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Saeideh Tasharrofi, Hossein Taghdisian, Abdollah Golchoobi
In this study, pure and ternary adsorption of hydrogen sulfide (H2 S), ethylbenzene (EB), and carbon monoxide (CO) on different arrays of zigzag double wall carbon nanotube was investigated using grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations. The internal diameters of nanotube were fixed at 2r = 50.17 Å while nanotube wall distances were different values from d = 0 Å to d = 150 Å. Pure simulation results indicated that adsorption quantity of H2 S and EB in low pressure ranges of P = 1.9 bar to P = 3...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
Francisco Vaz-Guimaraes, Maria Koutourousiou, John R de Almeida, Elizabeth C Tyler-Kabara, Juan C Fernandez-Miranda, Eric W Wang, Carl H Snyderman, Paul A Gardner
OBJECTIVE Epidermoid and dermoid cysts may be found along the cranial base and are commonly resected via open transcranial approaches. The use of endoscopic endonasal approaches for resection of these tumors has been rarely reported. METHODS The authors retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 21 patients who underwent endoscopic endonasal surgery for epidermoid and dermoid cyst resection at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center between January 2005 and June 2014. Surgical outcomes and variables that might affect the extent of resection and complications were analyzed...
March 16, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
Zhili Wan, Yingen Sun, Lulu Ma, Feibai Zhou, Jian Guo, Song-Qing Hu, Xiao-Quan Yang
Nanofibrils from self-assembly of the naturally occurring saponin glycyrrhizic acid (GA) can be used to create an oil-in-water emulsion foam with long-term stability. Through a homogenization and aeration followed by a rapid cooling, stable emulsion foams can be produced from the mixtures of sunflower oil and saponin nanofibrils. At high temperature, the GA fibrils form a multilayer assembly at the interface, creating an interfacial fibrillar network to stabilize the oil droplets and air bubbles generated during homogenization...
March 16, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Zhen Li, Shouzhen Jiang, Yanyan Huo, Tingyin Ning, Aihua Liu, Chao Zhang, Yuan He, Minghong Wang, Chonghui Li, Baoyuan Man
We report a three-dimensional (3D) SERS substrate with different numbers of silver nanoparticle (Ag NP) layers using multilayer graphene oxide (GO) as a spacer. The SERS performance of the 3D nanostructure was investigated and it was found that the SERS effect increased as the number of Ag NP layers increased, and showed almost no change for more than four layers. We found that the SERS performance of the 3D nanostructures can be mainly attributed to the topmost hot spots which are closely related to the Ag NP layers in the 3D nanostructure...
March 16, 2018: Nanoscale
Yi Sun, Liping Yan, Chaorong Li, Benyong Chen
Disordered wrinkles are widely observed in stiff film deposited onto a thermally expanded polymer when compressive stress exceeds the critical wrinkling stress of the film. Highly ordered wrinkles can be fabricated by introducing regularly arranged patterns on the polymer before deposition. However, the study on the morphological evolution of localized wrinkling patterns near defects on the stiff film/compliant substrate is neglected. In this paper, we show two morphological transitions of the local wrinkles induced by defects on an Au film/PDMS substrate...
March 19, 2018: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Li Zhang, Jiasheng Chen, Chunming Gao, Chuanmiao Liu, Kuihua Xu
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is a leading cause of cancer-related death worldwide. The early diagnosis of HCC is greatly helpful to achieve long-term disease-free survival. However, HCC is usually difficult to be diagnosed at an early stage. The aim of this study was to create the prediction model to diagnose HCC based on gene expression programming (GEP). GEP is an evolutionary algorithm and a domain-independent problem-solving technique. Clinical data show that six serum biomarkers, including gamma-glutamyl transferase, C-reaction protein, carcinoembryonic antigen, alpha-fetoprotein, carbohydrate antigen 153, and carbohydrate antigen 199, are related to HCC characteristics...
March 16, 2018: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
Worapan Kusakunniran, Qiang Wu, Panrasee Ritthipravat, Jian Zhang
(Background and Objective): The occurrence of hard exudates is one of the early signs of diabetic retinopathy which is one of the leading causes of the blindness. Many patients with diabetic retinopathy lose their vision because of the late detection of the disease. Thus, this paper is to propose a novel method of hard exudates segmentation in retinal images in an automatic way. (Methods): The existing methods are based on either supervised or unsupervised learning techniques. In addition, the learned segmentation models may often cause miss-detection and/or fault-detection of hard exudates, due to the lack of rich characteristics, the intra-variations, and the similarity with other components in the retinal image...
May 2018: Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine
Felix A Blyakhman, Nikita A Buznikov, Tatyana F Sklyar, Alexander P Safronov, Elizaveta V Golubeva, Andrey V Svalov, Sergey Yu Sokolov, Grigory Yu Melnikov, Iñaki Orue, Galina V Kurlyandskaya
Hydrogels are biomimetic materials widely used in the area of biomedical engineering and biosensing. Ferrogels (FG) are magnetic composites capable of functioning as magnetic field sensitive transformers and field assisted drug deliverers. FG can be prepared by incorporating magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) into chemically crosslinked hydrogels. The properties of biomimetic ferrogels for multifunctional biosensor applications can be set up by synthesis. The properties of these biomimetic ferrogels can be thoroughly controlled in a physical experiment environment which is much less demanding than biotests...
March 15, 2018: Sensors
Kuikun Yang, Yijing Liu, Yi Liu, Qian Zhang, Chuncai Kong, Chenglin Yi, Zijian Zhou, Zhantong Wang, Guofeng Zhang, Yang Zhang, Niveen M Khashab, Xiaoyuan Chen, Zhihong Nie
This article describes the fabrication of nanosized magneto-vesicles (MVs) comprising tunable layers of densely-packed superparamagnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (SPIONs) in membranes via cooperative assembly of polymer-tethered SPIONs and free poly(styrene)-b-poly(acrylic acid) (PS-b-PAA). The membrane thickness of MVs could be well controlled from 9.8 to 93.2 nm by varying the weight ratio of PS-b-PAA to SPIONs. The increase in membrane thickness was accompanied with the transition from monolayer MVs, to double-layered MVs and to multilayered MVs (MuMVs)...
March 15, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Thalía Domínguez Bucio, Ali Z Khokhar, Goran Z Mashanovich, Frederic Y Gardes
We report the design and fabrication of a compact angled multimode interferometer (AMMI) on a 600 nm thick N-rich silicon nitride platform (n=1.92) optimized to match the International Telecommunication Union coarse wavelength division (de)multiplexing standard in the O telecommunication band. The demonstrated device exhibited a good spectral response with Δλ=20  nm, BW3 dB ∼11  nm, IL<1.5  dB, and XT∼20  dB. Additionally, it showed a high tolerance to dimensional errors <120  pm/nm and low sensitivity to temperature variations <20  pm/°C, respectively...
March 15, 2018: Optics Letters
Laurent Frey, Lilian Masarotto, Loubna El Melhaoui, Sophie Verrun, Stéphane Minoret, Guillaume Rodriguez, Agathe André, Frédéric Ritton, Pascale Parrein
New architectures of interference silver-dielectric multilayer filters inspired from induced transmission designs are investigated with the prospect of high-performance red-green-blue (RGB) complementary metal oxide semiconductor imaging. The optimized designs provide combined colorimetric, signal-to-noise ratio and sensitivity performances similar to the traditional organic color filters, but without the equirement of an external infrared (IR)-cut filter, which enables the integration of additional channels such as white or IR, in addition to RGB...
March 15, 2018: Optics Letters
Tristan J Coulter, Clifford J Mallett, Jefferson A Singer
The current study adopted McAdams' multilayer framework as the basis to develop a psychological portrait of an elite athlete who was identified as being particularly 'mentally tough'. The aim was to use this single case as an exemplar to demonstrate the utility of McAdams' framework for understanding the complexity of sport performers across three domains of personality: dispositional traits, characteristic adaptations, and narrative identity. We operationalised these domains through the development of specific research questions and, subsequently, the collection and integration of the participant's Big Five traits, personal strivings, coping strategies, and response to a life story interview...
January 2018: European Journal of Personality
Joel Cramer, Felix Fuhrmann, Ulrike Ritzmann, Vanessa Gall, Tomohiko Niizeki, Rafael Ramos, Zhiyong Qiu, Dazhi Hou, Takashi Kikkawa, Jairo Sinova, Ulrich Nowak, Eiji Saitoh, Mathias Kläui
Information transport and processing by pure magnonic spin currents in insulators is a promising alternative to conventional charge-current-driven spintronic devices. The absence of Joule heating and reduced spin wave damping in insulating ferromagnets have been suggested for implementing efficient logic devices. After the successful demonstration of a majority gate based on the superposition of spin waves, further components are required to perform complex logic operations. Here, we report on magnetization orientation-dependent spin current detection signals in collinear magnetic multilayers inspired by the functionality of a conventional spin valve...
March 14, 2018: Nature Communications
Reka Horvath, Gyorgy Hantal, Sylvain Picaud, Milán Szőri, Pal Jedlovszky
The adsorption of methylamine at the surface of amorphous ice is studied at various temperatures, ranging from 20 K to 200 K, by grand canonical Monte Carlo simulations under conditions that are characteristic to the interstellar medium (ISM). The results are also compared with those obtained earlier on crystalline (Ih) ice. We found that methylamine has a strong ability of being adsorbed on amorphous ice, involving also multilayer adsorption. The decrease of the temperature leads to a substantial increase of this adsorption ability, thus, considerable adsorption is seen at 20-50 K even at bulk gas phase concentrations that are comparable with that of the ISM...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
D A Nikishin, N M Alyoshina, Y B Shmukler
Using RT-PCR, we showed the presence of Tph1 mRNA in follicular cells and Tph2 mRNA in oocytes isolated from primary multilayer ovarian follicles of mouse and the absence of Ddc expression, which indicates that serotonin cannot be synthesized in a developing ovarian follicle. The membrane serotonin transporter Sert is expressed in follicular cells and oocytes. Experiments on the cultivation of follicles in vitro confirmed the absence of serotonin synthesis from 5-hydroxytryptophan and the presence of membrane transport activity in the oocyte...
January 2018: Doklady. Biochemistry and Biophysics
Hyosung An, Touseef Habib, Smit Shah, Huili Gao, Miladin Radovic, Micah J Green, Jodie L Lutkenhaus
Stretchable, bendable, and foldable conductive coatings are crucial for wearable electronics and biometric sensors. These coatings should maintain functionality while simultaneously interfacing with different types of surfaces undergoing mechanical deformation. MXene sheets as conductive two-dimensional nanomaterials are promising for this purpose, but it is still extremely difficult to form surface-agnostic MXene coatings that can withstand extreme mechanical deformation. We report on conductive and conformal MXene multilayer coatings that can undergo large-scale mechanical deformation while maintaining a conductivity as high as 2000 S/m...
March 2018: Science Advances
Duy-Truong Quach, Duc-Thang Pham, Duc-The Ngo, The-Long Phan, Seung-Young Park, Sang-Hyuk Lee, Dong-Hyun Kim
Hysteresis of ferromagnetic system exhibits a fundamental stimulus-response behavior, thereby casting all the important macromagnetic system parameters such as coercivity, nucleation field, saturation magnetization, and hysteresis loss. Recently, increasing attention has been paid to exploration of relatively less understood minor loop behavior, since faster operation of magnetic devices is inevitably accompanied by minor hysteresis behavior from cycling among unsaturated ferromagnetic states. Here, we report our microscopic investigation of unusual minor hysteresis loop behavior, represented by rounded or sharpened response of minor hysteresis loop of (CoFeB/Pd)4 multilayer film...
March 13, 2018: Scientific Reports
Carla Ribeiro, João Borges, Ana M S Costa, Vítor M Gaspar, Verónica de Zea Bermudez, João F Mano
Hollow multilayered capsules have shown massive potential for being used in the biomedical and biotechnology fields, in applications such as cellular internalization, intracellular trafficking, drug delivery, or tissue engineering. In particular, hollow microcapsules, developed by resorting to porous calcium carbonate sacrificial templates, natural-origin building blocks and the prominent Layer-by-Layer (LbL) technology, have attracted increasing attention owing to their key features. However, these microcapsules revealed a great tendency to aggregate, which represents a major hurdle when aiming for cellular internalization and intracellular therapeutics delivery...
March 10, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Khaoula Lebdioua, Anne Aimable, Manuella Cerbelaud, Arnaud Videcoq, Claire Peyratout
HYPOTHESIS: Pickering emulsions were prepared using wax and silica submicronic particles (650 nm), as a first step towards the synthesis of Janus particles. Surfactants added to silica particles control the emulsion stability and particles arrangement, i.e. their penetration depth into the wax and their ability to form a monolayer. Thus, a systematic study of surfactants is proposed. EXPERIMENTS: Zeta potential measurements and sedimentation tests are conducted to evaluate interactions of two cationic (CTAB: hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide and DDAB: didodecyldimethylammonium bromide) and two polymeric surfactants with silica surface...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Shiva Borzouei, Ali Reza Soltanian
Objectives: Identify the most important of demographic risk factors to the diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) using the neural network model. Methods: In this study was conducted on 234 samples, and data were collected from individuals referring to diabetes center in Hamadan city (west of Iran) from 27 November to 15 March 2016. Diagnosis of normal people and diabetics was performed by HbA1c measures. Multilayer perceptron artificial neural network used to identify demographic risk factors on T2DM and their importance rate...
March 10, 2018: Epidemiology and Health
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