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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445071/polymorphic-assembly-from-beveled-gold-triangular-nanoprisms
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Juyeong Kim, Xiaohui Song, Fei Ji, Binbin Luo, Nicole F Ice, Qipeng Liu, Qiao Zhang, Qian Chen
The shape anisotropy of nanoparticle building blocks is of critical importance in determining their packing symmetry and assembly directionality. While there has been extensive research on the effect of their overall geometric shapes, the importance of nanometer morphology details is not well-recognized or understood. Here we draw on shape-anisotropic gold triangular nanoprism building blocks synthesized based on a method we recently developed; besides the "large-scale" triangular prism shape (79.8 nm in side length and 22...
April 26, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440615/monolith-supported-amine-functionalized-mg2-dobpdc-adsorbents-for-co2-capture
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Lalit A Darunte, Yuri Terada, Christopher R Murdock, Krista S Walton, David S Sholl, Christopher W Jones
The potential of using an amine-functionalized MOF, mmen-M2(dobpdc) (M = Mg, Mn), supported on a structured monolith contactor for CO2 capture from simulated flue gas is explored. The stability of the unsupported MOF powders under humid conditions is explored using nitrogen physisorption and X-ray diffraction analysis before and after exposure to humidity. Based on its superior stability to humidity, mmen-Mg2(dobpdc) is selected for further growth on a honeycomb cordierite monolith that is washcoated with α-alumina...
April 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426290/development-of-a-thoracic-personal-sampler-system-for-co-sampling-of-sulfuric-acid-mist-and-sulfur-dioxide-gas
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Chih-Hsiang Chien, Alexandros Theodore, Chufan Zhou, Chang-Yu Wu, Yu-Mei Hsu, Brian Birky
A novel personal sampler was designed to measure inorganic acid mists and gases for determining human exposure levels to these acids in workplaces. This sampler consists of (1) a parallel impactor for classifying aerosol by size following the ISO/CEN/ACGIH defined human thoracic fraction, (2) a cellulose filter to collect the residual acid mist but allowing penetration of sulfur dioxide gas, and (3) an accordion-shaped porous membrane denuder (aPMD) for adsorbing the penetrating sulfur dioxide gas. Acid-resistant PTFE was chosen as the housing material to minimize sampling interference...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421741/uphill-water-transport-on-a-wettability-patterned-surface-experimental-and-theoretical-results
#4
Yuji Hirai, Hiroyuki Mayama, Yasutaka Matsuo, Masatsugu Shimomura
In nature, there exist a number of functional water-controlling surfaces, such as the water-repellent surface of lotus leaves, the superhydrophobic water-adhesive surface of rose petals, the water-harvesting surface of a beetle's back, and the water-transporting surface of the legs of Ligia exotica. These natural surfaces suggest that surface chemistry and hierarchical structures are essential for controlling water behavior. We have reported the preparation of superhydrophobic and anti-reflection silicon nanospike-array structures using self-organized honeycomb-patterned films as 3D dry etching masks...
April 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419733/interphotoreceptor-matrix-based-biomaterial-impact-on-human-retinal-progenitor-cell-attachment-and-differentiation
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Joydip Kundu, Andrew Michaelson, Petr Baranov, Marco Chiumiento, Tom Nigl, Michael J Young, Rebecca L Carrier
While cell transplantation therapies show great promise as treatments for retinal degeneration, the challenge of low cell survival upon transplantation motivates exploration of materials that may serve as cell delivery vehicles and promote survival and differentiation. In this study, we explored the native matrix that surrounds the outer segments of photoreceptors and promotes their homeostasis, interphotoreceptor matrix (IPM), as a substrate for human retinal progenitor cells (hRPCs). Bovine IPM was characterized to determine its structure and biochemical composition, and processed to develop substrates for cells...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417127/on-the-formation-of-stripe-sigma-and-honeycomb-phases-in-a-core-corona-system
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Harini Pattabhiraman, Marjolein Dijkstra
Using Monte Carlo simulations and free-energy calculations, we investigate the phase behaviour of a two-dimensional core-corona system. We model this system as particles consisting of an impenetrable hard core of diameter σHD surrounded by a purely repulsive soft corona of diameter δ = 1.95σHD. At low densities, we observe the spontaneous formation of a phase with a stripe texture as well as a honeycomb-like phase driven by both energy and entropy considerations. At high densities, we find that a two-dimensional analogue of the periodic sigma phase, considered as an approximant of dodecagonal quasicrystals, is energetically stabilised with respect to two distinct dodecagonal quasicrystals, namely, a square-triangle tiling and a square-triangle-shield tiling...
April 18, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416649/optic-nerve-astrocyte-reactivity-protects-function-in-experimental-glaucoma-and-other-nerve-injuries
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Daniel Sun, Sara Moore, Tatjana C Jakobs
Reactive remodeling of optic nerve head astrocytes is consistently observed in glaucoma and other optic nerve injuries. However, it is unknown whether this reactivity is beneficial or harmful for visual function. In this study, we used the Cre recombinase (Cre)-loxP system under regulation of the mouse glial fibrillary acidic protein promoter to knock out the transcription factor signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) from astrocytes and test the effect this has on reactive remodeling, ganglion cell survival, and visual function after experimental glaucoma and nerve crush...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415219/role-separating-ordering-in-social-dilemmas-controlled-by-topological-frustration
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Marco A Amaral, Matjaž Perc, Lucas Wardil, Attila Szolnoki, Elton J da Silva Júnior, Jafferson K L da Silva
''Three is a crowd" is an old proverb that applies as much to social interactions as it does to frustrated configurations in statistical physics models. Accordingly, social relations within a triangle deserve special attention. With this motivation, we explore the impact of topological frustration on the evolutionary dynamics of the snowdrift game on a triangular lattice. This topology provides an irreconcilable frustration, which prevents anticoordination of competing strategies that would be needed for an optimal outcome of the game...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415196/traffic-gridlock-on-a-honeycomb-city
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L E Olmos, J D Muñoz
Inspired by an old and almost in oblivion urban plan, we report the behavior of the Biham-Middleton-Levine (BML) model-a paradigm for studying phase transitions of traffic flow-on a hypothetical city with a perfect honeycomb street network. In contrast with the original BML model on a square lattice, the same model on a honeycomb does not show any anisotropy or intermediate states, but a single continuous phase transition between free and totally congested flow, a transition that can be completely characterized by the tools of classical percolation...
March 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414424/quantifying-the-hierarchical-order-in-self-aligned-carbon-nanotubes-from-atomic-to-micrometer-scale
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Eric R Meshot, Darwin W Zwissler, Ngoc Bui, Tevye R Kuykendall, Cheng Wang, Alexander Hexemer, Kuang Jen J Wu, Francesco Fornasiero
Fundamental understanding of structure-property relationships in hierarchically organized nanostructures is crucial for the development of new functionality, yet quantifying structure across multiple length scales is challenging. In this work, we used nondestructive X-ray scattering to quantitatively map the multiscale structure of hierarchically self-organized carbon nanotube (CNT) "forests" across four orders of magnitude in length scale, from 2.0 Å to 1.5 µm. Fully resolved structural features include the graphitic honeycomb lattice and interlayer walls (atomic), CNT diameter (nano), as well as the greater CNT ensemble (meso) and large corrugations (micro)...
April 17, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409982/spin-liquid-to-spin-liquid-transition-in-kitaev-magnets-driven-by-fractionalization
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Joji Nasu, Yasuyuki Kato, Junki Yoshitake, Yoshitomo Kamiya, Yukitoshi Motome
While phase transitions between magnetic analogs of the three states of matter-a long-range ordered state, paramagnet, and spin liquid-are extensively studied, the possibility of "liquid-liquid" transitions, namely, between different spin liquids, remains elusive. By introducing the additional Ising coupling into the honeycomb Kitaev model with bond asymmetry, we discover that the Kitaev spin liquid turns into a spin-nematic quantum paramagnet before a magnetic order is established by the Ising coupling. The quantum phase transition between the two liquid states accompanies a topological change driven by fractionalized excitations, the Z_{2} gauge fluxes, and is of first order...
March 31, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409936/visualizing-strain-induced-pseudomagnetic-fields-in-graphene-through-an-hbn-magnifying-glass
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Yuhang Jiang, Jinhai Mao, Junxi Duan, Xinyuan Lai, Kenji Watanabe, Takashi Taniguchi, Eva Y Andrei
Graphene's remarkable properties are inherent to its two-dimensional honeycomb lattice structure. Its low dimensionality, which makes it possible to rearrange the atoms by applying an external force, offers the intriguing prospect of mechanically controlling the electronic properties. In the presence of strain, graphene develops a pseudomagnetic field (PMF) that reconstructs the band structure into pseudo Landau levels (PLLs). However, a feasible route to realizing, characterizing and controlling PMFs is still lacking...
April 24, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406258/a-new-dirac-cone-material-a-graphene-like-be3c2-monolayer
#13
Bing Wang, Shijun Yuan, Yunhai Li, Li Shi, Jinlan Wang
Two-dimensional (2D) materials with Dirac cones exhibit rich physics and many intriguing properties, but the search for new 2D Dirac materials is still a current hotspot. Using the global particle-swarm optimization method and density functional theory, we predict a new stable graphene-like 2D Dirac material: a Be3C2 monolayer with a hexagonal honeycomb structure. The Dirac point occurs exactly at the Fermi level and arises from the merging of the hybridized pz bands of Be and C atoms. Most interestingly, this monolayer exhibits a high Fermi velocity in the same order of graphene...
April 13, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405653/organic-inorganic-hybrid-three-dimensional-metal-sulfite-oxalates-with-honeycomb-like-structures
#14
Ranjay K Tiwari, J N Behera
The crystallographic signatures and characterization of two novel mixed metal hybrid open-frameworks [Na2Mn2(C2O4)(SO3)2(H2O)2] 1 and [NaEu(C2O4)(SO3)(H2O)3] 2 are reported for the first time; they are synthesized under hydrothermal conditions to generate 3D assemblies and honeycomb-like structures. They were further characterized by complementary techniques like PXRD, TGA and DSC. The magnetic properties of 1 show antiferromagnetic interactions between the metal centers and compound 2 shows good photoluminescence properties...
April 13, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405384/a-new-low-turbulence-wind-tunnel-for-animal-and-small-vehicle-flight-experiments
#15
Daniel B Quinn, Anthony Watts, Tony Nagle, David Lentink
Our understanding of animal flight benefits greatly from specialized wind tunnels designed for flying animals. Existing facilities can simulate laminar flow during straight, ascending and descending flight, as well as at different altitudes. However, the atmosphere in which animals fly is even more complex. Flow can be laminar and quiet at high altitudes but highly turbulent near the ground, and gusts can rapidly change wind speed. To study flight in both laminar and turbulent environments, a multi-purpose wind tunnel for studying animal and small vehicle flight was built at Stanford University...
March 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401250/-skeletal-hemangiomas
#16
M Rickert, A Meurer
Hemangiomas are benign tumors, which are mainly composed of neoplastic blood vessels. The exact pathogenesis is still unclear. They are the most common benign spinal tumors and also occur less commonly in the bones of the extremities. Hemangiomas are often clinically asymptomatic and are diagnosed as incidental findings. Women are affected more frequently than men (2:1). The X‑ray and computed tomography (CT) diagnostics typically demonstrate the classical honeycombing or vertically orientated lucencies separated by thickened cancellous bone in the affected skeletal section...
April 11, 2017: Der Orthopäde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395430/-changes-of-adherens-junctions-between-the-epithelial-cells-of-intestinal-mucosal-barrier-in-irritable-bowel-syndrome
#17
C Y Chen, M Zhang, S S Wang, B Lü, X Wang
Objective: To investigate whether there are changes in adherens junctions(AJ), including E-cadherin (E-cad) and β-catenin (β-cat), in the colonic mucosa of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Methods: Colorectal dilatation combined with restraint stress was used to establish IBS SD rat model. There were 8 rats in the model group and 8 rats in normal control group. From each rat, the colon tissue 5 centimeters away from ileocecum (I) and the junction of the rectum and sigmoid colon (R) were taken, in which E-cad and β-cat mRNA, protein level and structural changes were detected using real-time quantitative-PCR, Western blot, and immunofluorescence...
April 11, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387418/delineating-the-role-of-ripples-on-the-thermal-expansion-of-2d-honeycomb-materials-graphene-2d-h-bn-and-monolayer-ml-mos2
#18
P Anees, M C Valsakumar, B K Panigrahi
We delineated the role of thermally excited ripples on the thermal expansion properties of 2D honeycomb materials (free-standing graphene, 2D h-BN, and ML-MoS2), by explicitly carrying out three-dimensional (3D) and two-dimensional (2D) molecular dynamics simulations. In 3D simulations, the in-plane lattice parameter (a-lattice) of graphene and 2D h-BN shows thermal contraction over a wide range of temperatures and exhibits a strong system size dependence. The 2D simulations of the very same system show a reverse trend, where the a-lattice expands in the whole computed temperature range...
April 19, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382340/anisotropic-transport-in-1t-monolayer-mos2-and-its-metal-interfaces
#19
Dipankar Saha, Santanu Mahapatra
The investigation of crystallographic orientation dependent carrier transport in a material could lead to novel electronic devices and circuit applications. Although the out-of-plane carrier transport in layered transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) is expected to differ from its normal counterpart, in-plane anisotropy is not so common in such materials. The symmetric honeycomb structure of a semiconducting 2H phase MoS2 crystal limits the in-plane anisotropy. However such possibility in a distorted 1T phase i...
April 19, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374765/light-absorption-engineering-of-a-hybrid-sn3s7-2-n-based-semiconductor-from-violet-to-red-light-absorption
#20
Mathias Salomon Hvid, Paolo Lamagni, Nina Lock
The crystalline two-dimensional thiostannate Sn3S7(trenH)2 [tren = tris(2-aminoethyl)amine] consists of negatively charged (Sn3S7(2-))n polymeric sheets with trenH(+) molecular species embedded in-between. The semiconducting compound is a violet light absorber with a band gap of 3.0 eV. In this study the compound was synthesized and functionalized by introducing the cationic dyes Methylene Blue (MB) or Safranin T (ST) into the crystal structure by ion exchange. Dye capacities up to approximately 45 mg/g were obtained, leading to major changes of the light absorption properties of the dye stained material...
April 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
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