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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727458/unraveling-the-high-voc-and-high-performance-of-integrated-perovskite-organic-bulk-heterojunction-solar-cells
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Shiqi Dong, Yongsheng Liu, Ziruo Hong, En-Ping Yao, Pengyu Sun, Lei Meng, Yuze Lin, Jinsong Huang, Gang Li, Yang Yang
We have demonstrated high performance integrated perovskite/bulk-heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells due to the low carrier recombination velocity, high open circuit voltage (Voc) and increased light absorption ability in near-infrared (NIR) region of integrated devices. In particular, we find that the Voc of the integrated devices is dominated by (or pinned to) the perovskite cells, not the OPV cells. A Quasi-Fermi Level Pinning Model was proposed to understand the working mechanism and the origin of the Voc of the integrated perovskite/BHJ solar cell, which following that of the perovskite solar cell and is much higher than that of the low bandgap polymer based organic BHJ solar cell...
July 20, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727440/sensitization-of-nanocrystalline-metal-oxides-with-a-phosphonate-functionalized-perylene-diimide-for-photoelectrochemical-water-oxidation-with-a-coo%C3%A2-catalyst
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Joel Thomas Kirner, Richard G Finke
A planar organic thin-film composed of a perylene diimide dye (N,N´-bis(phosphonomethyl)-3,4,9,10-perylenediimide, PMPDI) with photoelectrochemically deposited cobalt oxide (CoOx) catalyst was previously shown to photoelectrochemically oxidize water (DOI: 10.1021/am405598w). Herein, the same PMPDI dye is studied for the sensitization of different nanostructured metal oxide (nano-MOₓ) films in a dye-sensitized photoelectrochemical cell architecture. Dye adsorption kinetics and saturation decreases in the order TiO₂ > SnO₂ > WO₃...
July 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726176/quality-assessment-and-public-health-status-of-harvested-rainwater-in-a-peri-urban-community-in-edo-state-of-nigeria
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Isoken H Igbinosa, Isoken T Aighewi
The harvested rainwater is an alternative water source in communities where there is limited or scarcity of water distribution system. However, contamination of roof-harvested rainwater is of immense concern to the general public health. Therefore, this study was initiated to assess the levels of physicochemical quality and heavy metal concentrations in the harvested rainwater from Oluku communities in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria. The roof-harvested rainwater samples were collected from 20 independent different residential households in Oluku communities, between April 2015 and September 2015...
August 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720836/calcifying-algae-maintain-settlement-cues-to-larval-abalone-following-algal-exposure-to-extreme-ocean-acidification
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Jennifer K O'Leary, James P Barry, Paul W Gabrielson, Laura Rogers-Bennett, Donald C Potts, Stephen R Palumbi, Fiorenza Micheli
Ocean acidification (OA) increasingly threatens marine systems, and is especially harmful to calcifying organisms. One important question is whether OA will alter species interactions. Crustose coralline algae (CCA) provide space and chemical cues for larval settlement. CCA have shown strongly negative responses to OA in previous studies, including disruption of settlement cues to corals. In California, CCA provide cues for seven species of harvested, threatened, and endangered abalone. We exposed four common CCA genera and a crustose calcifying red algae, Peyssonnelia (collectively CCRA) from California to three pCO2 levels ranging from 419-2,013 µatm for four months...
July 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720218/pesticide-analysis-in-coffee-leaves-using-a-quick-easy-cheap-effective-rugged-and-safe-approach-and-liquid-chromatography-tandem-mass-spectrometry-optimization-of-the-clean-up-step
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Maria Teresa Salles Trevisan, Robert Wyn Owen, Pau Calatayud-Vernich, Andrea Breuer, Yolanda Picó
An analytical method using a quick, easy, cheap, effective, rugged and safe (QuEChERS) procedure for multi-residue determination of 52 pesticides in coffee leaf extractshas been developed and validated according to SANTE/11945/2015 guidelines. Different sorbent combinations for dispersive solid phase extraction (d-SPE) clean-up as well as dispersive liquid-liquid microextraction (DLLME) were tested. The relative standard deviations (RSDs) for the recovery of 87-94% of pesticides added to coffee leaf extracts,was ≤20% for samples spiked at concentrations up to 50ng*g(-1) depending on the clean-up procedures...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716091/suppression-of-the-phytoene-synthase-gene-egcrtb-alters-carotenoid-content-and-intracellular-structure-of-euglena-gracilis
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Shota Kato, Mika Soshino, Shinichi Takaichi, Takahiro Ishikawa, Noriko Nagata, Masashi Asahina, Tomoko Shinomura
BACKGROUND: Photosynthetic organisms utilize carotenoids for photoprotection as well as light harvesting. Our previous study revealed that high-intensity light increases the expression of the gene for phytoene synthase (EgcrtB) in Euglena gracilis (a unicellular phytoflagellate), the encoded enzyme catalyzes the first committed step of the carotenoid biosynthesis pathway. To examine carotenoid synthesis of E. gracilis in response to light stress, we analyzed carotenoid species and content in cells grown under various light intensities...
July 17, 2017: BMC Plant Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716043/evolution-in-the-surgical-management-of-gastric-cancer-is-extended-lymph-node-dissection-back-in-vogue-in-the-usa
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Tianxiang Chen, Dongsheng Yan, Zhiqiang Zheng, Jiayi Yang, Xiang Da Eric Dong
BACKGROUND: Gastric cancer remains a formidable treatment challenge. For decades, treatment consisted mostly of surgical intervention for this deadly disease. With improvements in the multi-disciplinary management of solid organ malignancies, the approach to this disease is being stepwise refined. MAIN BODY: One of the prevalent controversies in the surgical management of gastric cancer rests on the need for adequate harvesting of lymph nodes. For decades, lymph node dissection is regarded as a staging technique useful in only upstaging the disease...
July 17, 2017: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715692/propping-the-optical-and-electronic-properties-of-potential-photo-sensitizers-with-different-%C3%AF-spacers-td-dft-insights
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Basant A Ali, Nageh K Allam
We report density functional theory (DFT) and time-dependent density functional theory (TD-DFT) calculations on the widely used N3 dye (cis-[Ru(2,2'-bipyridine-4,4'-dicarboxylic acid)2(NCS)2] and its trans isomer with different π-spacers. The study compared the sensitization properties of the two isomers in terms of their electronic properties such as light harvesting efficiency (LHE), absorbed wavelength (λMax) and molecular orbital distribution. Also, charge transfer descriptors, such as the charge transfer distance (D(CT)), dipole moment (μ(CT)), and the amount of charge transferred (q(CT)) were investigated...
July 12, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715014/amyloid-scaffolds-as-alternative-chlorosomes
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REVIEW
Rolando F Rengifo, Noel X Li, Anthony Sementilli, David G Lynn
Living systems contain remarkable functional capability built within sophisticated self-organizing frameworks. Defining the assembly codes that coordinate these systems could greatly extend nanobiotechnology. To that end, we have highlighted the self-assembling architecture of the chlorosome antenna arrays and report the emulation and extension of their features for the development of cell-compatible photoredox materials. We specifically review work on amyloid peptide scaffolds able to (1) organize light-harvesting chromophores, (2) break peptide bilayer symmetry for directional energy and electron transfer, and (3) incorporate redox active metal ions at high density for energy storage...
July 17, 2017: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714318/gc-ms-analysis-of-the-bioactive-phytoconstituents-of-various-organic-crude-extracts-from-the-seed-kernels-of-manilkara-bidentata-balata-collected-in-trinidad-w-i
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Yomica L Powder-George, Faisal K Mohammed
The present study reports the first phytochemical investigation of the seed kernels of Manilkara bidentata (Balata) harvested in Trinidad, W.I. Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) analysis of the n-hexane, chloroform, ethyl acetate, ethanol and methanol extracts showed a total of 39 components. 2,6,10,14,18-pentamethyl-2,6,10,14,18-eicosapentaene (74.93%), 9-octadecenoic acid, (Z)- 2,3-dihydroxypropyl ester (79.98%), (Z)-ethyl oleate (92.75%), Z,E-2-methyl-3,13-octadecadien-1-ol (80.51%) and 5-(hydroxymethyl)-2-furancarboxyaldehyde (50...
July 16, 2017: Natural Product Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713399/metabolite-profiling-reveals-developmental-inequalities-in-pinot-noir-berry-tissues-late-in-ripening
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Amanda M Vondras, Mauro Commisso, Flavia Guzzo, Laurent G Deluc
Uneven ripening in Vitis vinifera is increasingly recognized as a phenomenon of interest, with substantial implications for fruit and wine composition and quality. This study sought to determine whether variation late in ripening (∼Modified Eichhorn-Lorenz stage 39) was associated with developmental differences that were observable as fruits within a cluster initiated ripening (véraison). Four developmentally distinct ripening classes of berries were tagged at cluster véraison, sampled at three times late in ripening, and subjected to untargeted HPLC-MS to measure variation in amino acids, sugars, organic acids, and phenolic metabolites in skin, pulp, and seed tissues separately...
2017: Frontiers in Plant Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713338/investigation-of-och1-in-the-virulence-of-candida-parapsilosis-using-a-new-neonatal-mouse-model
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Katalin Csonka, Máté Vadovics, Annamária Marton, Csaba Vágvölgyi, Erik Zajta, Adél Tóth, Renáta Tóth, Csaba Vizler, László Tiszlavicz, Héctor M Mora-Montes, Attila Gácser
Candida parapsilosis is an opportunistic human fungal pathogen that poses a serious threat to low birth weight neonates, particularly at intensive care units. In premature infants, the distinct immune responses to Candida infections are not well understood. Although several in vivo models exist to study systemic candidiasis, only a few are available to investigate dissemination in newborns. In addition, the majority of related studies apply intraperitoneal infection rather than intravenous inoculation of murine infants that may be less efficient when studying systemic invasion...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709648/deficiency-in-cold-inducible-rna-binding-protein-attenuates-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-induced-by-intestinal-ischemia-reperfusion
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Cindy Cen, Joseph McGinn, Monowar Aziz, Weng-Lang Yang, Joaquin Cagliani, Jeffrey M Nicastro, Gene F Coppa, Ping Wang
BACKGROUND: Intestinal ischemia-reperfusion can occur in shock and mesenteric occlusive diseases, causing significant morbidity and mortality. Aside from local injury, intestinal ischemia-reperfusion can result in remote organ damage, particularly in the lungs. Cold-inducible RNA-binding protein (CIRP) was identified as a novel inflammatory mediator. We hypothesized that a deficiency in CIRP would protect the lungs during intestinal ischemia-reperfusion injury. METHODS: Intestinal ischemia was induced in adult male C57BL/6 wild-type and CIRP knock-out (CIRP(-/-)) mice via clamping of the superior mesenteric artery for 60 minutes...
July 11, 2017: Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709199/gain-and-loss-in-open-quantum-systems
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Hichem Eleuch, Ingrid Rotter
Photosynthesis is the basic process used by plants to convert light energy in reaction centers into chemical energy. The high efficiency of this process is not yet understood today. Using the formalism for the description of open quantum systems by means of a non-Hermitian Hamilton operator, we consider initially the interplay of gain (acceptor) and loss (donor). Near singular points it causes fluctuations of the cross section which appear without any excitation of internal degrees of freedom of the system...
June 2017: Physical Review. E
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707260/historical-effects-of-dissolved-organic-carbon-export-and-land-management-decisions-on-the-watershed-scale-forest-carbon-budget-of-a-coastal-british-columbia-douglas-fir-dominated-landscape
#15
B P Smiley, J A Trofymow
BACKGROUND: To address how natural disturbance, forest harvest, and deforestation from reservoir creation affect landscape-level carbon (C) budgets, a retrospective C budget for the 8500 ha Sooke Lake Watershed (SLW) from 1911 to 2012 was developed using historical spatial inventory and disturbance data. To simulate forest C dynamics, data was input into a spatially-explicit version of the Carbon Budget Model-Canadian Forest Sector (CBM-CFS3). Transfers of terrestrial C to inland aquatic environments need to be considered to better capture the watershed scale C balance...
December 2017: Carbon Balance and Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704438/disentangling-the-root-and-detritus-based-food-chain-in-the-micro-food-web-of-an-arable-soil-by-plant-removal
#16
Olena Glavatska, Karolin Müller, Olaf Butenschoen, Andreas Schmalwasser, Ellen Kandeler, Stefan Scheu, Kai Uwe Totsche, Liliane Ruess
Soil food web structure and function is primarily determined by the major basal resources, which are living plant tissue, root exudates and dead organic matter. A field experiment was performed to disentangle the interlinkage of the root-and detritus-based soil food chains. An arable site was cropped either with maize, amended with maize shoot litter or remained bare soil, representing food webs depending on roots, aboveground litter and soil organic matter as predominant resource, respectively. The soil micro-food web, i...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700694/a-robust-and-efficient%C3%A2-method-for-the-extraction-of-plant-extracellular-surface-lipids-as-applied-to-the-analysis-of-silks-and-seedling-leaves-of-maize
#17
Derek M Loneman, Layton Peddicord, Amani Al-Rashid, Basil J Nikolau, Nick Lauter, Marna D Yandeau-Nelson
Aerial plant organs possess a diverse array of extracellular surface lipids, including both non-polar and amphipathic constituents that collectively provide a primary line of defense against environmental stressors. Extracellular surface lipids on the stigmatic silks of maize are composed primarily of saturated and unsaturated linear hydrocarbons, as well as fatty acids, and aldehydes. To efficiently extract lipids of differing polarities from maize silks, five solvent systems (hexanes; hexanes:diethyl ether (95:5); hexanes:diethyl ether (90:10); chloroform:hexanes (1:1) and chloroform) were tested by immersing fresh silks in solvent for different extraction times...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698576/multimodal-imaging-quality-control-of-epithelia-regenerated-with-cultured-human-donor-corneal-limbal-epithelial-stem-cells
#18
Marco Lombardo, Sebastiano Serrao, Vanessa Barbaro, Enzo Di Iorio, Giuseppe Lombardo
Current imaging techniques for the characterization of differentiated corneal limbal stem cells are destructive and cannot be used in eye bank for monitoring the regenerated epithelium in culture. We presented a minimally invasive, multimodal, marker-free imaging method for the investigation of epithelia regenerated with cultured human donor corneal limbal epithelial stem cells. Two-photon fluorescence and harmonic generation signals were collected from specimens in culture and used for evaluating the structure and morphology of epithelia cultured on two different bio-scaffolds; in addition, donor human corneal tissues were used as controls...
July 11, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697385/quantitative-contamination-assessment-of-escherichia-coli-in-baby-spinach-primary-production-in-spain-effects-of-weather-conditions-and-agricultural-practices
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Ana Allende, Irene Castro-Ibáñez, Roland Lindqvist, María Isabel Gil, Mieke Uyttendaele, Liesbeth Jacxsens
A quantitative microbial contamination model of Escherichia coli during primary production of baby spinach was developed. The model included only systematic contamination routes (e.g. soil and irrigation water) and it was used to evaluate the potential impact of weather conditions, agricultural practices as well as bacterial fitness in soil on the E. coli levels present in the crop at harvest. The model can be used to estimate E. coli contamination of baby spinach via irrigation water, via soil splashing due to irrigation water or rain events, and also including the inactivation of E...
June 27, 2017: International Journal of Food Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696123/determining-the-true-optical-gap-in-a-high-performance-organic-photovoltaic-polymer-using-single-molecule-spectroscopy
#20
Gordon J Hedley, Florian Steiner, Jan Vogelsang, John M Lupton
Low-gap conjugated polymers have enabled an impressive increase in the efficiencies of organic solar cells, primarily due to their red absorption which allows harvesting of that part of the solar spectrum. Here, we report that the true optical gap of one prototypical material, PTB7, is in fact at significantly higher energy than has previously been reported, indicating that the red absorption utilized in these materials in solar cells is entirely due to chain aggregation. Using single-molecule spectroscopy we find that PL from isolated nanoscale aggregates consists of multiple independently emitting chromophores...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
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