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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791607/treatment-of-dry-eye-disease-with-autologous-platelet-rich-plasma-a-prospective-interventional-non-randomized-study
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Jorge L Alio, Alejandra E Rodriguez, Renan Ferreira-Oliveira, Dominika Wróbel-Dudzińska, Ahmed A Abdelghany
INTRODUCTION: The objective of this study was to evaluate the use of autologous platelet-rich plasma (PRP) eye drops as monotherapy for the treatment of moderate to severe cases of dry eye disease. METHODS: Three hundred and sixty-eight patients with moderate to severe dry eye disease (DED) were included in this prospective case series. Subjects were classified as evaporative DED (EDED) or aqueous deficient DED (ADDED). Improvement of the DED subjective symptoms, corneal fluorescein staining (CFS), and corrected distance visual acuity (BCVA) were evaluated...
August 8, 2017: Ophthalmology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783095/a-study-on-ain-film-based-saw-attenuation-in-liquids-and-their-potential-as-liquid-ethanol-sensors
#2
Yong Wang, Zhonggui Xu, Yinshen Wang, Jin Xie
In this paper, we report attenuation characteristics of aluminum nitride (AIN) film-based surface acoustic waves (SAWs) in liquids and their potential as liquid ethanol sensors. An AIN film-based SAW resonator was fabricated for liquid sensing application. The fabricated SAW device had a Rayleigh wave mode at a resonant frequency of 147.1 MHz and a low temperature coefficient of frequency (TCF) of -21.7 ppm/K. The signal attenuation in the transmission line of the SAW device was presented when ethanol (ETH) droplets and deionized water (DIW) with different concentrations and volume (0...
August 7, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776999/facile-production-of-biodegradable-bipolymer-patchy-and-patchy-janus-particles-with-controlled-morphology-by-microfluidic-routes
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Ekanem E Ekanem, Zilin Zhang, Goran T Vladisavljević
Patchy and patchy Janus particles composed of poly(dl-lactic acid) (PLA) and polycaprolactone (PCL) regions were produced with a controlled size, patchiness, composition, and shape anisotropy by microfluidic emulsification and solvent evaporation. Isotropic particles composed of PCL patches embedded in the PLA matrix were produced from relatively small drops with a diameter of 14-25 μm because of the fast solvent extraction as a result of high interfacial area of the particles. Anisotropic patchy Janus particles were formed from large drops, 100-250 μm in diameter...
August 16, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772741/effect-of-the-fabrication-parameters-of-the-nanosphere-lithography-method-on-the-properties-of-the-deposited-au-ag-nanoparticle-arrays
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Jing Liu, Chaoyang Chen, Guangsong Yang, Yushan Chen, Cheng-Fu Yang
The nanosphere lithography (NSL) method can be developed to deposit the Au-Ag triangle hexagonal nanoparticle arrays for the generation of localized surface plasmon resonance. Previously, we have found that the parameters used to form the NSL masks and the physical methods required to deposit the Au-Ag thin films had large effects on the geometry properties of the nanoparticle arrays. Considering this, the different parameters used to grow the Au-Ag triangle hexagonal nanoparticle arrays were investigated. A single-layer NSL mask was formed by using self-assembly nano-scale polystyrene (PS) nanospheres with an average radius of 265 nm...
April 3, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764487/a-technique-based-on-droplet-evaporation-to-recognize-alcoholic-drinks
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Jorge González-Gutiérrez, Rosendo Pérez-Isidoro, J C Ruiz-Suárez
Chromatography is, at present, the most used technique to determine the purity of alcoholic drinks. This involves a careful separation of the components of the liquid elements. However, since this technique requires sophisticated instrumentation, there are alternative techniques such as conductivity measurements and UV-Vis and infrared spectrometries. We report here a method based on salt-induced crystallization patterns formed during the evaporation of alcoholic drops. We found that droplets of different samples form different structures upon drying, which we characterize by their radial density profiles...
July 2017: Review of Scientific Instruments
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742058/ito-with-embedded-silver-grids-as-transparent-conductive-electrodes-for-large-area-organic-solar-cells
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Bhushan Ramesh Patil, Mina Mirsafaei, Pawel Piotr Cielecki, Andre Luis Fernandes Cauduro, Jacek Fiutowski, Horst-Guenter Rubahn, Morten Madsen
In this work, development of semi-transparent electrodes for efficient large area organic solar cells (OSCs) has been demonstrated. Electron beam evaporated silver grids were embedded in commercially available ITO coatings on glass, through a standard negative photolithography process, in order to improve the conductivity of planar ITO substrates. The fabricated electrodes with embedded line and square patterned Ag grids reduced the sheet resistance of ITO by 25 % and 40 %, respectively, showing optical transmittance drops of less than 6 % within the complete visible light spectrum for both patterns...
July 25, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738169/behavior-of-sulfur-mustard-in-sand-concrete-and-asphalt-matrices-evaporation-degradation-and-decontamination
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Hyunsook Jung, Seungki Choi
The evaporation, degradation, and decontamination of sulfur mustard on environmental matrices including sand, concrete, and asphalt are described. A specially designed wind tunnel and thermal desorber in combination with gas chromatograph (GC) produced profiles of vapor concentration obtained from samples of the chemical agent deposited as a drop on the surfaces of the matrices. The matrices were exposed to the chemical agent at room temperature, and the degradation reactions were monitored and characterized...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714511/tailoring-crack-morphology-in-coffee-ring-deposits-via-substrate-heating
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Hisay Lama, Madivala G Basavaraj, Dillip K Satapathy
The drying of a sessile drop consisting of colloidal particles and the formation of particulate deposits with spatially periodic cracks were ubiquitous. The drying induced stress, which is generated during the evaporation of a colloidal drop, is released by the formation of cracks. We find that the morphology of cracks formed in particulate films dried at substrate temperature, Tsub = 25 °C is markedly different from that of cracks formed at Tsub > 45 °C. The cracks are disordered in the former case, but ordered and periodic in the latter...
August 16, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709378/forced-spreading-of-aqueous-solutions-on-zwitterionic-sulfobetaine-surfaces-for-rapid-evaporation-and-solute-separation
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Cyuan-Jhang Wu, Vickramjeet Singh, Yu-Jane Sheng, Heng-Kwong Tsao
Solute separation of aqueous mixtures is mainly dominated by water vaporization. The evaporation rate of an aqueous drop grows with increasing the liquid-gas interfacial area. The spontaneous spreading behavior of a water droplet on a total wetting surface provides huge liquid-gas interfacial area per unit volume; however, it is halted by the self-pinning phenomenon upon addition of nonvolatile solutes. In this work, it is shown that the solute-induced self-pinning can be overcome by gravity, leading to anisotropic spreading much faster than isotropic spreading...
July 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704029/encapsulation-of-single-nanoparticle-in-fast-evaporating-micro-droplets-prevents-particle-agglomeration-in-nanocomposites
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Ming Pan, Xinjian Shi, Fengjiao Lyu, Ben Louis Levy-Wendt, Xiaolin Zheng, Sindy K Y Tang
This work describes the use of fast-evaporating micro-droplets to finely disperse nanoparticles (NPs) in a polymer matrix for the fabrication of nanocomposites. Agglomeration of particles is a key obstacle for broad applications of nanocomposites. The classical approach to ensure the dispersibility of NPs is to modify the surface chemistry of NPs with ligands. The surface properties of NPs are inevitably altered, however. To overcome the trade-off between dispersibility and surface-functionality of NPs, we develop a new approach by dispersing NPs in a volatile solvent, followed by mixing with uncured polymer precursors to form micro-droplet emulsions...
August 9, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692273/protein-mixture-segregation-at-coffee-ring-real-time-imaging-of-protein-ring-precipitation-by-ftir-spectromicroscopy
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Sun Choi, Giovanni Birarda
During natural drying process, all solutions and suspensions tend to form the so-called "coffee-ring" deposits. This phenomenon, by far, has been interpreted by the hydrodynamics of evaporating fluids. However, in this study, by applying Fourier transform infrared imaging (FTIRI), it is possible to observe the segregation and separation of a protein mixture at the "ring", hence we suggest a new way to interpret "coffee-ring effect" of solutions. The results explore the dynamic process that leads to the ring formation in case of model plasma proteins, such as BGG (bovine γ globulin), BSA (bovine serum albumin), and Hfib (human fibrinogen), and also report fascinating discovery of the segregation at the ring deposits of two model proteins BGG and BSA, which can be explained by an energy kinetic model, only...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691485/single-drop-raman-imaging-exposes-the-trace-contaminants-in-milk
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Zong Tan, Ting-Ting Lou, Zhi-Xuan Huang, Jing Zong, Ke-Xin Xu, Qi-Feng Li, Da Chen
Better milk safety control can offer important means to promote public health. However, few technologies can detect different types of contaminants in milk simultaneously. In this regard, the present work proposes a single-drop Raman imaging (SDRI) strategy for semiquantitation of multiple hazardous factors in milk solutions. By developing SDRI strategy that incorporates the coffee-ring effect (a natural phenomenon often presents in a condensed circle pattern after a drop evaporated) for sample pretreatment and discrete wavelet transform for spectra processing, the method serves well to expose typical hazardous molecular species in milk products, such as melamine, sodium thiocyanate and lincomycin hydrochloride, with little sample preparation...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28677894/metallic-conductive-nanowires-elaborated-by-pvd-metal-deposition-on-suspended-dna-bundles
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Christophe Brun, Pierre-Henri Elchinger, Guillaume Nonglaton, Cheikh Tidiane-Diagne, Raluca Tiron, Aurélie Thuaire, Didier Gasparutto, Xavier Baillin
Metallic conductive nanowires (NWs) with DNA bundle core are achieved, thanks to an original process relying on double-stranded DNA alignment and physical vapor deposition (PVD) metallization steps involving a silicon substrate. First, bundles of DNA are suspended with a repeatable process between 2 µm high parallel electrodes with separating gaps ranging from 800 nm to 2 µm. The process consists in the drop deposition of a DNA lambda-phage solution on the electrodes followed by a naturally evaporation step...
July 5, 2017: Small
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642779/mitigating-groundwater-depletion-in-north-china-plain-with-cropping-system-that-alternate-deep-and-shallow-rooted-crops
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Xiao-Lin Yang, Yuan-Quan Chen, Tammo S Steenhuis, Steven Pacenka, Wang-Sheng Gao, Li Ma, Min Zhang, Peng Sui
In the North China Plain, groundwater tables have been dropping at unsustainable rates of 1 m per year due to irrigation of a double cropping system of winter wheat and summer maize. To reverse the trend, we examined whether alternative crop rotations could save water. Moisture contents were measured weekly at 20 cm intervals in the top 180 cm of soil as part of a 12-year field experiment with four crop rotations: sweet potato→ cotton→ sweet potato→ winter wheat-summer maize (SpCSpWS, 4-year cycle); peanuts → winter wheat-summer maize (PWS, 2-year cycle); ryegrass-cotton→ peanuts→ winter wheat-summer maize (RCPWS, 3-year cycle); and winter wheat-summer maize (WS, each year)...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617579/programming-feature-size-in-the-thermal-wrinkling-of-metal-polymer-bilayer-by-modulating-substrate-viscoelasticity
#15
Anuja Das, Aditya Banerji, Rabibrata Mukherjee
We report a novel strategy for creating stress-induced self-organized wrinkles in a metal polymer bilayer with programmable periodicity (λS) varying over a wide range, from ∼20 μm down to ∼800 nm by modulating the viscoelasticity of the bottom polymer layer. Substrates with different viscoelasticity are prepared by precuring thin films of a thermo-curable poly dimethylsiloxane (PDMS) elastomer (Sylgard 184) for different durations (tP) prior to deposition of the top aluminum layer by thermal evaporation...
July 12, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614744/effects-of-aeration-on-matrix-temperature-by-infrared-thermal-imager-and-computational-fluid-dynamics-during-sludge-bio-drying
#16
Dawei Yu, Min Yang, Lu Qi, Mengmeng Liu, Yawei Wang, Yuansong Wei
The effect of aeration on the pile matrix temperature was investigated using thermocouples and Infrared Thermal Imager (IRI) for temperature sensing, and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) for modelling of temperature variation during aeration in a full-scale sludge biodrying plant. With aeration saving of 20%, the improved strategy speeded up biodrying from 21 days to 14 days, while achieving similar drying effect. A persistent thermocouple recorded the one-dimensional (1D) total temperature variation of all aeration strategies...
June 4, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28585260/randomised-controlled-trial-of-topical-antibacterial-manuka-leptospermum-species-honey-for-evaporative-dry-eye-due-to-meibomian-gland-dysfunction
#17
Julie M Albietz, Katrina L Schmid
BACKGROUND: The aim was to evaluate the efficacy of standardised Manuka (Leptospermum species) antibacterial honey as adjunctive twice daily treatment to conventional therapy (warm compresses, lid massage and preservative-free lubricant), in participants with evaporative dry eye due to moderate to advanced meibomian gland dysfunction. METHODS: This prospective, open-label study involved 114 participants. After two weeks of conventional therapy participants were randomised to one of three treatment groups: Optimel Antibacterial Manuka Eye Gel (98 per cent Leptospermum species honey) plus conventional therapy (n = 37), Optimel Manuka plus Lubricant Eye Drops (16 per cent Leptospermum species honey) plus conventional therapy (n = 37) and a control (conventional therapy) (n = 40)...
June 6, 2017: Clinical & Experimental Optometry: Journal of the Australian Optometrical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28584236/superlattice-growth-and-rearrangement-during-evaporation-induced-nanoparticle-self-assembly
#18
Elisabeth Josten, Erik Wetterskog, Artur Glavic, Peter Boesecke, Artem Feoktystov, Elke Brauweiler-Reuters, Ulrich Rücker, German Salazar-Alvarez, Thomas Brückel, Lennart Bergström
Understanding the assembly of nanoparticles into superlattices with well-defined morphology and structure is technologically important but challenging as it requires novel combinations of in-situ methods with suitable spatial and temporal resolution. In this study, we have followed evaporation-induced assembly during drop casting of superparamagnetic, oleate-capped γ-Fe2O3 nanospheres dispersed in toluene in real time with Grazing Incidence Small Angle X-ray Scattering (GISAXS) in combination with droplet height measurements and direct observation of the dispersion...
June 5, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580906/modelling-the-evaporation-of-nanoparticle-suspensions-from-heterogeneous-surfaces
#19
Christopher Chalmers, Roger Smith, Andrew J Archer
We present a kinetic Monte Carlo (KMC) grid-based model for the drying of drops of a nanoparticle suspension upon a heterogeneous surface. The model consists of a generalised lattice-gas in which the interaction parameters in the Hamiltonian can be varied to model different properties of the materials involved. We show how to choose correctly the interactions, to minimise the effects of the underlying grid so that hemispherical droplets form. We also include the effects of surface roughness to examine the effects of contact-line pinning on the dynamics...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28560355/lake-afrera-a-structural-depression-in-the-northern-afar-rift-red-sea
#20
Enrico Bonatti, Elia Gasperini, Luigi Vigliotti, Luca Lupi, Orlando Vaselli, Alina Polonia, Luca Gasperini
The boundary between the African and Arabian plates in the Southern Red Sea region is displaced inland in the northern Afar rift, where it is marked by the Red Sea-parallel Erta Ale, Alaita, and Tat Ali volcanic ridges. The Erta Ale is offset by about 20 and 40 km from the two en echelon ridges to the south. The offset area is highly seismic and marked by a depression filled by lake Afrera, a saline body of water fed by hydrothermal springs. Acoustic bathymetric profiles show ≈80 m deep canyons parallel to the NNW shore of the lake, part of a system of extensional normal faults striking parallel to the Red Sea...
May 2017: Heliyon
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