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Danni Lei, Jim Benson, Alexandre Magasinski, Gene Berdichevsky, Gleb Yushin
One dimensional (1D) nanostructures offer prospects for enhancing the electrical, thermal, and mechanical properties of a broad range of functional materials and composites, but their synthesis methods are typically elaborate and expensive. We demonstrate a direct transformation of bulk materials into nanowires under ambient conditions without the use of catalysts or any external stimuli. The nanowires form via minimization of strain energy at the boundary of a chemical reaction front. We show the transformation of multimicrometer-sized particles of aluminum or magnesium alloys into alkoxide nanowires of tunable dimensions, which are converted into oxide nanowires upon heating in air...
January 20, 2017: Science
Raman Sankar, G Narsinga Rao, I Panneer Muthuselvam, Tay-Rong Chang, H T Jeng, G Senthil Murugan, Wei-Li Lee, F C Chou
The anisotropic superconducting properties of PbTaSe2 single crystal is reported. Superconductivity with T c  =  3.83  ±  0.02 K has been characterized fully with electrical resistivity ρ(T), magnetic susceptibility χ(T), and specific heat C p (T) measurements using single crystal samples. The superconductivity is type-II with lower critical field H c1 and upper critical field H c2 of 65 and 450 Oe (H⊥  to the ab-plane), 140 and 1500 Oe (H|| to the ab-plane), respectively. These results indicate that the superconductivity of PbTaSe2 is anisotropic...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Zhao Ya-Ru, Zhang Hai-Rong, Zhang Gang-Tai, Wei Qun, Yuan Yu-Quan
The elastic anisotropy and thermodynamic properties of the recently synthesized Pnnm-CN have been investigated using first-principles calculations under high temperature and high pressure. The calculated equilibrium crystal parameters and normalized volume dependence of the resulting pressure agree with available experimental and theoretical results. Within the considered pressure range of 0-90 GPa, the dependences of the bulk modulus, Young's modulus, and shear modulus on the crystal orientation for Pnnm-CN have been systematically studied...
December 2016: AIP Advances
Brian F Thomas, Timothy W Lefever, Ricardo A Cortes, Alexander L Kovach, Anderson O Cox, Purvi R Patel, Gerald T Pollard, Julie A Marusich, Richard A Kevin, Thomas F Gamage, Jenny L Wiley
Synthetic cannabinoids are manufactured clandestinely with little quality control and are distributed as herbal "Spice" for smoking or as bulk compound for mixing with a solvent and inhalation via electronic vaporizers. Intoxication with synthetic cannabinoids has been associated with seizure, excited delirium, coma, kidney damage, and other disorders. The chemical alterations produced by heating these structurally novel compounds for consumption are largely unknown. Here we show that heating synthetic cannabinoids containing tetramethylcyclopropyl-ring substituents produced thermal degradants with pharmacological activity that varied considerably from their parent compounds...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
Zonglin Gu, Phil De Luna, Zaixing Yang, Ruhong Zhou
Molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) has recently emerged as a promising nanomaterial in a wide range of applications due to its unique and impressive properties. For example, MoS2 has gained attention in the biomedical field because of its ability to act as an antibacterial and anticancer agent. However, the potential influence of this exciting nanomaterial on biomolecules is yet to be extensively studied. Molecular dynamics (MD) simulations are invaluable tools in the examination of protein interactions with nanomaterials such as MoS2...
January 12, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Fabian B Wadsworth, Michael J Heap, David E Damby, Kai-Uwe Hess, Jens Najorka, Jérémie Vasseur, Dominik Fahrner, Donald B Dingwell
During European prehistory, hilltop enclosures made from polydisperse particle-and-block stone walling were exposed to temperatures sufficient to partially melt the constituent stonework, leading to the preservation of glassy walls called 'vitrified forts'. During vitrification, the granular wall rocks partially melt, sinter viscously and densify, reducing inter-particle porosity. This process is strongly dependent on the solidus temperature, the particle sizes, the temperature-dependence of the viscosity of the evolving liquid phase, as well as the distribution and longevity of heat...
January 12, 2017: Scientific Reports
Ran Li, Fengjie Yuan, Wan Fu, Luyao Zhang, Nan Zhang, Yanan Wang, Ke Ma, Xue Li, Lina Wang, Wei-Guo Zhu, Ying Zhao
The serine/threonine kinase Unc-51 like kinase-1 (Ulk1) is thought to be essential for induction of autophagy, an intracellular bulk degradation process that is activated by various stresses. Although several proteins have been suggested as Ulk1 substrates during autophagic process, it still remains largely unknown about Ulk1's physiological substrates. Here, by performing in vitro and in vivo phosphorylation assay, we report that the co-chaperone cell division cycle protein 37 (Cdc37) is an Ulk1 substrate...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Tomasz Dabrowski, Kieran Lyons, Glenn Nolan, Alan Berry, Caroline Cusack, Joe Silke
A 3D primitive equation coastal ocean model for southwest Ireland, called the Bantry Bay model, was developed and implemented operationally. Validated model outputs have multiple uses. One of the incentives to develop the model was to explore the possible transport pathways that carry harmful algae blooms (HAB) into Bantry Bay. The model is nested offline in a regional North East Atlantic operational model. Surface forcing is taken from the half-degree Global Forecasting System, available at three-hourly intervals...
March 2016: Harmful Algae
Koshi Takenaka, Yoshihiko Okamoto, Tsubasa Shinoda, Naoyuki Katayama, Yuki Sakai
Large negative thermal expansion (NTE) has been discovered during the last decade in materials of various kinds, particularly materials associated with a magnetic, ferroelectric or charge-transfer phase transition. Such NTE materials have attracted considerable attention for use as thermal-expansion compensators. Here, we report the discovery of giant NTE for reduced layered ruthenate. The total volume change related to NTE reaches 6.7% in dilatometry, a value twice as large as the largest volume change reported to date...
January 10, 2017: Nature Communications
Jarinda Viaene, Victoria Nelissen, Bert Reubens, Koen Willekens, Frank Driehuis, Stefaan De Neve, Bart Vandecasteele
Separating dairy cattle slurry in a liquid and solid fraction (SF) is gaining more interest, since it enables a more targeted use of both fractions. However, the valorization of the SF is limited on P-rich soils, due to its high P content, and the export or use as bedding material requires sanitation. Therefore, we investigated the influence of composting or ensiling the SF, whether or not mixed with bulking agents, on the product quality in terms of fertilizer value, sanitation and stability. Ensiling can be considered as a controlled storage method for conserving C and nutrients...
January 2, 2017: Waste Management
Stephanie L Hemmingson, Charles T Campbell
Nanoparticles on surfaces are ubiquitous in nanotechnologies, especially in catalysis, where metal nanoparticles anchored to oxide supports are widely used to produce and use fuels and chemicals, and in pollution abatement. We show that for hemispherical metal particles of the same diameter, D, the chemical potentials of the metal atoms in the particles (μM) differ between two supports by approximately -2(Eadh,A - Eadh,B)Vm/D, where Ead,i is the adhesion energy between the metal and support i, and Vm is the molar volume of the bulk metal...
January 3, 2017: ACS Nano
M Y Gruber, J Xia, M Yu, H Steppuhn, K Wall, D Messer, A G Sharpe, S N Acharya, D S Wishart, D Johnson, D R Miller, A Taheri
With the growing limitations on arable land, alfalfa (a widely cultivated, low-input forage) is now being selected to extend cultivation into saline lands for low-cost biofeedstock purposes. Here, minerals and transcriptome profiles were compared between two new salinity-tolerant North American alfalfa breeding populations and a more salinity-sensitive western Canadian alfalfa population grown under hydroponic saline conditions. All three populations accumulated two-fold higher sodium in roots than shoots as a function of increased electrical conductivity...
October 7, 2016: Genome Génome / Conseil National de Recherches Canada
Benedetto Marelli, Nereus Patel, Thomas Duggan, Giovanni Perotto, Elijah Shirman, Chunmei Li, David L Kaplan, Fiorenzo G Omenetto
We report simple, water-based fabrication methods based on protein self-assembly to generate 3D silk fibroin bulk materials that can be easily hybridized with water-soluble molecules to obtain multiple solid formats with predesigned functions. Controlling self-assembly leads to robust, machinable formats that exhibit thermoplastic behavior consenting material reshaping at the nanoscale, microscale, and macroscale. We illustrate the versatility of the approach by realizing demonstrator devices where large silk monoliths can be generated, polished, and reshaped into functional mechanical components that can be nanopatterned, embed optical function, heated on demand in response to infrared light, or can visualize mechanical failure through colorimetric chemistries embedded in the assembled (bulk) protein matrix...
January 17, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
I-Shou Huang, Jia-Jen Li, Ming-Kang Tsai
A classical force field approach was used to characterize the solvation dynamics of high-density CO₂(g) by monoethanolamine (MEA) at the air-liquid interface. Intra- and intermolecular CO₂ and MEA potentials were parameterized according to the energetics calculated at the MP2 and BLYP-D2 levels of theory. The thermodynamic properties of CO₂ and MEA, such as heat capacity and melting point, were consistently predicted using this classical potential. An approximate interfacial simulation for CO₂(g)/MEA(l) was performed to monitor the depletion of the CO₂(g) phase, which was influenced by amino and hydroxyl groups of MEA...
December 23, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Antonios L Theocharopoulos, Andrew J Bushby, Ken My P'ng, Rory M Wilson, K Elizabeth Tanner, Michael J Cattell
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to test the modulus of elasticity (E) across the interfaces of yttria stabilized zirconia (YTZP) / veneer multilayers using nanoindentation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: YTZP core material (KaVo-Everest, Germany) specimens were either coated with a liner (IPS e.max ZirLiner, Ivoclar-Vivadent) (Type-1) or left as-sintered (Type-2) and subsequently veneered with a pressable glass-ceramic (IPS e.max ZirPress, Ivoclar-Vivadent). A 5 µm (nominal tip diameter) spherical indenter was used with a UMIS CSIRO 2000 (ASI, Canberra, Australia) nanoindenter system to test E across the exposed and polished interfaces of both specimen types...
December 2016: Journal of Advanced Prosthodontics
T J Novakowski, J K Tripathi, A Hassanein
The goal of this work is to assess Ta as a potential plasma-facing material for future fusion reactors in terms of its response to high-flux, low-energy He(+) ion irradiation. Ta samples were irradiated with 100 eV He(+) ions at various fluences up to 3.5 × 10(25) ions m(-2) while simultaneously heated at constant temperatures in the range 823-1223 K. SEM studies show that irradiated Ta surfaces undergo significant morphology changes that have a strong dependence on both ion fluence and sample temperature...
December 23, 2016: Scientific Reports
Shyamprasad N Raja, Reto Rhyner, Kantawong Vuttivorakulchai, Mathieu Luisier, Dimos Poulikakos
Recent experimental advances have revealed that the mean free path (mfp) of phonons contributing significantly to thermal transport in crystalline semiconductors can be several microns long. Almost all of these experiments are based on bulk and thin film materials and use techniques that are not directly applicable to nanowires. By developing a process with which we could fabricate multiple electrically contacted and suspended segments on individual heavily doped smooth Silicon nanowires, we measured phonon transport across varying length scales using a DC self-heating technique...
January 3, 2017: Nano Letters
A Paloglou, K Martakidis, D Gavril
A novel methodology of reversed flow inverse gas chromatography (RF-IGC) is presented. It permits the simultaneous determination of mass transfer coefficients across the gas liquid interface as well as the respective solubility parameters and thermodynamic functions of dissolution of gases into liquids. The standard deviation of the experimentally determined parameters is estimated for first time, which combined with the successful comparison of the values of the present parameters with other literature ones ascertain the reliability of the methodology...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
Carolyn E Mills, Allie Obermeyer, Xuehui Dong, Jeremy Walker, Bradley D Olsen
Organophosphate (OP) nerve agents are a class of chemical warfare agents (CWAs) that exist as bulk stocks in current and past war zones. Thus, a technology that can perform on-site decontamination in a safe and timely fashion is desirable. Here, complex coacervate core micelles (C3Ms) were used to encapsulate organophosphate hydrolase (OPH) and chemostabilize it to maintain activity after exposure to organophosphate simulants ethanol and dimethyl methylphosphonate (DMMP). C3Ms were formed by two polymers-poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) and poly(oligo(ethylene glycol) methacrylate)-b-poly(4-vinyl N-methylpyridyl iodide), (POEGMA-b-qP4VP)...
December 20, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Shahrouz Nayebossadri, John D Speight, David Book
Self-supported fcc Pd-Cu-M (M = Y, Ti, Zr, V, Nb, and Ni) alloys were studied as potential hydrogen purification membranes. The effects of small additions (1-2.6 at. %) of these elements on the structure, hydrogen solubility, diffusivity, and permeability were examined. Structural analyses by X-ray diffraction (XRD) showed the fcc phase for all alloys with induced textures from cold rolling. Heat treatment at 650 °C for 96 h led to the reorientation in all alloys except the Pd-Cu-Zr alloy, exhibiting the possibility to enhance the structural stability by Zr addition...
January 13, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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