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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28350447/self-functionalization-behind-a-solution-processed-niox-film-used-as-hole-transporting-layer-for-efficient-perovskite-solar-cells
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John Ciro, Daniel Ramírez, Mario Alejandro Mejía Escobar, Juan Felipe Montoya, Santiago Mesa, Rafael Betancur, Franklin Jaramillo
Fabrication of solution-processed perovskite solar cells (PSCs) requires the deposition of high quality films from precursor inks. Frequently, buffer layers of PSCs are formed from dispersions of metal oxide nanoparticles (NPs). Therefore, the development of trustable methods for the preparation of stable colloidal NPs dispersions is crucial. In this work, a novel approach to form very compact semiconducting buffer layers with suitable optoelectronic properties is presented through a self-functionalization process of the nanocrystalline particles by their own amorphous phase and without adding any other inorganic or organic functionalization component or surfactant...
March 28, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346388/thermal-condensation-of-glycine-and-alanine-on-metal-ferrite-surface-primitive-peptide-bond-formation-scenario
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Md Asif Iqubal, Rachana Sharma, Sohan Jheeta, Kamaluddin
The amino acid condensation reaction on a heterogeneous mineral surface has been regarded as one of the important pathways for peptide bond formation. Keeping this in view, we have studied the oligomerization of the simple amino acids, glycine and alanine, on nickel ferrite (NiFe₂O₄), cobalt ferrite (CoFe₂O₄), copper ferrite (CuFe₂O₄), zinc ferrite (ZnFe₂O₄), and manganese ferrite (MnFe₂O₄) nanoparticles surfaces, in the temperature range from 50-120 °C for 1-35 days, without applying any wetting/drying cycles...
March 27, 2017: Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345858/enhanced-absorption-performance-of-carbon-nanostructure-based-metamaterials-and-tuning-impedance-matching-behavior-by-an-external-ac-electric-field
#3
Reza Gholipur, Zahra Khorshidi, Ali Bahari
Metamaterials have surprisingly broadened the range of available practical applications in new devices such as shielding, microwave absorbing, and novel antenna. More researches are related to the tuning DNG frequency bands of ordered or disordered metamaterials, and far less research has focused on the importance of impedance matching behavior, and is not effort and attention in adjusting the magnitude of negative permittivity values. This is particularly important if devices deal with low amplitude signals such as radio or TV antenna...
March 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345704/atomic-layer-deposition-of-nickel-cobalt-spinel-thin-films
#4
D J Hagen, T S Tripathi, M Karppinen
We report the atomic layer deposition (ALD) of high-quality crystalline thin films of the spinel-oxide system (Co1-xNix)3O4. These spinel oxides are ferrimagnetic p-type semiconductors, and promising material candidates for several applications ranging from photovoltaics and spintronics to thermoelectrics. The spinel phase is obtained for Ni contents exceeding the x = 0.33 limit for bulk samples. It is observed that the electrical resistivity decreases continuously with x while the magnetic moment increases up to x = 0...
March 27, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345585/direct-amidation-of-esters-with-nitroarenes
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Chi Wai Cheung, Marten Leendert Ploeger, Xile Hu
Esters are one of the most common functional groups in natural and synthetic products, and the one-step conversion of the ester group into other functional groups is an attractive strategy in organic synthesis. Direct amidation of esters is particularly appealing due to the omnipresence of the amide moiety in biomolecules, fine chemicals, and drug candidates. However, efficient methods for direct amidation of unactivated esters are still lacking. Here we report nickel-catalysed reductive coupling of unactivated esters with nitroarenes to furnish in one step a wide range of amides bearing functional groups relevant to the development of drugs and agrochemicals...
March 27, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345308/expeditious-and-solvent-free-nickel-catalyzed-c-h-arylation-of-arenes-and-indoles
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Rahul A Jagtap, Vineeta Soni, Benudhar Punji
An efficient solvent-free nickel-catalyzed method for the C-H bond arylation of arenes and indoles is described that proceeds expeditiously via chelation-assistance. The reaction is highly selective for mono-arylation, and tolerates sensitive and structurally diverse functionalities, such as halides, ethers, amines, indole, pyrrole and carbazole. This reaction represents the first example of nickel-catalyzed C-H arylation by mono-chelate assistance, and symbolizes a rare precedent of solvent-free C-H arylation...
March 27, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345220/boosting-the-performance-of-the-nickel-anode-in-the-oxygen-evolution-reaction-by-simple-electrochemical-activation
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Tatsuya Shinagawa, Marcus Tze-Kiat Ng, Kazuhiro Takanabe
The development of cost-effective and active water-splitting electrocatalysts that work at mild pH is an essential step towards the realization of sustainable energy and material circulation in our society. Its success requires a drastic improvement in the kinetics of the anodic half-reaction of the oxygen evolution reaction (OER), which determines the overall system efficiency to a large extent. A simple electrochemical protocol has been developed to activate Ni electrodes, by which a stable NiOOH phase was formed, which could weakly bind to alkali-metal cations...
March 27, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342047/blood-toxic-metals-and-hemoglobin-levels-in-mexican-children
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Guadalupe López-Rodríguez, Marcos Galván, Marco González-Unzaga, Juan Hernández Ávila, M Pérez-Labra
Metal toxicity can cause hematologic abnormalities and hemolysis. To evaluate the relationship of anemia with metal contamination in children, the following elements were quantified in dry blood: silicon, chromium, lead, titanium, vanadium, nickel, arsenic, manganese, and cadmium. A total of 88 samples of anemic children and 208 of non-anemic children aged 6-12 years were analyzed. Lead (35.1%), chromium (24.3%), vanadium (24.3%), nickel (45.6%), and silicon (48.6%) were identified in the samples, with titanium only detected in anemic children...
April 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340489/mir-34a-3p-alters-proliferation-and-apoptosis-of-meningioma-cells-in-vitro-and-is-directly-targeting-smad4-frat1-and-bcl2
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Tamara V Werner, Martin Hart, Ruth Nickels, Yoo-Jin Kim, Michael D Menger, Rainer M Bohle, Andreas Keller, Nicole Ludwig, Eckart Meese
Micro (mi)RNAs are short, noncoding RNAs and deregulation of miRNAs and their targets are implicated in tumor generation and progression in many cancers. Meningiomas are mostly benign, slow growing tumors of the central nervous system with a small percentage showing a malignant phenotype.Following in silico prediction of potential targets of miR-34a-3p, SMAD4, FRAT1, and BCL2 have been confirmed as targets by dual luciferase assays with co-expression of miR-34a-3p and reporter gene constructs containing the respective 3'UTRs...
March 23, 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340437/assessment-of-microalga-biofilms-for-simultaneous-remediation-and-biofuel-generation-in-mine-tailings-water
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H Palma, E Killoran, M Sheehan, F Berner, K Heimann
Microalgae crops can generate a biochemical profile of high energy density and may be used for remediation of contaminated waste waters. This manuscript presents a laboratory-scale investigation into the potential for growing endemic microalgae biofilms in phosphorus-enriched nickel refinery tailings water, with an emphasis on product potential and the remediation of heavy metals. The dominant species of the consortia was a Chlorella-like microalga. The growth was monitored over time, with a productivity (0...
March 11, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340386/constructed-ils-coated-porous-magnetic-nickel-cobaltate-hexagonal-nanoplates-sensing-materials-for-the-simultaneous-detection-of-cumulative-toxic-metals
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Yuanyuan Dong, Lei Zhang
The different morphologies of magnetic nickel cobaltate (NiCo2O4) electrocatalysts, consisting of nanoparticles (NiCo2O4-N), nanoplates (NiCo2O4-P) and microspheres (NiCo2O4-S) were fabricated. It was found that the electrocatalytic properties of the sensing materials were strongly dependent on morphology and specific surface area. The porous NiCo2O4 hexagonal nanoplates coupled with ILs as modified materials (ILs@NiCo2O4-P) for the simultaneous determination of thallium (Tl(+)), lead (Pb(2+)) and copper (Cu(2+)), exhibited high sensitivity, long-time stability and good repeatability...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340027/influence-of-long-term-in-vivo-exposure-debris-accumulation-and-archwire-material-on-friction-force-among-different-types-of-brackets-and-archwires-couples
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Uroš Mezeg, Jasmina Primožic
Objective: The aim was to assess the influence of long-term in vivo exposure, debris accumulation and archwire material on static and kinetic friction force among different types of brackets and archwires couples. Material and Methods: Friction testing was performed among four lower incisors' brackets, conventional and self-ligating (SL), coupled with either nickel-titanium or stainless steel archwires, as-received and in vivo exposed in 18 subjects. The friction testing was performed for a sliding distance of 14 mm at a speed of 10 mm/min, with a starting force of 0...
February 28, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339790/does-systemic-administration-of-casein-phosphopeptides-affect-orthodontic-movement-and-root-resorption-in-rats
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Lachlan Crowther, Gang Shen, Mohammed Almuzian, Allan Jones, William Walsh, Rema Oliver, Peter Petocz, Nour E Tarraf, M Ali Darendeliler
Objectives: To assess the potential effects of casein phosphopeptides (CPPs) on orthodontically induced iatrogenic root resorption (OIIRR) and orthodontic teeth movement. Materials and methods: Forty Wistar rats (aged 11 weeks) were randomly divided into experimental group (EG; n = 20) that received a diet supplemented with CPP and control group (CG; n = 20) devoid of diet supplement. A 150 g force was applied using nickel titanium (NiTi) coil that was bonded on maxillary incisors and extended unilaterally to a maxillary first molar...
January 25, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339591/comparison-of-the-force-levels-among-labial-and-lingual-self-ligating-and-conventional-brackets-in-simulated-misaligned-teeth
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Ahmad Alobeid, Tarek El-Bialy, Said Khawatmi, Cornelius Dirk, Andreas Jäger, Christoph Bourauel
Background/objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate force levels exerted by levelling arch wires with labial and lingual conventional and self-ligating brackets. Materials/methods: The tested orthodontic brackets were of the 0.022-in slot size for labial and 0.018-in for lingual brackets and were as follows: 1. Labial brackets: (i) conventional bracket (GAC-Twin, Dentsply), (ii) passive self-ligating (SL) brackets (Damon-Q®, ORMCO; Ortho classic H4™, Orthoclassic; FLI®SL, Rocky Mountain Orthodontics) and (iii) active SL brackets (GAC In-Ovation®C, DENTSPLY and SPEED™, Strite)...
January 25, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339580/the-integration-of-orthodontic-miniscrews-under-mechanical-loading-a-pre-clinical-study-in-rabbit
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B Giuliano Maino, Alberto Di Blasio, Davide Spadoni, Francesca Ravanetti, Carlo Galli, Antonio Cacchioli, Christos Katsaros, Mauro Gandolfini
Introduction: Orthodontic miniscrews are an increasingly popular choice to achieve absolute anchorage. The temporary use of miniscrews and their recent introduction have limited the debate over the biological aspect of the materials to that of the surface that permeates the field of dental implants. The aim of the present study was to investigate the integration of grade 5 titanium mini-implants with machined or sand blasted acid etched surface (SAE) under mechanical load in a rabbit tibia model of implant integration...
January 18, 2017: European Journal of Orthodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339212/nickel-catalyzed-reduction-of-secondary-and-tertiary-amides
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Bryan J Simmons, Marie Hoffmann, Jaeyeon Hwang, Moritz K Jackl, Neil K Garg
The nickel-catalyzed reduction of secondary and tertiary amides to give amine products is reported. The transformation is tolerant of extensive variation with respect to the amide substrate, proceeds in the presence of esters and epimerizable stereocenters, and can be used to achieve the reduction of lactams. Moreover, this methodology provides a simple tactic for accessing medicinally relevant α-deuterated amines.
March 24, 2017: Organic Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339033/role-of-tropomyosin-in-silkworm-allergy
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Kyoung Yong Jeong, In-Soo Han, June Yong Lee, Kyung Hee Park, Jae-Hyun Lee, Jung-Won Park
Silkworm pupae are widely consumed in Asian countries and allergic reactions following consumption have been described. However, false‑positive responses in skin prick allergy tests or non‑specific immunoglobulin E (IgE) responses to total extract of silkworm pupa make diagnosis difficult. Although improved allergy diagnosis is required, molecular characterization of silkworm allergens has not been performed to date, except for Bomb m 1, an arginine kinase. This study aimed to evaluate the allergenicity of tropomyosin, a well‑established invertebrate pan‑allergen, from silkworm pupa...
March 24, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338539/identifying-unreported-sources-of-possible-nickel-exposure-in-community-based-facilities-frequented-by-children
#18
James K Parker, David J Eng, Annelise Rasmussen, Chandler W Rundle, Daniel Bergman, Sharon E Jacob
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 23, 2017: Dermatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338067/ultrathin-nickel-hydroxide-nanosheet-arrays-grafted-biomass-derived-honeycomb-like-porous-carbon-with-improved-electrochemical-performance-as-a-supercapacitive-material
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Goli Nagaraju, Sung Min Cha, Jae Su Yu
Three-dimensional hierarchical honeycomb-like activated porous carbon pillared ultrathin Ni(OH)2 nanosheets (Ni(OH)2 NSs@HAPC) for use as supercapacitor materials were facilely synthesized. With an aid of pine cone flowers as a biomass source, HAPC conducting scaffolds were prepared by the alkali treatment and pyrolysis methods under an inert gas atmosphere. Subsequently, the Ni(OH)2 NSs were synthesized evenly on the surface of HAPC via a solvothermal method. The resulting HAPC and Ni(OH)2 NSs@HAPC composite materials offered free pathways for effective diffusion of electrolyte ions and fast transportation of electrons when employed as an electrode material...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337961/biosorption-of-heavy-metals-from-aqueous-solution-by-bacteria-isolated-from-contaminated-soil
#20
Pradeep Dhanwal Anil Kumar Shruti Dudeja Hemlata Badgujar Rohit Chauhan Abhishek Kumar Poonam Dhull Vinod Chhokar Vikas Beniwal
The study was carried out to analyze the heavy metals biosorption potential of bacteria isolated from electroplating industrial effluents contaminated soil. Bacterial isolates were screened for their multi-metal biosorption potential against copper, nickel, lead and chromium. Bacterial isolate CU4A showed maximum uptake of copper, nickel, lead and chromium in aqueous solution with biosorption efficiency as 87.16 %, 79.62%, 84.92% and 68.12%, respectively. The bacterial strain CU4A was identified as Bacillus cereus following 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis...
March 9, 2017: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
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