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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647283/optimal-cooling-strategies-for-players-in-australian-tennis-open-conditions
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Grant P Lynch, Julien D Périard, Babette M Pluim, John R Brotherhood, Ollie Jay
OBJECTIVES: We compared the utility of four cooling interventions for reducing heat strain during simulated tennis match-play in an environment representative of the peak conditions possible at the Australian Open (45°C, <10% RH, 475W/m(2) solar radiation). DESIGN: Nine trained males undertook four trials in a climate chamber, each time completing 4 sets of simulated match-play. METHODS: During ITF-mandated breaks (90-s between odd-numbered games; 120-s between sets), either iced towels (ICE), an electric fan (FANdry), a fan with moisture applied to the skin (FANwet), or ad libitum 10°C water ingestion only (CON) was administered...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646688/solar-radiation-and-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-in-japan
#2
Daisuke Onozuka, Akihito Hagihara
BACKGROUND: Although several studies have estimated the effects of temperature on mortality and morbidity, little is known regarding the burden of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) attributable to solar radiation. METHODS: We obtained data for all cases of OHCA and meteorological data reported between 2011 and 2014 in 3 Japanese prefectures: Hokkaido, Ibaraki, and Fukuoka. We first examined the relationship between daily solar radiation and OHCA risk for each prefecture using time-varying distributed lag non-linear models and then pooled the results in a multivariate random-effects meta-analysis...
June 21, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646308/photochemical-generation-of-reactive-intermediates-from-urban-waste-bio-organic-substances-under-uv-and-solar-irradiation
#3
Marcela Prado Silva, Arlen Mabel Lastre-Acosta, Simón Mostafa, Garrett McKay, Karl G Linden, Fernando L Rosario-Ortiz, Antonio Carlos Silva Costa Teixeira
Singlet oxygen ((1)O2), hydroxyl radicals ((•)OH), and excited triplet states of organic matter ((3)OM(*)) play a key role in the degradation of pollutants in aquatic environments. The formation rates and quantum yields (Φ) of these reactive intermediates (RI) through photosensitized reactions of dissolved organic matter (DOM) have been reported in the literature for decades. Urban biowaste-derived substances (UW-BOS), a form of organic matter derived from vegetative and urban waste, have recently been shown to be efficient sensitizers in the photo-degradation of different contaminants...
June 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646228/coronal-mass-ejections-are-not-coherent-magnetohydrodynamic-structures
#4
M J Owens, M Lockwood, L A Barnard
Coronal mass ejections (CMEs) are episodic eruptions of solar plasma and magnetic flux that travel out through the solar system, driving extreme space weather. Interpretation of CME observations and their interaction with the solar wind typically assumes CMEs are coherent, almost solid-like objects. We show that supersonic radial propagation of CMEs away from the Sun results in geometric expansion of CME plasma parcels at a speed faster than the local wave speed. Thus information cannot propagate across the CME...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646167/effectively-infinite-optical-path-length-created-using-a-simple-cubic-photonic-crystal-for-extreme-light-trapping
#5
Brian J Frey, Ping Kuang, Mei-Li Hsieh, Jian-Hua Jiang, Sajeev John, Shawn-Yu Lin
A 900 nm thick TiO2 simple cubic photonic crystal with lattice constant 450 nm was fabricated and used to experimentally validate a newly-discovered mechanism for extreme light-bending. Absorption enhancement was observed extending 1-2 orders of magnitude over that of a reference TiO2 film. Several enhancement peaks in the region from 600-950 nm were identified, which far exceed both the ergodic fundamental limit and the limit based on surface-gratings, with some peaks exceeding 100 times enhancement...
June 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645033/acetic-acid-assisted-fabrication-of-hierarchical-flower-like-bi2o3-for-photocatalytic-degradation-of-sulfamethoxazole-and-rhodamine-b-under-solar-irradiation
#6
Yueping Bao, Teik-Thye Lim, Ziyi Zhong, Rong Wang, Xiao Hu
With the assistance of acetic acid (CH3COOH), a novel 3D flower-like Bi2O3 was synthesized via hydrothermal process followed by calcination. For the first time, the role of CH3COOH as a capping agent in the formation of flower-like structure was investigated. The as-prepared flower-like Bi2O3 had a high activity on the degradation of sulfamethoxazole (SMX) under simulated solar light irradiation due to the narrow band gap of 2.69eV, high percentage of β-Bi2O3 as well as high intensity of polar facets (120) and (200)...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644770/the-impact-of-photovoltaic-pv-installations-on-downwind-particulate-matter-concentrations-results-from-field-observations-at-a-550-mwac-utility-scale-pv-plant
#7
Dwarakanath Ravikumar, Parikhit Sinha
With utility-scale photovoltaic(PV) projects increasingly developed in dry and dust-prone geographies with high solar insolation, there is a critical need to analyze the impacts of PV installations on the resulting particulate-matter(PM) concentrations which have environmental and health impacts. This study is the first to quantify the impact of a utility-scale PV plant on PM concentrations downwind of the project site. Background, construction and post-construction PM2.5 and PM10 concentration data are collected from four beta attenuation monitor(BAM) stations over 3 years...
June 23, 2017: Journal of the Air & Waste Management Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644643/first-demonstration-of-a-scintillating-xenon-bubble-chamber-for-detecting-dark-matter-and-coherent-elastic-neutrino-nucleus-scattering
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D Baxter, C J Chen, M Crisler, T Cwiok, C E Dahl, A Grimsted, J Gupta, M Jin, R Puig, D Temples, J Zhang
A 30-g xenon bubble chamber, operated at Northwestern University in June and November 2016, has for the first time observed simultaneous bubble nucleation and scintillation by nuclear recoils in a superheated liquid. This chamber is instrumented with a CCD camera for near-IR bubble imaging, a solar-blind photomultiplier tube to detect 175-nm xenon scintillation light, and a piezoelectric acoustic transducer to detect the ultrasonic emission from a growing bubble. The time of nucleation determined from the acoustic signal is used to correlate specific scintillation pulses with bubble-nucleating events...
June 9, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644559/evaluating-dihydroazulene-vinylheptafulvene-photoswitches-for-solar-energy-storage-applications
#9
Zhihang Wang, Jonas Udmark, Karl Börjesson, Rita Rodrigues, Anna Roffey, Maria Abrahamsson, Mogens B Nielsen, Kasper Moth-Poulsen
Efficient solar energy storage is a key challenge in striving towards a sustainable future. For this reason, molecules capable of solar energy storage and release through valence isomerization, so-called Molecular Solar Thermal energy storage (MOST), have been investigated. Here, we evaluate the energy storage potential through the photoconversion of the dihydroazulene-vinylheptafulvene (DHA/VHF) photo-thermal couple. The robust nature of this system has been determined through multiple energy storage and release cycles at elevated temperatures in three different solvents...
June 23, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644493/photoelectrochemical-devices-for-solar-water-splitting-materials-and-challenges
#10
Chaoran Jiang, Savio J A Moniz, Aiqin Wang, Tao Zhang, Junwang Tang
It is widely accepted within the community that to achieve a sustainable society with an energy mix primarily based on solar energy we need an efficient strategy to convert and store sunlight into chemical fuels. A photoelectrochemical (PEC) device would therefore play a key role in offering the possibility of carbon-neutral solar fuel production through artificial photosynthesis. The past five years have seen a surge in the development of promising semiconductor materials. In addition, low-cost earth-abundant co-catalysts are ubiquitous in their employment in water splitting cells due to the sluggish kinetics of the oxygen evolution reaction (OER)...
June 23, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644463/hypersensitive-dual-function-luminescence-switching-of-a-silver-chalcogenolate-cluster-based-metal-organic-framework
#11
Ren-Wu Huang, Yong-Sheng Wei, Xi-Yan Dong, Xiao-Hui Wu, Chen-Xia Du, Shuang-Quan Zang, Thomas C W Mak
Silver(i) chalcogenide/chalcogenolate clusters are promising photofunctional materials for sensing, optoelectronics and solar energy harvesting applications. However, their instability and poor room-temperature luminescent quantum yields have hampered more extensive study. Here, we graft such clusters to adaptable bridging ligands, enabling their interconnection and the formation of rigid metal-organic frameworks. By controlling the spatial separation and orientation of the clusters, they then exhibit enhanced stability (over one year) and quantum yield (12...
July 2017: Nature Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644033/direct-indirect-nature-of-the-bandgap-in-lead-free-perovskite-nanocrystals
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Yuhai Zhang, Jun Yin, Manas R Parida, Ghada H Ahmed, Jun Pan, Osman M Bakr, Jean-Luc Bredas, Omar F Mohammed
With record efficiencies achieved in lead halide perovskite-based photovoltaics, urgency has shifted towards finding alternative materials that are stable and less-toxic. Bismuth-based perovskite materials are currently one of the most promising candidates amongst those alternatives. However, the band structures of these materials, including the nature of the bandgaps, remain elusive due to extremely low photoluminescence quantum yield (PLQY) and scattering issues in their thin-film or bulk form. Here, we overcome those limitations and reveal the specific nature of the material's electronic transitions by realizing monodisperse colloidal nanocrystals (NCs) of hexagonal-phase Cs3Bi2X9 perovskites, which afford well-resolved PL features...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643895/light-switchable-azobenzene-containing-macromolecules-from-uv-to-near-infrared
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REVIEW
Philipp Weis, Si Wu
Azobenzene-containing macromolecules (azo-macromolecules) such as azobenzene-containing polymers (azopolymers) and azobenzene-functionalized biomacromolecules are photoswitchable macromolecules. Trans-to-cis photoisomerization in conventional azo-macromolecules is induced by ultraviolet (UV) light. However, UV light cannot penetrate deeply into issue and has a very small fraction in sunlight. Therefore, conventional azo-macromolecules are problematic for biomedical and solar-energy-related applications. In this Feature Article, the strategies for constructing visible and near-infrared (NIR) light-responsive azo-macromolecules are reviewed, and the potential applications of visible- and NIR-light-responsive azo-macromolecules in biomedicine and solar energy conversion are highlighted...
June 23, 2017: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643471/molecular-self-assembly-fabrication-and-carrier-dynamics-of-stable-and-efficient-ch3nh3pb-1-x-snxi3-perovskite-solar-cells
#14
Jiandong Fan, Chong Liu, Hongliang Li, Cuilin Zhang, Wenze Li, Yaohua Mai
The Sn-based perovskite solar cells (PSCs) provide the possibility that swaps the Pb element toward toxic-free PSCs. Here, we innovatively employed a molecular self-assembly approach to obtain a series CH3NH3Pb(1-x)SnxI3 (0≤x≤1) perovskite thin films with full coverage. The optimized planar CH3NH3Pb0.75Sn0.25I3 PSCs with inverted structure was consequently realized with a maximum power conversion efficiency (PCE) over 14 %, which displayed a stabilized power output (SPO) over 12 % within 200 s at 0.6 V forward bias...
June 22, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643082/the-influence-of-solar-power-plants-on-microclimatic-conditions-and-the-biotic-community-in-chilean-desert-environments
#15
Anna Suuronen, Christian Muñoz-Escobar, Anssi Lensu, Markku Kuitunen, Natalia Guajardo Celis, Pablo Espinoza Astudillo, Marcos Ferrú, Andrés Taucare-Ríos, Marcelo Miranda, Jussi V K Kukkonen
The renewable energy sector is growing at a rapid pace in northern Chile and the solar energy potential is one of the best worldwide. Therefore, many types of solar power plant facilities are being built to take advantage of this renewable energy resource. Solar energy is considered a clean source of energy, but there are potential environmental effects of solar technology, such as landscape fragmentation, extinction of local biota, microclimate changes, among others. To be able to minimize environmental impacts of solar power plants, it is important to know what kind of environmental conditions solar power plants create...
June 22, 2017: Environmental Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643046/clinical-evaluation-of-the-efficacy-and-safety-of-combined-bipolar-radiofrequency-and-optical-energies-vs-optical-energy-alone-for-the-treatment-of-aging-hands
#16
Ines Verner, Tuvia Dror Kutscher
Different treatment modalities are used for the treatment and esthetic improvement of aging hands. This study evaluated the efficacy and safety of a novel technology, which combines bipolar radio frequency (RF) and optical energies for the cosmetic treatment of aging hands. The objective of the study was to assess the efficacy, safety, tolerability, and patient satisfaction of combined bipolar radiofrequency and optical energies vs. optical energy alone for the treatment of aging hands. Thirteen female patients with solar lentigines on the back of the hands were enrolled...
June 23, 2017: Lasers in Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642434/on-the-generation-of-solar-spicules-and-alfv%C3%A3-nic-waves
#17
J Martínez-Sykora, B De Pontieu, V H Hansteen, L Rouppe van der Voort, M Carlsson, T M D Pereira
In the lower solar atmosphere, the chromosphere is permeated by jets known as spicules, in which plasma is propelled at speeds of 50 to 150 kilometers per second into the corona. The origin of the spicules is poorly understood, although they are expected to play a role in heating the million-degree corona and are associated with Alfvénic waves that help drive the solar wind. We compare magnetohydrodynamic simulations of spicules with observations from the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph and the Swedish 1-m Solar Telescope...
June 23, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641675/the-application-of-solar-cells-in-the-electrokinetic-remediation-of-metal-contaminated-sediments
#18
Natasa S Varga, Bozo D Dalmacija, Miljana Dj Prica, Djurdja V Kerkez, Milena Dj Becelic-Tomin, Jelena M Spasojevic, Dejan S Krcmar
  In this study, solar cells were used to generate an electric field for the electrokinetic remediation of metal contaminated sediment (Nickel, Cadmium, Zinc). For determination of metals mobility, bioavailability and potential toxicity, sequential extraction procedure, simultaneously extracted metals (SEM) and acid-volatile sulphide ratios (AVS) were performed before, during and after treatment.After 21 days of treatment, 63% Ni, 82% Cd and 58% Zn was removed from the anode region. The application of the electric field changed the chemical composition of the sediments...
July 1, 2017: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641409/citric-acid-modulated-growth-of-oriented-lead-perovskite-crystals-for-efficient-solar-cells
#19
Yunlong Guo, Wataru Sato, Kazutaka Shoyama, Henry Halim, Yuki Itabashi, Rui Shang, Eiichi Nakamura
Solar cells made of lead perovskite crystals have attracted much attention for their high performance, but far less attention as a subject of crystal engineering. Here, we report that citric acid (CA) and chloride anion, working together modulate crystal growth of CH3NH3PbI3, producing sub-mm-sized cuboid crystals-a morphology more suitable for close packing in a thin film than the commonly observed elongated dodecahedral morphology. By using a 15-wt% CA-doped precursor solution, we formed a single layer of large, flat and oriented cuboid crystals with minimum crystal domain boundaries and maximum contact with neighboring layers, and fabricated an archetypal inverted-structured device of 4-mm2 area, which showed, reproducibly and with little hysteresis, 16...
June 23, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641009/metal-halide-perovskites-as-mixed-electronic-ionic-conductors-challenges-and-opportunities-from-hysteresis-to-memristivity
#20
Wolfgang Tress
Metal halide perovskites are promising candidates for many classes of different optoelectronic devices. Apart from being a semiconductor, they additionally show ionic conductivity. It expresses itself in slow response times, reversible degradation, and hysteresis in the current-voltage characteristics of solar cells. This Perspective gives a condensed overview about experiments and theory on ion migration in metal halide perovskites focusing on its effects in solar cells. Apart from being a potential stability concern for photovoltaics, ion migration paired with the excellent optoelectronic properties of this material offers opportunities for novel devices such as optically controlled memristors and switchable diodes...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
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