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A Six, A Bocheux, F Charra, F Mathevet, D Kreher, A-J Attias
Here we report the synthesis and characterization of a series of new phenylene-vinylene tectons. The study by scanning tunneling microscopy of their supramolecular self-assembly at the interface between a phenyloctane solution and highly oriented pyrolytic graphite  demonstrates that variation of concentration and length of alkyl chains led to the formation of different networks, a compact one and a nanoporous one, with a fine control of the lattice parameters. The study of guest-host properties of the nanoporous network revealed a selectivity toward guest compounds according to their shape and size...
December 6, 2016: Nanotechnology
Mubarak Ali, Patricio Ramirez, Ivana Duznovic, Saima Nasir, Salvador Mafe, Wolfgang Ensinger
We design and characterize a nanofluidic device for the label-free specific detection of histamine neurotransmitter based on a metal ion displacement mechanism. The sensor consists of an asymmetric polymer nanopore fabricated via ion track-etching technique. The nanopore sensor surface having metal-nitrilotriacetic (NTA-Ni(2+)) chelates is obtained by covalent coupling of native carboxylic acid groups with Nα,Nα-bis(carboxymethyl)-l-lysine (BCML), followed by exposure to Ni(2+) ion solution. The BCML immobilization and subsequent Ni(2+) ion complexation with NTA moieties change the surface charge concentration, which has a significant impact on the current-voltage (I-V) curve after chemical modification of the nanopore...
November 28, 2016: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Alicia Gomis-Berenguer, Leticia F Velasco, Inmaculada Velo-Gala, Conchi O Ania
The interest in the use of nanoporous carbon materials in applications related to energy conversion and storage, either as catalysts or additives, has grown over recent decades in various disciplines. Since the early studies reporting the benefits of the use of nanoporous carbons as inert supports of semiconductors and as electron acceptors that enhance the splitting of the photogenerated excitons, many researchers have investigated the key role of carbon matrices coupled to all types of photoactive materials...
November 16, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Xinran Li, Huaiguo Xue, Huan Pang
Uniform and hollow rhombic dodecahedral, rhombic dodecahedral, spherical, and semi-hollow K3PW12O40·nH2O nanocrystals are fabricated without any surfactants or templating agents in mild hydrothermal conditions. The shape evolution and growth of these crystals are studied by changing different reaction parameters, such as the reagent, time and temperature. It is found that the temperature and time have significant effects on the possible growth processes of these nanostructures. More importantly, according to photocatalytic results, due to the specific nanostructure-hollow rhombic dodecahedral structure, the hollow rhombic dodecahedral K3PW12O40·nH2O particles with nanopores are shown to be the most effective at activating H2O2, degrading dye pollutants completely after 90 minutes of visible light radiation...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
Lei Wang, Xingya Wang, Liansheng Wang, Jun Hu, Chun Lei Wang, Binyu Zhao, Xuehua Zhang, Renzhong Tai, Mengdong He, Liqun Chen, Lijuan Zhang
The nucleation and stability of nanoscale gas bubbles located at a solid/liquid interface are attracting significant research interest. It is known that the physical and chemical properties of the solid surface are crucial for the formation and properties of the surface nanobubbles. Herein, we experimentally and numerically investigated the formation of nanobubbles on nanostructured substrates. Two kinds of nanopatterned surfaces, namely, nanotrenches and nanopores, were fabricated using an electron beam lithography technique and used as substrates for the formation of nanobubbles...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
David P Hoogerheide, Philip A Gurnev, Tatiana K Rostovtseva, Sergey M Bezrukov
We probe the energy landscape governing the passage of α-synuclein, a natural "diblock copolymer"-like polypeptide, through a nanoscale pore. α-Synuclein is an intrinsically disordered neuronal protein associated with Parkinson's pathology. The motion of this electrically heterogeneous polymer in the β-barrel voltage-dependent anion channel (VDAC) of the mitochondrial outer membrane strongly depends on the properties of both the charged and uncharged regions of the α-synuclein polymer. We model this motion in two ways...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
Mounesha Nagendrachar Garaga, Luis Aguilera, Negin Yaghini, Aleksandar Matic, Michael Persson, Anna Martinelli
We report a strategy to enhance the ionic mobility in an emerging class of gels, based on robust nanoporous silica micro-particles, by chemical functionalization of the silica surface. Two very different ionic liquids are used to fill the nano-pores of silica at varying pore filling factors, namely one aprotic imidazolium based (1-methyl-3-hexylimidazolium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide, C6C1ImTFSI), and one protic ammonium based (diethylmethylammonium methanesulfonate, DEMAOMs) ionic liquid. Both these ionic liquids display higher ionic mobility when confined in functionalized silica as compared to untreated silica nano-pores, an improvement that is more pronounced at low pore filling factors (i...
December 1, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Cheng Lian, Alejandro Gallegos, Honglai Liu, Jianzhong Wu
Ionic transport through nanopores is of fundamental importance for the design and development of nanofiltration membranes and novel electrochemical devices including supercapacitors, fuel cells and batteries. Recent experiments have shown an unusual variation of electrical conductance with the pore size and the electrolyte parameters that defies conventional scaling relations. Here ionic transport through voltage-gated nanopores was studied by using the classical density functional theory for ion distributions in combination with the Navier-Stokes equation for the electroosmotic flow...
December 1, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Semra Senturk-Ozer, Seda Aktas, Jing He, Frank T Fisher, Dilhan M Kalyon
Non-woven nanoporous membranes of poly(caprolactone), PCL, incorporated with multi-walled carbon nanotubes, CNTs, could be fabricated via an industrially-scalable hybrid twin screw extrusion and electrospinning process. The utilization of a spinneret with multiple nozzles allowed the increase of the flow rate beyond what is possible with conventional electrospinning using a single nozzle, albeit at the expense of difficulties in the control of the thickness distributions of the nanofibrous membranes. The thickness and orientation distributions and the resulting mechanical properties of the membranes could be modified via changes in voltage, angular velocity of the collector mandrel and separation distance of the collector from the spinneret...
December 1, 2016: Nanotechnology
K Vasanth Kumar, Srinivas Gadipelli, Kathrin Preuss, Harshit Porwal, Tingting Zhao, Zheng Xiao Guo, Maria-Magdalena Titirici
We propose a new synthetic route towards nanoporous functional carbon materials based on salt templating with pore-padding approach (STPP). STPP relies on the use of a pore-padding agent that undergoes an initial polymerisation/ condensation process prior to the formation of a solid carbon framework. The pore-padding agent allows tailoring hierarchically the pore-size distribution and controlling the amount of heteroatom (nitrogen in this case) functionalities as well as the type of nitrogen (graphitic, pyridinic, oxides of nitrogen) incorporated within the carbon framework in a single-step-process...
November 30, 2016: ChemSusChem
Lingjun Kong, Mingxiang Liu, Zenghui Diao, Diyun Chen, Xiangyang Chang, Ya Xiong
Hierarchical nanoporous carbon (NPC) with great surface area and developed pore size distribution has been intently concerned. Herein, we report a facile method coupling template nanocasting and self-activation to fabricate nanoporous carbon with continuous micro, meso and macro pores, in which CaCO3 acted as template and activation reagent while the flour was the carbon precursor. Effects of mass ratio of CaCO3 to flour and carbonized temperature on the pore structures of NPC were investigated by nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms and SEM analysis...
November 30, 2016: Scientific Reports
Celia Castro, Gérard BenAssayag, Béatrice Pecassou, Andrea Andreozzi, Gabriele Seguini, Michele Perego, Sylvie Schamm-Chardon
In this work, we investigate the ability to control Si nanoparticles (NPs) spatially arranged in a hexagonal network of 20 nm wide nanovolumes at controlled depth within SiO2 thin films. To achieve this goal an unconventional lithographic technique was implemented based on a bottom-up approach, that is fully compatible with the existing semiconductor technology. The method combines ultra-low energy ion beam synthesis with nanostructured block-copolymer thin films that are self-assembled on the SiO2 substrates to form a nanoporous template with hexagonally packed pores...
January 6, 2017: Nanotechnology
Concepcion Perez-Jorge, Maria-Angeles Arenas, Ana Conde, Juan-Manuel Hernández-Lopez, Juan-Jose de Damborenea, Steve Fisher, Alessandra M Agostinho Hunt, Jaime Esteban, Garth James
Orthopaedic device-related infections are closely linked to biofilm formation on the surfaces of these devices. Several modified titanium (Ti-6Al-4V) surfaces doped with fluorine were studied in order to evaluate the influence of these modifications on biofilm formation by Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria as well as a yeast. The biofilm studies were performed according to the standard test method approved by ASTM (Designation: E2196-12) using the Rotating Disk Reactor. Four types of Ti-6Al-4V samples were tested; chemically polished (CP), two types of nanostructures containing fluorine, nanoporous (NP) and nanotubular (NT), and non-nanostructured fluorine containing samples (fluoride barrier layers, FBL)...
January 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
Andrew Mount, Minkyung Kang, David Fermin, Tim Albrecht, J Gooding, Richard Crooks, Nongjian Tao, Wolfgang Schmickler, Julie MacPherson, Shengli Chen, Paolo Actis, Olaf Magnussen, Lane Baker, Philip Bartlett, Sanli Faez, Jan Clausmeyer, Bradley Thomas, Philip A Ash, Frederic Kanoufi, Yitao Long, Patrick Unwin, Marc Koper, Serge Lemay, Andrew Ewing, Zhongqun Tian, Robert Johnson, Michael Eikerling, Mark Platt
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November 28, 2016: Faraday Discussions
Zhi-Da Gao, Yong-Fang Qu, Xuemei Zhou, Lei Wang, Yan-Yan Song, Patrik Schmuki
Aligned TiO2 nanotube layers (TiNTs) grown by self-organizing anodization of a Ti-substrate in a fluoride-based electrolyte were decorated with graphitic-phase C3N4 (g-C3N4) via a facile chemical vapor deposition approach. In comparison with classical TiO2 nanotubes (anatase), the g-C3N4/TiNTs show an onset of the photocurrent at 2.4 eV (vs. 3.2 eV for anatase) with a considerably high photocurrent magnitude in the visible range. After further decoration with Pt nanoparticles, we obtained a visible-light responsive platform that showed, compared with g-C3N4-free TiNTs, a strong enhancement for photoelectrochemical and bias-free H2 evolution (15...
June 2016: ChemistryOpen
Miten Jain, Hugh E Olsen, Benedict Paten, Mark Akeson
Nanopore DNA strand sequencing has emerged as a competitive, portable technology. Reads exceeding 150 kilobases have been achieved, as have in-field detection and analysis of clinical pathogens. We summarize key technical features of the Oxford Nanopore MinION, the dominant platform currently available. We then discuss pioneering applications executed by the genomics community.
November 25, 2016: Genome Biology
Xinxin Xiao, Peter Ó Conghaile, Dónal Leech, Roland Ludwig, Edmond Magner
The integration of supercapacitors with enzymatic biofuel cells (BFCs) can be used to prepare hybrid devices in order to harvest significantly higher power output. In this study, a supercapacitor/biofuel cell hybrid device was prepared by the immobilisation of redox enzymes with electrodeposited poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) and the redox polymer [Os(2,2'-bipyridine)2(polyvinylimidazole)10Cl](+/2+)(Os(bpy)2PVI) on dealloyed nanoporous gold. The thickness of the deposition layer can be easily controlled by tuning the deposition conditions...
November 9, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Alicia Gomis-Berenguer, Inmaculada Velo-Gala, Enrique Rodríguez-Castellón, Conchi O Ania
The photocorrosion of a nanoporous carbon photoanode, with low surface functionalization and high performance towards the photoelectrochemical oxidation of water using simulated solar light, was investigated. Two different light configurations were used to isolate the effect of the irradiation wavelength (UV and visible light) on the textural and chemical features of the carbon photoanode, and its long-term photocatalytic performance for the oxygen evolution reaction. A complete characterization of the carbon showed that the photocorrosion of carbon anodes of low functionalization follows a different pathway than highly functionalized carbons...
November 23, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
S Braune, S Basu, K Kratz, J Bäckemo Johansson, M Reinthaler, A Lendlein, F Jung
Polymer-based microparticles are applied as non-thrombogenic or thrombogenic materials in a wide variety of intra- or extra-corporeal medical devices. As demanded by the regulatory agencies, the hemocompatibility of these blood contacting biomaterials has to be evaluated in vitro to ensure that the particle systems appropriately fulfill the envisioned function without causing undesired events such as thrombosis or inflammation. Currently described in vitro assays for hemocompatibility testing of particles comprise tests with different single cell types (e...
November 23, 2016: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
Junyu Chen, Xin Zhang, Chao Huang, He Cai, Shanshan Hu, Qianbing Wan, Xibo Pei, Jian Wang
As a new class of crystalline nanoporous materials, metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) have recently been used for biomedical applications due to their large surface area, high porosity, and theoretically infinite structures. To improve the biological performance of titanium, MOF films were applied to surface modification of titanium. Zn-based MOF films composed of zeolitic imidazolate framework-8 (ZIF-8) crystals with nanoscale and microscale sizes (nanoZIF-8 and microZIF-8) were prepared on porous titanium surfaces by hydrothermal and solvothermal methods, respectively...
November 5, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
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