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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813066/multivalent-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles-photo-delivering-nitric-oxide-with-carbon-dots-as-fluorescence-reporters
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Damien Afonso, Sabrina Valetti, Aurore Fraix, Claudia Bascetta, Salvatore Petralia, Sabrina Conoci, Adam Feiler, Salvatore Sortino
Amino-terminated mesoporous silica nanoparticles embedding carbon dots (MSCD) formed by calcination were functionalized with a nitric oxide (NO) photodonor (1) to give a robust MSCD-1 conjugate. The intense fluorescence of MSCDs was strongly quenched in MSCD-1 by effective energy transfer. Visible light excitation of MSCD-1 liberates NO, suppresses the energy transfer mechanism and leads to concomitant fluorescence restoration of the MSCD scaffold, which acts as an optical reporter for the released NO. The MSCD-1 hybrid is also able to encapsulate the highly hydrophobic photosensitizer temoporfin, preserving the fluorescence reporting function...
August 16, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813063/tuning-mass-transport-in-magnetic-nanoparticle-filled-viscoelastic-hydrogels-using-low-frequency-rotating-magnetic-fields
#2
Shahab Boroun, Faïçal Larachi
This study investigates the response of magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs), dispersed in a viscoelastic hydrogel, to an external rotating magnetic field (RMF) for the purpose of developing a new class of magneto-responsive materials with tunable mass transport properties. Ferrogels were prepared by chemical cross-linking and polymerization of acrylamide in colloidal dispersions of thermally blocked MNPs of cobalt ferrite. Magnetization measurements of ferrogels in a swollen state revealed a transitional state from ferromagnetism to superparamagnetism through the shrinkage of hysteresis loops and the reduction of remanent magnetization...
August 16, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813031/pt-co-alloys-loaded-cubic-sic-electrode-with-improved-photoelectrocatalysis-property
#3
Dan Liu, Tao Yang, Junhong Chen, Kuo-Chih Chou, Xinmei Hou
A novel composite photocatalyst was synthesized by loading 5 wt % of platinum cobalt alloy on 3C-SiC nanowires and powder (Pt-Co-SiC) respectively via a simple polyol reduction method. Pt-Co-SiC were comprehensively characterized by SEM, HRTEM, XRD, PL, and XPS. The results indicated that Pt-Co nanoparticles in the size of 2-5 nm were dispersed homogeneously in the SiC nanowires and powders. The photocurrent response of the Pt-Co-SiC increased remarkably with increasing Pt content and the best performance was observed with the sample of Pt₃Co-SiC...
August 16, 2017: Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813013/recent-advances-in-electrospun-nanofiber-interfaces-for-biosensing-devices
#4
REVIEW
Eleni Sapountzi, Mohamed Braiek, Jean-François Chateaux, Nicole Jaffrezic-Renault, Florence Lagarde
Electrospinning has emerged as a very powerful method combining efficiency, versatility and low cost to elaborate scalable ordered and complex nanofibrous assemblies from a rich variety of polymers. Electrospun nanofibers have demonstrated high potential for a wide spectrum of applications, including drug delivery, tissue engineering, energy conversion and storage, or physical and chemical sensors. The number of works related to biosensing devices integrating electrospun nanofibers has also increased substantially over the last decade...
August 16, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812896/free-energy-of-nucleation-and-interplay-between-size-and-composition-in-cuni-systems
#5
Solene Bechelli, Brittany Gonzalez, Vincent Piquet, Ilham Essafri, Caroline Desgranges, Jerome Delhommelle
Using molecular simulation, we shed light on the crystal nucleation process in systems of Cu, Ni and their nanoalloy. For each system, we simulate the formation of the crystal nucleus along the entire nucleation pathway and determine the free energy barrier overcome by the system to form a critical nucleus. Comparing the results obtained for the pure metals to those for the nanoalloy, we analyze the impact of alloying on the free energy of nucleation, as well as on the size and structure of the crystal nucleus...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812876/cocatalysing-pt-pto-phase-junction-nanodots-on-hierarchically-porous-tio2-for-highly-enhanced-photocatalytic-hydrogen-production
#6
Xiaoning Ren, Zhiyi Hu, Jun Jin, Liang Wu, Chao Wang, Jing Liu, Fu Liu, Min Wu, Yu Li, Gustaaf Van Tendeloo, Bao-Lian Su
Phase-junction between cocatalyst and semiconductor host is quite effective to enhance the photocatalytic activity, and is widely studied while the report on the phase-juncted cocatalyst is still rare. In this work, we report the deposition of the Pt/PtO phase-juncted nanodots as cocatalyst via NaOH modification of an interconnected meso-macroporous TiO2 network with high surface area and inner-particle mesopores to enhance the performance of photocatalytic H2 production. Our results show that NaOH modification can largely influence the Pt/PtO phase-juncted nanodots formation and dispersity...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812875/one-pot-synthesis-of-size-and-composition-controlled-ni-rich-nipt-alloy-nanoparticles-in-a-reverse-micro-emulsion-system-and-their-application
#7
Gregory M Biausque, Paco Laveille, Dalaver H Anjum, Bei Zhang, Xixiang Zhang, Valérie Caps, Jean-Marie Basset
Bimetallic nanoparticles have been the subject of numerous research studies in the nanotechnology field, in particular for catalytic applications. Control of the size, morphology and composition has become a key challenge due to the relationship between these parameters and the catalytic behavior of the particles in terms of activity, selectivity and stability. Here, we present a one-pot air synthesis of 2 nm Ni9Pt1 nanoparticles with a narrow size distribution. Control of the size and composition of the alloy particles is achieved at ambient temperature, in the aqueous phase, by the simultaneous reduction of nickel and platinum precursor with hydrazine, using a reverse micro-emulsion system...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812867/ultrasensitive-silicon-nanowire-sensor-developed-by-a-special-ag-modification-process-for-rapid-nh3-detection
#8
Yuxiang Qin, Diao Liu, Tianyi Zhang, Zhen Cui
Surface functionalization is very effective in enhancing sensing properties of a chemiresistive gas sensor. In this work, we develop a novel and cost-effective process to prepare Ag-modified silicon nanowire (SiNW) sensors and further suggest a resistance effect model to clarify the enhanced sensing mechanism of Ag-modified SiNWs. The SiNWs were formed via metal-assisted chemical etching (MACE), and the Ag nanoparticle (NP) modification was achieved in situ based on the MACE-produced Ag dendrites by involving a crucial anisotropic postetching of TMAH...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812769/multiplex-coaxial-flow-focusing-for-producing-multicompartment-janus-microcapsules-with-tunable-material-compositions-and-structural-characteristics
#9
Qiang Wu, Chaoyu Yang, Guangli Liu, Wanghuai Xu, Zhiqiang Zhu, Ting Si, Ronald X Xu
We propose a simple but efficient multiplex coaxial flow focusing (MCFF) process for single-step fabrication of multicompartment Janus microcapsules (MJMs) in a wide range of operating parameters. The produced MJMs consist of a multicompartmental core-shell structure with material compositions tunable in individual shell and core compartments. Potential applications of such a MJM agent are demonstrated in both benchtop and in vitro experiments. For the benchtop experiment, magnetic nanoparticles are loaded into one of the shell compartments and photopolymerized under ultraviolet light for controlled alignment and rotation of the microcapsules in a magnetic field...
August 16, 2017: Lab on a Chip
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812765/rational-design-of-polymeric-core-shell-ratiometric-oxygen-sensing-nanostructures
#10
Aisling Byrne, Jaco Jacobs, Christopher S Burke, Aaron Martin, Andreas Heise, Tia E Keyes
A new approach for the fabrication of luminescent ratiometric sensing nanosensors is described using core-shell nanoparticles in which the probe and reference are spatially separated into the shell and core of the nanostructure respectively. The isolation of the reference in the core of the particle ensures a stable emission reference signal unaffected by the external environment. The core shell structure was prepared by engineering structurally well-defined Ru-conjugated block copolymers which acted as emulsifiers in the miniemulsion polymerisation of BODIPY loaded styrene nanoparticles...
August 16, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812746/redox-titration-of-gold-and-platinum-surface-oxides-at-porous-microelectrodes
#11
Mareike Haensch, Julian Behnken, Luis Balboa, Alexander Dyck, Gunther Wittstock
The extension of the surface interrogation mode of scanning electrochemical microscopy (SI-SECM) is demonstrated for porous electrode materials. These materials are often high surface area powders which are very important electrocatalysts for instance in fuel cells or water electrolyzers. The powdered electrocatalyst material is filled into a cavity-microelectrode which is then operated as the sample electrode in SECM. After a surface oxide generation step, the oxides on the porous sample are reduced by [Ru(NH3)6](2+) formed at the microelectrode probe of the SECM while the sample is at open circuit potential...
August 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812391/ph-sensitive-polymersomes-controlling-swelling-via-copolymer-structure-and-chemical-composition
#12
Simone Villani, Renata Adami, Ernesto Reverchon, Anna Maria Ferretti, Alessandro Ponti, Marilena Lepretti, Ivana Caputo, Lorella Izzo
pH-sensitive vesicles used as drug delivery systems (DDSs) are generally composed of protonable copolymers. The disaggregation of these nanoparticles (NPs) during drug release implies the dispersion of positively charged cytotoxic polyelectrolytes in the human body. To alleviate such issue, we synthesised A(BC)n amphiphilic block copolymers with linear (n = 1) and branched (n = 2) architectures to obtain pH-sensitive vesicles capable of releasing drugs in acidic conditions via controlled swelling instead of disaggregation...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Drug Targeting
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812388/silk-nanoparticles-proof-of-lysosomotropic-anticancer-drug-delivery-at-single-cell-resolution
#13
John D Totten, Thidarat Wongpinyochit, F Philipp Seib
Silk nanoparticles are expected to improve chemotherapeutic drug targeting to solid tumours by exploiting tumour pathophysiology, modifying the cellular pharmacokinetics of the payload and ultimately resulting in trafficking to lysosomes and triggering drug release. However, experimental proof for lysosomotropic drug delivery by silk nanoparticles in live cells is lacking and the importance of lysosomal pH and enzymes controlling drug release is currently unknown. Here, we demonstrate, in live single human breast cancer cells, the role of the lysosomal environment in determining silk nanoparticle-mediated drug release...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Drug Targeting
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812358/bioinspired-active-stealth-magneto-nanomicelles-for-theranostics-combining-efficient-mri-and-enhanced-drug-delivery
#14
Kai-Long Zhang, Jie Zhou, Hong Zhou, Ying Wu, Rui Liu, Li-Li Wang, Wei-Wen Lin, Guoming Huang, Huang-Hao Yang
The mononuclear phagocyte system (MPS), with key roles in recognition and clearance of foreign particles, is a major constraint to nanoparticle-based delivery systems. The desire to improve the delivery efficiency has prompted the search for stealthy long-circulating nanoplatforms. Herein, we design an antiphagocytic delivery system with "active" stealth behavior for cancer theranostics combining efficient MRI and enhanced drug delivery. We modify self-peptide, a synthetic peptide for active immunomodulation, to biodegradable poly (lactide-glycolide)-poly (ethylene glycol) (PLGA-PEG), then utilize the self-assembly properties of PLGA-PEG to form nanomicelles that encapsulating iron oxide (IO) nanoparticles and anticancer drug paclitaxel (PTX)...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812347/rational-design-of-polymeric-nanoparticles-with-tailorable-biomedical-functions-for-cancer-therapy
#15
Wenhai Lin, Wei Zhang, Tingting Sun, Shi Liu, Yu Zhu, Zhigang Xie
Polymeric nanoparticles (NPs) play a key role in nanoscale formulations for bioimaging, cancer treatment and theranostics. In this work, we designed and synthesized a series of hydrophobic polymers (P1-6) with different pendent groups via one-step multicomponent Passerini reaction. These polymers possessed similar molecular structures and various biomedical functions. Interestingly, they could self-assemble into stable NPs in aqueous media. All formed NPs were redox-sensitive because of the existence of disulfide bonds in the backbone...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812332/live-cell-imaging-using-photoswitchable-diarylethene-doped-fluorescent-polymer-dots
#16
Yasuko Osakada, Tuyoshi Fukaminato, Yuma Ichinose, Mamoru Fujitsuka, Yoshie Harada, Tetsuro Majima
Fluorescence photoswitching using nanomaterials has recently emerged as a promising approach for the imaging of biological targets. However, despite intensive research efforts during the last decade, practical microscopy of biological targets using photoswitchable nanoparticles in real time remains challenging. To address this problem, we have developed live macrophage cell imaging and single particle imaging methods, using photoswitchable fluorescent diarylethene-doped polymer nanoparticles (P-dots) under Xe lamp irradiation...
August 15, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812284/new-nanocomposites-of-polystyrene-with-polyaniline-doped-with-lauryl-sulfuric-acid
#17
A A Pud, O A Nikolayeva, L O Vretik, Yu V Noskov, N A Ogurtsov, O S Kruglyak, E A Fedorenko
This work is concentrated on synthesis and investigation of new core-shell nanocomposites of polystyrene (PS) with doped polyaniline (PANI). The latex containing PS nanoparticles with sizes of 15-30 nm was prepared by microemulsion polymerization of styrene in water media. The PS/PANI nanocomposites were synthesized by chemical oxidative polymerization of aniline in the PS latex media in a presence of lauryl sulfuric acid (LSA), which served as both dopant and plasticizer. The real content of PANI in the synthesized nanocomposites was determined by UV-Vis spectroscopy method...
August 15, 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812251/in-vitro-study-of-influence-of-au-nanoparticles-on-ht29-and-spev-cell-lines
#18
Elena Pavlovich, Nataliia Volkova, Elena Yakymchuk, Olena Perepelitsyna, Michail Sydorenko, Anatoliy Goltsev
Cell culture models are excellent tools for potential toxicity of nanoparticles and fundamental investigations in cancer research. Thus, information about AuNP potential toxicity and effects on human health is necessary for the use of nanomaterials in clinical settings. The aim of our research is to examine the effects of AuNPs on the epithelial origin cell lines: continuous and oncogenic. Embryonic porcine kidney epithelial inoculated (SPEV) cell line and colorectal carcinoma cell line (HT29) were used. In the test cultures, the cell proliferation, necrosis/apoptosis, and multicellular spheroids generation were evaluated...
August 15, 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812225/enhancement-of-ocular-efficacy-of-aceclofenac-using-biodegradable-plga-nanoparticles-formulation-and-characterization
#19
Rajesh Katara, Sameer Sachdeva, Dipak K Majumdar
In the present study, an effort was made to design poly (D, L-lactide-co-glycolide) acid nanoparticles of aceclofenac by direct precipitation method. The nanoparticles were found to have adequate particle size range for ocular administration of 162.6 to 244.13 nm with nearly spherical shape and with zeta potential of - 21.5 to - 25.5 mV. Drug entrapment efficiency of nanoparticle formulations ranged from 42.9 to 92.68%. Differential scanning calorimetric (DSC) and powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) studies depicted that the drug incorporated in nanoparticles was found to be in amorphous state...
August 15, 2017: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812086/different-natures-of-surface-electronic-transitions-of-carbon-nanoparticles
#20
A Sciortino, A Cayuela, M L Soriano, F M Gelardi, M Cannas, M Valcárcel, F Messina
The photoluminescence behaviour of carbon-based nanodots is still debated. Both core and surface structures are involved in the emission mechanism, and the electronic transitions can be modified by external agents such as metal ions or pH, but the general relation between the structure and the optical function is poorly understood. Here, we report a comparative study on the effects of these variables, changing the core structure from crystalline to amorphous, and modifying the surface structure by different passivation procedures...
August 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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