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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438011/electrical-and-optical-properties-of-au-catalyzed-gaas-nanowires-grown-on-si-111-substrate-by-molecular-beam-epitaxy
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Chiu-Yen Wang, Yu-Chen Hong, Zong-Jie Ko, Ya-Wen Su, Jin-Hua Huang
In this study, defect-free zinc blende GaAs nanowires on Si (111) by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) growth are systematically studied through Au-assisted vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) method. The morphology, density, and crystal structure of GaAs nanowires were investigated as a function of substrate temperature, growth time, and As/Ga flux ratio during MBE growth, as well as the thickness, annealing time, and annealing temperature of Au film using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), cathodoluminescence (CL), and Raman spectroscopy...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437932/electrifying-catheters-with-light
#2
Martin Pekař, Jeannet van Rens, Martin B van der Mark
Smart minimally invasive devices face a connectivity challenge. An example is found in intracardiac echocardiography where the signal transmission and supply of power at the distal end require many thin and fragile wires in order to keep the catheter slim and flexible. We have built a fully functional bench-top prototype to demonstrate that electrical wires may be replaced by optical fibers. The prototype is immediately scalable to catheter dimensions. The absence of conductors will provide intrinsic galvanic isolation as well as radio frequency (RF) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) compatibility...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437894/effect-of-anisotropic-electron-momentum-distribution-of-surface-plasmon-on-internal-photoemission-of-a-schottky-hot-carrier-device
#3
Xin-Hao Li, Jeffrey B Chou, Wei Lek Kwan, Asma M Elsharif, Sang-Gook Kim
We recently reported that an Au/TiO<sub>2</sub> photonic crystal device for photochemical energy conversion showed a sub-bandgap photoresponse centered at the surface plasmon polariton (SPP) resonant wavelength of this device. Here we developed a theoretical modeling of the internal photoemission in this device by incorporating the effects of anisotropic hot electron momentum distribution caused by SPP. The influences of interband and intraband transition, anisotropic momentum distribution of hot electrons by SPP are integrated to model the internal quantum efficiency (IQE) of this device...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437885/sesquiterpenes-evaluation-on-schistosoma-mansoni-survival-excretory-system-and-membrane-integrity
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Rosimeire Nunes de Oliveira, Karina Rodrigues Dos Santos, Tiago Manuel Fernandes Mendes, Vera Lúcia Garcia, Adriana Silva Santos Oliveira, Veronica de Lourdes Sierpe Jeraldo, Silmara Marques Allegretti
The main challenge in schistosomiasis control has been the emergence of drug-resistant parasites. Since the 1970's, praziquantel (PZQ) is the single drug for treatment. This fact highlights the importance to research news chemotherapeutic agents. In the last years, S. mansoni excretory system and tegument have been major targets for drug development. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of sesquiterpenes, alpha-humulene and trans-caryophyllene on S. mansoni survival, excretory system and membrane integrity, after in vitro exposure...
April 19, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437856/microstructure-variations-in-the-soft-hard-tissue-junction-of-the-human-anterior-cruciate-ligament
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Lei Zhao, Peter V Lee, David C Ackland, Neil D Broom, Ashvin Thambyah
The role of the sub-bundles in the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) has been defined, such that the anterior-medial bundle directly resists anterior tibial translation while the posterior lateral bundle is involved in rotational stability. With regards to this biomechanical function, much of the previous work on bundle-specific morphology has been carried out on the macro-scale, with much less attention given to the micro-to-ultrastructural scalar levels. This is especially true of the enthesis and its microstructure, a biomechanically significant region that has been largely neglected in the published literature dealing with ACL sub-bundle anatomy...
April 24, 2017: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437792/phase-plate-cryo-em-structure-of-a-class-b-gpcr-g-protein-complex
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Yi-Lynn Liang, Maryam Khoshouei, Mazdak Radjainia, Yan Zhang, Alisa Glukhova, Jeffrey Tarrasch, David M Thal, Sebastian G B Furness, George Christopoulos, Thomas Coudrat, Radostin Danev, Wolfgang Baumeister, Laurence J Miller, Arthur Christopoulos, Brian K Kobilka, Denise Wootten, Georgios Skiniotis, Patrick M Sexton
Class B G-protein-coupled receptors are major targets for the treatment of chronic diseases, such as osteoporosis, diabetes and obesity. Here we report the structure of a full-length class B receptor, the calcitonin receptor, in complex with peptide ligand and heterotrimeric Gαsβγ protein determined by Volta phase-plate single-particle cryo-electron microscopy. The peptide agonist engages the receptor by binding to an extended hydrophobic pocket facilitated by the large outward movement of the extracellular ends of transmembrane helices 6 and 7...
April 24, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437746/catalytic-reduction-of-4-nitrophenol-and-photo-inhibition-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-using-gold-nanoparticles-as-photocatalyst
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Shafiullah Khan, Wang Runguo, Kamran Tahir, Zhang Jichuan, Liqun Zhang
A simple, green method is described for the synthesis of Gold (Au) nanoparticles (NPs) using Cotoneaster horizontalis extract as a phyto-reducer and capping agent with superior photo inhibition activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Different from the other methods used elevated temperatures for nanoparticles synthesis, the novelty of our method lies in its energy saving process and fast synthesis rates (~5min for AuNPs), and its potential to tune the nanoparticles size and afterward their catalytic activity...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437744/fe-%C3%A2-ions-enhanced-catalytic-properties-of-bio-2co3-nanowires-and-mechanism-study-for-complete-degradation-of-xanthate
#8
Yujiao Guo, Kuixin Cui, Mingyi Hu, Shengming Jin
The wire-like Fe(3+)-doped (BiO)2CO3 photocatalyst was synthesized by a hydrothermal method. The photocatalytic property of Fe(3+)-doped (BiO)2CO3 nanowires was evaluated through degradation of sodium isopropyl xanthate under UV-visible light irradiation. The as-prepared Fe(3+)-doped (BiO)2CO3 nanowires were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-vis DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) in detail...
April 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437724/synthesis-of-zno-nanorod-based-materials-for-antibacterial-antifungal-activities-dna-cleavage-and-efficient-ultrasound-assisted-dyes-adsorption
#9
Ali Akbar Bazrafshan, Mehrorang Ghaedi, Shaaker Hajati, Reza Naghiha, Arash Asfaram
Undoped and Au-doped ZnO-nanorods were synthesized in the presence of ultrasound and loaded on activated carbon following characterization by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmittance electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis spectrophotometry and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The Au-doped ZnO-nanorod-loaded activated carbon (Au-ZnO-NRs-AC) was used for the simultaneous removal of methylene blue (MB) and auramine O (AO) from aqueous solutions. Central composite design (CCD) under response surface methodology (RSM) was applied to model and optimize the dyes removal versus adsorbent mass, pH, and initial dyes concentration and sonication time as well as to investigate the possible interaction between these variables...
April 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437704/conserved-rna-polymerase-ii-initiation-complex-structure
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Merle Hantsche, Patrick Cramer
Recent cryo-electron microscopic studies have arrived at atomic models of the core transcription initiation complex comprising RNA polymerase (Pol) II and the basal transcription factors TBP, TFIIA, TFIIB, TFIIE, and TFIIF. A detailed comparison of two independently derived yeast and human core initiation complex structures reveals that they are virtually identical, demonstrating the conservation of the basic transcription machinery amongst eukaryotes. The additional factors TFIID, TFIIH, and Mediator have been located on the periphery of the core initiation complex, providing the topology of the entire initiation assembly, which comprises approximately 70 polypeptides with a molecular weight of ∼4 Megadalton...
April 21, 2017: Current Opinion in Structural Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437700/nanomolar-electrochemical-detection-of-caffeic-acid-in-fortified-wine-samples-based-on-gold-palladium-nanoparticles-decorated-graphene-flakes
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Kokulnathan Thangavelu, Nehru Raja, Shen-Ming Chen, Wei-Cheng Liao
Amalgamation of noble metal nanomaterials on graphene flakes potentially paves one way to improve their physicochemical properties. This paper deals with the simultaneous electrochemical deposition of gold and palladium nanoparticles on graphene flakes (Au/PdNPs-GRF) for the sensitive determination of caffeic acid (CA). The physiochemical properties of the prepared Au/PdNPs-GRF was characterized by using numerous analytical techniques such as scanning electron microscopy, electron dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437699/structure-and-dynamics-of-cetyltrimethylammonium-chloride-sodium-dodecylsulfate-ctac-sds-catanionic-vesicles-high-value-nano-vehicles-from-low-cost-surfactants
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Irene Russo Krauss, Riccardo Imperatore, Augusta De Santis, Alessandra Luchini, Luigi Paduano, Gerardino D'Errico
HYPOTHESIS: Catanionic vesicles based on large-scale produced surfactants represent a promising platform for the design of innovative, effective and relatively inexpensive nano-vehicles for a variety of actives. Structural, dynamic and functional behavior of these aggregates is finely tuned by the molecular features of their components and can be opportunely tailored for their applications as drug carriers. EXPERIMENTS: Here we investigate the aggregates formed by CTAC and SDS, two of the most diffused surfactants, by means of Dynamic Light Scattering, Small Angle Neutron Scattering and Electron Paramagnetic Resonance spectroscopy (EPR)...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437660/an-experimental-analysis-of-shell-failure-in-breast-implants
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N G Ramião, P S Martins, M L Barroso, D C Santos, A A Fernandes
Breast implant durability and the mechanisms of rupture are important topics in the medical community, for patients, manufactures and regulatory medical agencies. After concerns about the Poly Implant Prosthesis (PIP) implants, the need for understanding the adverse outcomes and the failure mode to improve the breast implants increased. The objective of this research is to analyze and describe the rupture characteristics of failed explanted PIP implants to study the modes and causes of rupture. Eleven explanted PIP implants were analyzed by visual inspection and scanning electron microscopy (SEM)...
April 6, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437648/assessing-soil-air-partitioning-of-pahs-and-pcbs-with-a-new-fugacity-passive-sampler
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Carey E Donald, Kim A Anderson
Soil-air fluxes of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) were determined using a novel application of passive samplers to measure air and soil air, which is air in close proximity and in equilibrium with soil. Existing methods to measure flux of semi-volatile compounds between soil and air require collecting samples from the top soil layer. Yet, the top soil layer is hard to define and oversampling may misrepresent the exchangeable fraction. Alternatively, modified active samplers can measure soil air in situ, but require electricity while deployed...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437645/facile-modification-of-nanoscale-zero-valent-iron-with-high-stability-for-cr-vi-remediation
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Ziling Peng, Chunmei Xiong, Wei Wang, Fatang Tan, Yang Xu, Xinyun Wang, Xueliang Qiao
In this study, a highly stable nanoscale zero-valent iron composite (HS-NZVI) was obtained via modifying nanoscale zero-valent iron (NZVI) with tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) and hexadecyltrimethoxysilane (HDTMOS), and used for Cr(VI) remediation in aqueous solution. The obtained HS-NZVI remained stable in water without being oxidized for over 12h. After four consecutive runs, the Cr(VI) removal efficiency of HS-NZVI maintained a value of more than 82%. Moreover, the Cr(VI) removal capacity per unit weight of NZVI in HS-NZVI reached 292...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437640/the-woven-fiber-organic-electrochemical-transistors-based-on-polypyrrole-nanowires-reduced-graphene-oxide-composites-for-glucose-sensing
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Yuedan Wang, Xing Qing, Quan Zhou, Yang Zhang, Qiongzhen Liu, Ke Liu, Wenwen Wang, Mufang Li, Zhentan Lu, Yuanli Chen, Dong Wang
Novel woven fiber organic electrochemical transistors based on polypyrrole (PPy) nanowires and reduced graphene oxide (rGO) have been prepared. SEM revealed that the introduction of rGO nanosheets could induce the growth and increase the amount of PPy nanowires. Moreover, it could enhance the electrical performance of fiber transistors. The hybrid transistors showed high on/off ratio of 10(2), fast switch speed, and long cycling stability. The glucose sensors based on the fiber organic electrochemical transistors have also been investigated, which exhibited outstanding sensitivity, as high as 0...
April 14, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437618/state-of-the-art-calculations-of-sublimation-enthalpies-for-selected-molecular-crystals-and-their-computational-uncertainty
#17
Ctirad Červinka, Michal Fulem
A computational methodology for calculation of sublimation enthalpies of molecular crystals from first principles is developed and validated by comparison to critically evaluated literature experimental data. Temperature dependent sublimation enthalpies for a set of selected 22 molecular crystals in their low-temperature phases are calculated. The computational methodology consists in several building blocks based on high level electronic structure methods of quantum chemistry and statistical thermodynamics...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437614/engineering-highly-interconnected-neuronal-networks-on-nanowire-scaffolds
#18
Vini Gautam, Shagufta Naureen, Naeem Shahid, Qian Gao, Yi Wang, David R Nisbet, Chennupati Jagadish, Vincent R Daria
Identifying the specific role of physical guidance cues in the growth of neurons is crucial for understanding the fundamental biology of brain development and for designing scaffolds for tissue engineering. Here, we investigate the structural significance of nanoscale topographies as physical cues for neurite outgrowth and circuit formation by growing neurons on semiconductor nanowires. We monitored neurite growth using optical and scanning electron microscopy, and evaluated the spontaneous neuronal network activity using functional calcium imaging...
April 24, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437609/source-and-biological-response-of-biochar-organic-compounds-released-into-water-relationships-with-bio-oil-composition-and-carbonization-degree
#19
Michele Ghidotti, Daniele Fabbri, Ondřej Mašek, Colin Logan Mackay, Marco Montalti, Andreas Hornung
Water-soluble organic compounds (WSOCs) were extracted from corn stalk biochar produced at increasing pyrolysis temperatures (350-650°C) and from the corresponding vapors, collected as bio-oil. WSOCs were characterized by gas chromatography (semi-volatile fraction), negative electron spray ionization high resolution mass spectrometry (hydrophilic fraction) and fluorescence spectroscopy. The pattern of semi-volatile WSOCs in bio-oil was dominated by aromatic products from lignocellulose, while in biochar was featured by saturated carboxylic acids from hemi/cellulose and lipids with concentrations decreased with decreasing H/C ratios...
April 24, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437606/transfer-study-of-silver-nanoparticles-in-poultry-production
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Federica Gallocchio, Giancarlo Biancotto, Veronica Cibin, Carmen Losasso, Simone Belluco, Ruud Peters, Greet van Bemmel, Claudia Cascio, Stefan Weigel, Peter Tromp, Federica Gobbo, Salvatore Catania, Antonia Ricci
Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are of interest due to their antimicrobial activity and are seen as potential candidates to replace antibiotics in animal husbandry. A few studies have focused on this new application, but they lack any considerations about residual accumulation of AgNPs in edible animal tissues and animal products. In this research a 22-days in vivo study was carried out by oral administration of 20 nm spherical PVP coated AgNPs to hens. Six doses of approximately 1 mg kg-1 of AgNPs-PVP each were administered to animals throughout the experimentation...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
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