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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335550/preparation-of-biodegradable-and-elastic-poly-%C3%AE%C2%B5-caprolactone-co-lactide-copolymers-and-evaluation-as-a-localized-and-sustained-drug-delivery-carrier
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Ji Hoon Park, Bo Keun Lee, Seung Hun Park, Mal Geum Kim, Jin Woo Lee, Hye Yun Lee, Hai Bang Lee, Jae Ho Kim, Moon Suk Kim
To develop a biodegradable polymer possessing elasticity and flexibility, we synthesized MPEG-b-(PCL-co-PLA) copolymers (PCxLyA), which display specific rates of flexibility and elasticity. We synthesize the PCxLyA copolymers by ring-opening polymerization of ε-caprolactone and l-lactide. PCxLyA copolymers of various compositions were synthesized with 500,000 molecular weight. The PCxLyA copolymers mechanical properties were dependent on the mole ratio of the ε-caprolactone and l-lactide components. Cyclic tensile tests were carried out to investigate the resistance to creep of PCxLyA specimens after up to 20 deformation cycles to 50% elongation...
March 21, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335542/the-impact-of-bending-stress-on-the-performance-of-giant-magneto-impedance-gmi-magnetic-sensors
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Julie Nabias, Aktham Asfour, Jean-Paul Yonnet
The flexibility of amorphous Giant Magneto-Impedance (GMI) micro wires makes them easy to use in several magnetic field sensing applications, such as electrical current sensing, where they need to be deformed in order to be aligned with the measured field. The present paper deals with the bending impact, as a parameter of influence of the sensor, on the GMI effect in 100 µm Co-rich amorphous wires. Changes in the values of key parameters associated with the GMI effect have been investigated under bending stress...
March 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335399/an-eddy-current-testing-platform-system-for-pipe-defect-inspection-based-on-an-optimized-eddy-current-technique-probe-design
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Damhuji Rifai, Ahmed N Abdalla, Ramdan Razali, Kharudin Ali, Moneer A Faraj
The use of the eddy current technique (ECT) for the non-destructive testing of conducting materials has become increasingly important in the past few years. The use of the non-destructive ECT plays a key role in the ensuring the safety and integrity of the large industrial structures such as oil and gas pipelines. This paper introduce a novel ECT probe design integrated with the distributed ECT inspection system (DSECT) use for crack inspection on inner ferromagnetic pipes. The system consists of an array of giant magneto-resistive (GMR) sensors, a pneumatic system, a rotating magnetic field excitation source and a host PC acting as the data analysis center...
March 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335385/patient-posture-monitoring-system-based-on-flexible-sensors
#4
Youngsu Cha, Kihyuk Nam, Doik Kim
Monitoring patients using vision cameras can cause privacy intrusion problems. In this paper, we propose a patient position monitoring system based on a patient cloth with unobtrusive sensors. We use flexible sensors based on polyvinylidene fluoride, which is a flexible piezoelectric material. Theflexiblesensorsareinsertedintopartsclosetothekneeandhipoftheloosepatientcloth. We measure electrical signals from the sensors caused by the piezoelectric effect when the knee and hip in the cloth are bent. The measured sensor outputs are transferred to a computer via Bluetooth...
March 13, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335310/effect-of-continuous-multi-walled-carbon-nanotubes-on-thermal-and-mechanical-properties-of-flexible-composite-film
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Ji Eun Cha, Seong Yun Kim, Seung Hee Lee
To investigate the effect of continuous multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) on the thermal and mechanical properties of composites, we propose a fabrication method for a buckypaper-filled flexible composite film prepared by a two-step process involving buckypaper fabrication using vacuum filtration of MWCNTs, and composite film fabrication using the dipping method. The thermal conductivity and tensile strength of the composite film filled with the buckypaper exhibited improved results, respectively 76% and 275% greater than those of the individual MWCNT-filled composite film...
October 12, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335289/copper-micro-labyrinth-with-graphene-skin-new-transparent-flexible-electrodes-with-ultimate-low-sheet-resistivity-and-superior-stability
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Hak Ki Yu
We have developed self-assembled copper (Cu) micro-labyrinth (ML) with graphene skin for transparent flexible electrodes of optoelectronic devices. The Cu ML is simply formed by heating a thin Cu film with a 100-nm thickness on a SiO₂/Si substrate at 950 °C under hydrogen ambient to block the oxidation. Moreover, the Cu ML can have graphene skin at the surface by inserting carbo-hydroxyl molecules (CxHy) during heating due to the catalytic decomposition of C-H bonds on the Cu surface. The Cu ML with graphene skin (Cu ML-G) has superior sheet resistivity below 5 Ω/sq and mechanical flexibility without cracks at the bending radius of 0...
September 1, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335282/inverter-circuits-using-zno-nanoparticle-based-thin-film-transistors-for-flexible-electronic-applications
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Fábio F Vidor, Thorsten Meyers, Ulrich Hilleringmann
Innovative systems exploring the flexibility and the transparency of modern semiconducting materials are being widely researched by the scientific community and by several companies. For a low-cost production and large surface area applications, thin-film transistors (TFTs) are the key elements driving the system currents. In order to maintain a cost efficient integration process, solution based materials are used as they show an outstanding tradeoff between cost and system complexity. In this paper, we discuss the integration process of ZnO nanoparticle TFTs using a high-k resin as gate dielectric...
August 23, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335276/flexible-textile-based-organic-transistors-using-graphene-ag-nanoparticle-electrode
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Youn Kim, Yeon Ju Kwon, Kang Eun Lee, Youngseok Oh, Moon-Kwang Um, Dong Gi Seong, Jea Uk Lee
Highly flexible and electrically-conductive multifunctional textiles are desirable for use in wearable electronic applications. In this study, we fabricated multifunctional textile composites by vacuum filtration and wet-transfer of graphene oxide films on a flexible polyethylene terephthalate (PET) textile in association with embedding Ag nanoparticles (AgNPs) to improve the electrical conductivity. A flexible organic transistor can be developed by direct transfer of a dielectric/semiconducting double layer on the graphene/AgNP textile composite, where the textile composite was used as both flexible substrate and conductive gate electrode...
August 16, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335239/a-flexible-360-degree-thermal-sound-source-based-on-laser-induced-graphene
#9
Lu-Qi Tao, Ying Liu, Zhen-Yi Ju, He Tian, Qian-Yi Xie, Yi Yang, Tian-Ling Ren
A flexible sound source is essential in a whole flexible system. It's hard to integrate a conventional sound source based on a piezoelectric part into a whole flexible system. Moreover, the sound pressure from the back side of a sound source is usually weaker than that from the front side. With the help of direct laser writing (DLW) technology, the fabrication of a flexible 360-degree thermal sound source becomes possible. A 650-nm low-power laser was used to reduce the graphene oxide (GO). The stripped laser induced graphene thermal sound source was then attached to the surface of a cylindrical bottle so that it could emit sound in a 360-degree direction...
June 7, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335216/investigation-of-the-structural-electrical-and-optical-properties-of-the-nano-scale-gzo-thin-films-on-glass-and-flexible-polyimide-substrates
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Fang-Hsing Wang, Kun-Neng Chen, Chao-Ming Hsu, Min-Chu Liu, Cheng-Fu Yang
In this study, Ga₂O₃-doped ZnO (GZO) thin films were deposited on glass and flexible polyimide (PI) substrates at room temperature (300 K), 373 K, and 473 K by the radio frequency (RF) magnetron sputtering method. After finding the deposition rate, all the GZO thin films with a nano-scale thickness of about 150 ± 10 nm were controlled by the deposition time. X-ray diffraction patterns indicated that the GZO thin films were not amorphous and all exhibited the (002) peak, and field emission scanning electron microscopy showed that only nano-scale particles were observed...
May 10, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335195/pmn-pt-pvdf-nanocomposite-for-high-output-nanogenerator-applications
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Chuan Li, Wenbo Luo, Xingzhao Liu, Dong Xu, Kai He
The 0.7Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O₃-0.3PbTiO₃(0.7PMN-0.3PT) nanorods were obtained via hydrothermal method with high yield (over 78%). Then, new piezoelectric nanocomposites based on (1-x)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O₃-xPbTiO₃ (PMN-PT) nanorods were fabricated by dispersing the 0.7PMN-0.3PT nanorods into piezoelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) polymer. The mechanical behaviors of the nanocomposites were investigated. The voltage and current generation of PMN-PT/PVDF nanocomposites were also measured. The results showed that the tensile strength, yield strength, and Young's modulus of nanocomposites were enhanced as compared to that of the pure PVDF...
April 11, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335190/erratum-tsai-s-l-et-al-the-coupled-photothermal-reaction-and-transport-in-a-laser-additive-metal-nanolayer-simultaneous-synthesis-and-pattering-for-flexible-electronics-nanomaterials-2016-6-12
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Nanoterials Editorial Office
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April 7, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334930/rcas-an-rna-centric-annotation-system-for-transcriptome-wide-regions-of-interest
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Bora Uyar, Dilmurat Yusuf, Ricardo Wurmus, Nikolaus Rajewsky, Uwe Ohler, Altuna Akalin
In the field of RNA, the technologies for studying the transcriptome have created a tremendous potential for deciphering the puzzles of the RNA biology. Along with the excitement, the unprecedented volume of RNA related omics data is creating great challenges in bioinformatics analyses. Here, we present the RNA Centric Annotation System (RCAS), an R package, which is designed to ease the process of creating gene-centric annotations and analysis for the genomic regions of interest obtained from various RNA-based omics technologies...
February 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334828/flexible-crispr-library-construction-using-parallel-oligonucleotide-retrieval
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Abigail Read, Shaojian Gao, Eric Batchelor, Ji Luo
CRISPR/Cas9-based gene knockout libraries have emerged as a powerful tool for functional screens. We present here a set of pre-designed human and mouse sgRNA sequences that are optimized for both high on-target potency and low off-target effect. To maximize the chance of target gene inactivation, sgRNAs were curated to target both 5΄ constitutive exons and exons that encode conserved protein domains. We describe here a robust and cost-effective method to construct multiple small sized CRISPR library from a single oligo pool generated by array synthesis using parallel oligonucleotide retrieval...
March 16, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334755/tracking-fluctuation-hotspots-on-the-yeast-ribosome-through-the-elongation-cycle
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Suna P Gulay, Sujal Bista, Amitabh Varshney, Serdal Kirmizialtin, Karissa Y Sanbonmatsu, Jonathan D Dinman
Chemical modification was used to quantitatively determine the flexibility of nearly the entire rRNA component of the yeast ribosome through 8 discrete stages of translational elongation, revealing novel observations at the gross and fine-scales. These include (i) the bulk transfer of energy through the intersubunit bridges from the large to the small subunit after peptidyltransfer, (ii) differences in the interaction of the sarcin ricin loop with the two elongation factors and (iii) networked information exchange pathways that may functionally facilitate intra- and intersubunit coordination, including the 5...
February 21, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334464/revealing-the-origin-of-the-efficiency-of-the-de-novo-designed-kemp-eliminase-hg-3-17-by-comparison-with-the-former-developed-hg-3
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Vicent Moliner, Katarzyna Swiderek, Iñaki Tuñón, Joan Bertran
The design of new biocatalysts is a goal in biotechnology to improve the rate, selectivity and environmental impact of industrial chemical processes. In this regard, the use of computational techniques has provided valuable assistance in the design of new enzymes with remarkable catalytic activity. In this paper, hybrid QM/MM Molecular Dynamics simulations have allowed getting an insight into the origin of the limited efficiency of a computationally designed enzyme for the Kemp elimination; the HG-3. Comparison of results derived from this enzyme with those of a more evolved protein containing additional point mutations, HG-3...
March 23, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334462/flexibility-and-stability-of-metal-coordination-macromolecules
#17
Xiao-Song Wang, Dapeng Liu, Diya Gen, Heyang Jiang, Nicholas Lanigan
The effect of chain structure on flexibility and stability of the macromolecules containing weak P-Fe metal coordination bonds is studied. Migration insertion polymerization (MIP) of FpCXFp (1) and PR2CYPR2 (2) (Fp: CpFe(CO)2; CX and CY: alkyl spacers; P: phosphine; R: phenyl or isopropyl) generates P(1/2), in which the P-Fe and Fe-P bonds with opposite bonding direction are alternatively arranged in the backbone. On the other hand, P(FpCXP) synthesized from AB-type monomers (FpCXP) has P-Fe bonds arranged in the same direction...
March 23, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334441/flexible-parasympathetic-responses-to-sadness-facilitate-spontaneous-affect-regulation
#18
Jonathan P Stange, Jessica L Hamilton, David M Fresco, Lauren B Alloy
The ability of the parasympathetic nervous system to flexibly adapt to changes in environmental context is thought to serve as a physiological indicator of self-regulatory capacity, and deficits in parasympathetic flexibility appear to characterize affective disorders such as depression. However, whether parasympathetic flexibility (vagal withdrawal to emotional or environmental challenges such as sadness, and vagal augmentation during recovery from sadness) could facilitate the effectiveness of adaptive affect regulation strategies is not known...
March 23, 2017: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334409/siapopr-a-computational-method-to-simulate-evolutionary-branching-trees-for-analysis-of-tumor-clonal-evolution
#19
Thomas O McDonald, Franziska Michor
Summary: SIApopr (Simulating Infinite-Allele populations) is an R package to simulate homogeneous and inhomogeneous stochastic branching processes under a very flexible set of assumptions using the speed of C ++. The software simulates clonal evolution with the emergence of driver and passenger mutations under the infinite-allele assumption. The software is an application of the Gillespie Stochastic Simulation Algorithm expanded to a large number of cell types and scenarios, with the intention of allowing users to easily modify existing models or create their own...
March 16, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334407/organismal-and-spatial-partitioning-of-energy-and-macronutrient-transformations-within-a-hypersaline-mat
#20
Jennifer M Mobberley, Stephen R Lindemann, Hans C Bernstein, James J Moran, Ryan S Renslow, Jerome Babauta, Dehong Hu, Haluk Beyenal, William C Nelson
Phototrophic mat communities are model ecosystems for studying energy cycling and elemental transformations because complete biogeochemical cycles occur over millimeter-to-centimeter scales. Characterization of energy and nutrient capture within hypersaline phototrophic mats has focused on specific processes and organisms, however little is known about community-wide distribution of and linkages between these processes. To investigate energy and macronutrient capture and flow through a structured community, the spatial and organismal distribution of metabolic functions within a compact hypersaline mat community from Hot Lake have been broadly elucidated through species-resolved metagenomics and geochemical, microbial diversity, and metabolic gradient measurements...
March 15, 2017: FEMS Microbiology Ecology
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