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Madhu Ranjan Gunjan, Rishi Raj
The spatio-temporal evolution of an evaporating sessile droplet and its effect on lifetime is crucial to various disciplines of science and technology. While experimental investigations suggest three distinct modes through which a droplet evaporates, namely, the constant contact radius (CCR), the constant contact angle (CCA), and the mixed, only the CCR and the CCA modes have been modeled reasonably. Here we use experiments with water droplets on flat and micropillared silicon substrates to characterize the mixed mode...
June 22, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Iwan Märki, Fabien Rebeaud
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review discusses the recent advances in the development of IgE antibody assays based on nanotechnologies. IgE blood testing is an important part of the diagnostic workup of IgE-mediated hypersentivity. We also address the challenges in moving from an academic proof-of-concept to a product routinely used by allergy experts. RECENT FINDINGS: Several nanotechnologies have been applied to the field of IgE testing: nanoparticles are used either as a support to capture analytes or as a detection tool to enhance the measurement signal...
July 2017: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
Liu Yang, Yuhan Hu
As a new generation of working fluid, nanofluid has long been regarded as a hot research topic in the past three decades. Many review papers have provided comprehensive and systematic summaries on the development and state-of-the-art of nanofluids. As of today, it is becoming increasingly difficult to provide a comprehensive review of all kinds of nanofluids owing to the huge amounts of the related literatures. And many controversies and inconsistencies in the reported arguments have been observed in various nanofluids...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
João M P França, Carlos A Nieto de Castro, Agílio A H Pádua
We used molecular dynamics simulation to study the effect of suspended carbon nanomaterials, nanotubes and graphene sheets, on the thermal conductivity of ionic liquids, an issue related to understanding the properties of nanofluids. One important aspect that we developed is an atomistic model of the interactions between the organic ions and carbon nanomaterials, so we did not rely on existing force fields for small organic molecules or assume simple combining rules to describe the interactions at the liquid/material interface...
June 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Hyekyung Lee, Junsuk Kim, Hyeonsoo Kim, Ho-Young Kim, Hyomin Lee, Sung Jae Kim
Over the past decade, nanofluidic diodes that rectify ionic currents (i.e. greater current in one direction than in the opposite direction) have drawn significant attention in biomolecular sensing, switching and energy harvesting devices. To obtain current rectification, conventional nanofluidic diodes have utilized complex nanoscale asymmetry such as nanochannel geometry, surface charge density, and reservoir concentration. Avoiding the use of sophisticated nano-asymmetry, micro/nanofluidic diodes using microscale asymmetry have been recently introduced; however, their diodic performance is still impeded by (i) low (even absent) rectification effects at physiological concentrations over 100 mM and strong dependency on the bulk concentration, and (ii) the fact that they possess only passive predefined rectification factors...
June 15, 2017: Nanoscale
SoonGweon Hong, Tobias J Moritz, Christopher M Rath, Pramila Tamrakar, Philip Lee, Thomas Krucker, Luke P Lee
While antibiotic resistance is increasing rapidly, drug discovery has proven to be extremely difficult. Antibiotic resistance transforms some bacterial infections into deadly medical conditions. A significant challenge in antibiotic discovery is designing potent molecules that enter Gram-negative bacteria and also avoid active efflux mechanisms. Critical analysis in rational drug design has been hindered by the lack of effective analytical tools to analyze the bacterial membrane permeability of small molecules...
June 16, 2017: ACS Nano
Lucía Labrador-Páez, Dragana J Jovanović, Manuel I Marqués, Krisjanis Smits, Slobodan D Dolić, Francisco Jaque, Harry Eugene Stanley, Miroslav D Dramićanin, José García-Solé, Patricia Haro-González, Daniel Jaque
Nowadays a large variety of applications are based on solid nanoparticles dispersed in liquids-so called nanofluids. The interaction between the fluid and the nanoparticles plays a decisive role in the physical properties of the nanofluid. A novel approach based on the nonradiative energy transfer between two small luminescent nanocrystals (GdVO4 :Nd(3+) and GdVO4 :Yb(3+) ) dispersed in water is used in this work to investigate how temperature affects both the processes of interaction between nanoparticles and the effect of the fluid on the nanoparticles...
June 12, 2017: Small
Zhen Zhang, Xin Sui, Pei Li, Ganhua Xie, Xiang-Yu Kong, Kai Xiao, Longcheng Gao, Liping Wen, Lei Jiang
The osmotic energy existing in fluids is recognized as a promising "blue" energy source that can help solve the global issues of energy shortage and environmental pollution. Recently, nanofluidic channels have shown great potential for capturing this worldwide energy because of their novel transport properties contributed by nanoconfinement. However, with respect to membrane-scale porous systems, high resistance and undesirable ion selectivity remain bottlenecks, impeding their applications. The development of thinner, low-resistance membranes, meanwhile promoting their ion selectivity, is a necessity...
June 21, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Cong Qi, Guiqing Wang, Yifeng Ma, Leixin Guo
The stability and natural convection heat transfer characteristics of TiO2-water nanofluid in enclosures with different rotation angles (α = -45°, α = 0°, α = 45°, and α = 90°) are experimentally investigated. The effects of different pH values and doses (m) of dispersant agent on the stability of TiO2-water nanofluid are investigated. It is found that TiO2-water nanofluid with m = 6 wt% and pH = 8 has the lowest transmittance and has the best stability. The effects of different rotation angles (α = -45°, α = 0°, α = 45°, and α = 90°), nanoparticle mass fractions (wt% = 0...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
Yanjie Wang, Libo Li, Yanying Wei, Jian Xue, Huang Chen, Li Ding, Jürgen Caro, Haihui Wang
Two-dimensional (2D) graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3 N4 ) nanosheets show brilliant application potential in numerous fields. Herein, a membrane with artificial nanopores and self-supporting spacers was fabricated by assembly of 2D g-C3 N4 nanosheets in a stack with elaborate structures. In water purification the g-C3 N4 membrane shows a better separation performance than commercial membranes. The g-C3 N4 membrane has a water permeance of 29 L m(-2)  h(-1)  bar(-1) and a rejection rate of 87 % for 3 nm molecules with a membrane thickness of 160 nm...
June 7, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
Haoxue Han, Samy Merabia, Florian Müller-Plathe
We use molecular dynamics simulations to investigate interfacial thermal transport between an ethanol suspension containing gold atomic clusters and a gold surface, using both realistic and simplified molecular models of nanoparticles. The interfacial thermal conductance was determined via a thermal relaxation method for a variety of nanoparticle-nanoparticle and nanoparticle-surface interaction strengths. The Kapitza resistance is found to increase due to the presence of nanoparticles in the vicinity of the solid-liquid interface...
June 6, 2017: Nanoscale
Kunwar Pal Singh, Chunlei Guo
The nanochannel diameter and surface charge density have a significant impact on current-voltage characteristics in a nanofluidic transistor. We have simulated the effect of the channel diameter and surface charge density on current-voltage characteristics of a fluidic nanochannel with positive surface charge on its walls and a gate electrode on its surface. Anion depletion/enrichment leads to a decrease/increase in ion current with gate potential. The ion current tends to increase linearly with gate potential for narrow channels at high surface charge densities and narrow channels are more effective to control the ion current at high surface charge densities...
June 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Rakesh Kumar, Shilpa Sood, Mohsen Sheikholeslami, Sabir Ali Shehzad
Combined effects of nonlinear thermal radiation and cubic autocatalysis chemical reaction on the three dimensional flow of stretched nanofluid along a rotating sheet have been investigated in this paper. The flow field is assumed to be suspended with magnetic iron oxide nanoparticles (IONPs). Hamilton-Crosser model is applied to measure effective thermal conductivity of nanofluid. Rosseland approximation is employed to obtain the nonlinear radiative heat flux. For novelty and practical point of view, influence of fluctuating surface velocity and periodic surface temperature constraints are incorporated into the governing equations which in turn are made dimension free by employing suitable transformations...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Wisut Chamsa-Ard, Sridevi Brundavanam, Chun Che Fung, Derek Fawcett, Gerrard Poinern
The global demand for energy is increasing and the detrimental consequences of rising greenhouse gas emissions, global warming and environmental degradation present major challenges. Solar energy offers a clean and viable renewable energy source with the potential to alleviate the detrimental consequences normally associated with fossil fuel-based energy generation. However, there are two inherent problems associated with conventional solar thermal energy conversion systems. The first involves low thermal conductivity values of heat transfer fluids, and the second involves the poor optical properties of many absorbers and their coating...
May 31, 2017: Nanomaterials
Yongjun Jian, Fengqin Li, Yongbo Liu, Long Chang, Quansheng Liu, Liangui Yang
In order to conduct extensive investigation of energy harvesting capabilities of nanofluidic devices, we provide analytical solutions for streaming potential and electrokinetic energy conversion (EKEC) efficiency through taking the combined consequences of soft nanochannel, a rigid nanochannel whose surface is covered by charged polyelectrolyte layer, and viscoelastic rheology into account. The viscoelasticity of the fluid is considered by employing the Maxwell constitutive model when the forcing frequency of an oscillatory driving pressure flow matches with the inverse of the relaxation time scale of a typical viscoelastic fluid...
May 17, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Sidra Aman, Ilyas Khan, Zulkhibri Ismail, Mohd Zuki Salleh, Qasem M Al-Mdallal
This article investigates heat transfer enhancement in free convection flow of Maxwell nanofluids with carbon nanotubes (CNTs) over a vertically static plate with constant wall temperature. Two kinds of CNTs i.e. single walls carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) and multiple walls carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) are suspended in four different types of base liquids (Kerosene oil, Engine oil, water and ethylene glycol). Kerosene oil-based nanofluids are given a special consideration due to their higher thermal conductivities, unique properties and applications...
May 26, 2017: Scientific Reports
A I Alsabery, A J Chamkha, H Saleh, I Hashim
This work analyses free convection flow of a nanofluid in an inclined square enclosure consisting of a porous layer and a nanofluid layer using the finite difference methodology. Sinusoidal temperature boundary conditions are imposed on the two opposing vertical walls. Nanofluids with water as base and Ag or Cu or Al2O3 or TiO2 nanoparticles are considered for the problem. The related parameters of this study are the Darcy number, nanoparticle volume fraction, phase deviation, amplitude ratio, porous layer thickness and the inclination angle of the cavity...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
Lian Duan, Levent Yobas
This study demonstrates hydrodynamic chromatography of DNA fragments in a microchip. The microchip contains a highly regular array of nanofluidic channels (nanocapillaries) that are essential for resolving DNA in this chromatography mode. The nanocapillaries are self-enclosed robust structures built inside a doped glass layer on silicon using low-resolution photolithography and standard semiconductor processing techniques. Additionally, the unique nanocapillaries feature a cylindrical inner radius of 600 nm maintained over a length scale of 5 cm...
May 24, 2017: Analyst
Shi Wah Choong, Shane R Russell, Jae Jin Bang, Justin K Patterson, Shelley A Claridge
The use of dimensionally ordered ligands on layered materials to direct local electronic structure and interactions with the environment promises to streamline integration into nanostructured electronic, optoelectronic, sensing, and nanofluidic interfaces. Substantial progress has been made in using ligands to control substrate electronic structure. Conversely, using the exposed face of the ligand layer to structure wetting and binding interactions, particularly with scalable solution- or spray-processed materials, remains a significant challenge...
June 7, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Sung Hee Ko, Divya Chandra, Wei Ouyang, Taehong Kwon, Pankaj Karande, Jongyoon Han
Process analytical technology (PAT) is critical for the manufacture of high-quality biologics as it enables continuous, real-time and on-line/at-line monitoring during biomanufacturing processes. The conventional analytical tools currently used have many restrictions to realizing the PAT of current and future biomanufacturing. Here we describe a nanofluidic device for the continuous monitoring of biologics' purity and bioactivity with high sensitivity, resolution and speed. Periodic and angled nanofilter arrays served as the molecular sieve structures to conduct a continuous size-based analysis of biologics...
May 22, 2017: Nature Nanotechnology
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