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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149559/core-shell-microstructure-induced-synergistic-effect-for-efficient-water-droplet-formation-and-cloud-seeding-application
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Yanlong Tai, Haoran Liang, Nabil El Hadri, Ali M Abshaev, Buzgigit M Huchinaev, Steve Griffiths, Mustapha Jouiad, Linda Zou
Cloud-seeding materials as a promising water-augmentation technology have drawn more attention recently. We designed and synthesized a novel type of core/shell NaCl/TiO2 (CSNT) particles with controlled particle size, which successfully adsorbed more water vapor (~ 295 times at low relative humidity, 20 % RH) than that of pure NaCl, deliquesced at lower environmental RH of 62 - 66 % than the hygroscopic point (hg.p., 75 % RH) of NaCl, and formed larger water droplets ~ 6 - 10 times of its original measured size area, whereas the pure NaCl still remained as crystal at the same condition...
November 17, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149555/mapping-the-reactions-in-a-single-zero-valent-iron-nanoparticle
#2
Lan Ling, Xiao-Yue Huang, Meirong Li, Wei-Xian Zhang
Nanoscale zero-valent iron (nZVI) posseses unique functionalities for metal-metalloid removal and sequestration. So far, direct evidence on the heavy metal-iron reactions in the solid phase is still limited due to low concentration of heavy metals and small size of nanoparticles. In this work, angstrom-resolution spectral mappings on the reactions of nZVI with chromate, arsenate, nickel, silver, cesium, and zinc ions are presented. This work was achieved with spherical aberration-corrected scanning transmission electron microscopy integrated with high-sensitivity X-ray energy-dispersive spectroscopy scanning transmission electron microscopy (XEDS-STEM)...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148917/evaluation-of-antibacterial-activity-and-toxic-metal-removal-of-chemically-synthesized-magnetic-iron-oxide-titanium-coated-nanoparticles-and-application-in-bacterial-treatment
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Yasser A M Abdulhady, Mona M El-Shazly, Reham F El-Kased
Co-precipitation method was used for preparation of two types of iron oxide nanoparticles coated by titanium dioxide according to divalent salts used. The average size of iron oxide nanoparticles coated by titanium dioxide measured by particle size analyzer, ranged approximately between 20 nm and 100 nm with mean particle size of 60 nm. Characterization of the prepared nanoparticles was done by X-ray diffraction analysis and scanning electron microscope indicating the sole existence of inverse cubic spinel phase of magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148851/airway-geometry-airway-flow-and-particle-measurement-methods-implications-on-pulmonary-drug-delivery
#4
A Kourmatzis, S Cheng, H-K Chan
The effectiveness of drug delivery to the lungs is inextricably linked to the fundamental interactions that occur between particles and flow in the extrathoracic airway. Research in this field requires time resolved in-vivo and in-vitro measurements of three separate, yet intricately linked parameters: i) airway flow, ii) airway geometry, and iii) drug particle characteristics. A number of recent significant developments have been made in the experimental diagnostic tools used to characterise these parameters...
November 17, 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Delivery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148781/compound-stability-in-nano-particles-the-effect-of-solid-phase-fraction-on-diffusion-of-degradation-agents-into-nanostructured-lipid-carriers
#5
Daniel D Nelson, Yuanjie Pan, Rohan V Tikekar, Nily R Dan, N Nitin
The stability of active compounds encapsulated in nanoparticles depends on the resistance of the particles to diffusion of environmental degradation agents. In this paper, off-lattice Monte Carlo simulations are used to investigate a suspension of nanostructured lipid carriers (NLC) composed of interspaced liquid and solid lipid domains, immersed in a solution containing molecules representing oxidative or other degradation agents. The simulations examine the diffusion of the degradation agents into the nanoparticles as a function of nanoparticle size, solid domain fraction, and domain size...
November 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147738/novel-and-effective-synthesis-protocol-of-agnps-functionalized-using-l-cysteine-as-a-potential-drug-carrier
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Marek Wojnicki, Magdalena Luty-Błocho, Magdalena Kotańska, Magdalena Wytrwal, Tomasz Tokarski, Anna Krupa, Marcin Kołaczkowski, Adam Bucki, Marcin Kobielusz
In this study, the protocol of a single-step L-cysteine functionalized silver nanoparticle synthesis was described. Particle size distribution was determined. The crystallinity and chemical properties were investigated using XRD, HR-TEM, and XPS methods. Acute toxicity and irritant properties of obtained nanoparticles were studied using mice and rats as an animal model. The results showed that thanks to the applied protocol, it was possible to synthesize silver nanoparticles with narrow particle size distribution...
November 16, 2017: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147662/effectiveness-of-a-lytic-phage-srg1-against-vancomycin-resistant-enterococcus-faecalis-in-compost-and-soil
#7
Sidra Rahmat Ullah, Saadia Andleeb, Taskeen Raza, Muhsin Jamal, Khalid Mehmood
Nosocomial infections caused by vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus have become a major problem. Bacteriophage therapy is proposed as a potential alternative therapy. Bacteriophages are viruses that infect bacteria and are ubiquitous in nature. Lytic bacteriophage was isolated from sewage water that infects VREF, the causative agent of endocarditis, bacteraemia, and urinary tract infections (UTIs). The phage produced clear plaques with unique clear morphology and well-defined boundaries. TEM results of phage revealed it to be 108 ± 0...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146934/a-continuous-13-3-ka-record-of-seismogenic-dust-events-in-lacustrine-sediments-in-the-eastern-tibetan-plateau
#8
Hanchao Jiang, Ning Zhong, Yanhao Li, Xiaolin Ma, Hongyan Xu, Wei Shi, Siqi Zhang, Gaozhong Nie
Lacustrine sediments on the eastern Tibetan Plateau (TP) contain a wealth of information on local and regional tectonic activity. High-resolution grain-size and magnetic susceptibility measurements were conducted on the 23.4-m-thick Lixian lacustrine sedimentary sequence spanning from 19.3 to 6.0 ka, revealing 70 prehistoric seismic events on the eastern TP. The seismic events caused intermittent increases in source materials that endowed the samples of an individual event layer with a gradual fining trend along the C = M line on a C (one percentile)-M (median diameter) plot...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146203/responses-of-reef-building-corals-to-microplastic-exposure
#9
Jessica Reichert, Johannes Schellenberg, Patrick Schubert, Thomas Wilke
Pollution of marine environments with microplastic particles (i.e. plastic fragments <5 mm) has increased rapidly during the last decades. As these particles are mainly of terrestrial origin, coastal ecosystems such as coral reefs are particularly threatened. Recent studies revealed that microplastic ingestion can have adverse effects on marine invertebrates. However, little is known about its effects on small-polyp stony corals that are the main framework builders in coral reefs. The goal of this study is to characterise how different coral species I) respond to microplastic particles and whether the exposure might II) lead to health effects...
November 13, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145427/do-microplastic-particles-affect-daphnia-magna-at-the-morphological-life-history-and-molecular-level
#10
Hannes K Imhof, Jakub Rusek, Michaela Thiel, Justyna Wolinska, Christian Laforsch
Microplastic particles are ubiquitous not only in marine but also in freshwater ecosystems. However, the impacts of microplastics, consisting of a large variety of synthetic polymers, on freshwater organisms remains poorly understood. We examined the effects of two polymer mixtures on the morphology, life history and on the molecular level of the waterflea Daphnia magna (three different clones). Microplastic particles of ~40 μm were supplied at a low concentration (1% of the food particles) leading to an average of ~30 particles in the digestive tract which reflects a high microplastic contamination but still resembles a natural situation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145089/arsenic-removal-from-as-hyperaccumulator-pteris-vittata-biomass-coupling-extraction-with-precipitation
#11
Evandro B da Silva, Letuzia M de Oliveira, Ann C Wilkie, Yungen Liu, Lena Q Ma
Proper disposal of As-hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata biomass (Chinese brake fern) enhances its application in phytoremediation. The goal of this study was to optimize As removal from P. vittata (PV) biomass by testing different particle sizes, extractants, extraction times and solid-to-liquid ratios. PV biomass was extracted using different extractants followed by different Mg-salts to recover soluble As via precipitation. Water-soluble As in PV biomass varied from 6.8% to 61% of total As depending on extraction time, with 99% of As being arsenate (AsV)...
October 27, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145010/the-use-of-hardened-bone-cement-as-an-impaction-grafting-extender-for-revision-hip-arthroplasty
#12
Mark Ruddy, David P FitzPatrick, Kenneth T Stanton
Impaction bone grafting is a method of restoring bone stock to patients who have suffered significant bone loss due to revision total hip surgery. The procedure requires morsellised cancellous bone (MCB) to be impacted into the site of bone loss in order to stabilise the prosthesis with the aim of long term resorption and reintegration of the impacted bone graft. Due to financial cost and the potential to transmit disease, the use of supplementary material, known as an extender, is frequently used to increase the graft material volume...
November 13, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144737/infant-and-adult-inhalation-exposure-to-resuspended-biological-particulate-matter
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Tianren Wu, Martin Taubel, Rauno Holopainen, Anna-Kaisa Viitanen, Sinikka Vainiotalo, Timo Tuomi, Jorma Keskinen, Anne Hyvärinen, Kaarle Hämeri, Sampo Saari, Brandon Boor
Human-induced resuspension of floor dust is a dynamic process that can serve as a major indoor source of biological particulate matter (bioPM). Inhalation exposure to the microbial content of indoor dust is associated with adverse and protective health effects. This study evaluates infant and adult inhalation exposures and respiratory tract deposited dose rates of resuspended bioPM from carpets. Chamber experiments were conducted with a robotic crawling infant and an adult performing a walking sequence. Breathing zone (BZ) size distributions of resuspended fluorescent biological aerosol particles (FBAPs), a bioPM proxy, were monitored in real-time...
November 16, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144733/a-mechanism-for-symmetry-breaking-and-shape-control-in-single-crystal-gold-nanorods
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Michael J Walsh, Wenming Tong, Hadas Katz-Boon, Paul Mulvaney, Joanne Etheridge, Alison M Funston
The phenomenon of symmetry breaking-in which the order of symmetry of a system is reduced despite manifest higher-order symmetry in the underlying fundamental laws-is pervasive throughout science and nature, playing a critical role in fields ranging from particle physics and quantum theory to cosmology and general relativity. For the growth of crystals, symmetry breaking is the crucial step required to generate a macroscopic shape that has fewer symmetry elements than the unit cell and/or seed crystal from which it grew...
November 16, 2017: Accounts of Chemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144281/preparation-of-rh-ag-bimetallic-nanoparticles-as-effective-catalyst-for-hydrogen-generation-from-hydrolysis-of-kbh4
#15
Liang Huang, Chengpeng Jiao, Liqiong Wang, Zili Huang, Feng Liang, Simin Liu, Yuhua Wang, Haijun Zhang, Shaowei Zhang
ISOBAM-104 protected Rh/Ag bimetallic nanoparticles (NPs) with average diameter less than 3.0 nm were synthesized by a co-reduction method. Ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), high-resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM) and x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) were employed to characterize the structure, particle size, and electronic structure of the prepared bimetallic NPs. The catalytic activities of prepared bimetallic NPs for hydrogen generation from hydrolysis of a basic KBH4 solution were evaluated in detail...
November 16, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144144/structural-emergence-in-particle-dispersions
#16
Andrew Mulderig, Gregory Beaucage, Karsten Vogtt, Hanqiu Jiang, Yan Jin, Lisa Clapp, Donald Henderson
Particle dispersions, such as pigment-based inks, comprise weakly bound, milled nanoparticles. The properties of these pigments depend on both their chemical composition, as well as a rather complex structural hierarchy, which emerges from these dispersions. The emergence of structure under semi-dilute conditions is related to the structure of the dilute particles, the particle spacing (mesh size), processing history, and the interaction potential. Kinetic simulations could predict such emergence using these input parameters...
November 16, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143917/lambda-phage-nanoparticles-displaying-her2-derived-e75-peptide-induce-effective-e75-cd8-t-response
#17
Atefeh Arab, Jessica Nicastro, Roderick Slavcev, Atefeh Razazan, Nastaran Barati, Amin Reza Nikpoor, Amir Abbas Momtazi Brojeni, Fatemeh Mosaffa, Ali Badiee, Mahmoud Reza Jaafari, Javad Behravan
We have investigated the in vitro immunogenicity and in vivo prophylactic and therapeutic potential of lambda (λ) phage particles displaying the E75 peptide (derived from HER2 protein) in an implantable TUBO breast tumor model of BALB/c mice. The mice were immunized with the E75-displaying phage (λF7-gpD::E75) every 2-week intervals over a 6-week period, and the generated immune responses were studied. Results showed in vitro induction of immune responses by the λF7 (gpD::E75) construct compared to the control λF7 and buffer groups...
November 16, 2017: Immunologic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143479/encapsulation-of-rifampin-in-a-polymeric-layer-by-layer-structure-for-drug-delivery
#18
Akbar Esmaeili, Meissam Khodaei
Rifampin (RIF) is a bactericidal antibiotic drug and potent inducer of hepatic and intestinal cytochrome P-450 (CYP-450) enzyme systems. Given by mouth or intravenously, it can cause numerous clinical drug interactions; thus, alternative systems of drug delivery that bypass some or all of its toxic effects are well worth investigating. In this study, a controlled layer-by-layer (LBL) process of encapsulating RIF in biocompatible alginate and chitosan polymers loaded onto Fe3 O4 nanoparticles was developed. Fe3 O4 nanoparticles were synthesized from FeCl3 ·6H2 O using a hydrothermal procedure...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143263/enhanced-stabilization-of-pb-zn-and-cd-in-contaminated-soils-using-oxalic-acid-activated-phosphate-rocks
#19
Zhuo Zhang, Guanlin Guo, Mei Wang, Jia Zhang, Zhixin Wang, Fasheng Li, Honghan Chen
Phosphate amendments, especially phosphate rock (PR), are one of the most commonly used materials to stabilize heavy metals in contaminated soils. However, most of PR reserve consists of low-grade ore, which limits the efficiency of PR for stabilizing heavy metals. This study was to enhance the stabilization of heavy metals through improving the available phosphorous (P) release of PR by oxalic acid activation. Raw PR and activated PR (APR) were characterized by scanning electron microscopy-energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (SEM-EDS), X-ray powder diffraction (XRD), Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) surface analysis, and laser diffraction to determine the changes of structure and composition of APR...
November 15, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142995/screening-of-novel-rgd-peptides-to-modify-nanoparticles-for-targeted-cancer-therapy
#20
Liang Ge, Xinru You, Keqing Huang, Yang Kang, Yuejian Chen, Ying Zhu, Yuan Ren, Yuan Zhang, Jun Wu, Hai Qian
New targeted RGD peptides obtained by solid phase peptide synthesis (SPPS) were successfully screened by Molecular Operating Environment (MOE) and used for the building of the 6-O-carboxymethyl chitosan based carrier with an active target on the surface. CRGDYC-6-O-carboxymethyl chitosan based nanoparticles (NPs) loaded with doxorubicin hydrochloride (DOX) were successfully prepared by an ionic gelation method with the carrier synthesized before. Synthesis conditions and formulation parameters were optimized by determining the characteristics of nanoparticles including the particle size and drug encapsulation efficiency...
November 16, 2017: Biomaterials Science
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