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Riza Eka Saputra, Yayuk Astuti, Adi Darmawan
This work investigated the synthesis of dimethoxydimethylsilane:tetraethoxysilane (DMDMS:TEOS) silica thin films as well as the effect of DMDMS:TEOS molar ratios and calcination temperature on hydrophobic properties of silica thin films and its correlation with the FTIR spectra behaviour. The silica thin films were synthesized by sol-gel method using combination of DMDMS and TEOS as silica precursors, ethanol as solvent and ammonia as catalyst, with DMDMS and TEOS molar ratio of 10:90, 25:75, 50:50, 75:25 and 90:10...
March 14, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Aurelia Vasile, Maria Ignat, Mirela Fernanda Zaltariov, Liviu Sacarescu, Iulian Stoleriu, Dan Draganescu, Mihai Dumitras, Lacramioara Ochiuz
The present study reports the first time use of MCM-41 mesoporous silica as highly efficient carrier for bexarotene - an antineoplastic agent specific for cutaneous T-cell lymphoma treatment. Bexarotene is highly toxic and poor-water soluble, having low bioavailability in the conventional pharmaceutical forms. Comparative uptake of bexarotene on amino-functionalized silica host at various functionalization degrees is discussed in details taking into account all structural features, of matrix as well as properties of the drug molecules...
March 2018: Acta Chimica Slovenica
Seyed Mostafa Hasan Nasrollahi, Mohammad Ali Ghasemzadeh, Mohammad Reza Zolfaghari
The synthesis of heterocyclic compounds has been a topic of significant interest because of their broad applications. In this research an effective and eco-friendly approach for the synthesis 1,4-dihydropyridines has been developed via the four-component reactions of arylamines, acetylenedicarboxylates, aromatic aldehydes and ethyl acetoacetate in the presence of Fe3O4@SiO2@OSO3H nanocomposite under solvent-free conditions. The advantages of this method involve the green reaction conditions, simple workup, broad substrates, excellent yields and the reuse of the nanocatalyst...
March 2018: Acta Chimica Slovenica
Subhasis Das, Manideepa Sengupta, Arijit Bag, Mumtaj Shah, Ankur Bordoloi
A synergistic approach was made to develop a highly stable and carbon resistant catalyst system based on cobalt and nickel supported over modified mesoporous silica for the dry reforming of methane (DRM). Modified mesoporous silica is prepared by a hydrothermal method, and the total Co & Ni composition is taken at around 5% by using the deposition-precipitation technique. CO2 reforming with methane was performed at 400-800 °C under atmospheric pressure as well as at a pressure of 1 MPa, keeping the CH4/CO2 ratio equal to unity...
March 21, 2018: Nanoscale
Eduardo Guisasola, Laura Asín, Lillianne Beola, Jesús M De La Fuente, Alejandro Baeza, María Vallet Regí
This work presents an innovation in the tumor treatment in vivo mediated by magnetic mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MMSNs). This device was built with iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles embedded in a mesoporous silica matrix and coated with an engineered thermoresponsive polymer. The magnetic nanoparticles act as internal heating sources under an alternating magnetic field (AMF) that increase the temperature of the surroundings, provoking the polymer transition and consequently the release of a drug trapped inside the silica pores...
March 21, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Juan L Paris, Miguel Manzano, M Victoria Cabañas, María Vallet-Regí
A novel smart hierarchical ultrasound-responsive mesoporous silica nanocarrier for cancer therapy is presented here. This dynamic nanosystem has been designed to display different surface characteristics during its journey towards tumor cells. Initially, the anticancer-loaded nanocarriers are shielded with a polyethylene glycol layer. Upon exposure to high frequency ultrasound, the polymer shell detaches from the nanoparticles, exposing a positively charged surface. This favors the internalization in human osteosarcoma cells, where the release of topotecan takes place, drastically enhancing the cytotoxic effect...
March 21, 2018: Nanoscale
Xia Liu, Yongdong Xu, Zhi Li, Shengwei Jiang, Shuo Yao, Rina Wu, Yingfeng An
A silica sands-based method has been developed to isolate high quality genomic DNAs from cells of animals, plants and microorganisms, such as Hemisalanx prognathus, Spinacia oleracea, Pichia pastoris, Bacillus licheniformis and Escherichia coli. To the best of our knowledge, no DNA isolation method has so wide application until now. In addition, this method and a commercially available kit were compared in analysis of microbial communities using high-throughput 16 s rDNA sequencing. As a result, the silica sands-based method was found to be even more efficient in isolating genomic DNA from gram-positive bacteria than the kit, indicating that it would become a very valuable choice to faithfully reflect the composition of microbial communities...
March 21, 2018: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
Kang Jia Lu, Jian Zuo, Jian Chang, Hong Nan Kuan, Tai-Shung Chung
Management of produced water from shale gas production is a global challenge. Vacuum membrane distillation (VMD) is considered as a promising solution because of its various advantages. However, low surface tension species in produced water can easily deposit on the membrane surface and cause severe fouling or wetting problems. To solve the problems, an omniphobic polyvinylidene difluoride (PVDF) hollow fiber membrane has been developed via silica nanoparticle deposition followed by a Teflon® AF 2400 coating in this study...
March 21, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
Frédéric A Perras, Kasuni C Boteju, Igor I Slowing, Aaron D Sadow, Marek Pruski
We utilize direct 17O DNP for the characterization of non-protonated oxygens in heterogeneous catalysts. The optimal sample preparation and population transfer approach for 17O direct DNP experiments performed on silica surfaces is determined and applied to the characterization of Zr- and Y-based mesoporous silica-supported single-site catalysts.
March 21, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Alejandro Cabrera-García, Elisa Checa-Chavarria, Jesús Pacheco-Torres, Ángela Bernabeu-Sanz, Alejandro Vidal-Moya, Eva Rivero-Buceta, Germán Sastre, Eduardo Fernández, Pablo Botella
The development of contrast agents (CAs) for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) with T1-T2 dual-mode relaxivity requires the accurate assembly of T1 and T2 magnetic centers in a single structure. In this context, we have synthesized a novel hybrid material by monitoring the formation of Prussian Blue analogue Gd(H2O)4[Fe(CN)6] nanoparticles with tailored shape (from nanocrosses to nanorods) and size, and further protection with a thin and homogeneous silica coating through hydrolysis and polymerization of silicate at neutral pH...
March 21, 2018: Nanoscale
Jiuyan Chen, Shurui Cao, Ming Zhu, Cunxian Xi, Lei Zhang, Xianliang Li, Guomin Wang, Yuantao Zhou, Zhiqiong Chen
An adsorbent, consisting of silica-coated Fe3 O4 grafted graphene oxide and β-cyclodextrin (Fe3 O4 @SiO2 /GO/β-CD), which possessed the merits of antioxidation, superparamagnetism, high surface area, high supramolecular recognition and environment friendly, was successfully fabricated. Considering the synergy between β-CD and graphene oxide in adsorption mechanism, the synthesized adsorbent could grasp compounds especially with aromatic structures through π-π interaction, hydrophobic interaction and host-guest inclusion complex forming...
March 4, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. A
Elke von Son-de Fernex, Ángel Alonso-Díaz Miguel, Braulio Valles-de la Mora, Pedro Mendoza-de Gives, Epigmenio Castillo-Gallegos, Alejandro Zamilpa, Manases González-Cortazar
The aims of this study were: 1) to assess the anthelmintic effect of Gliricidia sepium on the establishment of C. punctata third-stage larvae (L3 ) in calves, and 2) to isolate and to elucidate an anti-exsheathment phytochemical from the plant offered during the trial. Twelve ¾ Holstein × Zebu calves were divided in two experimental groups: control (T1) and treatment (T2) (n = 6). After adaptation, each calf was infected with an oral dose of 400 C. punctata L3 /Kg LW. Basal diet consisted of Digitaria decumbens hay (6...
March 15, 2018: Veterinary Parasitology
Carlo Pinna, Carla Giuditta Vecchiato, Carmen Bolduan, Monica Grandi, Claudio Stefanelli, Wilhelm Windisch, Giuliano Zaghini, Giacomo Biagi
BACKGROUND: Feeding dogs with diets rich in protein may favor putrefactive fermentations in the hindgut, negatively affecting the animal's intestinal environment. Conversely, prebiotics may improve the activity of health-promoting bacteria and prevent bacterial proteolysis in the colon. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of dietary supplementation with fructooligosaccharides (FOS) on fecal microbiota and apparent total tract digestibility (ATTD) in dogs fed kibbles differing in protein content...
March 20, 2018: BMC Veterinary Research
Meng Tian, Yu Long, Dan Xu, Shuoyun Wei, Zhengping Dong
Nowadays, chemical catalytic methods for the treatment of organic wastes are attracting more and more research attention. In the current research, novel catalysts with palladium nanoparticles (Pd NPs) supported on the hollow mesoporous silica nanotubes (h-mSiO2 ) were synthesized for the catalytic reduction of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP) and hydrodechlorination (HDC) of 4-chlorophenol (4-CP). The key point for the fabrication of the catalysts is that a certain thickness of the silica shell was wrapped on the multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs) or Pd/MWNTs through biphase stratification approach, and then the samples were calcined to remove the MWNTs...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Flavio Esposito, Rajeev Ranjan, Stefania Campopiano, Agostino Iadicicco
In this work, we report about our recent results concerning the fabrication of Long Period Grating (LPG) sensors in several optical fibers, through the Electric Arc Discharge (EAD) technique. In particular, the following silica fibers with both different dopants and geometrical structures are considered: standard Ge-doped, photosensitive B/Ge codoped, P-doped, pure-silica core with F-doped cladding, Panda type Polarization-maintaining, and Hollow core Photonic crystal fiber. An adaptive platform was developed and the appropriate "recipe" was identified for each fiber, in terms of both arc discharge parameters and setup arrangement, for manufacturing LPGs with strong and narrow attenuation bands, low insertion losses, and short length...
March 20, 2018: Sensors
Huang Zhou, Daping He, Amiinu Ibrahim Saana, Jinlong Yang, Zhe Wang, Jian Zhang, Qirui Liang, Shuai Yuan, Jiawei Zhu, Shichun Mu
Carbon materials, with a controllable structure, derived from metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have emerged as a new class of electrocatalysts in renewable energy devices. However, efficient conversion of MOFs to small diameter doped carbon nanotubes in inert gases at high temperatures (>600 °C) remains a significant challenge. In this study, we first report the growth of small diameter cobalt and nitrogen co-doped carbon nanotubes (Co/N-CNTs) from mesoporous silica (mSiO2)-coated Co-based MOFs (ZIF-67)...
March 20, 2018: Nanoscale
Maziar Derakhshandeh, Brandy K Pilapil, Ben Workman, Milana Trifkovic, Steven L Bryant
Emulsions are widely used in industrial applications, including in food sciences, cosmetics, and enhanced oil recovery. For these industries, an in depth understanding of the stability and rheological properties of emulsions under both static and dynamic conditions is vital to their successful application. Presented here is a thorough assessment of a model nanoparticle (NP) stabilized dodecane-in-water emulsion as a route to improved understanding of the relationship between NP properties, microstructure and droplet-droplet interactions on the stability and rheological properties of emulsions...
March 20, 2018: Soft Matter
Kengran Yang, V Ongun Özçelik, Nishant Garg, Kai Gong, Claire E White
Conventional drying of colloidal materials and gels (including cement) can lead to detrimental effects due to the buildup of internal stresses as water evaporates from the nano/microscopic pores. However, for these gel materials the underlying nanoscopic alterations that are, in part, responsible for macroscopically-measured strain values (especially at low relative humidity) remain a topic of open debate in the literature. In this study, sodium-based calcium-alumino-silicate-hydrate (C-(N)-A-S-H) gel, the major binding phase of silicate-activated blast furnace slag (one type of low-CO2 cement), is investigated from a drying perspective, since it is known to suffer extensively from drying-induced microcracking...
March 20, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Alex H F Lee, Steven F Gessert, Yutao Chen, Nikolay V Sergeev, Babak Haghiri
In this work, a robust synthetic pathway for magnetic core preparation and silica surface coating of magnetic microparticles is presented. Silica-coated magnetic particles are widely used to extract DNA and RNA from various biological samples. We present a novel route for the synthesis of iron oxide silica particles (Fe3 O4 @Silica) and demonstrate their performance for extracting ZIKA viral RNA from serum. The iron (II, III) oxide (Fe3 O4 ), magnetite core is first prepared by ammonia neutralization of ferrous and ferric chloride aqueous solution under argon, followed by the addition of citrate salt to stabilize the surface of the resultant magnetic nanospheres...
March 2018: Heliyon
Wei Jiang, Xiaojing He, Huiying Fang, Xue Zhou, Haitao Ran, Dajing Guo
The early diagnosis of prostate cancer (PCa) is particularly important for reducing its high mortality rate. With the development of molecular magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), early diagnosis via non-invasive imaging has become possible. In this study, gadopentetic acid (GA)-doped silica (Gd@SiO2 ) was first synthesized by a reverse microemulsion method, and amino and carboxyl groups were then successively introduced onto the surface of Gd@SiO2 . After these steps, a monoclonal antibody (YPSMA-1) to prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) was conjugated with carboxyl-modified Gd@SiO2 (Gd@SiO2 -COOH) nanoparticles (NPs) by the carbodiimide method...
March 16, 2018: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
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