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Lihua Zhao, Zhanfang Ma
Sensitivity enhancement and proteins adsorption are the common challenges faced in protein immunoassays. In this work, an ultrasensitive and protein-resistant label-free amperometric immunosening platform for carcinoma antigen-125 (CA125) based on redox polyaniline-polythionine hydrogel (PANI-PThi gel) was developed. The as-prepared hydrogel, which was facilely synthesized by electropolymerization, exhibited good conductivity and strong hydrophilicity while the sensitivity and specificity of the immunosensor can be enhanced...
January 2, 2018: Analytica Chimica Acta
Laura Rago, Sarah Zecchin, Stefania Marzorati, Andrea Goglio, Lucia Cavalca, Pierangela Cristiani, Andrea Schievano
Recently, terracotta has attracted interest as low-cost and biocompatible material to build separators in microbial fuel cells (MFCs). However, the influence of a non-conductive material like terracotta on electroactive microbiological communities remains substantially unexplored. This study aims at describing the microbial pools developed from two different seed inocula (bovine and swine sewage) in terracotta-based air-breathing MFC. A statistical approach on microbiological data confirmed different community enrichment in the MFCs, depending mainly on the inoculum...
November 11, 2017: Bioelectrochemistry
Tao Meng, Fenyun Yi, Honghong Cheng, Junnan Hao, Dong Shu, Shixu Zhao, Chun He, Xiaona Song, Fan Zhang
Using ammonium chloride (NH4Cl) as the pore-forming agent, three-dimensional (3D) "fishnet-like" lithium titanate/reduced graphene oxide (LTO/G) composites with hierarchical porous structure are prepared via a gas-foaming method. SEM and TEM images show that in the composite prepared with the NH4Cl concentration of 1 mg mL-1 (1-LTO/G), LTO particles with sizes of 50~100 nm disperse homogeneously on the 3D "fishnet-like" graphene sheets. The nitrogen-sorption analyses reveal the existence of micro/mesopores, which is attributed to the introduction of NH4Cl into the gap between the graphene sheets that further decomposes into gases and produces hierarchical pores during the thermal treatment process...
November 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Qiubo Guo, Yifan Ma, Tingting Chen, Qiuying Xia, Mei Yang, Hui Xia, Yan Yu
Metal sulfides are promising anode materials for sodium-ion batteries due to their large specific capacities. The practical application of metal sulfides in sodium-ion batteries, however, are still limited due to their large volume expansion, poor cycling stability, and sluggish electrode kinetics. In this work, a unique two-dimensional heterostructure of CoSx (CoS and Co9S8) quantum dots embedded N/S-doped carbon nanosheets (CoSx@NSC) is prepared by a facile sol-gel method. The CoSx quantum dots are in-situ formed within ultrafine carbon nanosheets without further sulfidation, thus resulting in ultrafine CoSx particle size and embedded heterostructure...
November 17, 2017: ACS Nano
Ram Krishna Hona, Ashfia Huq, Farshid Ramezanipour
The ability to control the electrical conductivity of solid-state oxides using structural parameters has been demonstrated. A correlation has been established between the electrical conductivity and structural order in a series of oxygen-deficient perovskites using X-ray and neutron diffraction, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and electrical conductivity studies at a wide temperature range, 25-800 °C. The crystal structure of CaSrFeCoO6-δ has been determined, and its stark contrast to Ca2FeCoO6-δ and Sr2FeCoO6-δ has been demonstrated...
November 17, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
Seung Min Lee, Jung Hwan Yum, Seonno Yoon, Eric S Larsen, Woo Chul Lee, Seong Keun Kim, Shahab Shervin, Weijie Wang, Jae-Hyun Ryou, Christopher W Bielawski, Jungwoo Oh
We have developed a beryllium oxide (BeO) thin film process by atomic layer deposition (ALD) and grown a single-crystal BeO on a gallium nitride (GaN) substrate for the first time. BeO has a higher thermal conductivity than all other metals except Cu, Ag, and Au, and it has a higher bandgap energy and dielectric constant than SiO2 and Al2O3. As an electrical insulator, diamond is the only material on Earth whose thermal conductivity exceeds that of BeO. Despite these advantages, there is no chemical vapor deposition technique for BeO thin film deposition, and thus, it is not used in nanoscale semiconductor device processing...
November 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Dong Li, Jie Zhuang, Haisheng He, Sifan Jiang, Amrita Banerjee, Yi Lu, Wei Wu, Samir Mitragotri, Li Gan, Jianping Qi
Geometry has been considered as one of the important parameters in nanoparticle design since it affects cellular uptake, transport across the physiological barriers and in vivo distribution. However, only a few studies have been conducted to elucidate the influence of nanoparticle geometry in their in vivo fate after oral administration. This paper discloses the effect of nanoparticle shape on transport and absorption in gastrointestinal tract (GIT). Nanorods and nanospheres were prepared, and labeled using fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) molecules to track the in vivo fate of intact nanoparticles accurately...
November 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Zhu-Yin Sui, Pei-Ying Zhang, Meng-Ying Xu, Yuwen Liu, Zhi-Xiang Wei, Bao-Hang Han
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are hybrid inorganic-organic materials that can be used as effective precursors to prepare various functional nanomaterials for energy-related applications. Nevertheless, most MOF-derived metal oxides exhibit low electrical conductivity and mechanical strain. These characteristics limit their electrochemical performance and hamper their practical application. Herein, we report a rational strategy for enhancing the lithium storage performance of MOF-derived metal oxide. The hierarchically porous Co3O4@NGN is successfully prepared by embedding ZIF-67-derived Co3O4 particles in a nitrogen-doped graphene network (NGN)...
November 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Naiteng Wu, Wuzhou Du, Guilong Liu, Zhan Zhou, Hong-Ru Fu, Qianqian Tang, Xianming Liu, Yan-Bing He
Vanadium pentoxide (V2O5) is considered a promising cathode material for advanced lithium-ion batteries due to its high specific capacity and low cost. However, the application of V2O5-based electrodes has been hindered by their inferior conductivity, cycling stability and power performance. Herein, hierarchical sisal-like V2O5 microstructures consisting of primary one-dimension (1D) nanobelt with [001] facets orientation growth and rich oxygen vacancies are synthesized through a facile hydrothermal process using polyoxyethylene-20-cetyl-ether as surface control agent, and followed by calcination...
November 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Rosaria Santoro, Seshasailam Venkateswaran, Francesco Amadeo, Rong Zhang, Maura Brioschi, Anthony Callanan, Marco Agrifoglio, Cristina Banfi, Mark Bradley, Maurizio Pesce
Calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD) is the most frequent cardiac valve pathology. Its standard treatment consists of surgical replacement either with mechanical (metal made) or biological (animal tissue made) valve prostheses, both of which have glaring deficiencies. In the search for novel materials to manufacture artificial valve tissue, we have conducted a high-throughput screening with subsequent up-scaling to identify non-degradable polymer substrates that promote valve interstitial cells (VICs) adherence/growth and, at the same time, prevent their evolution toward a pro-calcific phenotype...
November 17, 2017: Biomaterials Science
Thiago V Moreno, Nilson E Souza Filho, Andressa Novatski, Luis C Malacarne, Gustavo S Dias, Eduardo A Volnistem, Nelson G C Astrath
We applied the open photoacoustic cell method operating at high frequency as an efficient and highly precise tool for the measurement of thermal properties of rubberized two-layer systems. The heat-coupling between the two layers is treated using the analogy between thermal and electrical resistances widely used in heat transfer problems. The thermal resistance between the two layers is considered effective and the problem is decoupled for each layer. Measurements are performed in two-layer samples of aluminum foil coated with layers of rubberized paint with different thicknesses...
January 1, 2017: Applied Spectroscopy
Abdullah Tufail, Hong Li, Asif Naeem, Tingxian Li
Excess salts affect about 955 million ha of total arable lands worldwide and 49% of agricultural lands are Zn deficient. Soil salinity and zinc deficiency can intensify plant abiotic stress. The mechanisms by which Zn nutrients can mitigate salinity effects on plant functions are not well understood. We conducted an experiment to determine the zinc and salinity effects on rice plant retention of Zn, macronutrient potassium (K) and salt ion Na, chlorophyll formation, leaf cell membrane stability and grain yield, and to examine the mechanisms of zinc nutrition in mitigating salinity stress on plant physiological and nutritional aspects...
November 16, 2017: Plant Biology
Alejandro Gutiérrez, Metin G Guney, Gary K Fedder, Lilian P Dávila
Diatoms are microscopic algae with intricate shell morphologies and features ranging from the nanometer to the micrometer scale, which have been proposed as templates for drug delivery carriers, optical devices, and metamaterials design. Several studies have found that diatom shells show unique mechanical properties such as high specific strength and resilience. One hypothesis is that these properties stem from the structural arrangement of the material at the nanometer and micrometer length scales, challenging the concept between what constitutes a "material" versus a "structure"...
November 17, 2017: Biomaterials Science
Allison M Jensen, Todd M Scanlon, Ami L Riscassi
Wildfires alter forested ecosystems, which include large stores of mercury (Hg) and organic carbon, two compounds that are closely linked in vegetation, soils, and streamwater. Studies have shown that wildfires release elevated levels of mercury to the atmosphere which can be locally redeposited and leave charred organic material (vegetation and litter) on the soil surface. Both can contribute to the elevated mobilization of Hg into lakes and streams. However, no studies have conducted a detailed examination of hydrological transport of Hg following a wildfire...
November 17, 2017: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
Alejandro Méndez-Ardoy, Nagula Markandeya, Xuesong Li, Yu-Tang Tsai, Gilles Pecastaings, Thierry Buffeteau, Victor Maurizot, Luca Muccioli, Frédéric Castet, Ivan Huc, Dario M Bassani
Aromatic foldamers are bioinspired architectures whose potential use in materials remains largely unexplored. Here we report our investigation of vertical and horizontal charge transport over long distances in helical oligo-quinolinecarboxamide foldamers organized as single monolayers on Au or SiO2. Conductive atomic force microscopy showed that vertical conductivity is efficient and that it displays a low attenuation with foldamer length (0.06 Å(-1)). In contrast, horizontal charge transport is found to be negligible, demonstrating the strong anisotropy of foldamer monolayers...
October 1, 2017: Chemical Science
Hisham Elkenani, Essam Al-Bahkali, Mhamed Souli
The aim of this study is to present a reliable computational scheme to serve in pulse wave velocity (PWV) assessment in large arteries. Clinicians considered it as an indication of human blood vessels' stiffness. The simulation of PWV was conducted using a 3D elastic tube representing an artery. The constitutive material model specific for vascular applications was applied to the tube material. The fluid was defined with an equation of state representing the blood material. The onset of a velocity pulse was applied at the tube inlet to produce wave propagation...
2017: Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
Tae-Hwan Jung, Jae-Hwan Choi, Kyung-Chul Koh, Woo-Min Jeon, Kyoung-Sik Han
During slaughtering, animal blood is typically discarded, resulting in water pollution. However, this discarded blood has valuable components, such as immunoglobulin (Ig). Although several studies have been conducted to develop methods for effective recycling of slaughterhouse blood, they have not been commercially utilized in Korea. Here, we extracted an Ig-rich fraction from porcine blood that was then subjected to various in vitro tests, including pathogen growth inhibition, antigenic cross-reactivity, and anti-toxin activity...
2017: Korean Journal for Food Science of Animal Resources
K A Motovilov, M Savinov, E S Zhukova, A A Pronin, Z V Gagkaeva, V Grinenko, K V Sidoruk, T A Voeikova, P Yu Barzilovich, A K Grebenko, S V Lisovskii, V I Torgashev, P Bednyakov, J Pokorný, M Dressel, B P Gorshunov
The electrodynamics of metals is well understood within the Drude conductivity model; properties of insulators and semiconductors are governed by a gap in the electronic states. But there is a great variety of disordered materials that do not fall in these categories and still respond to external field in an amazingly uniform manner. At radiofrequencies delocalized charges yield a frequency-independent conductivity σ 1(ν) whose magnitude exponentially decreases while cooling. With increasing frequency, dispersionless conductivity starts to reveal a power-law dependence σ 1(ν)∝ν (s) with s < 1 caused by hopping charge carriers...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
In Hyuk Son, Jong Hwan Park, Seongyong Park, Kwangjin Park, Sangil Han, Jaeho Shin, Seok-Gwang Doo, Yunil Hwang, Hyuk Chang, Jang Wook Choi
Improving one property without sacrificing others is challenging for lithium-ion batteries due to the trade-off nature among key parameters. Here we report a chemical vapor deposition process to grow a graphene-silica assembly, called a graphene ball. Its hierarchical three-dimensional structure with the silicon oxide nanoparticle center allows even 1 wt% graphene ball to be uniformly coated onto a nickel-rich layered cathode via scalable Nobilta milling. The graphene-ball coating improves cycle life and fast charging capability by suppressing detrimental side reactions and providing efficient conductive pathways...
November 16, 2017: Nature Communications
V E Demidov, S Urazhdin, B Divinskiy, V D Bessonov, A B Rinkevich, V V Ustinov, S O Demokritov
Pure spin currents provide the possibility to control the magnetization state of conducting and insulating magnetic materials. They allow one to increase or reduce the density of magnons, and achieve coherent dynamic states of magnetization reminiscent of the Bose-Einstein condensation. However, until now there was no direct evidence that the state of the magnon gas subjected to spin current can be treated thermodynamically. Here, we show experimentally that the spin current generated by the spin-Hall effect drives the magnon gas into a quasi-equilibrium state that can be described by the Bose-Einstein statistics...
November 17, 2017: Nature Communications
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