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Yuan-Bo Tong, Zheng-Fang Tian, Hai-Bao Duan, Zhong-Peng Zhu, Wei He, Tian-Yu Hong, Gui Yu, Yu-Jian He, Jing-Kui Yang
Multifunctional materials that exhibit different physical properties in a single phase have potential for use in multifunctional devices. Herein, we reported an organic-inorganic hybrid compound [(18-crown-6)K][Fe(1)Cl(1)4]0.5[Fe(2)Cl(2)4]0.5 (1) by incorporating KCl and FeCl3 into the 18-crown-6 molecular which acts as a host of the six O atoms affording lone-pair electrons to anchor the guest potassium cation, and [FeCl4]- as a counter ion for charge balance to construct a complex salt. This salt exhibited a one-step reversible structural transformation to give two separate high and low temperature phases at 373 K, which was confirmed by systematic characterizations including differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements, variable-temperature structural analyses, and dielectric, impedance, variable-temperature magnetic susceptibility measurements...
January 22, 2018: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
Qiao Ni, Ying Bai, Yu Li, Liming Ling, Limin Li, Guanghai Chen, Zhaohua Wang, Haixia Ren, Feng Wu, Chuan Wu
The development of portable and wearable electronics has aroused the increasing demand for flexible energy-storage devices, especially for the characteristics of high energy density, excellent mechanical properties, simple synthesis process, and low cost. However, the development of flexible electrodes for sodium-ion batteries (SIBs) is still limited due to the intricate production methods and the relatively high-cost of current collectors such as graphene/graphene oxide and carbon nanotubes. Here, the hierarchical 3D electronic channels wrapped large-sized Na3 V2 (PO4 )3 is designed and fabricated by a simple electrospinning technique...
January 22, 2018: Small
Hongyan Yao, Zeng Fan, Hanlin Cheng, Xin Guan, Chen Wang, Kuan Sun, Jianyong Ouyang
Thermoelectric materials can be used as the active materials in thermoelectric generators and as Peltier coolers for direct energy conversion between heat and electricity. Apart from inorganic thermoelectric materials, thermoelectric polymers have been receiving great attention due to their unique advantages including low cost, high mechanical flexibility, light weight, low or no toxicity, and intrinsically low thermal conductivity. The power factor of thermoelectric polymers has been continuously rising, and the highest ZT value is more than 0...
January 22, 2018: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
Silvestre Bongiovanni Abel, Edith Inés Yslas, Claudia Rosana Rivarola, Cesar Alfredo Barbero
Polyaniline nanoparticles (PANI-NPs) were easily obtained applying the solvent displacement method by using N-methylpyrrolidone (NMP) as good solvent and water as poor solvent. Different polymers such as polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), chondroitin sulfate (ChS), polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), and polyacrylic acid (PAA) were used as stabilizers. Dynamic Light Scattering and Scanning Electron Microscopy corroborated the size and morphology of the formed NPs. It was demonstrated that the size of nanoparticles could controlled by setting the concentration of PANI in NMP, the NMP to water ratio, and the stabilizer´s nature...
January 22, 2018: Nanotechnology
Elisabetta Dimaggio, Giovanni Pennelli
Silicon is a material with very good thermoelectric properties, with regard to Seebeck coefficient and electrical conductivity. Low thermal conductivities, and hence high thermal to electrical conversion efficiencies, can be achieved in nanostructures which are smaller than the phonon mean free path but large enough to preserve the electrical conductivity. We demonstrate that it is possible to fabricate a leg of a thermoelectric generator based on large collections of long nanowires, placed perpendicularly to the two faces of a silicon wafer...
January 22, 2018: Nanotechnology
Krishna Murali, Medha Dandu, Sarthak Das, Kausik Majumdar
Backward diodes conduct more efficiently in the reverse bias than in the forward bias, providing superior high frequency response, temperature stability, radiation hardness, and 1/f noise performance than a conventional diode conducting in the forward direction. Here we demonstrate a van der Waals material based backward diode by exploiting the giant staggered band offsets of WSe2/SnSe2 vertical heterojunction. The diode exhibits an ultra-high reverse rectification ratio (R) of ~2.1×〖10〗^4 and the same is maintained up to an unusually large bias of 1...
January 22, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Hee-Su Kim, Yong-Bin Kim, Donchan Choi, Yong-Pil Cheon, Sung-Ho Lee
Bisphenol-A(BPA) is a member of alkylphenol family, and shows adverse effects including reduced fertility, reproductive tract abnormalities, metabolic disorder, cancer induction, neurotoxicity and immunotoxicity. In the present study, we conducted Hershberger assay to evaluate whether the two candidates to replace BPA have androgenic or antiandrogenic activity. The assay was carried out using immature castrated Sprague-Dawley male rats. After 7 days of the surgery, testosterone propionate (TP, 0.4 mg/kg/day) and test materials (low dose, 40 mg/kg/day; high dose, 400 mg/kg/day) were administered for 10 consecutive days by subcutaneous (s...
December 2017: Balsaeng'gwa Saengsig
Louise-Marie Dandurand, Matt J Morra, Inga A Zasada, Wendy S Phillips, Inna Popova, Cole Harder
The eradication program for the potato cyst nematode (PCN), Globodera pallida, in the Northwest of the United States revolves around the use of soil fumigation. Alternative, integrated strategies are needed to continue to battle this invasive nematode. Laboratory, greenhouse, and field experiments were conducted with G. pallida and another cyst nematode found in the United States, Globodera ellingtonae, to evaluate the efficacy of a new formulated Brassica juncea seed meal extract, as well as a traditional B...
December 2017: Journal of Nematology
Xianlin Xu, Rui Li, Chenxiao Tang, Hang Wang, Xupin Zhuang, Ya Liu, Weimin Kang, Lei Shi
Cellulose nanofibers were embedded into sulfonated poly (ether sulfone) matrix to heighten the water retention and proton conductivity of proton exchange membranes (PEMs). Cellulose nanofibers were obtained by hydrolyzing cellulose acetate nanofibers, which were prepared via electrostatic-induction-assisted solution blow spinning. Morphology, thermal stability, and mechanical properties of the PEMs were investigated. The results showed that proton conductivity, water uptake, and methanol permeability of the composite membranes were improved...
March 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
Samaneh Sabaqian, Firouzeh Nemati, Hossein Taherpour Nahzomi, Majid M Heravi
A magnetically retrievable catalytic system involving Ag(I) dithiocarbamate supported on functionalized cellulose was prepared. The structure of this hybrid nano-composite was characterized by various techniques. In addition, to describe the metal-ligand interactions present in the nano-composite, covalent and electrostatic interactions, density functional theory model and quantum theory of atoms in molecule method were employed. The resultant nano-composite exhibits remarkable catalytic efficacy in the synthesis of 2-amino-6-(2-oxo-2H-chromen-3-yl)-4-phenylnicotinonitriles from the reaction of 3-acetylcoumarin, aromatic aldehydes, and malononitrile...
March 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
Clément Lacoste, Roland El Hage, Anne Bergeret, Stéphane Corn, Patrick Lacroix
Alginate derived from seaweed is a natural polysaccharide able to form stable gel through carbohydrate functional groups largely used in the food and pharmaceutical industry. This article deals with the use of sodium alginate as an adhesive binder for wood fibres/textile waste fibres biocomposites. Several aldehyde-based crosslinking agents (glyoxal, glutaraldehyde) were compared for various wood/textile waste ratios (100/0, 50/50, 60/40, 70/30 and 0/100 in weight). The fully biomass derived composites whose properties are herewith described satisfy most of the appropriate requirements for building materials...
March 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
Wladimir J Alonso, Francielle C Nascimento, Gerardo Chowell, Cynthia Schuck-Paim
PURPOSE: The analysis of historical death certificates has enormous potential for understanding how the health of populations was shaped by diseases and epidemics and by the implementation of specific interventions. In Brazil, the systematic archiving of mortality records was initiated only in 1944-hence the analysis of death registers before this time requires searching for these documents in public archives, notaries, parishes, and especially ancient cemeteries, which are often the only remaining source of information about these deaths...
January 9, 2018: Annals of Epidemiology
Jingchen Zhang, Liying Xiao, Lingying Tong, Chao Wan, Zhixiu Hao
Enzyme-induced articular cartilage degeneration resembling osteoarthritis was evaluated using a newly defined acoustic parameter, the "averaged magnitude ratio" (AMR), which has been suggested as an indicator of articular cartilage degeneration. In vitro experiments were conducted on porcine cartilage samples digested with trypsin for 2 h (n = 10) and 4 h (n = 13) and healthy control samples (n = 13). AMR was determined with 15- and 25-MHz ultrasound, and the integrated reflection coefficient (IRC) and apparent integrated backscattering coefficient (AIB) were also calculated for comparison...
January 15, 2018: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
Nancy E Schoenberg, Yelena N Tarasenko, Claire Snell-Rood
Well-documented associations between lifestyle behaviors and disease outcomes necessitate evidence-based health promotion interventions. To enhance potential efficacy and effectiveness, interventionists increasingly respond to community priorities, employ comprehensive theoretical frameworks, invest heavily to ensure cultural fit, implement evidence-based programming, and deploy research gold standards. We describe a project that followed all of these recommended strategies, but did not achieve desired outcomes...
January 17, 2018: Translational Behavioral Medicine
Udi Sadeh-Gonike, Nicolas Magand, Xavier Armoiry, Roberto Riva, Paul Emile Labeyrie, Bernadette Lamy, Anne-Claire Lukaszewicz, Jean-Jacques Lehot, Francis Turjman, Benjamin Gory
BACKGROUND: Onyx is important embolic material in the endovascular treatment of intracranial dural arteriovenous fistula (DAVF). However, its impact on DAVF occlusion rates, morbidity, mortality, and complication rates is not fully examined. OBJECTIVE: To improve understanding of safety and effectiveness profiles associated with transarterial endovascular treatment using Onyx for intracranial DAVF. METHODS: We analyzed data from our prospective clinical registry and conducted a systematic review of all previous transarterial embolization studies using Onyx published between January 2005 and December 2015 in MEDLINE and EMBASE...
June 17, 2017: Neurosurgery
Alexandra R T Santos, Felismina T C Moreira, Luísa A Helguero, M Goreti F Sales
This work reports a very simple approach for creating a synthetic antibody against any protein of interest and its application in potentiometric transduction. The selected protein was Breast Cancer Antigen (CA 15-3), which is implicated in breast cancer disease and used to follow-up breast cancer patients during treatment. The new material with antibody-like properties was obtained by molecular-imprinting technology, prepared by electropolymerizing pyrrol (Py, 5.0 × 10-3 mol/L) around Breast Cancer Antigen (CA 15-3) (100 U/mL) on a fluorine doped tin oxide (FTO) conductive glass support...
January 19, 2018: Biosensors
Timo Schumann, Luca Galletti, David A Kealhofer, Honggyu Kim, Manik Goyal, Susanne Stemmer
The magnetotransport properties of epitaxial films of Cd_{3}As_{2}, a paradigm three-dimensional Dirac semimetal, are investigated. We show that an energy gap opens in the bulk electronic states of sufficiently thin films and, at low temperatures, carriers residing in surface states dominate the electrical transport. The carriers in these states are sufficiently mobile to give rise to a quantized Hall effect. The sharp quantization demonstrates surface transport that is virtually free of parasitic bulk conduction and paves the way for novel quantum transport studies in this class of topological materials...
January 5, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Zheng Zheng, Xianli Su, Rigui Deng, Constantinos C Stoumpos, Hongyao Xie, Wei Liu, Yonggao Yan, Shiqiang Hao, Ctirad Uher, Chris Wolverton, Mercouri G Kanatzidis, Xinfeng Tang
In this study, a series of Ge1-xMnxTe (x=0-0.21) compounds were prepared by melting-quenching-annealing process combined with Spark Plasma Sintering (SPS). The effect of alloying MnTe into GeTe on the structure and thermoelectric properties of Ge1-xMnxTe is profound. With increasing content of MnTe, the structure of the Ge1-xMnxTe compounds gradually changes from rhombohedral to cubic, and the known R3m to Fm-3m phase transition temperature of GeTe moves from 700 K closer to room temperature. First-principles density functional theory calculations show that alloying MnTe into GeTe decreases the energy difference between the light and heavy valence bands in both the R3m and the Fm-3m structures, enhancing a multi-band character of the valence band edge that increases the hole carrier effective mass...
January 19, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Raushan Nurdillayeva, Atsinafe Oshido, Thomas Bamford, Osama El-Zubir, Andrew Houlton, John Hedley, Andrew Pike, Benjamin Horrocks
Cadmium sulfide can be templated on -DNA molecules to form an aqueous dispersion of CdS/-DNA nanowires. Subsequent addition of ethylene glycol to 50% v/v is sufficient to formulate an ink suitable for printing using piezoelectric drop-on-demand technology. Printed droplet arrays show a coffee-ring morphology of individual deposits by fluorescence and Raman microscopy, but upon increasing the number of layers of printed material by repeated printing over each droplet, the dry deposit approaches closer to a disc shape...
January 19, 2018: Nanotechnology
Bin Wang, Jaegeon Ryu, Sungho Choi, Gyujin Song, Dongki Hong, Chihyun Hwang, Xiong Chen, Bo Wang, Wei Li, Hyun-Kon Song, Soojin Park, Rodney S Ruoff
We show that a high energy density can be achieved in a practical manner with freestanding electrodes without using conductive carbon, binders, and current collectors. We made and used a folded graphene composite electrode designed for a high areal capacity anode. The traditional thick graphene composite electrode, such as made by filtering graphene oxide to create a thin film and reducing it such as through chemical or thermal methods, has sluggish reaction kinetics. Instead, we have made and tested a thin composite film electrode that was folded several times using a water-assisted method; it provides a continuous electron transport path in the fold regions and introduces more channels between the folded layers, which significantly enhances the electron/ion transport kinetics...
January 19, 2018: ACS Nano
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