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Prabhakarn Arunachalam, Maged N Shaddad, Mohamed A Ghanem, Abdullah M Al-Mayouf, Mark T Weller
Photoanodes fabricated by the electrophoretic deposition of a thermally prepared zinc tantalum oxynitride (ZnTaO₂N) catalyst onto indium tin oxide (ITO) substrates show photoactivation for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in alkaline solutions. The photoactivity of the OER is further boosted by the photodeposition of cobalt phosphate (CoPi) layers onto the surface of the ZnTaO₂N photoanodes. Structural, morphological, and photoelectrochemical (PEC) properties of the modified ZnTaO₂N photoanodes are studied using X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), ultraviolet visible (UV-Vis) diffuse reflectance spectroscopy, and electrochemical techniques...
January 18, 2018: Nanomaterials
Yuan Tian, Zhenghao Sun, Yongguang Zhang, Xin Wang, Zhumabay Bakenov, Fuxing Yin
An efficient, industry-accepted spray drying method was used to synthesize micro-spherical sulfur/graphene oxide (S/GO) composites as cathode materials within lithium sulfur batteries. The as-designed wrapping of the sulfur-nanoparticles, with wrinkled GO composites, was characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The unique morphological design of this material enabled superior discharge capacity and cycling performance, demonstrating a high initial discharge capacity of 1400 mAh g-1 at 0...
January 18, 2018: Nanomaterials
Anita Talan, Annu Mishra, Sergei A Eremin, Jagriti Narang, Ashok Kumar, Sonu Gandhi
Chlorpyrifos (chl) is an organophosphate pesticide extensively used in agriculture and highly toxic for human health. Fluorine doped tin-oxide (FTO) based electrochemical nanosensor was developed for chlorpyrifos detection with gold nanoparticles (AuNPs) and anti-chlorpyrifos antibodies (chl-Ab). AuNPs provides high electrical conductivity and specific resistivity, thus increases the sensitivity of immunoassay. High electrical conductivity of AuNPs reveals that it promotes the redox reaction for better cyclic voltammetry...
January 9, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Paul H Fallgren, John J Eisenbeis, Song Jin
Application of a low-intensity electric field is known to influence oxidation-reduction (redox) potential in a saturated matrix. In this study, such redox manipulation was attempted in at a site with contaminated aquifer. At the experiment field site, electrodes connected to a direct current (DC) source provided an electric field with an intensity of 1.82 V m-1. Redox potentials at locations 3.0 m and 7.9 m from the cathode decreased by 111 mV and 33 mV within a few hours, respectively, indicating that reducing conditions in the aquifer may be established within the electric field...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
Saimon Moraes Silva, Roya Tavallaie, Vinicius R Gonçales, Robert H Utama, Mehran B Kashi, D Brynn Hibbert, Richard D Tilley, J Justin Gooding
Electrochemical DNA biosensors composed of a redox marker modified nucleic acid probe tethered to a solid electrode is a common experimental construct for detecting DNA and RNA targets, proteins, inorganic ions, and even small molecules. This class of biosensors generally relies on the binding-induced conformational changes in the distance of the redox marker relative to the electrode surface such that the charge transfer is altered. The conventional design is to attach the redox species to the distal end of a surface-bound nucleic acid strand...
January 18, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Midhun Harilal, Syam G Krishnan, Bhupender Pal, Mogalahalli Venkatashamy Reddy, Mohd Hasbi Ab Rahim, Mashitah Mohd Yusoff, Rajan Jose
This article reports synthesis of cuprous oxide (Cu2O) and cupric oxide (CuO) nanowires by controlling calcination environment of electrospun polymeric nanofibers and their charge storage properties. The Cu2O nanowires showed higher surface area (86 m2 g-1) and pore size than the CuO nanowires (36 m2 g-1). Electrochemical analysis was carried out in 6 M KOH and both the electrodes showed battery-type charge storage mechanism. The electrospun Cu2O electrodes delivered high discharge capacity (126 mA h g-1) than CuO (72 mA h g-1) at a current density of 2...
January 18, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Yu-Jie Wang, Yang-Yang Zhou, Hong-Guo Hao, Man Song, Na Zhang, Shuang Yao, Jing-Hui Yan, Zhi-Ming Zhang, Tong-Bu Lu
Two robust metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), {H4[Ni(π-H2O)2]2[Ni(rt-H2O)2]8Ni4(Tri)24}[VIVW12O40]2·24H2O (1) and {H[Ni(π-O)2]2[Ni(rt-H2O)2]8Ni4(Tri)24}[VIVW10VV2O40V2][VIVW9VV3O40VIV2]·24H2O (2) (Tri = 1,2,4-triazole), composed of polyoxometalates (POMs) and metal-organic units, were designed and synthesized by a hydrothermal method. Structure analysis indicates that there is a metal-organic crown [{Ni3(Tri)6(H2O)4}4] ({Ni12}) in these two compounds. In 1, the {Ni12} crown embraces four pendant Tri ligands that could capture a cationic [Ni(H2O)2]2+ group, resulting in the Ni13-Tri building unit [Ni(H2O)2{Ni3(Tri)6(H2O)4}4] ({Ni13})...
January 18, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
Keisuke Natsui, Hitomi Iwakawa, Norihito Ikemiya, Kazuya Nakata, Yasuaki Einaga
High faradaic efficiencies can be achieved in the production of formic acid (HCOOH) by metal electrodes, such as Sn or Pb, in the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide (CO2). However, the stability and environmental load in using them are problematic. Here, we investigated the electrochemical reduction of CO2 to HCOOH in a flow cell using boron-doped diamond (BDD) electrodes. BDD electrodes have superior electrochemical properties to metal electrodes, and, moreover, are highly durable. The faradaic efficiency for the production of HCOOH was as high as 94...
January 18, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
Xiaofu Sun, Lu Lu, Qinggong Zhu, Congyi Wu, Dexin Yang, Chunjun Chen, Buxing Han
Electrochemical reduction of CO2 into value-added product is an interesting area. In this work, we synthesized MoP nanoparticles supported on porous carbon using metal-organic frameworks as the carbon precusor, and conducted the first work on CO2 electroreduction using MoP-based catalyst. It was discovered that MoP nanoparticles supported on In-doped porous carbon had outstanding performance for CO2 reduction to formic acid. The Faradaic efficiency and current density could reach 96.5 % and 43.8 mAcm-2, respectively, when using ionic liquid 1-butyl-3-methylimidazolium hexafluorophosphate as the supporting electrolyte...
January 18, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
Kunzhen Li, Shikuo Li, Fangzhi Huang, Xin-Yao Yu, Yan Lu, Lei Wang, Hong Chen, Hui Zhang
The hierarchical porous structure with phosphorus-doped Ni(OH)2 (P-Ni(OH)2) rods as the core and MnO2 nanosheets as the shell is fabricated directly by growth on a three-dimensional (3D) flexible Ni foam (NF) via a two-step hydrothermal process. As a binder-free electrode material, this unique hybrid structure exhibits excellent electrochemical properties, including an ultrahigh areal capacitance of 5.75 F cm-2 at a current density of 2 mA cm-2 and great cyclic stability without capacitance loss at a current density of 20 mA cm-2 after 10 000 cycles...
January 18, 2018: Nanoscale
Muhammad Rashad, Hongzhang Zhang, Muhammad Asif, Kai Feng, Xianfeng Li, Huamin Zhang
Potentially safe and economically feasible magnesium batteries (MBs) have attracted tremendous research attention as an alternative to high cost and unsafe lithium ion batteries (LIBs). In current work, for the first time, we report a novel room temperature approach to dope atomic species sodium between the vanadium oxide crystal lattice to obtain NaV3O8.1.69H2O (NVO) nanobelts. Synthesized NVO nanobelts are used as electrode material for MBs. The MBs cells demonstrate stable discharge specific capacity of 110 mA h g-1 at a current density of 10 mA g-1 and a high cyclic stability i...
January 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Jong Guk Kim, Youngmin Kim, Yuseong Noh, Seonhwa Lee, Yoongon Kim, Won Bae Kim
In this paper, bifunctional catalysts consisting of perovskite LaCo0.8Fe0.2O3 nanowires (LCFO NWs) with reduced graphene oxide (rGO) sheets were prepared for use in lithium-oxygen (Li-O2) battery cathodes. The structure and morphology of bifunctional LCFO@rGO catalysts were characterized by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The prepared LCFO@rGO composite was explored as a cathode catalyst for Li-O2 batteries, resulted in an outstanding discharge capacity (ca...
January 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Le Zhang, Peng Fei Liu, Yu Hang Li, Meng Yang Zu, Xu Li, Zheng Jiang, Yun Wang, Huijun Zhao, Huagui Yang
Boosting the sluggish kinetics of hydrogen evolution reaction in alkaline environments is the key for large application of water-alkali and chlor-alkali electrolysis. Herein, for the first time, we use nitrogen atoms to precisely modulate electrochemical active sites on the surface of nickel oxide with low coordinated oxygen atoms, to achieve enhanced kinetics of alkaline hydrogen evolution. Theoretical and experimental results demonstrate that the surface charge redistribution after modulation simultaneously facilitates the initial water dissociation step, as well as the subsequent recombination of Had from low coordinated oxygen sites and desorption of OH-ad from nickel sites, thus accelerating the overall hydrogen evolution process...
January 18, 2018: ChemSusChem
Bianca Ciui, Aida Martin, Rupesh K Mishra, Barbara Brunetti, Tatsuo Nakagawa, Thomas J Dawkins, Mengjia Lyu, Cecilia Cristea, Robert Sandulescu, Joseph Wang
Wearable bendable bandage-based sensor and a minimally invasive microneedle biosensor are described toward rapid screening of skin melanoma. These wearable electrochemical sensors are capable of detecting the presence of the tyrosinase (TYR) enzyme cancer biomarker in the presence of its catechol substrate, immobilized on the transducer surface. In the presence of the surface TYR biomarker, the immobilized catechol is rapidly converted to benzoquinone that is detected amperometrically, with a current signal proportional to the TYR level...
January 18, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
János Almássy, Elias Siguenza, Marianna Skaliczki, Klara Matesz, James Sneyd, David I Yule, Péter P Nánási
The plasma membrane of parotid acinar cells is functionally divided into apical and basolateral regions. According to the current model, fluid secretion is driven by transepithelial ion gradient, which facilitates water movement by osmosis into the acinar lumen from the interstitium. The osmotic gradient is created by the apical Cl- efflux and the subsequent paracellular Na+ transport. In this model, the Na+-K+ pump is located exclusively in the basolateral membrane and has essential role in salivary secretion, since the driving force for Cl- transport via basolateral Na+-K+-2Cl- cotransport is generated by the Na+-K+ pump...
January 17, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
D O Alikin, K N Romanyuk, B N Slautin, D Rosato, V Ya Shur, A L Kholkin
Electrochemical strain microscopy (ESM) can provide useful information on the ionic processes in materials at the local scale. This is especially important for ever growing applications of Li-batteries whose performance is limited by the intrinsic and extrinsic degradation. However, the ESM method used so far has been only qualitative due to multiple contributions to the apparent ESM signal. In this work, we provide a viable approach for the local probing of ionic concentration and diffusion coefficients based on the frequency dependence of the ESM signal...
January 18, 2018: Nanoscale
Aditya Ayyagari, Vahid Hasannaeimi, Harpreet Arora, Sundeep Mukherjee
Metallic glass composites represent a unique alloy design strategy comprising of in situ crystalline dendrites in an amorphous matrix to achieve damage tolerance unseen in conventional structural materials. They are promising for a range of advanced applications including spacecraft gears, high-performance sporting goods and bio-implants, all of which demand high surface degradation resistance. Here, we evaluated the phase-specific electrochemical and friction characteristics of a Zr-based metallic glass composite, Zr56...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
Niazul Islam Khan, Alec G Maddaus, Edward Song
Recently, inkjet-printing has gained increased popularity in applications such as flexible electronics and disposable sensors, as well as in wearable sensors because of its multifarious advantages. This work presents a novel, low-cost immobilization technique using inkjet-printing for the development of an aptamer-based biosensor for the detection of lysozyme, an important biomarker in various disease diagnosis. The strong affinity between the carbon nanotube (CNT) and the single-stranded DNA is exploited to immobilize the aptamers onto the working electrode by printing the ink containing the dispersion of CNT-aptamer complex...
January 15, 2018: Biosensors
Ahmed Salim, Sungjoon Lim
Metamaterial elements/arrays exhibit a sensitive response to fluids yet with a small footprint, therefore, they have been an attractive choice to realize various sensing devices when integrated with microfluidic technology. Micro-channels made from inexpensive biocompatible materials avoid any contamination from environment and require only microliter-nanoliter sample for sensing. Simple design, easy fabrication process, light weight prototype, and instant measurements are advantages as compared to conventional (optical, electrochemical and biological) sensing systems...
January 15, 2018: Sensors
Bangquan Li, Qian Sun, Hongsheng Fan, Ming Cheng, Aixian Shan, Yimin Cui, Rongming Wang
A series of α-Fe₂O₃ nanocrystals (NCs) with fascinating morphologies, such as hollow nanoolives, nanotubes, nanospindles, and nanoplates, were prepared through a simple template-free hydrothermal synthesis process. The results showed that the morphologies could be easily controlled by SO₄2- and H₂PO₄-. Physical property analysis showed that the α-Fe₂O₃ NCs exhibited shape- and size-dependent ferromagnetic and optical behaviors. The absorption band peak of the α-Fe₂O₃ NCs could be tuned from 320 to 610 nm...
January 15, 2018: Nanomaterials
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