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Violet Mwaffo, Peng Zhang, Sebastián Romero Cruz, Maurizio Porfiri
Zebrafish is emerging as a species of choice for the study of a number of biomechanics problems, including balance development, schooling, and neuromuscular transmission. The precise quantification of the flow physics around swimming zebrafish is critical toward a mechanistic understanding of the complex swimming style of this fresh-water species. Although previous studies have elucidated the vortical structures in the wake of zebrafish swimming in placid water, the flow physics of zebrafish swimming against a water current remains unexplored...
2017: PeerJ
Xin Zhao, Wei Li, Honglei Chen, Shoujuan Wang, Fangong Kong, Shouxin Liu
Mesoporous carbons have been successfully synthesized via self-assembly using larch-based resins as precursors and triblock copolymers as soft templates. The porous structure of mesoporous carbons can be tailored by adjusting the ratio of hydrophilic/hydrophobic (EO/PO) units owing to interfacial curvature. Interestingly, the porous structures show a distinct change from vortex-like to worm-like pores, to stripe-like pores, and to ordered two-dimensional hexagonal pores as the ratio of hydrophilic/hydrophobic units increases, indicating the significant effect of EO/PO ratio on the porous structure...
November 20, 2017: Materials
Bastian Trepka, Philipp Erler, Severin Selzer, Tom Kollek, Klaus Boldt, Mikhail Fonin, Ulrich Nowak, Daniel Wolf, Axel Lubk, Sebastian Polarz
Semiconductors with native ferromagnetism barely exist and defined nanostructures are almost unknown. This lack impedes the exploration of a new class of materials characterized by a direct combination of effects on the electronic system caused by quantum confinement effects with magnetism. A good example is EuO for which currently no reliable routes for nanoparticle synthesis can be established. Bottom-up approaches applicable to other oxides fail because of the labile oxidation state +II. Instead of targeting a direct synthesis, the two steps-"structure control" and "chemical transformation"-are separated...
November 20, 2017: Advanced Materials
Jubiao Yang, Feimi Yu, Michael Krane, Lucy T Zhang
In this work, a non-reflective boundary condition, the Perfectly Matched Layer (PML) technique, is adapted and implemented in a fluid-structure interaction numerical framework to demonstrate that proper boundary conditions are not only necessary to capture correct wave propagations in a flow field, but also its interacted solid behavior and responses. While most research on the topics of the non-reflective boundary conditions are focused on fluids, little effort has been done in a fluid-structure interaction setting...
January 2018: Journal of Fluids and Structures
T K M Nakamura, H Hasegawa, W Daughton, S Eriksson, W Y Li, R Nakamura
Magnetic reconnection is believed to be the main driver to transport solar wind into the Earth's magnetosphere when the magnetopause features a large magnetic shear. However, even when the magnetic shear is too small for spontaneous reconnection, the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability driven by a super-Alfvénic velocity shear is expected to facilitate the transport. Although previous kinetic simulations have demonstrated that the non-linear vortex flows from the Kelvin-Helmholtz instability gives rise to vortex-induced reconnection and resulting plasma transport, the system sizes of these simulations were too small to allow the reconnection to evolve much beyond the electron scale as recently observed by the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) spacecraft...
November 17, 2017: Nature Communications
M Sarier, D Seyman, S Tekin, I Duman, B Uygun, M Demir, E Kukul, A H Yavuz
BACKGROUND: The use of a ureteral stent can cause a urinary tract infection (UTI), although it reduces urologic complications. UTIs are associated with a higher rate of ureteral stent colonization (USC). The aim of this study was to compare USC in living and deceased donor renal transplant recipients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We conducted a prospective study of 48 patients who underwent renal transplantation between January and December 2016. The stents were removed aseptically, the inner surface of proximal and distal ends of stents were irrigated with liquid culture medium, and then they were vortexed for bacteriological investigation...
November 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
Debarghya Banerjee, Anton Souslov, Alexander G Abanov, Vincenzo Vitelli
We study the hydrodynamics of fluids composed of self-spinning objects such as chiral grains or colloidal particles subject to torques. These chiral active fluids break both parity and time-reversal symmetries in their non-equilibrium steady states. As a result, the constitutive relations of chiral active media display a dissipationless linear-response coefficient called odd (or equivalently, Hall) viscosity. This odd viscosity does not lead to energy dissipation, but gives rise to a flow perpendicular to applied pressure...
November 17, 2017: Nature Communications
Funda Aydin, Erkan Yilmaz, Mustafa Soylak
We developed a new microextraction method for separation and preconcentration of curcumin using deep eutectic solvent known as green solvent. Deep eutectic solvent (DES) formed by mixing of choline chloride and phenol was used as an extraction solvent in microextraction study to extract the curcumin at pH 4.0. The curcumin concentration in enriched DES phase was analyzed by UV-Visible spectrophotometer. The effect of parameters such as pH, mol ratio of DES composition, volume of DES, volume of tetrahydrofuran (THF) and sample volume were examined...
March 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
Shuqiang Zhu, Jia Zhou, Hongfang Jia, Haixia Zhang
A method was developed for the determination of eight synthetic pigments in beverage samples by liquid-liquid microextraction followed by high performance liquid chromatography. Using hydrophobic deep eutectic solvent (DES) as the microextraction solvent, several key parameters were optimized, including the type and volume of the hydrophobic DES, pH value, vortex time and salt content. Detection limits were in the range 0.016-1.12 ng/mL, recoveries were in the range 74.5-102.5% and relative standard deviations were <5...
March 15, 2018: Food Chemistry
Zhiqiang Wang, Weilong Dong, Xiaohong Hu, Tianyu Sun, Tao Wang, Youshan Sun
In order to reduce the energy consumption and membrane fouling of the conventional membrane bioreactor (MBR), a kind of low energy consumption vortex wave flow MBR was exploited based on the combination of biofilm process and membrane filtration process, as well as the vortex wave flow technique. The experimental results showed that the vortex wave flow state in the membrane module could be formed when the Reynolds number (Re) of liquid was adjusted between 450 and 1,050, and the membrane flux declined more slowly in the vortex wave flow state than those in the laminar flow state and turbulent flow state...
November 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
Gopakumar Kamalakshakurup, Abraham P Lee
Single cell analysis has emerged as a paradigm shift in cell biology to understand the heterogeneity of individual cells in a clone for pathological interrogation. Microfluidic droplet technology is a compelling platform to perform single cell analysis by encapsulating single cells inside picoliter-nanoliter (pL-nL) volume droplets. However, one of the primary challenges for droplet based single cell assays is single cell encapsulation in droplets, currently achieved either randomly, dictated by Poisson statistics, or by hydrodynamic techniques...
November 15, 2017: Lab on a Chip
Asadollah Beiraghi, Masood Shokri
In the present study a new centrifuge-less dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction technique based on application of a new task specific magnetic polymeric ionic liquid (TSMPIL) as a chelating and extraction solvent for selective preconcentration of trace amounts of potassium from oil samples is developed, for the first time. After extraction, the fine droplets of TSMPIL were transferred into an eppendorf tube and diluted to 500µL using distilled water. Then, the enriched analyte was determined by flame atomic emission spectroscopy (FAES)...
February 1, 2018: Talanta
Anan Yaghmur, Sabah Al-Hosayni, Heinz Amenitsch, Stefan Salentinig
Recent studies demonstrated the potential therapeutic use of newly synthesized omega-3 (ω-3) polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) monoglycerides owing to their beneficial health effects in various disorders including cancer and inflammation diseases. To date, the research was mainly focused on exploring the biological effects of these functional lipids. However, to the best of our knowledge, there is no report on the hydration-mediated self assembly of these lipids that leads to the formation of nanostructures, which are attractive for use as vehicles for the delivery of drugs and functional foods...
November 14, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Stephen A LoBue, Norihiro Yamada, Moon Jeong Choi, Timothy W Olsen
Purpose: We hypothesized that the elastic nature of the choroid leads to tissue contraction following a full-thickness, sharp incision. Furthermore, we sought to quantify, measure, and compare tissue contraction in ex vivo porcine globes and human globes of various ages using predetermined variables. Method: A full-thickness, ex vivo choroidal incision was performed in either pig (n = 97) or human (n = 30) specimens. Variables included trephine diameter (1.5, 2...
November 2017: Translational Vision Science & Technology
Q Li, C T Nelson, S-L Hsu, A R Damodaran, L-L Li, A K Yadav, M McCarter, L W Martin, R Ramesh, S V Kalinin
Flexoelectricity refers to electric polarization generated by heterogeneous mechanical strains, namely strain gradients, in materials of arbitrary crystal symmetries. Despite more than 50 years of work on this effect, an accurate identification of its coupling strength remains an experimental challenge for most materials, which impedes its wide recognition. Here, we show the presence of flexoelectricity in the recently discovered polar vortices in PbTiO3/SrTiO3 superlattices based on a combination of machine-learning analysis of the atomic-scale electron microscopy imaging data and phenomenological phase-field modeling...
November 13, 2017: Nature Communications
Yong-Lei Wang, Andreas Glatz, Gregory J Kimmel, Igor S Aranson, Laxman R Thoutam, Zhi-Li Xiao, Golibjon R Berdiyorov, François M Peeters, George W Crabtree, Wai-Kwong Kwok
The motion of Abrikosov vortices in type-II superconductors results in a finite resistance in the presence of an applied electric current. Elimination or reduction of the resistance via immobilization of vortices is the "holy grail" of superconductivity research. Common wisdom dictates that an increase in the magnetic field escalates the loss of energy since the number of vortices increases. Here we show that this is no longer true if the magnetic field and the current are applied parallel to each other. Our experimental studies on the resistive behavior of a superconducting Mo0...
November 13, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Peshala/P Thibotuwawa Gamage, Fardin Khalili, Md/Khurshidul Azad, Hansen/A Mansy
Inspiratory flow in a multi-generation pig lung airways was numerically studied at a steady inlet flow rate of 3.2×10-4 m3/s corresponding to a Reynolds number of 1150 in the trachea. The model was validated by comparing velocity distributions with previous measurements and simulations in simplified airway geometries. Simulation results provided detailed maps of the axial and secondary flow patterns at different cross sections of the airway tree. The vortex core regions in the airways were visualized using absolute helicity values and suggested the presence of secondary flow vortices where two counter rotating vortices were observed at the main bifurcation and in many other bifurcations...
November 13, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
Kunze Du, Jin Li, Yun Bai, Mingrui An, Xiu-Mei Gao, Yan-Xu Chang
A simple and green ionic liquid-based vortex-forced matrix solid phase dispersion (IL-VFMSPD) method was presented to simultaneously extract 5-hydroxymethyl furfurol (5-HMF) and iridoid glycosides in Fructus Corni by ultra-high performance liquid chromatography. Ionic liquid was used as a green elution reagent in vortex-forced MSPD process. A few parameters such as the type of ionic liquid, the type of sorbent, ratio of sample to sorbent, the concentration and volume of ionic liquid, grinding time and vortex time, were investigated in detail and an orthogonal design experiment was introduced to confirm the best conditions in this procedure...
April 1, 2018: Food Chemistry
C Grotta Ragazzo
The purpose of this work is to present an algorithm to determine the motion of a single hydrodynamic vortex on a closed surface of constant curvature and of genus greater than one. The algorithm is based on a relation between the Laplace-Beltrami Green function and the heat kernel. The algorithm is used to compute the motion of a vortex on the Bolza surface. This is the first determination of the orbits of a vortex on a closed surface of genus greater than one. The numerical results show that all the 46 vortex equilibria can be explicitly computed using the symmetries of the Bolza surface...
October 2017: Proceedings. Mathematical, Physical, and Engineering Sciences
Michael S Lodge, Guoqing Chang, Cheng Yi Huang, Bahadur Singh, Jack Hellerstedt, Mark T Edmonds, Dariusz Kaczorowski, Md Mofazzel Hosen, Madhab Neupane, Hsin Lin, Michael Fuhrer, Bent Weber, Masahiro Ishigami
3D Dirac semimetals are an emerging class of materials that possess topological electronic states with a Dirac dispersion in their bulk. In nodal-line Dirac semimetals, the conductance and valence bands connect along a closed path in momentum space, leading to the prediction of pseudospin vortex rings and pseudospin skyrmions. Here, we use Fourier transform scanning tunneling spectroscopy (FT-STS) at 4.5 K to resolve quasiparticle interference (QPI) patterns at single defect centers on the surface of the line nodal semimetal zirconium silicon sulfide (ZrSiS)...
November 7, 2017: Nano Letters
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