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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524191/thermal-scribing-to-prototype-plastic-microfluidic-devices-applied-to-study-the-formation-of-neutrophil-extracellular-traps
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Arvind Chandrasekaran, Nikita Kalashnikov, Roni Rayes, Claire Wang, Jonathan Spicer, Christopher Moraes
Innovation in microfluidics-based biological research has been aided by the growing accessibility of versatile microscale fabrication techniques, particularly in rapid prototyping of elastomeric polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) based devices. However, the use of PDMS presents considerable and often unexpected limitations, particularly in interpreting and validating biological data. To rapidly prototype microfluidic culture systems in conventional plastics commonly used in cell culture, we developed 'thermal scribing', a one-step micromachining technique in which thermoplastics are locally patterned by a heated tip, moving in user-controlled patterns...
May 19, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523760/bioinspired-composite-microfibers-for-skin-adhesion-and-signal-amplification-of-wearable-sensors
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Dirk-M Drotlef, Morteza Amjadi, Muhammad Yunusa, Metin Sitti
A facile approach is proposed for superior conformation and adhesion of wearable sensors to dry and wet skin. Bioinspired skin-adhesive films are composed of elastomeric microfibers decorated with conformal and mushroom-shaped vinylsiloxane tips. Strong skin adhesion is achieved by crosslinking the viscous vinylsiloxane tips directly on the skin surface. Furthermore, composite microfibrillar adhesive films possess a high adhesion strength of 18 kPa due to the excellent shape adaptation of the vinylsiloxane tips to the multiscale roughness of the skin...
May 19, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512333/hybrid-organic-tandem-solar-cell-comprising-small-molecule-bottom-and-polymer-fullerene-top-subcells-fabricated-by-thin-film-transfer
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Yoonseok Ka, Hyejin Hwang, Changsoon Kim
Multilayer structures involving solution-deposited polymer films are difficult to fabricate, not allowing for unrestricted designs of polymer-based optoelectronic devices required for maximizing their performance. Here, we fabricate a hybrid organic tandem solar cell whose top and bottom subcells have polymer:fullerene and small molecules active layers, respectively, by a solvent-free process based on transferring the polymer:fullerene layer from an elastomeric stamp onto a vacuum-deposited bottom subcell. The interface between small-molecule and transferred polymer:fullerene layers is void-free at the nanoscale, allowing for efficient charge transport across the interface...
May 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485567/stretchable-transparent-and-stretch-unresponsive-capacitive-touch-sensor-array-with-selectively-patterned-silver-nanowires-reduced-graphene-oxide-electrodes
#4
Taeyoung Choi, Byeong-Ung Hwang, Bo-Yeong Kim, Tran Quang Trung, Yun Hyoung Nam, Do-Nyun Kim, Kilho Eom, Nae-Eung Lee
Stretchable and transparent touch sensors are essential input devices for future stretchable transparent electronics. Capacitive touch sensors with a simple structure of only two electrodes and one dielectric are an established technology in current rigid electronics. However, the development of stretchable and transparent capacitive touch sensors has been limited due to changes in capacitance resulting from dimensional changes in elastomeric dielectrics and difficulty in obtaining stretchable transparent electrodes that are stable under large strains...
May 9, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441503/robust-uniform-and-highly-emissive-quantum-dot-polymer-films-and-patterns-using-thiol-ene-chemistry
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Markus Smith, Sidney T Malak, Jaehan Jung, Young Jun Yoon, Chun Hao Lin, Sunghan Kim, Kyung Min Lee, Ruilong Ma, Timothy J White, Timothy J Bunning, Zhiqun Lin, Vladimir V Tsukruk
This work demonstrates a facile and versatile method for generating low scattering crosslinked quantum dots (QD)-polymer composite films and patterned highly emissive structures with ultra-high QD loading, minimal phase-separation, and tunable mechanical properties. Uniform QD-polymer films are fabricated using thiol-ene chemistry, in which cross-linked polymer networks are rapidly produced in ambient conditions via fast UV polymerization in bulk to suppress QD aggregation. UV-controlled thiol-ene chemistry limits phase separation through producing highly QD loaded crosslinked composites with loading rate above majority of those reported in literature (<1%) and approaching 30%...
April 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415424/development-of-strong-biodegradable-and-highly-elastomeric-polycitrate-gelatin-hybrid-polymer-with-enhanced-cellular-biocompatibility
#6
Caiting Feng, Yuzhang Du, Yannan Li, Bo Lei
Native human tissues possess incomparable biological performance due to their strong and viscoelastic mechanical properties, and biocompatible compositions. Herein, by a thermal polymerization and solvent hybridization method, we develop biomimetic polycitrate-gelatin hybrid polymers (PC-GT) with strong mechanical properties and tailored elastomeric behavior for tissue regeneration applications. The incorporation of gelatin significantly enhanced the mechanical properties and cellular biocompatibility of PC...
June 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357823/performance-of-the-bbraun-perfusor-space-syringe-driver-under-hyperbaric-conditions
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Lachlan Frawley, Bridget Devaney, Theo Tsouras, Geoff Frawley
BACKGROUND: The BBraun Perfusor Space™ syringe driver is already in use by ambulance services and retrieval teams but has not previously been assessed for hyperbaric chamber use. METHODS: Pump flow accuracy was tested at rates between 1 and 40 ml· h⁻¹ using three different brands of 50 ml syringe. Function of the occlusion alarms was assessed using the same syringes. The hyperbaric profile involved pressurisation to 284 kPa at 30 kPa· min⁻¹, 30 min at 284 kPa and decompression at 30 kPa· min⁻¹...
March 2017: Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine: the Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357822/an-assessment-of-the-performance-of-the-baxter-elastomeric-lv10-infusor%C3%A2-pump-under-hyperbaric-conditions
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Stephen Perks, Denise F Blake, Derelle A Young, John Hardman, Lawrence H Brown, Iestyn Lewis, Tilley Pain
INTRODUCTION: There are limited data on the use of elastomeric infusion pumps during hyperbaric oxygen treatment. AIM: This study evaluated the flow rate of the Baxter elastomeric LV10 Infusor™ pump under normobaric (101.3 kPa) and three hyperbaric conditions of 203 kPa, 243 kPa and 284 kPa. METHODS: Elastomeric pumps were secured to participants in the same manner as for a typical patient, except that a container collected the delivered antibiotic solution...
March 2017: Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine: the Journal of the South Pacific Underwater Medicine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338313/ultimate-control-of-rate-dependent-adhesion-for-reversible-transfer-process-via-a-thin-elastomeric-layer
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Chan Kim, Min-Ah Yoon, Bongkyun Jang, Jae-Hyun Kim, Hak-Joo Lee, Kwang-Seop Kim
Adhesion between a stamp with an elastomeric layer and various devices or substrates is crucial to successfully fabricate flexible electronics using a transfer process. Although various transfer processes using stamps with different adhesion strengths have been suggested, the controllable range of adhesion is still limited to a narrow range. To precisely transfer devices onto selected substrates, however, the difference in adhesion between the picking and placing processes should be large enough to achieve a high yield...
March 30, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28276240/biaxial-stretchability-and-transparency-of-ag-nanowire-2d-mass-spring-networks-prepared-by-floating-compression
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Byoung Soo Kim, Jun Beom Pyo, Jeong Gon Son, Goangseup Zi, Sang-Soo Lee, Jong Hyuk Park, Jonghwi Lee
Networks of silver nanowires (Ag NWs) have been considered as promising materials for stretchable and transparent conductors. Despite various improvements of their optoelectronic and electromechanical properties over the past few years, Ag NW networks with a sufficient stretchability in multiple directions that is essential for the accommodation of the multidirectional strains of human movement have seldom been reported. For this paper, biaxially stretchable, transparent conductors were developed based on 2D mass-spring networks of wavy Ag NWs...
March 29, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274765/engineering-mechanical-gradients-in-next-generation-biomaterials-lessons-learned-from-medical-textile-design
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Joanna L Ng, Ciara E Collins, Melissa L Knothe Tate
Nonwoven and textile membranes have been applied both externally and internally to prescribe boundary conditions for medical conditions as diverse as oedema and tissue defects. Incorporation of mechanical gradients in next generation medical membrane design offers great potential to enhance function in a dynamic, physiological context. Yet the gradient properties and resulting mechanical performance of current membranes are not well described. To bridge this knowledge gap, we tested and compared the mechanical properties of bounding membranes used in both external (compression sleeves for oedema, exercise bands) and internal (surgical membranes) physiological contexts...
March 5, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263544/smart-actuators-and-adhesives-for-reconfigurable-matter
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Hyunhyub Ko, Ali Javey
Biological systems found in nature provide excellent stimuli-responsive functions. The camouflage adaptation of cephalopods (octopus, cuttlefish), rapid stiffness change of sea cucumbers, opening of pine cones in response to humidity, and rapid closure of Venus flytraps upon insect touch are some examples of nature's smart systems. Although current technologies are still premature to mimic these sophisticated structures and functions in smart biological systems, recent work on stimuli-responsive programmable matter has shown great progress...
March 6, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28250097/grasping-with-a-soft-glove-intrinsic-impedance-control-in-pneumatic-actuators
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P Paoletti, G W Jones, L Mahadevan
The interaction of a robotic manipulator with unknown soft objects represents a significant challenge for traditional robotic platforms because of the difficulty in controlling the grasping force between a soft object and a stiff manipulator. Soft robotic actuators inspired by elephant trunks, octopus limbs and muscular hydrostats are suggestive of ways to overcome this fundamental difficulty. In particular, the large intrinsic compliance of soft manipulators such as 'pneu-nets'-pneumatically actuated elastomeric structures-makes them ideal for applications that require interactions with an uncertain mechanical and geometrical environment...
March 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195075/stretchable-array-of-metal-nanodisks-on-a-3d-sinusoidal-wavy-elastomeric-substrate-for-frequency-tunable-plasmonics
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Di Feng, Hui Zhang, Siyi Xu, Limei Tian, Ningfang Song
Metal nanostructures integrated with soft, elastomeric substrates provide an unusual platform with capabilities in plasmonic frequency tuning of mechanical strain. In this paper, we have prepared a tunable optical device, dense arrays of plasmonic nanodisks on a low-modulus, and high-elongation elastomeric substrate with a three-dimensional (3D) sinusoidal wavy, and their optical characteristics have been measured and analyzed in detail. Since surface plasmon is located and propagates along metal surfaces with sub-wavelength structures, and those dispersive properties are determined by the coupling strength between the individual structures, in this study, a 3D sinusoidal curve elastomeric substrate is used to mechanically control the inter-nanodisk spacing by applying straining and creating a frequency tunable plasmonic device...
February 14, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174366/radiofrequency-glow-discharge-as-a-mode-of-disinfection-for-elastomeric-impression-materials
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Susan Mathew, Mathew M Alani, K N Velayudhan Nair, Sayij Haridas, P B Reba, Sherin A Thomas
INTRODUCTION: Prosthodontic practice involves procedures in which impressions of the maxillary and mandibular arches are mandatory. Cross infection is one of the major problems that can occur in regular dental practice. Every dentist should take utmost care to prevent cross infection as oral cavity is the source of variety of microorganisms which can often cause diseases that can be fatal. Although precautions, such as wearing of gloves and mask, sterilization of instruments are given importance, the need for disinfection of impressions is often neglected...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155936/highly-transparent-agnw-pdms-stretchable-electrodes-for-elastomeric-electrochromic-devices
#16
Huan-Shen Liu, Bo-Cheng Pan, Guey-Sheng Liou
Stretchable conductors based on silver nanowires (AgNWs) and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) have been studied extensively for many years. However, it is still difficult to achieve high transparency with low resistance due to the low attractive force between AgNWs and PDMS. In this paper, we report an effective method to transfer AgNWs into PDMS by using substrates which have a hydrophobic surface, and successfully prepared stretchable AgNW/PDMS electrodes having high transparency and low sheet resistance at the same time...
February 16, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150829/one-step-micromolding-of-complex-3d-microchambers-for-single-cell-analysis
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Hiroaki Suzuki, Kenta Mitsuno, Katsuyuki Shiroguchi, Mamiko Tsugane, Taiji Okano, Tetsuji Dohi, Tomoaki Tsuji
Herein we examined the extent of replicability of the PDMS microchamber device transferred from the master mold with complex 3D structures fabricated via micro stereolithography. Due to the elastomeric properties of PDMS, the reversely tapered micromold, with the diameter ratio of ∼5 from the largest to the narrowest part, was precisely transferred without breaking. We obtained the mathematical model to estimate the stress exerted on the mold during the demolding process. Finally, we tested the applicability of this unusual microchamber for single-cell trapping and an enzyme assay...
February 2, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026109/soft-elastomers-with-ionic-liquid-filled-cavities-as-strain-isolating-substrates-for-wearable-electronics
#18
Yinji Ma, Matt Pharr, Liang Wang, Jeonghyun Kim, Yuhao Liu, Yeguang Xue, Rui Ning, Xiufeng Wang, Ha Uk Chung, Xue Feng, John A Rogers, Yonggang Huang
Managing the mechanical mismatch between hard semiconductor components and soft biological tissues represents a key challenge in the development of advanced forms of wearable electronic devices. An ultralow modulus material or a liquid that surrounds the electronics and resides in a thin elastomeric shell provides a strain-isolation effect that enhances not only the wearability but also the range of stretchability in suitably designed devices. The results presented here build on these concepts by (1) replacing traditional liquids explored in the past, which have some nonnegligible vapor pressure and finite permeability through the encapsulating elastomers, with ionic liquids to eliminate any possibility for leakage or evaporation, and (2) positioning the liquid between the electronics and the skin, within an enclosed, elastomeric microfluidic space, but not in direct contact with the active elements of the system, to avoid any negative consequences on electronic performance...
March 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024367/fully-printed-stretchable-thin-film-transistors-and-integrated-logic-circuits
#19
Le Cai, Suoming Zhang, Jinshui Miao, Zhibin Yu, Chuan Wang
This paper reports intrinsically stretchable thin-film transistors (TFTs) and integrated logic circuits directly printed on elastomeric polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) substrates. The printed devices utilize carbon nanotubes and a type of hybrid gate dielectric comprising PDMS and barium titanate (BaTiO3) nanoparticles. The BaTiO3/PDMS composite simultaneously provides high dielectric constant, superior stretchability, low leakage, as well as good printability and compatibility with the elastomeric substrate. Both TFTs and logic circuits can be stretched beyond 50% strain along either channel length or channel width directions for thousands of cycles while showing no significant degradation in electrical performance...
December 27, 2016: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009903/creep-and-fatigue-resistant-rapid-piezoresistive-responses-of-elastomeric-graphene-coated-carbon-nanotube-aerogels-over-a-wide-pressure-range
#20
Michelle N Tsui, Mohammad F Islam
Lightweight, flexible piezoresistive materials with wide operational pressure ranges are in demand for applications such as human physical activity and health monitoring, robotics, and for functional interfacing between living systems and wearable electronics. Piezoresistivity of many elastomeric foams of polymers and carbon allotropes satisfies much of the required characteristics for these applications except creep and fatigue resistance due to their viscoelasticity, critically limiting the reliability and lifetime of integrated devices...
January 19, 2017: Nanoscale
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