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Huacheng Zhang, Jue Hou, Ranwen Ou, Yaoxin Hu, Huanting Wang, Lei Jiang
Periodic ion-conduction oscillation of biological ion channels in a living system is essential for numerous life processes. Here we report an oscillatory nanofluidic system that can self-regulate its ion-conduction states under constant conditions. The oscillatory nanofluidic system is constructed by integrating a chemical oscillator into an artificial single nanochannel system. Oscillating chemical reactions of the pH oscillator carried out inside the nanochannel are used to switch the surface properties of the channel between highly and lowly charged states, thus realizing an autonomous, continuous and periodic oscillation of the ion conductance of the channel between high and low ion-conduction states...
May 19, 2017: Nanoscale
Antoine Malabirade, Kai Jiang, Krzysztof Kubiak, Alvaro Diaz-Mendoza, Fan Liu, Jeroen A van Kan, Jean-François Berret, Véronique Arluison, Johan R C van der Maarel
Hfq is a bacterial protein that is involved in several aspects of nucleic acids metabolism. It has been described as one of the nucleoid associated proteins shaping the bacterial chromosome, although it is better known to influence translation and turnover of cellular RNAs. Here, we explore the role of Escherichia coli Hfq's C-terminal domain in the compaction of double stranded DNA. Various experimental methodologies, including fluorescence microscopy imaging of single DNA molecules confined inside nanofluidic channels, atomic force microscopy, isothermal titration microcalorimetry and electrophoretic mobility assays have been used to follow the assembly of the C-terminal and N-terminal regions of Hfq on DNA...
May 17, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
Lei Yang, Yanjie Guo, Dongfeng Diao
Recently, water flow confined in nanochannels has become an interesting topic due to its unique properties and potential applications in nanofluidic devices. The trapped water is predicted to experience high pressure in the gigapascal regime. Theoretical and experimental studies have reported various novel structures of the confined water under high pressure. However, the role of this high pressure on the dynamic properties of water has not been elucidated to date. In the present study, the structure evolution and interfacial friction behavior of water constrained in a graphene nanochannel were investigated via molecular dynamics simulations...
May 18, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Gonzalo Pérez-Mitta, Waldemar A Marmisollé, Christina Trautmann, María Eugenia Toimil-Molares, Omar Azzaroni
The design of an all-plastic field-effect nanofluidic diode is proposed, which allows precise nanofluidic operations to be performed. The fabrication process involves the chemical synthesis of a conductive poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) layer over a previously fabricated solid-state nanopore. The conducting layer acts as gate electrode by changing its electrochemical state upon the application of different voltages, ultimately changing the surface charge of the nanopore. A PEDOT-based nanopore is able to discriminate the ionic species passing through it in a quantitative and qualitative manner, as PEDOT nanopores display three well-defined voltage-controlled transport regimes: cation-rectifying, non-rectifying, and anion rectifying regimes...
May 18, 2017: Advanced Materials
An Eng Lim, Chun Yee Lim, Yee Cheong Lam, Rafael Taboryski, Shu Rui Wang
Electroosmotic flow (EOF) is an electric-field-induced fluid flow that has numerous micro-/nanofluidic applications, ranging from pumping to chemical and biomedical analyses. Nanoscale networks/structures are often integrated in microchannels for a broad range of applications, such as electrophoretic separation of biomolecules, high reaction efficiency catalytic microreactors, and enhancement of heat transfer and sensing. Their introduction has been known to reduce EOF. Hitherto, a proper study on the effect of nanostructures orientation on EOF in a microfluidic channel is yet to be carried out...
May 16, 2017: Nanotechnology
Hisashi Shimizu, Naoya Miyawaki, Yoshihiro Asano, Kazuma Mawatari, Takehiko Kitamori
The expansion of microfluidics research to nanofluidics requires absolutely sensitive and universal detection methods. Photothermal detection, which utilizes optical absorption and nonradiative relaxation, is promising for the sensitive detection of nonlabeled biomolecules in nanofluidic channels. We have previously developed a photothermal optical phase shift (POPS) detection method to detect nonfluorescent molecules sensitively, while a rapid decrease of the sensitivity in nanochannels and the introduction of an ultraviolet (UV) excitation system were issues to be addressed...
May 11, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
Marco Farina, Andrea Ballerini, Gianluca Torchio, Giulia Rizzo, Danilo Demarchi, Usha Thekkedath, Alessandro Grattoni
In numerous pathologies, implantable drug delivery devices provide advantages over conventional oral or parenteral approaches. Based on the site of implantation and release characteristics, implants can afford either systemic delivery or local administration, whereby the drug is delivered at or near the site of intended action. Unfortunately, current implantable drug delivery systems provide limited options for intervention in the case of an adverse reaction to the drug or the need for dosage adjustment. In the event that drug delivery must be terminated, an urgent surgical retrieval may be the only reliable option...
June 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
Cong Qi, Liyuan Yang, Guiqing Wang
The natural convection heat transfer of horizontal rectangle enclosures with different aspect ratios (A = 2:1 and A = 4:1) filled with Ag-Ga nanofluid (different nanoparticle volume fractions φ = 0.01, φ = 0.03, φ = 0.05 and radiuses r = 20 nm, r = 40 nm, r = 80 nm) at different Rayleigh numbers (Ra = 1 × 10(3) and Ra = 1 × 10(5)) is investigated by a two-phase lattice Boltzmann model. It is found that the Nusselt number enhancement ratios of two enclosures (A = 2:1 and A = 4:1) filled with Ag-Ga nanofluid (r = 20 nm) are the same compared with those of the water at the corresponding aspect ratio enclosure...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
Sushrut Bhanushali, Naveen N Jason, Prakash Chandra Ghosh, Anuradda Ganesh, George P Simon, Wenlong Cheng
Nanofluids are colloidal dispersions that exhibit enhanced thermal conductivity at low filler loadings and thus have been proposed for heat transfer applications. Here, we systematically investigate how particle shape determines the thermal conductivity of low-cost copper nanofluids using a range of distinct filler particle shapes: nanospheres, nanocubes, short nanowires, and long nanowires. To exclude the potential effects of surface capping ligands, all the filler particles are kept with uniform surface chemistry...
May 4, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
A R Harikrishnan, Purbarun Dhar, Prabhat K Agnihotri, Sateesh Gedupudi, Sarit K Das
A systematically designed study has been conducted to understand and demarcate the degree of contribution by the constituting elements to the surface tension of nanocolloids. The effects of elements such as surfactants, particles and the combined effects of these on the surface tension of these complex fluids are studied employing the pendant drop shape analysis method by fitting the Young-Laplace equation. Only the particle has shown an increase in the surface tension with particle concentration in a polar medium like DI water, whereas only a marginal effect of particles on surface tension in weakly polar mediums like glycerol and ethylene glycol has been demonstrated...
May 2017: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Magalí Mercuri, Karina A Pierpauli, Claudio L A Berli, Martín G Bellino
Nanofluidics based on nanoscopic porous structures has emerged as the next evolutionary milestone in the construction of versatile nanodevices with unprecedented applications. However, the straightforward development of nanofluidically interconnected systems is crucial for the production of practical devices. Here, we demonstrate that spontaneous infiltration into supramolecularly templated mesoporous oxide films at the edge of a sessile drop in open air can be used to connect pairs of landmarks. The liquids from the drops can then join through the nanoporous network to guide a localized chemical reaction at the nanofluid-front interface...
May 5, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Rabil Tabassum, R Mehmood, S Nadeem
This study inspects the influence of temperature dependent viscosity on Oblique flow of micropolar nanofluid. Fluid viscosity is considered as an exponential function of temperature. Governing equations are converted into dimensionless forms with aid of suitable transformations. Outcomes of the study are shown in graphical form and discussed in detail. Results revealed that viscosity parameter has pronounced effects on velocity profiles, temperature distribution, micro-rotation, streamlines, shear stress and heat flux...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Cameron L C Smith, Anil H Thilsted, Jonas N Pedersen, Tomas H Youngman, Julia C Dyrnum, Nicolai A Michaelsen, Rodolphe Marie, Anders Kristensen
The ability to handle single, free molecules in lab-on-a-chip systems is key to the development of advanced biotechnologies. Entropic confinement offers passive control of polymers in nanofluidic systems by locally asserting a molecule's number of available conformation states through structured landscapes. Separately, a range of plasmonic configurations have demonstrated active manipulation of nano-objects by harnessing concentrated electric fields. The integration of these two independent techniques promises a range of sophisticated and complementary functions to handle, for example, DNA, but numerous difficulties, in particular, conflicting requirements of channel size, have prevented progress...
April 28, 2017: ACS Nano
Ran Peng, Dongqing Li
The RPS (Resistive Pulse Sensing) technique is a popular tool for the label-free detection of particles. This paper describes a simple, cost-effective PDMS nanofluidic chip for the detection and characterization of nanoparticles based on the differential RPS technique with high resolution and sensitivity. The chip is composed of two layers of PDMS slabs. Microchannel systems fabricated by the photolithography method on the top layer are used for sample loading and differential signal acquisition, and a straight nanochannel on the bottom layer fabricated by an unconventional approach bridging the gap between the microchannels works as an RPS sensing gate...
May 11, 2017: Nanoscale
C Hermida-Merino, M Pérez-Rodríguez, M M Piñeiro, M J Pastoriza-Gallego
The electrical conductivity of exfoliated graphite in water nanofluids has been experimentally determined, and compared with the same property when the dispersed nanosheets have been oxidized. The effect of oxidation on this property is different if compared with the case of sintered dry nanosheets. In any case, for the sintered raw material the conduction behaves as expected in a metal, while for the nanofluid it shows values and trends typical of a weak electrolyte solution. The effect of oxidation on the electrical conductivity of exfoliated graphite can be explained as being caused by the dissociation in the fluid phase of the moieties resulting from the chemical functionalization process...
May 14, 2017: Soft Matter
I M Mahbubul, Elif Begum Elcioglu, R Saidur, M A Amalina
Nanofluids are promising in many fields, including engineering and medicine. Stability deterioration may be a critical constraint for potential applications of nanofluids. Proper ultrasonication can improve the stability, and possibility of the safe use of nanofluids in different applications. In this study, stability properties of TiO2-H2O nanofluid for varying ultrasonication durations were tested. The nanofluids were prepared through two-step method; and electron microscopies, with particle size distribution and zeta potential analyses were conducted for the evaluation of their stability...
July 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Akira Koyama, Kazuhiro Fukami, Yujin Imaoka, Atsushi Kitada, Tetsuo Sakka, Takeshi Abe, Kuniaki Murase, Masahiro Kinoshita
Manipulating the local pH within nanoconfinement is essential in nanofluidics technology and its applications. Since the conventional strategy utilizes the overlapping of an electric double layer formed for charge compensation by protons near a negatively charged pore-wall surface, pH variation within a pore is limited to the acidic side. To achieve the variation at the alkaline side, we developed a system comprising a hydrophobic pore-wall surface and aqueous solution containing hydrophobic cations. Beyond a threshold cation concentration, a nanopore is filled with the second phase where the cations are remarkably enriched due to surface-induced phase transition (SIFT) originating from the hydrophobic effect...
April 20, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Alexia Barbosa De Lima, Laurent Joly
Electro-osmosis (EO) is a powerful tool to manipulate liquids in micro and nanofluidic systems. While EO has been studied extensively at liquid-solid interfaces, the case of liquid-vapor interfaces, found e.g. in foam films and bubbles, remains to be explored. Here we perform molecular dynamics (MD) simulations of EO in a film of aqueous electrolyte covered with fluid layers of ionic surfactants and surrounded by gas. Following the experimental procedure, we compute the zeta potential from the EO velocity, defined as the velocity difference between the middle of the liquid film and the surrounding gas...
May 14, 2017: Soft Matter
Kai Huang, Igal Szleifer
Nature uses the interplay between hydrophobic and electrostatic interactions of disordered proteins to orchestrate complicated molecular gates such as the nuclear pore complex to control the transport of biological masses. Inspired by nature, we here theoretically show that well-defined gate shape, sensitive response to pH and salt concentration, and selectivity in cargo transport can be simultaneously achieved by grafting amphiphilic diblock copolymers made of sequence-controlled hydrophobic and ionizable monomers on the inner surface of solid-state nanopore...
April 28, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Si Qin, Dan Liu, Guang Wang, David Portehault, Christopher J Garvey, Yury Gogotsi, Weiwei Lei, Ying Chen
Achieving a high rate of ionic transport through porous membranes and ionic channels is important in numerous applications ranging from energy storage to water desalination, but it still remains a challenge. Herein we show that ions can quickly pass through interlayer spaces in hydrated boron nitride (BN) membranes. Measurements of surface-charge governed ionic currents between BN nanosheets in a variety of salt solutions (KCl, NaCl and CaCl2) at low salt concentrations (<10(-4) M) showed several orders of magnitude higher ionic conductivity compared to that of the bulk solution...
May 1, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
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