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Yiwen Ouyang, Jingyi Li, Doris M Haverstick, James P Landers
We recently defined a magnetic bead-based assay that exploited an agglutination-like response for DNA and applied it to DNA-containing cell enumeration using inexpensive benchtop hardware [ J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012 , 134 ( 12 ), 5689 - 96 ]. Although cost-efficient, the open-well format assay required numerous manual steps, and the magnetic field actuation scheme was not readily adaptable for integration. Here, we demonstrate a low-cost (<$2 in-lab), higher-throughput "pinwheel assay" platform that relies on a combination of a disposable rotation-driven microdisc (RDM), and a simple bidirectional rotating magnetic field (bi-RMF)...
October 25, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Gisela Reinfeldt Engberg, Clara Ibel Chamorro, Agneta Nordenskjöld, Magdalena Fossum
In order to develop autologous tissue engineering of the whole wall in the urinary excretory system, we studied the regenerative capacity of the muscular bladder wall. Smooth muscle cell expansion on minced detrusor muscle in vitro and in vivo with or without urothelial tissue was studied. Porcine minced detrusor muscle and urothelium were cultured in vitro under standard culture conditions for evaluation of the explant technique and in collagen for tissue sectioning and histology. Autografts of minced detrusor muscle with or without minced urothelium were expanded on 3D cylinder moulds by grafting into the subcutaneous fat of the pig abdominal wall...
2016: BioMed Research International
Moussa Biaye, Ewa Zbydniewska, Thierry Mélin, Dominique Deresmes, Guillaume Copie, Fabrizio Cleri, Neralagatta Sangeetha, Nicolas Decorde, Benoit Viallet, Jérémie Grisolia, Laurence Ressier, Heinrich Diesinger
Nanoparticle assemblies with thiol-terminated alkyl chains are studied by conducting atomic force microscopy (c-AFM) regarding their use as strain gauges for touch-sensitive panels. Current-force spectroscopy is used as a characterization tool complementary to the macroscopic setup since it allows a bias to be applied to a limited number of junctions, overcoming the Coulomb blockade energy and focusing on the contact electromechanics and the transport mechanism across the ligand. First, transition voltage spectroscopy is applied with varying force to target the underlying tunneling mechanism by observing whether the transition between the ohmic and exponential current-voltage behavior is force-dependent...
October 24, 2016: Nanotechnology
Matthew Jacobs, Martin Lopez-Garcia, O-Phart Phrathep, Tracy Lawson, Ruth Oulton, Heather M Whitney
Enhanced light harvesting is an area of interest for optimizing both natural photosynthesis and artificial solar energy capture(1,2). Iridescence has been shown to exist widely and in diverse forms in plants and other photosynthetic organisms and symbioses(3,4), but there has yet to be any direct link demonstrated between iridescence and photosynthesis. Here we show that epidermal chloroplasts, also known as iridoplasts, in shade-dwelling species of Begonia(5), notable for their brilliant blue iridescence, have a photonic crystal structure formed from a periodic arrangement of the light-absorbing thylakoid tissue itself...
October 24, 2016: Nature Plants
Taro Yamashita, Kentaro Waki, Shigehito Miki, Robert A Kirkwood, Robert H Hadfield, Hirotaka Terai
We present superconducting nanowire single-photon detectors (SSPDs) on non-periodic dielectric multilayers, which enable us to design a variety of wavelength dependences of optical absorptance by optimizing the dielectric multilayer. By adopting a robust simulation to optimize the dielectric multilayer, we designed three types of SSPDs with target wavelengths of 500 nm, 800 nm, and telecom range respectively. We fabricated SSPDs based on the optimized designs for 500 and 800 nm, and evaluated the system detection efficiency at various wavelengths...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Wei Cui, Anhe Wang, Jie Zhao, Junbai Li
Polyelectrolyte multilayer capsules have become a novel and promising class of hybrid materials with great potential since they can be applied in various areas, such as pharmaceutical sciences, biotechnology, and biomedicine. The concept of using such carriers for biology application is diagnosis and treatment of diseases for convenience, safety and specific targeting. Therefore, the development of biocompatible, biodegradable and specific characteristic nanostructure material is highly desirable. Much effort has been devoted to exploring innovative and effective techniques to fabricate such materials...
October 6, 2016: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
Shanshan Guo, Xiaoying Zhu, Xian Jun Loh
Controlling the adhesion of mammalian and bacterial cells at the interfaces between synthetic materials and biological environments is a real challenge in the biomedical fields such as tissue engineering, antibacterial coating, implantable biomaterials and biosensors. The surface properties of materials are known to profoundly influence the adhesion processes. To mediate the adhesion processes, polymeric coatings have been used to functionalize surfaces to introduce diverse physicochemical properties. The polyelectrolyte multilayer films built via the layer-by-layer (LbL) method, introduced by Moehwald, Decher, and Lvov 20years ago, has led to significant developments ranging from the fundamental understanding of cellular processes to controlling cell adhesion for biomedical applications...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Vincenzo Amendola, Stefano Scaramuzza, Francesco Carraro, Elti Cattaruzza
Laser ablation in liquids (LAL) emerged as a powerful technique for the synthesis of multielement nanoparticles (NPs) such as metal alloys with thermodynamically forbidden composition. Consequently, there is a great interest in expanding the current knowledge about NPs formation during LAL, in order to improve the control on product structure and to extend the range of compositions accessible by this technique. Here we performed a systematic investigation on alloy NPs formation by nanosecond LAL of Au/Fe/glass multilayers with different thickness and order of deposition...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Yang Sheng, Lun-De Liao, Aishwarya Bandla, Yu-Hang Liu, Jun Yuan, Nitish Thakor, Mei Chee Tan
Near-infrared photoacoustic (PA) imaging is an emerging diagnostic technology that utilizes the tissue transparent window to achieve improved contrast and spatial resolution for deep tissue imaging. In this study, we investigated the enhancement effect of the SiO2 shell on the PA property of our core/shell rare-earth nanoparticles (REs) consisting of an active rare-earth doped core of NaYF4:Yb,Er (REDNPs) and an undoped NaYF4 shell. We observed that the PA signal amplitude increased with SiO2 shell thickness...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Emad M M Ewais, Amira M M Amin, Yasser M Z Ahmed, Eman A Ashor, Ulrike Hess, Kurosch Rezwan
This paper describes the effect of magnesia in the presence of zirconia on the bioactivity, microstructure and physico-mechanical properties of calcium silicate composition adjusted at calcia/silica ratio(C/S) of 0.5. A mixture from calcium carbonate and silica was conducted at C/S of 0.5. 20wt.% of magnesia and 5-25wt.% of ZrO2 were added. Each mixture was mixed with ethanol in a planetary ball mill, dried, formed and fired at a temperature of 1325±5°C. Phase composition, FE-SEM, and physico-mechanical properties of the fired specimens were determined and explained...
January 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
Hwankyu Lee
Polyelectrolyte bilayers, which consist of poly-l-lysine (PLL) and hyaluronic acid (HA) were simulated with lipid membranes at different temperatures and ion concentrations. Starting with the sequential deposition of PLL and HA above the membrane surface, PLL and HA become completely mixed, leading to the formation of stable bilayers. PLL/HA bilayers are thicker at higher salt concentration because of weakened electrostatic interactions between PLLs and membrane lipids, in agreement with experiments. This salt effect decreases as PLL size increases...
September 23, 2016: Journal of Molecular Graphics & Modelling
Ye Xinguo, Sheng Li, Xuanxuan Chen, Yingfei Zhan, Xiaonan Li
Scaffolds with good three-dimensional (3D) structure and appropriate surface modification are essential to tissue regeneration in the treatment of tissue or organ failure. Silk fibroin (SF) is a promising scaffolding material with high biocompatibility, cytocompatibility, biodegradability and flexibility. In this study, positively charged polyethylenimine (PEI) and negatively charged SF assembled alternately onto cellulose nanofibrous substrates hydrolyzed from electrospun cellulose acetate nanofibrous mats...
October 18, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Regina Aroca-Santos, John C Cancilla, Enrique S Pariente, José S Torrecilla
The identification and quantification of binary blends of refined olive oil with four different extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) varietals (Picual, Cornicabra, Hojiblanca and Arbequina) was carried out with a simple method based on combining visible spectroscopy and non-linear artificial neural networks (ANNs). The data obtained from the spectroscopic analysis was treated and prepared to be used as independent variables for a multilayer perceptron (MLP) model. The model was able to perfectly classify the EVOO varietal (100% identification rate), whereas the error for the quantification of EVOO in the mixtures containing between 0% and 20% of refined olive oil, in terms of the mean prediction error (MPE), was 2...
December 1, 2016: Talanta
Radwan Elzein, Chun-Min Chang, Inna Ponomareva, Wen-Yang Gao, Shengqian Ma, Rudy Schlaf
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) deposited from solution have the potential to form 2-dimensional supramolecular thin films suitable for molecular electronic applications. However, the main challenges lie in achieving selective attachment to the substrate surface, and the integration of organic conductive ligands into the MOF structure to achieve conductivity. The presented results demonstrate that photoemission spectroscopy combined with preparation in a system-attached glovebox can be used to characterize the electronic structure of such systems...
October 21, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Damoon Sohrabi Baba Heidary, Clive A Randall
Both Li2CO3-coated nickel particles and fast firing technique were utilized in the manufacturing of MLCCs. They preserved the conductivity of Ni electrodes and provided the possibility of sintering the devices in oxidizing atmospheres. By using our method, the partial pressure of oxygen increase from 10-10 atm in conventional methods to 10-4 atm. The oxidizing atmosphere reduced the oxygen vacancy concentration as illustrated by the color change of the samples, and the results of EELS (electron energy loss spectroscopy)...
October 21, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Lei Zhang, Xiaogang Liu, Weifeng Rao, Jingfa Li
Multilayer dye aggregation at the dye/TiO2 interface of dye-sensitized solar cells is probed via first principles calculations, using p-methyl red azo dye as an example. Our calculations suggest that the multilayer dye aggregates at the TiO2 surface can be stabilized by π…π stacking and hydrogen bond interactions. Compared with previous two-dimensional monolayer dye/TiO2 model, the multilayer dye aggregation model proposed in this study constructs a three-dimensional multilayer dye/TiO2 interfacial structure, and provides a better agreement between experimental and computational results in dye coverage and dye adsorption energy...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Tao Fu, Xianghe Peng, Xiang Chen, Shayuan Weng, Ning Hu, Qibin Li, Zhongchang Wang
We performed molecular dynamics simulation of nanoindentation on Cu/Ni nanotwinned multilayer films using a spherical indenter, aimed to investigate the effects of hetero-twin interface and twin thickness on hardness. We found that both twinning partial slip (TPS) and partial slip parallel with twin boundary (PSPTB) can reduce hardness and therefore should not be ignored when evaluating mechanical properties at nanoscale. There is a critical range of twin thickness λ (~25 Å < λ < ~31 Å), in which hardness of the multilayer films is maximized...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Alfio Torrisi, Przemyslaw Wachulak, Łukasz Węgrzyński, Tomasz Fok, Andrzej Bartnik, Tomáš Parkman, Šárka Vondrová, Jana Turňová, Bartłomiej J Jankiewicz, Bartosz Bartosewicz, Henryk Fiedorowicz
We report on a very compact desk-top transmission extreme ultraviolet (EUV) microscope based on a laser-plasma source with a double stream gas-puff target, capable of acquiring magnified images of objects with a spatial (half-pitch) resolution of sub-50 nm. A multilayer ellipsoidal condenser is used to focus and spectrally narrow the radiation from the plasma, producing a quasi-monochromatic EUV radiation (λ = 13.8 nm) illuminating the object, whereas a Fresnel zone plate objective forms the image. Design details, development, characterization and optimization of the EUV source and the microscope are described and discussed...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Microscopy
Sahadevan Rajesh, Yong Zhao, Hao Fong, Todd J Menkhaus
Nanofiltration membranes were prepared by forming multilayers of branched polyethylenimine (BPEI) and polyacrylic acid (PAA) on a polyacrylonitrile (PAN) nanofibrous mat by layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly. The degree of ionization (DI) of PAA, estimated using FTIR spectra both in the absence and presence of added salt, was shown to have a strong influence on the BPEI/PAA film growth. BPEI/PAA multilayers grew exponentially when the DI of PAA was less than 30%, or when the pH of PAA during LbL formation was less than 3...
October 21, 2016: Nanoscale
Carlos E Hernandez-Tamargo, Ransel Barzaga, Hans Mikosch, Javier A Martínez, José A Herrera, M H Farías, Mayra P Hernández
The adsorption of sulphur multilayers on Au(100) has been studied using density functional theory (DFT) within the generalized gradient approximation (GGA). The first sulphur layer was adsorbed on the four-fold sites of the unreconstructed Au(100) surface forming a lattice. The experimental parameters of the lattice were reproduced taking into account the surface expansion of the topmost Au(100) layer. This expansion should occur when gold islands are formed after the lifting of hex-reconstruction, which allows the lateral movement of the gold atoms...
October 21, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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