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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775511/optimized-fibril-network-morphology-by-precise-side-chain-engineering-to-achieve-high-performance-bulk-heterojunction-organic-solar-cells
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Tao Liu, Lijun Huo, Sreelakshmi Chandrabose, Kai Chen, Guangchao Han, Feng Qi, Xiangyi Meng, Dongjun Xie, Wei Ma, Yuanping Yi, Justin M Hodgkiss, Feng Liu, Jing Wang, Chuluo Yang, Yanming Sun
A polymer fibril assembly can dictate the morphology framework, in forming a network structure, which is highly advantageous in bulk heterojunction (BHJ) organic solar cells (OSCs). A fundamental understanding of how to manipulate such a fibril assembly and its influence on the BHJ morphology and device performance is crucially important. Here, a series of donor-acceptor polymers, PBT1-O, PBT1-S, and PBT1-C, is used to systematically investigate the relationship between molecular structure, morphology, and photovoltaic performance...
May 18, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775400/evaluating-the-cytotoxicity-of-tin-dioxide-nanofibers
#2
Ashley S Reynolds, Tanya H Pierre, Rebecca McCall, Ji Wu, Worlanyo E Gato
Tin dioxide nanofibers (SnDNFs) are small fibers that have many applications. Tin dioxide nanofibers can be used in cosmetics, solar cells, toxic gas release sensors, and air pollution control. To date there have been few studies on the cytotoxicity of SnDNFs. The goal of this research is to determine if electrospun SnDNFs are toxic in a lung cancer cell line (A549). Considering the nano-scale size of the fibers, they can easily be inhaled and enter the pulmonary system and cause toxic effects in the lung. Occupational exposure to SnDNFs has been linked to pulmonary disease, making the A549 cell line important in this study...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775272/remarkable-enhancement-in-the-photoelectric-performance-of-uniform-flower-like-mesoporous-fe3o4-wrapped-in-nitrogen-doped-graphene-networks
#3
Jixin Yao, Kang Zhang, Wen Wang, Xueqin Zuo, Qun Yang, Huaibao Tang, Mingzai Wu, Guang Li
The porous structure and excellent specific surface area are superior for use as a counter electrode (CE) material. In addition, N-doped graphene possesses a remarkable electron-transfer pathway and many active sites. Therefore, a novel idea is to wrap uniform flower-like mesoporous Fe3O4 (Fe3O4UFM) in a N-doped graphene (N-RGO) network structure to enhance the power conversion efficiency (PCE). The hybrid materials of Fe3O4UFM@N-RGO are first used as a CE in dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), showing a preeminent conductive interconnected 3D porous structure with more catalytic activity sites and a better ability for and a faster reaction rate of charge transfer, resulting in quicker reduction of I_3^- than Pt...
May 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775210/the-effect-of-simulated-space-radiation-on-the-n-glycosylation-of-human-immunoglobulin-g1
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Mate Szarka, Szabolcs Szilasi, Boglarka Donczo, Daniel Sarkozy, Istvan Rajta, Andras Guttman
On a roundtrip to Mars, astronauts are expectedly exposed to an approximate amount of radiation that exceeds the lifetime limits on Earth. This elevated radiation dose is mainly due to Galactic Cosmic Rays (GCR) and Solar Particle Events (SPE). Specific patterns of the N-glycosylation of human immunoglobulins have already been associated with various ailments such as autoimmune diseases, malignant transformation, chronic inflammation and ageing. The focus of our work was to investigate the effect of low-energy proton irradiation on the IgG N-glycosylation profile with the goal if disease associated changes could be detected during space travel and not altered by space radiation...
May 18, 2018: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775199/haererehalobacter-sp-js1-a-bioemulsifier-producing-halophilic-bacterium-isolated-from-indian-solar-salt-works
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Mariathason Birdilla Selva Donio, Subbiahanadar Chelladurai Karthikeyan, Mariavincent Michaelbabu, Ganapathi Uma, Ramaiyan Raja Jeya Sekar, Thavasimuthu Citarasu
Bioemulsifier (BE)-producing Haererehalobacter sp. JS1 was isolated and identified from the solar salt works in India. The BE was extracted, purified, and characterized by Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) analysis. Emulsification activity was performed against different oils and dye degradation potential against different dyes. The production of BE was optimized using different carbon sources (C), nitrogen sources (N), pH, and NaCl. BE screening methods revealed that, Haererehalobacter sp. JS1 was highly positive BE production...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Basic Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774916/the-synergistic-effect-of-non-stoichiometry-and-sb-doping-on-air-stable-%C3%AE-cspbi-3-for-efficient-carbon-based-perovskite-solar-cells
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Sisi Xiang, Weiping Li, Ya Wei, Jiaming Liu, Huicong Liu, Liqun Zhu, Haining Chen
α-CsPbI3 with the most suitable band gap for all-inorganic perovskite solar cell (PSC) application faces an issue of phase instability at low temperature in an air atmosphere. Herein, through stoichiometric investigation, α-CsPbI3 is successfully obtained with excess CsI at 110 °C in an air atmosphere. By doping α-CsPbI3 with Sb, phase stability is further enhanced and the film morphology is also improved. Carbon-based perovskite solar cells (C-PSCs) based on CsPb0.96Sb0.04I3 achieve a promising power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 5...
May 18, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774774/undertreatment-of-pain-and-low-use-of-opioids-in-latin-america
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César Amescua García, Joao Batista Santos Garcia, María Del Rosario Berenguel Cook, Frantz Colimon, José Alberto Flores Cantisani, Carlos Guerrero, María Del Rocío Guillén Núnez, John Jairo Hernández Castro, Durval Campos Kraychete, Argelia Lara-Solares, Osvandré Lech, María Antonieta Rico Pazos, Manuel Sempértegui Gallegos, Lizandra Pattaro Marcondes
Pain is highly prevalent among the adult Latin American population. However, many patients with moderate to severe pain do not have access to effective pain management with opioids due to limited access to healthcare, overuse of nonopioid analgesics, regulatory barriers and lack of appropriate information about opioids. There is scarce training on use of opioids among physicians and other healthcare providers, which leads to misconceptions, mainly related to a fear of prescribing opioids. Although opioids are safe and effective drugs for the treatment of moderate to severe chronic pain, the use of opioids in Latin American nations is clearly below standards compared with developed countries...
May 18, 2018: Pain Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774604/plant-sunscreen-and-co-ii-iii-porphyrins-for-uv-resistant-and-thermally-stable-perovskite-solar-cells-from-natural-to-artificial
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Jing Cao, Xudong Lv, Peng Zhang, Tracy T Chuong, Binghui Wu, Xiaoxia Feng, Changfu Shan, Jiacheng Liu, Yu Tang
The poor UV, thermal, and interfacial stability of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) makes it highly challenging for their technological application, and has drawn increasing attention to resolving the above issues. In nature, plants generally sustain long exposure to UV illumination without damage, which is attributed to the presence of the organic materials acting as sunscreens. Inspired by the natural phenomenon, a natural plant sunscreen, sinapoyl malate, an ester derivative of sinapic acid, is employed to modify the surface of electron transport materials (ETMs)...
May 17, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774242/balancing-charge-carrier-transport-in-a-quantum-dot-p-n-junction-toward-hysteresis-free-high-performance-solar-cells
#9
Yuljae Cho, Bo Hou, Jongchul Lim, Sanghyo Lee, Sangyeon Pak, John Hong, Paul Giraud, A-Rang Jang, Young-Woo Lee, Juwon Lee, Jae Eun Jang, Henry J Snaith, Stephen M Morris, Jung Inn Sohn, SeungNam Cha, Jong Min Kim
In a quantum dot solar cell (QDSC) that has an inverted structure, the QD layers form two different junctions between the electron transport layer (ETL) and the other semiconducting QD layer. Recent work on an inverted-structure QDSC has revealed that the junction between the QD layers is the dominant junction, rather than the junction between the ETL and the QD layers, which is in contrast to the conventional wisdom. However, to date, there have been a lack of systematic studies on the role and importance of the QD heterojunction structure on the behavior of the solar cell and the resulting device performance...
April 13, 2018: ACS Energy Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773922/trilogy-a-planetary-geodesy-mission-concept-for-measuring-the-expansion-of-the-solar-system
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David E Smith, Maria T Zuber, Erwan Mazarico, Antonio Genova, Gregory A Neumann, Xiaoli Sun, Mark H Torrence, Dan-Dan Mao
The scale of the solar system is slowly changing, likely increasing as a result of solar mass loss, with additional change possible if there is a secular variation of the gravitational constant, G . The measurement of the change of scale could provide insight into the past and the future of the solar system, and in addition a better understanding of planetary motion and fundamental physics. Estimates for the expansion of the scale of the solar system are of order 1.5 cm year-1 AU-1 , which over several years is an observable quantity with present-day laser ranging systems...
April 2018: Planetary and Space Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773867/novel-haloarchaeon-natrinema-thermophila-having-the-highest-growth-temperature-among-haloarchaea-with-a-large-genome-size
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Yeon Bee Kim, Joon Yong Kim, Hye Seon Song, Changsu Lee, Seung Woo Ahn, Se Hee Lee, Min Young Jung, Jin-Kyu Rhee, Juseok Kim, Dong-Wook Hyun, Jin-Woo Bae, Seong Woon Roh
Environmental temperature is one of the most important factors for the growth and survival of microorganisms. Here we describe a novel extremely halophilic archaeon (haloarchaea) designated as strain CBA1119T isolated from solar salt. Strain CBA1119T had the highest maximum and optimal growth temperatures (66 °C and 55 °C, respectively) and one of the largest genome sizes among haloarchaea (5.1 Mb). It also had the largest number of strain-specific pan-genome orthologous groups and unique pathways among members of the genus Natrinema in the class Halobacteria...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773812/strain-induced-electronic-structure-variation-in-methyl-ammonium-lead-iodide-perovskite
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Le Zhang, Wei Geng, Chuan-Jia Tong, Xueguang Chen, Tengfei Cao, Mingyang Chen
Methyl-ammonium lead iodide perovskite (CH3 NH3 PbI3 ) has drawn great attention due to its excellent photovoltaic properties. Because of its loosely compacted structure, the structural, electronic and optical properties of CH3 NH3 PbI3 are sensitive to external modulations. Strain effects on CH3 NH3 PbI3 are fully investigated by the first principles calculations. The results indicate that the inorganic framework deforms under compression or stretch and the embedded organic CH3 NH3 + molecules rotate correspondingly...
May 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29772904/why-cvd-grown-mos2-samples-outperform-pvd-samples-time-domain-ab-initio-analysis
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Linqiu Li, Run Long, Oleg V Prezhdo
Two-dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) have drawn strong attention due to their unique properties and diverse applications. However, TMD performance depends strongly on material quality and defect morphology. Experiments show that samples grown by chemical vapor deposition (CVD) outperform those obtained by physical vapor deposition (PVD). Experiments also show that CVD samples exhibit vacancy defects, while antisite defects are frequently observed in PVD samples. Our time-domain ab initio study demonstrates that both antisites and vacancies accelerate trapping and nonradiative recombination of charge carriers, but antisites are much more detrimental than vacancies...
May 18, 2018: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771117/correlating-charge-transport-to-structure-in-deconstructed-diketopyrrolopyrrole-oligomers-a-case-study-of-a-monomer-in-field-effect-transistors
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Alec Pickett, Mika Torkkeli, Tushita Mukhopadhyay, Boregowda Puttaraju, Amrit Laudari, Andreas Lauritzen, Oier Bikondoa, Jakob Kjelstrup-Hansen, Matti Knaapila, Satish Patil, Suchismita Guha
Copolymers based on diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) cores have attracted a lot of attention due to their high p-type as well as n-type carrier mobilities in organic field-effect transistors (FETs) and high power conversion efficiencies in solar cell structures. We report the structural and charge transport properties of n-dialkyl side-chain substituted thiophene DPP end-capped with a phenyl group (Ph-TDPP-Ph) in FETs which were fabricated by vacuum deposition and solvent coating. Grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD) from bottom-gate, bottom-contact FET architectures were measured with and without biasing...
May 17, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770979/caesium-for-perovskite-solar-cells-an-overview
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Federico Bella, Polyssena Renzi, Carmen Cavallo, Claudio Gerbaldi
Perovskite solar cells have the potential to revolutionize the world of photovoltaics, and their efficiency close to 23% on a lab-scale recently certified this novel technology as the one with the most rapidly raising performance per year in the whole story of solar cells. With the aim of improving stability, reproducibility and spectral properties of the devices, in the last three years the scientific community strongly focused on Cs-doping for hybrid (typically, organolead) perovskites. In parallel, in order to further contrast hygroscopicity and reach thermal stability, research has also been carried out to achieve the development of all-inorganic perovskites based on caesium, the performances of which are actually rapidly increasing...
May 17, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770946/using-google-earth-to-assess-shade-for-sun-protection-in-urban-recreation-spaces-methods-and-results
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R Gage, N Wilson, L Signal, M Barr, C Mackay, A Reeder, G Thomson
Shade in public spaces can lower the risk of and sun burning and skin cancer. However, existing methods of auditing shade require travel between sites, and sunny weather conditions. This study aimed to evaluate the feasibility of free computer software-Google Earth-for assessing shade in urban open spaces. A shade projection method was developed that uses Google Earth street view and aerial images to estimate shade at solar noon on the summer solstice, irrespective of the date of image capture. Three researchers used the method to separately estimate shade cover over pre-defined activity areas in a sample of 45 New Zealand urban open spaces, including 24 playgrounds, 12 beaches and 9 outdoor pools...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Community Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770827/%C3%AF-%C3%AF-stacking-induced-high-current-density-and-improved-efficiency-in-ternary-organic-solar-cells
#17
Lijuan Li, Hui Lin, Xiao Kong, Xiaoyang Du, Xinwei Chen, Ling Zhou, Silu Tao, Caijun Zheng, Xiaohong Zhang
Ternary blend systems have been used to enhance the short-circuit current density (JSC) and fill factor (FF) of organic solar cells (OSCs). However, it is still a challenge to find suitable third components that concurrently possess complementary light absorption and well-matched energy levels. Here, a small organic molecule, 4,4'-(9,9-dihexyl-9H-fluorene-2,7-diyl)bis(N,N-bis(4-(pyren-1-yl)phenyl)anili-ne) (DFNPy), which contains a triphenylamine core and bulky pyrene rings, was designed and used to construct ternary blend OSCs...
May 17, 2018: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770698/effect-of-band-bending-and-energy-level-alignment-at-the-donor-acceptor-interface-on-open-circuit-voltage-in-organic-solar-cells
#18
Seiichiro Izawa, Naoto Shintaku, Masahiro Hiramoto
Open-circuit voltage ( VOC ) is a key parameter governing the power conversion efficiency of organic solar cells. We clarified the effect of band bending in organic semiconductor films on the VOC of phthalocyanine (H2 Pc)/fullerene (C60 ) planar heterojunction (PHJ) OSCs. The VOC was significantly affected by the H2 Pc layer thickness, varying from 0.20 V at 2 nm to 0.49 V at 100 nm thickness. The large VOC change is due to the band bending in the H2 Pc layer, where the difference in H2 Pc layer thickness led to significant changes in the degree of the vacuum-level shift in the C60 layer because of the Fermi level ( EF ) difference between the H2 Pc and C60 layers...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769678/engineer-solar-solutions-locally-to-save-water
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Russell Seitz
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2018: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769568/cu-cu-2-o-nanocomposite-films-as-a-p-type-modified-layer-for-efficient-perovskite-solar-cells
#20
You-Jyun Chen, Ming-Hsien Li, Jung-Chun-Andrew Huang, Peter Chen
Cu/Cu2 O films grown by ion beam sputtering were used as p-type modified layers to improve the efficiency and stability of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) with an n-i-p heterojunction structure. The ratio of Cu to Cu2 O in the films can be tuned by the oxygen flow ratio (O2 /(O2  + Ar)) during the sputtering of copper. Auger electron spectroscopy was performed to determine the elemental composition and chemical state of Cu in the films. Ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy and photoluminescence spectroscopy revealed that the valence band maximum of the p-type Cu/Cu2 O matches well with the perovskite...
May 16, 2018: Scientific Reports
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