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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441749/using-wavelet-packet-transform-for-surface-roughness-evaluation-and-texture-extraction
#1
Xiao Wang, Tielin Shi, Guanglan Liao, Yichun Zhang, Yuan Hong, Kepeng Chen
Surface characterization plays a significant role in evaluating surface functional performance. In this paper, we introduce wavelet packet transform for surface roughness characterization and surface texture extraction. Surface topography is acquired by a confocal laser scanning microscope. Smooth border padding and de-noise process are implemented to generate a roughness surface precisely. By analyzing the high frequency components of a simulated profile, surface textures are separated by using wavelet packet transform, and the reconstructed roughness and waviness coincide well with the original ones...
April 23, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441740/a-miniature-aerosol-sensor-for-detecting-polydisperse-airborne-ultrafine-particles
#2
Chao Zhang, Dingqu Wang, Rong Zhu, Wenming Yang, Peng Jiang
Counting and sizing of polydisperse airborne nanoparticles have attracted most attentions owing to increasing widespread presence of airborne engineered nanoparticles or ultrafine particles. Here we report a miniature aerosol sensor to detect particle size distribution of polydisperse ultrafine particles based on ion diffusion charging and electrical detection. The aerosol sensor comprises a couple of planar electrodes printed on two circuit boards assembled in parallel, where charging, precipitation and measurement sections are integrated into one chip, which can detect aerosol particle size in of 30-500 nm, number concentration in range of 5 × 10²-10⁷ /cm³...
April 22, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441713/accelerating-advances-in-science-engineering-and-medicine-through-nanoscience-and-nanotechnology
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Warren C W Chan, Ali Khademhosseini, Helmuth Möhwald, Wolfgang J Parak, Jeff F Miller, Aydogan Ozcan, Paul S Weiss
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 25, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441489/a-comparison-of-gasoline-direct-injection-gdi-and-port-fuel-injection-pfi-vehicle-emissions-emission-certification-standards-cold-start-secondary-organic-aerosol-formation-potential-and-potential-climate-impacts
#4
Georges Saliba, Rawad Saleh, Yunliang Zhao, Albert A Presto, Andrew T Lambe, Bruce Frodin, Satya Sardar, Hector Maldonado, Christine Maddox, Andrew A May, Greg T Drozd, Allen H Goldstein, Lynn M Russell, Fabian P Hagen, Allen L Robinson
Recent increases in the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards have led to widespread adoption of vehicles equipped with gasoline direct injection (GDI) engines. Changes in engine technologies can alter emissions. To quantify these effects, we measured gas- and particle-phase emissions from eighty-two light duty gasoline vehicles recruited from the California in-use fleet tested on a chassis dynamometer using the cold-start unified cycle. The fleet included 15 GDI vehicles, including 8 GDIs certified to the most stringent emissions standard, super-ultra-low-emission vehicles (SULEV)...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441473/assembly-of-macrocycle-dye-derivatives-into-particles-for-fluorescence-and-photoacoustic-applications
#5
Hoang Dung Lu, Tristan L Lim, Shoshana Javitt, Andrew Heinmiller, Robert K Prud'homme
Optical imaging is a rapidly progressing medical technique that can benefit from the development of new and improved optical imaging agents suitable for use in vivo. However, the molecular rules detailing what optical agents can be processed and encapsulated into in vivo presentable forms are not known. We here present the screening of series of highly hydrophobic porphyrin, phthalocyanine, and naphthalocyanine dye macrocycles through a self-assembling Flash NanoPrecipitation process to form a series of water dispersible dye nanoparticles (NPs)...
April 25, 2017: ACS Combinatorial Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441472/repurposing-a-two-component-system-based-biosensor-for-the-killing-of-vibrio-cholerae
#6
Premkumar Jayaraman, Maciej Bartosz Holowko, Jing Wui Yeoh, Sierin Lim, Chueh Loo Poh
New strategies to control cholera are urgently needed. This study develops an in vitro proof-of-concept sense-and-eradicate system in a wild-type Escherichia coli strain to target the causative pathogen Vibrio cholerae using a synthetic biology approach. Our engineered E. coli specifically detects V. cholerae via its quorum-sensing molecule CAI-1 and responds by expressing the lysis protein (YebF-Art-085), thereby self-lysing to release the killing protein (Art-085) to eradicate V. cholerae. For this report, we individually characterized the YebF-Art-085 and Art-085 expression and their activities when coupled to our previously developed V...
April 25, 2017: ACS Synthetic Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441408/short-term-internet-search-using-makes-people-rely-on-search-engines-when-facing-unknown-issues
#7
Yifan Wang, Lingdan Wu, Liang Luo, Yifen Zhang, Guangheng Dong
The Internet search engines, which have powerful search/sort functions and ease of use features, have become an indispensable tool for many individuals. The current study is to test whether the short-term Internet search training can make people more dependent on it. Thirty-one subjects out of forty subjects completed the search training study which included a pre-test, a six-day's training of Internet search, and a post-test. During the pre- and post- tests, subjects were asked to search online the answers to 40 unusual questions, remember the answers and recall them in the scanner...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441344/collagenous-extracellular-matrix-biomaterials-for-tissue-engineering-lessons-from-the-common-sea-urchin-tissue
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Kheng Lim Goh, David F Holmes
Scaffolds for tissue engineering application may be made from a collagenous extracellular matrix (ECM) of connective tissues because the ECM can mimic the functions of the target tissue. The primary sources of collagenous ECM material are calf skin and bone. However, these sources are associated with the risk of having bovine spongiform encephalopathy or transmissible spongiform encephalopathy. Alternative sources for collagenous ECM materials may be derived from livestock, e.g., pigs, and from marine animals, e...
April 25, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441328/a-gradient-field-pulsed-eddy-current-probe-for-evaluation-of-hidden-material-degradation-in-conductive-structures-based-on-lift-off-invariance
#9
Yong Li, Haoqing Jing, Ilham Mukriz Zainal Abidin, Bei Yan
Coated conductive structures are widely adopted in such engineering fields as aerospace, nuclear energy, etc. The hostile and corrosive environment leaves in-service coated conductive structures vulnerable to Hidden Material Degradation (HMD) occurring under the protection coating. It is highly demanded that HMD can be non-intrusively assessed using non-destructive evaluation techniques. In light of the advantages of Gradient-field Pulsed Eddy Current technique (GPEC) over other non-destructive evaluation methods in corrosion evaluation, in this paper the GPEC probe for quantitative evaluation of HMD is intensively investigated...
April 25, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441034/thrombus-formation-at-high-shear-rate
#10
Lauren D C Casa, David N Ku
The final common pathway in myocardial infarction and ischemic stroke is occlusion of blood flow from a thrombus forming under high shear rates in arteries. A high-shear thrombus forms rapidly and is distinct from the slow formation of coagulation that occurs in stagnant blood. Thrombosis at high shear rates depends primarily on the long protein von Willebrand factor (vWF) and platelets, with hemodynamics playing an important role in each stage of thrombus formation, including vWF binding, platelet adhesion, platelet activation, and rapid thrombus growth...
April 24, 2017: Annual Review of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440957/the-role-of-high-throughput-screening-in-ecotoxicology-and-engineered-nanomaterials
#11
REVIEW
Andrew Barrick, Amélie Châtel, Mélanie Bruneau, Catherine Mouneyrac
The field of environmental toxicology developed as a result of growing concerns about anthropogenic influences on the environment and how to ameliorate ecological impact. Many governmental bodies are beginning to emphasize prevention rather than mitigation when addressing novel products, leading to more of a focus on identifying potential toxicity prior to release. With the exponential advances in their development and sale, novel metamaterials and biotechnology are set to dramatically outpace the capabilities of current testing strategies...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440915/unravelling-the-impact-of-lignin-on-cell-wall-mechanics-a-comprehensive-study-on-young-poplar-trees-downregulated-for-cinnamyl-alcohol-dehyrogenase-cad
#12
M Özparpucu, M Rüggeberg, N Gierlinger, I Cesarino, R Vanholme, W Boerjan, I Burgert
Lignin engineering is a promising tool to reduce the energy input and the need of chemical pre-treatments for the efficient conversion of plant biomass into fermentable sugars for downstream applications. At the same time, lignin engineering can offer new insight into structure-function relationships of plant cell walls by combined mechanical, structural and chemical analyses. Here, such a comprehensive approach was applied on poplar trees (Populus tremula x Populus alba) downregulated for CINNAMYL ALCOHOL DEHYDROGENASE (CAD) for gaining insight into the impact of lignin reduction on mechanical properties...
April 25, 2017: Plant Journal: for Cell and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440839/refugee-health-and-rehabilitation-challenges-and-response
#13
Fary Khan, Bhasker Amatya
BACKGROUND: The current global refugee crisis poses major challenges in providing effective healthcare to refugees, particularly for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) management and disability. This article provides an overview of refugee health and potential challenges from the rehabilitation perspective. METHODS: A literature search (both academic and grey literature) was conducted using medical and health science electronic databases and internet search engines (2001-2016)...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440798/improved-gene-delivery-to-adult-mouse-spinal-cord-through-the-use-of-engineered-hybrid-adeno-associated-viral-serotypes
#14
J J Siu, N J Queen, W Huang, F Q Yin, X Liu, C Wang, D M McTigue, L Cao
Adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors are often used in gene therapy for neurological disorders because of its safety profile and promising results in clinical trials. One challenge to AAV gene therapy is effective transduction of large numbers of the appropriate cell type, which can be overcome by modulating the viral capsid through DNA shuffling. Our previous study demonstrates that Rec2, among a family of novel engineered hybrid capsid serotypes (Rec1~4) transduces adipose tissue with far superior efficiency than naturally occurring AAV serotypes...
April 25, 2017: Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440708/towards-in-vitro-to-in-vivo-translation-of-monoclonal-antibody-pharmacokinetics-application-of-a-neonatal-fc-receptor-mediated-transcytosis-assay-to-understand-the-interplaying-clearance-mechanisms
#15
Claudia A Castro Jaramillo, Sara Belli, Anne-Christine Cascais, Sherri Dudal, Martin R Edelmann, Markus Haak, Marie-Elise Brun, Michael B Otteneder, Mohammed Ullah, Christoph Funk, Franz Schuler, Silke Simon
Monoclonal antibodies (mAbs) are a rapidly growing drug class for which great efforts have been made to optimize certain molecular features in order to achieve the desired pharmacokinetic (PK) properties. One approach is to engineer the interactions of the mAb with the neonatal Fc receptor (FcRn) by introducing specific amino acid sequence mutations, and to assess their effect on the PK profile with in vivo studies. Indeed, FcRn protects mAbs from intracellular degradation, thereby prolongs antibody circulation time in plasma and modulates its systemic clearance...
April 25, 2017: MAbs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440631/elastic-and-ph-responsive-hybrid-interfaces-created-with-engineered-resilin-and-nanocellulose
#16
Wenwen Fang, Arja Paananen, Marika Vitikainen, Salla Koskela, Ann Westerholm-Parvinen, Jussi Joensuu, Christopher Landowski, Merja Penttilä, Markus B Linder, Päivi Laaksonen
We investigated how a genetically engineered resilin fusion protein modifies cellulose surfaces. We characterized the pH responsive behavior of a resilin like peptide (RLP) having terminal cellulose binding modules (CBM) and showed its binding to cellulose nanofibrils (CNF). Characterization of the resilin fusion protein at different pHs revealed substantial conformational changes of the protein, which were observed as swelling and contraction of the protein layer bound to the nanocellulose surface. In addition, we showed that employment of the modified resilin in cellulose hydrogel and nanopaper increased their modulus of stiffness through a cross-linking effect...
April 25, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440617/anchoring-tailored-low-index-faceted-biobr-nanoplates-onto-tio2-nanorods-to-enhance-the-stability-and-visible-light-driven-catalytic-activity
#17
Chao Xue, Tianxi Zhang, Shujiang Ding, Jinjia Wei, Guidong Yang
In this work, a fantastic one-dimensional (1D) BiOBr/TiO2 nanorods (NRs) heterojunction composite was rationally proposed and designed from the perspective of molecular and interface engineering. The fabricated intimately connected interfacial heterojunction between two-dimensional (2D) BiOBr nanoplates and 1D TiO2 NRs acts as the interfacial nano-channel to promote efficient interfacial charge migration and the separation of photogenerated electron-hole pairs. As a result, 1D BiOBr/TiO2 NRs heterojunctions exhibited outstanding visible-light photocatalytic activities and sustained cycling performance...
April 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440581/the-toxicity-of-silver-to-soil-organisms-exposed-to-silver-nanoparticles-and-silver-nitrate-in-biosolids-amended-field-soil
#18
Alexander H Jesmer, Jessica R Velicogna, Dina M Schwertfeger, Richard P Scroggins, Juliska I Princz
The use of engineered silver nanoparticles (AgNP) is widespread, with expected release to the terrestrial environment through the application of biosolids onto agricultural lands. The toxicity of AgNP and AgNO3 (as ionic Ag(+) ) to plant (Elymus lanceolatus and Trifolium pratense) and soil invertebrate (Eisenia andrei and Folsomia candida) species was assessed using silver-amended biosolids applied to a natural sandy loam soil. Bioavailable Ag(+) in soil samples was estimated using an ion-exchange technique applied to KNO3 soil extracts while exposure to dispersible AgNP was verified by single particle-ICP-MS and TEM-EDS analysis...
April 25, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440336/ultrahigh-energy-density-harvested-from-domain-engineered-relaxor-ferroelectric-single-crystals-under-high-strain-rate-loading
#19
Sergey I Shkuratov, Jason Baird, Vladimir G Antipov, Evgueni F Talantsev, Jay B Chase, Wesley Hackenberger, Jun Luo, Hwan R Jo, Christopher S Lynch
Relaxor ferroelectric single crystals have triggered revolution in electromechanical systems due to their superior piezoelectric properties. Here the results are reported on experimental studies of energy harvested from (1-y-x)Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-(y)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-(x)PbTiO3 (PIN-PMN-PT) crystals under high strain rate loading. Precise control of ferroelectric properties through composition, size and crystallographic orientation of domains made it possible to identify single crystals that release up to three times more electric charge density than that produced by PbZr0...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440273/active-matter-logic-for-autonomous-microfluidics
#20
Francis G Woodhouse, Jörn Dunkel
Chemically or optically powered active matter plays an increasingly important role in materials design, but its computational potential has yet to be explored systematically. The competition between energy consumption and dissipation imposes stringent physical constraints on the information transport in active flow networks, facilitating global optimization strategies that are not well understood. Here, we combine insights from recent microbial experiments with concepts from lattice-field theory and non-equilibrium statistical mechanics to introduce a generic theoretical framework for active matter logic...
April 25, 2017: Nature Communications
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