Siliang Li, Wei Ran
Carboxylated multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs-COOH) have become a growing concern in terms of their fate and toxicity in aqueous environments. Methane (CH4) is a major product of organic matter degradation in waterlogged environments. In this study, we determined the effect of MWCNTs-COOH on the production of CH4 from propionate oxidation in paddy soil enrichments. The results showed that the methanogenesis from propionate degradation was accelerated in the presence of MWCNTs-COOH. In addition, the rates of CH4 production and propionate degradation increased with increasing concentrations of MWCNTs-COOH...
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