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E Falgarone, M A Zwaan, B Godard, E Bergin, R J Ivison, P M Andreani, F Bournaud, R S Bussmann, D Elbaz, A Omont, I Oteo, F Walter
Starburst galaxies at the peak of cosmic star formation are among the most extreme star-forming engines in the Universe, producing stars over about 100 million years (ref. 2). The star-formation rates of these galaxies, which exceed 100 solar masses per year, require large reservoirs of cold molecular gas to be delivered to their cores, despite strong feedback from stars or active galactic nuclei. Consequently, starburst galaxies are ideal for studying the interplay between this feedback and the growth of a galaxy...
August 14, 2017: Nature
Michael Schrempf, Nadine Thuns, Kezia Lange, Gunther Seckmeyer
The vitamin D₃-weighted UV exposure of a human with vertical posture was calculated for urban locations to investigate the impact of orientation and obstructions on the exposure. Human exposure was calculated by using the 3D geometry of a human and integrating the radiance, i.e., the radiant energy from the direct solar beam and the diffuse sky radiation from different incident and azimuth angles. Obstructions of the sky are derived from hemispherical images, which are recorded by a digital camera with a fisheye lens...
August 16, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Xiaoning Ren, Zhiyi Hu, Jun Jin, Liang Wu, Chao Wang, Jing Liu, Fu Liu, Min Wu, Yu Li, Gustaaf Van Tendeloo, Bao-Lian Su
Phase-junction between cocatalyst and semiconductor host is quite effective to enhance the photocatalytic activity, and is widely studied while the report on the phase-juncted cocatalyst is still rare. In this work, we report the deposition of the Pt/PtO phase-juncted nanodots as cocatalyst via NaOH modification of an interconnected meso-macroporous TiO2 network with high surface area and inner-particle mesopores to enhance the performance of photocatalytic H2 production. Our results show that NaOH modification can largely influence the Pt/PtO phase-juncted nanodots formation and dispersity...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Dan Ruan, Rui Lin, Kui Jiang, Xiang Yu, Yaofeng Zhu, Yaqin Fu, Zilong Wang, He Yan, Wenjie Mai
Scalable manufacturing of flexible, fiber-shaped energy storage devices has enabled great technological advances in wearable and portable technology. Replacing inefficient oxides with inexpensive and high-performance oxynitrides with more favourable 3D structures is critical if the practical applications of these technologies are to be realised. Here we developed a facile and controllable approach for the synthesis of 3D porous micropillars of molybdenum oxynitride, which exhibit high conductivity, robust stability and excellent energy storage properties...
August 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Brian Diffey, Uli Osterwalder
Limited evidence exists to indicate that sunscreen protection factors determined in the laboratory are higher than those in natural sunlight. In this article we propose an explanation for this difference and estimate the expected SPFs of sunscreen products in natural sunlight and those expected from laboratory testing. Our results indicate that the labelled SPF, determined by in vivo assay using a UV solar simulator, overestimates the SPF that would be expected in natural sunlight to the extent that for products labelled SPF50+, it may not be possible to achieve a protection against sunlight of more than 25-fold...
August 16, 2017: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
Manuel Salado, Ramesh K Kokal, Laura Calio, Samrana Kazim, Melepurath Deepa, Shahzada Ahmad
Triple cation based perovskite solar cells offer enhanced moisture tolerance and stability compared to mixed perovskites. Slight substitution of methyl ammonium or formamidinium cation by cesium (Cs(+)), was also reported to eliminate halide segregation due to its smaller size. To elucidate the device kinetics and understand the role of the Cs, we undertook different modes of scanning probe microscopy and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) experiments. Kelvin probe force microscopy revealed that the incorporation of the Cs cation increases the contact potential difference (CPD), this CPD further increases when Spiro-OMeTAD is used as a hole transport material...
August 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Junwoo Lee, Mahdi Malekshahi Byranvand, Gyeongho Kang, Sung Y Son, Seulki Song, Guan-Woo Kim, Taiho Park
In addition to having proper energy levels and high hole mobility (μh) without the use of dopants, hole-transporting materials (HTMs) used in n-i-p-type perovskite solar cells (PSCs) should be processed using green solvents to enable environmentally friendly device fabrication. Although many HTMs have been assessed, owing to the limited solubility of HTMs in green solvents, no green-solvent-processable HTM has been reported to date. Here we report on a green-solvent-processable HTM, an asymmetric D-A polymer (asy-PBTBDT) that exhibits superior solubility even in the green solvent, 2-methylanisole, which is a known food additive...
August 16, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Najmul Haider, Carsten Kirkeby, Birgit Kristensen, Lene Jung Kjær, Jens Havskov Sørensen, Rene Bødker
We quantified the difference between the meteorological temperature recorded by the Danish Meteorological Institute (DMI) weather stations and the actual microclimatic temperatures at two or three different heights at six potential insect habitats. We then compared the impact of the hourly temperature on the extrinsic incubation period (EIP) of six pathogens. Finally, we developed a regression model, enabling us to predict the microclimatic temperatures of different habitats based on five standard meteorological parameters readily available from any meteorological institution...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
Young-Hoon Chung, Injoon Jang, Jue-Hyuk Jang, Hyun S Park, Hyung Chul Ham, Jong Hyun Jang, Yong-Kul Lee, Sung Jong Yoo
Electrochemical water splitting is one of the most promising systems by which to store energy produced from sustainable sources, such as solar and wind energy. Designing robust and stable electrocatalysts is urgently needed because of the relatively sluggish kinetics of the anodic reaction, i.e. the oxygen evolution reaction (OER). In this study, we investigate the anomalous in situ activation behaviour of carbon-supported Ni2P nanoparticles (Ni2P/C) during OER catalysis in alkaline media. The activated Ni2P/C shows an exceptionally high activity and stability under OER conditions in which the overpotential needed to achieve 10 mA cm(-2) was reduced from approximately 350 mV to approximately 300 mV after 8,000 cyclic voltammetric scans...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
Clément Ganino, Guy Libourel
Early Solar System planetesimal thermal models predict the heating of the chondritic protolith and the preservation of a chondritic crust on differentiated parent bodies. Petrological and geochemical analyses of chondrites have suggested that secondary alteration phases formed at low temperatures (<300 °C) by fluid-rock interaction where reduced and oxidized Vigarano type Carbonaceous (CV) chondrites witness different physicochemical conditions. From a thermodynamical survey of Ca-Fe-rich secondary phases in CV3 chondrites including silica activity (aSiO2), here we show that the classical distinction between reduced and oxidized chondrites is no longer valid and that their Ca-Fe-rich secondary phases formed in similar reduced conditions near the iron-magnetite redox buffer at low aSiO2 (log(aSiO2) <-1) and moderate temperature (210-610 °C)...
August 15, 2017: Nature Communications
Kevin M Huang, Sherry Liang, Steven Yeung, Etuajie Oiyemhonlan, Kristan H Cleveland, Cyrus Parsa, Robert Orlando, Frank L Meyskens, Bradley Andresen, Ying Huang
In previous studies, the β-blocker carvedilol inhibited EGF-induced epidermal cell transformation and chemical carcinogen-induced mouse skin hyperplasia. As exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation leads to skin cancer, the present study examined whether carvedilol can prevent UV-induced carcinogenesis. Carvedilol absorbs UV like a sunscreen; thus, to separate pharmacological from sunscreen effects, 4-hydroxycarbazole (4-OHC), which absorbs UV to the same degree as carvedilol, served as control. JB6 P+ cells, an established epidermal model for studying tumor promotion, were used for evaluating the effect of carvedilol on UV-induced neoplastic transformation...
August 15, 2017: Cancer Prevention Research
Yijie Zhao, Wen Yi, Albert P C Chan, Francis K W Wong, Michael C H Yam
Construction workers are subjected to heat stress because of the hot environment, physically demanding tasks, and/or personal protective equipment. A tailor-made cooling vest that protects construction workers from heat-related injuries was developed. The purpose of the study is to examine a newly designed cooling vest's effectiveness in alleviating physiological and perceptual strain in a hot and humid environment. Twelve male participants performed two trials, i.e., cooling vest (VEST) and control (CON) in a climatic chamber controlled at 37°C temperature, 60% relative humidity, 0...
August 1, 2017: Annals of Work Exposures and Health
Robert A Carels, James Rossi, Chelsey Solar, Jennifer C Selensky
This investigation explored experiences of weight stigma using momentary, real-time diary assessments among adults seeking weight loss treatment. In total, 51 participants completed diary assessments of weight stigmatizing events and reported how they felt and coped with each incident. Experiencing stigma was significantly associated with fewer positive and greater negative emotions. There was a significant inverse relationship between using positive self-talk and feeling numb and a positive relationship between using isolation/avoidance coping and feeling depressed, ashamed, and less happy...
February 1, 2017: Journal of Health Psychology
Surendra K Yadav, Sandheep Ravishankar, Sara Pescetelli, Antonio Agresti, Francisco Fabregat-Santiago, Aldo Di Carlo
In the last few decades, dye-sensitized solar cell (DSC) technology has been demonstrated to be a promising candidate for low cost energy production due to cost-effective materials and fabrication processes. Arguably, DSC stability is the biggest challenge for making this technology appealing for industrial exploitation. This work provides further insight into the stability of DSCs by considering specific dye-electrolyte systems characterized by Raman and impedance spectroscopy analysis. In particular, two ruthenium-based dyes, Z907 and Ru505, and two commercially available electrolytes, namely, the high stability electrolyte (HSE) and solvent-free Livion 12 (L-12), were tested...
August 15, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Tianjun Liao, Xin Zhang, Xiaohang Chen, Bihong Lin, Jincan Chen
The negative illumination thermoradiative solar cell (NITSC) consisting of a concentrator, an absorber, and a thermoradiative cell (TRC) is established, where the radiation and reflection losses from the absorber to the environment and the radiation loss from the TRC to the environment are taken into consideration. The power output and overall efficiency of the NITSC are analytically derived. The operating temperature of the TRC is determined through the thermal equilibrium equations, and the efficiency of the NITSC is calculated through the optimization of the output voltage of the TRC and the concentrating factor for a given value of the bandgap...
August 15, 2017: Optics Letters
Kyunghwan Kim, Yunwon Song, Jungwoo Oh
Light trapping by surface texturing is widely used to improve the performance of optoelectronic devices. In this Letter, we demonstrate nano/micro dual-scale textured GaAs by integrating triangular GaAs by orientation-dependent wet etching and subwavelength nanoholes by metal-assisted chemical etching (MacEtch). This is the first report on nano/micro dual-scale textured GaAs. The reflectance was adjusted by controlling the aspect ratio of the nanoholes by varying the MacEtch duration. The combination of the microstructure and subwavelength structures significantly reduced the solar-weighted reflectance of a bare GaAs substrate by 72%...
August 15, 2017: Optics Letters
Liangang Xiao, Tianxiang Liang, Ke Gao, Tianqi Lai, Xuebin Chen, Feng Liu, Thomas P Russell, Fei Huang, Xiaobin Peng, Yong Cao
Ternary organic solar cells (OSCs) are very attractive for further enhancing the power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) of binary ones but still with a single active layer. However, improving the PCEs is still challenging because a ternary cell with one more component is more complicated on phase separation behavior. If the two donors or two acceptors have similar chemical structures, good miscibility can be expected to reduce the try-and-error work. Herein, we report ternary devices based on two small molecule donors with the same backbone but different substituents...
August 15, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Xinwei Chen, Si-Lu Tao, Cong Fan, Dongcheng Chen, Ling Zhou, Hui Lin, Cai-Jun Zheng, Shi-Jian Su
Ternary bulk heterojunction (BHJ) is a brilliant photovoltaic technology for improving the performance of organic solar cells (OSCs), since the light absorption range can be significantly extended by using multiple donors or acceptor materials. In this paper, coumarin7 (C7), a small organic molecule typical led used in organic light-emitting diodes, was initially exploited as second electron-donor component in ternary bulk heterojunction OSCs along with conventional blend system spolythieno[3,4-b]-thiophene/benzodithiophene(PTB7) and [6,6]-phenyl-C71 -butyric acid methyl(PC71 BM)...
August 15, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Haider Ali, Xinbo Yang, Klaus Weber, Winston V Schoenfeld, Kristopher O Davis
In this study, the cross-section of electron-selective titanium oxide (TiO2) contacts for n-type crystalline silicon solar cells were investigated by transmission electron microscopy. It was revealed that the excellent cell efficiency of 21.6% obtained on n-type cells, featuring SiO2/TiO2/Al rear contacts and after forming gas annealing (FGA) at 350°C, is due to strong surface passivation of SiO2/TiO2 stack as well as low contact resistivity at the Si/SiO2/TiO2 heterojunction. This can be attributed to the transformation of amorphous TiO2 to a conducting TiO2-x phase...
August 15, 2017: Microscopy and Microanalysis
Zhijie Bi, Xiaomin Li, Yongbo Chen, Xiaoli He, Xiaoke Xu, Xiang Dong Gao
A high-performance electrochromic-energy storage device (EESD) is developed, which successfully realizes the multifunctional combination of electrochromism and energy storage by constructing tungsten trioxide monohydrate (WO3●H2O) nanosheets and Prussian white (PW) film as asymmetric electrodes. The EESD presents excellent electrochromic properties of broad optical modulation (61.7%), ultrafast response speed (1.84/1.95 s) and great coloration efficiency (139.4 cm(2) C(-1)). In particular, remarkable cyclic stability (sustaining 82...
August 15, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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