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Xiaoqing Jiang, Ze Yu, Yuchen Zhang, Jianbo Lai, Jiajia Li, Gagik G Gurzadyan, Xichuan Yang, Licheng Sun
Herein, we successfully applied a facile in-situ solid-state synthesis of conducting polymer poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) as a HTM, directly on top of the perovskite layer, in conventional mesoscopic perovskite solar cells (PSCs) (n-i-p structure). The fabrication of the PEDOT film only involved a very simple in-situ solid-state polymerisation step from a monomer 2,5-dibromo-3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene (DBEDOT) made from a commercially available and cheap starting material. The ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) demonstrated that the as-prepared PEDOT film possesses the highest occupied molecular orbital (HOMO) energy level of -5...
February 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
Haejun Yu, Jaehoon Ryu, Jong Woo Lee, Jongmin Roh, Kisu Lee, Juyoung Yun, Jungsup Lee, Yun Ki Kim, Doyk Hwang, Jooyoun Kang, Seong Keun Kim, Jyongsik Jang
There remains tremendous interest in perovskite solar cells (PSCs) in the solar energy field; the certified power conversion efficiency (PCE) now exceeds 20 %. Along with research focused on enhancing PCE, studies are also underway concerning PSC commercialization. It is crucial to simplify the fabrication process and reduce the production cost to facilitate commercialization. Herein, we successfully fabricated highly efficient hole-blocking layer (HBL)-free PSCs through vigorously interrupting penetration of hole-transport material (HTM) into FTO by large grain based-CH3NH3PbI3 (MAPbI3) film, thereby obtaining a PCE of 18...
February 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Ze Yu, Xiaoqing Jiang, Jianbo Lai, Yuchen Zhang, Maowei Hu, Ning Lei, Dongping Wang, Xichuan Yang, Licheng Sun
In high-performance perovskite solar cells (PSCs), hole-transporting materials (HTMs) play important roles in extracting and transporting the photo-generated holes from the perovskite absrorber to the cathode, thus reducing unwanted recombination losses and enhancing the photovoltaic performance. Herein, solution-processable tetra-4-(bis(4-tert-butyl)phenyl)amino)phenoxy-substituted copper phthalocyanine (CuPc-OTPAtBu) has been synthesized and explored as a HTM in PSCs. The optical, electrochemical and thermal properties are fully characterized for this organic metal complex...
February 15, 2017: ChemSusChem
Liquan Shen, Ping An, Zhi Liu
The 3D High Efficiency Video Coding (3D-HEVC) standard aims to code 3D videos that usually contain multi-view texture videos and its corresponding depth information. It inherits the same quadtree prediction structure of HEVC to code both texture videos and depth maps. Each coding unit (CU) allows recursively splitting into four equal sub-CUs. At each CU depth level, it enables 10 types of inter modes and 35 types of intra modes in inter frames. Furthermore, the inter-view prediction tools are applied to each view in the test model of 3D-HEVC (HTM), which uses variable size disparity-compensated prediction to exploit inter-view correlation within neighbor views...
2017: PloS One
Linna Zhu, Yahan Shan, Rui Wang, Debei Liu, Cheng Zhong, Qunliang Song, Fei Wu
In this work, four tetraphenylethylene (TPE) centered hole transport materials (HTMs), with 2,7- or 3,6-substituted carbazole derivatives as periphery groups are deliberately synthesized and characterized. Their photophysical properties, energy levels and photovoltaic performances are systematically investigated, and their performances as HTMs are discussed with respect to the different substituent positions on carbazole moiety. It is interesting to find that the TPE-based HTMs with 2,7-carbazole substituents rival the 3,6-carbazole substituents in hole mobility and hole extraction ability...
February 8, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
Inhwa Lee, Jae Hoon Yun, Hae Jung Son, Taek-Soo Kim
Reliable integration of organometallic halide perovskite in photovoltaic devices is critically limited by its low stability in humid environments. Furthermore, additives to increase the mobility in the hole transport material (HTM) have deliquescence and hygroscopic properties, which attract water molecules and result in accelerated degradation of the perovskite devices. In this study, a double cantilever beam (DCB) test is used to investigate the effects of additives in the HTM layer on the perovskite layer through neatly delaminating the interface between the perovskite and HTM layers...
February 16, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Junya Aoki, Kazumi Kimura, Naomi Morita, Masafumi Harada, Norifumi Metoki, Yohei Tateishi, Kenichi Todo, Hiroshi Yamagami, Kouji Hayashi, Yuka Terasawa, Koji Fujita, Nobuaki Yamamoto, Ichiro Deguchi, Norio Tanahashi, Takeshi Inoue, Takeshi Iwanaga, Nobuyuki Kaneko, Hidetaka Mitsumura, Yasuyuki Iguchi, Yasushi Ueno, Yoji Kuramoto, Toshiyasu Ogata, Shigeru Fujimoto, Mutsumi Yokoyama, Shinji Nagahiro
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We investigated whether administration of edaravone, a free radical scavenger, before or during tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) can enhance early recanalization in a major arterial occlusion. METHODS: The YAMATO study (Tissue-Type Plasminogen Activator and Edaravone Combination Therapy) is an investigator-initiated, multicenter (17 hospitals in Japan), prospective, randomized, and open-label study. Patients with stroke secondary to occlusion of the M1 or M2 portion of the middle cerebral artery and within 4...
January 24, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
Kaoru Omae, Shin-Ichi Kanemaru, Eiji Nakatani, Hideaki Kaneda, Tsutomu Nishimura, Risa Tona, Yasushi Naito, Atsuhiko Kawamoto, Masanori Fukushima
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate safety and efficacy of regenerative treatment using gelatin sponge with basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) in patients with tympanic membrane perforation (TMP). METHODS: The current study was a prospective, multicenter, open-label, single-arm, and exploratory clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the TM regeneration procedure (TMRP). Myringotomy was used to mechanically disrupt the edge of the TMP, and a gelatin sponge immersed in bFGF was then placed over the perforation...
January 21, 2017: Auris, Nasus, Larynx
Maebienne Anjelica B Gapol, Mannix P Balanay, Dong Hee Kim
Experimental and theoretical HOMO energy correlation of tetraphenylbenzidine (TPB)-based hole transport materials (HTMs) was successfully achieved through adiabatic ground-state oxidation potential calculation using LC-ωPBE. Similarly, trends in the computed excitation energies and hole reorganization energies of the HTMs are in agreement with the experimental band gaps and hole mobilities, respectively. Using these established correlations, the calculated properties of novel TPB-based HTMs were analyzed, and among the derivatives, TPB with attached fluorene (Fl) has less absorption in the visible region, a lower hole reorganization energy, and a deeper HOMO level compared to the reference...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Ming Gao, Yang Zheng, Weihua Zhang, Yi Cheng, Lin Wang, Ling Qin
BACKGROUND: Lipids, which are associated with atherogenesis, clotting, and the fibrinolytic pathway, may be important prognostic indicators of recurrent myocardial infarction. The aim of this study was to determine the predictive value of baseline lipid fractions for nonfatal recurrent myocardial infarction in patients with ST segment elevation myocardial infarction 2 years after primary percutaneous coronary intervention in China. METHODS: Cox proportional-hazards models were used to evaluate the association between potential risk factors, including lipid fractions, and the occurrence of nonfatal recurrent myocardial infarction in 2402 consecutive patients who underwent primary percutaneous coronary intervention for ST segment elevation myocardial infarction...
January 23, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
Connor Walsh, Chris Cain
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January 2017: Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology
Illapha Cuba Gyllensten, Amanda Crundall-Goode, Ronald M Aarts, Kevin M Goode
BACKGROUND: Home telemonitoring (HTM) of chronic heart failure (HF) promises to improve care by timely indications when a patient's condition is worsening. Simple rules of sudden weight change have been demonstrated to generate many alerts with poor sensitivity. Trend alert algorithms and bio-impedance (a more sensitive marker of fluid change), should produce fewer false alerts and reduce workload. However, comparisons between such approaches on the decisions made and the time spent reviewing alerts has not been studied...
January 17, 2017: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
Tomoki Kimura, Yasushi Nagata, Junko Eba, Shuichi Ozawa, Satoshi Ishikura, Taro Shibata, Yoshinori Ito, Masahiro Hiraoka, Yasumasa Nishimura
A randomized Phase III trial commenced in Japan in February 2016. Currently, 42 Gy in four fractions of stereotactic body radiotherapy prescribed at the D95% of the planning target volume, which is considered equal to the commonly used 48 Gy in four fractions at the isocenter using an old dose calculation algorithm, is the standard treatment in Japan for medically inoperable Stage IA non-small cell lung cancer and small lung lesions clinically diagnosed as primary lung cancer. This study aims to examine the superiority of 55 Gy in four fractions over 42 Gy in four fractions...
January 9, 2017: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
Dan Luo, Sara Ziebell, Lingling An
MOTIVATION: The advent of high-throughput next generation sequencing technology has greatly promoted the field of metagenomics where previously unattainable information about microbial communities can be discovered. Detecting differentially abundant features (e.g., species or genes) plays a critical role in revealing the contributors (i.e., pathogens) to the biological or medical status of microbial samples. However, currently available statistical methods lack power in detecting differentially abundant features contrasting different biological or medical conditions, in particular, for time series metagenomic sequencing data...
January 5, 2017: Bioinformatics
P Th Houngbo, H L S Coleman, M Zweekhorst, Tj De Cock Buning, D Medenou, J F G Bunders
Good governance (GG) is an important concept that has evolved as a set of normative principles for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) to strengthen the functional capacity of their public bodies, and as a conditional prerequisite to receive donor funding. Although much is written on good governance, very little is known on how to implement it. This paper documents the process of developing a strategy to implement a GG model for Health Technology Management (HTM) in the public health sector, based on lessons learned from twenty years of experience in policy development and implementation in Benin...
2017: PloS One
Huan Ting Ong, Sharon L Redmond, Robert J Marano, Marcus D Atlas, Magnus von Unge, Peder Aabel, Rodney J Dilley
Stem cell therapies for tympanic membrane repair have shown initial experimental success using mesenchymal stem cells in rat models to promote healing; however, the mechanisms providing this benefit are not known. We investigated in vitro the paracrine effects of human adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) on wound healing mechanisms for human tympanic membrane-derived keratinocytes (hTM) and immortalized human keratinocytes (HaCaT). ADSC conditioned media (CMADSC) were assessed for paracrine activity on keratinocyte proliferation and migration, with hypoxic conditions for ADSC culture used to generate contrasting effects on cytokine gene expression...
November 21, 2016: Stem Cells and Development
Ramireddy Rajeswari, Madoori Mrinalini, Seelam Prasanthkumar, Lingamallu Giribabu
Hole transporting material (HTM) is a significant component to achieve the high performance perovskite solar cells (PSCs). Over the years, inorganic, organic and hybrid (organic-inorganic) material based HTMs have been developed and investigated successfully. Today, perovskite solar cells achieved the efficiency of 22.1 % with with 2,2',7,7'-tetrakis(N,N-di-p-methoxyphenyl-amine) 9,9-spirobifluorene (spiro-OMeTAD) as HTM. Nevertheless, synthesis and cost of organic HTMs is a major challenging issue and therefore alternative materials are required...
January 4, 2017: Chemical Record: An Official Publication of the Chemical Society of Japan ... [et Al.]
Muhammad Mubashir Ramzan, Claire Kalsch Sandstrom
This is the 26th installment of a series that will highlight one case per publication issue from the bank of cases available online as part of the American Society of Emergency Radiology (ASER) educational resources. Our goal is to generate more interest in and use of our online materials. To view more cases online please visit the ASER Core Curriculum and Recommendations for Study online at: .
December 28, 2016: Emergency Radiology
Li Zhu, Ying Ding, Cho-Yi Chen, Lin Wang, Zhiguang Huo, SungHwan Kim, Christos Sotiriou, Steffi Oesterreich, George C Tseng
MOTIVATION: Gene co-expression network analysis from transcriptomic studies can elucidate genegene interactions and regulatory mechanisms. Differential co-expression analysis helps further detect alterations of regulatory activities in case/control comparison. Co-expression networks estimated from single transcriptomic study is often unstable and not generalizable due to cohort bias and limited sample size. With the rapid accumulation of publicly available transcriptomic studies, co-expression analysis combining multiple transcriptomic studies can provide more accurate and robust results...
December 28, 2016: Bioinformatics
Ashkan Eftekhari, James Min, Stephan Achenbach, Mohamed Marwan, Matthew Budoff, Jonathon Leipsic, Sara Gaur, Jesper Møller Jensen, Brian S Ko, Evald Høj Christiansen, Anne Kaltoft, Hans Erik Bøtker, Jens Flensted Jensen, Bjarne Linde Nørgaard
AIMS: Fractional flow reserve (FFR) derived from coronary computed tomography (FFRCT) has high diagnostic performance in stable coronary artery disease (CAD). The diagnostic performance of FFRCT in patients with hypertension (HTN) and diabetes (DM), who are at risk of microvascular impairment, is not known. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analysed the diagnostic performance of FFRCT, in patients (vessels) with DM (n = 16), HTN (n = 186), DM + HTN (n = 58) vs...
December 24, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
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