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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432971/voids-padding-induced-further-enhancement-in-photocatalytic-performance-of-porous-graphene-like-carbon-nitride
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Guohui Dong, Dong Chen, Jianmin Luo, Yunqing Zhu, Yubin Zeng, Chuanyi Wang
Design of 2-Dimensional nanostructured photocatalyst is an effective way to improve the photocatalytic activity of its bulk counterpart. However, the remaining (or newborn) drawbacks, such as enlarged band gap and the surface recombination of photogenerated charge carries, extremely limited the practical application of nanosheeted photocatalysts in solar energy conversion. In this study, we demonstrated that the voids padding with NH4Cl can eliminate part of quantum size effect to reduce the band gap of nanosheeted carbon nitride...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432846/pathological-internet-use-cyberbullying-and-mobile-phone-use-in-adolescence-a-school-based-study-in-greece
#2
Zoi Tsimtsiou, Anna-Bettina Haidich, Anastasios Drontsos, Fotini Dantsi, Zafiria Sekeri, Evangelos Drosos, Nikolaos Trikilis, Theodoros Dardavesis, Panagiotis Nanos, Malamatenia Arvanitidou
Purpose This study investigated the prevalence of Internet addiction (IA) and cyberbullying and examined profiles of adolescents with increased risk to develop pathological behaviors. Methods In this cross-sectional, school-based study, 8053 students of 30 middle and 21 high schools (12-18 years old) were invited to participate, based on a multistage stratified random sampling technique. The Internet aiddiction test (IAT) was used along with information on socio-demographics, Internet activities and cyberbullying experience...
April 22, 2017: International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432501/high-scale-yield-of-nano-hydroxyapatite-through-combination-of-mechanical-activation-and-chemical-dispersion
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Xueling Gao, Chunchu Dai, Weiwei Liu, Yumei Liu, Ru Shen, Xiaotong Zheng, Ke Duan, Jie Weng, Shuxin Qu
The aim of this study is to develop a simple, convenient and effective approach to synthesize nano-sized hydroxyapatite (nano-HA) at high-scale yield. Nano-HA was wet synthesized in the presence or absence of alendronate sodium (ALN), one of bisphosphonates for anti-osteoporotic. Then aged and washed nano-HA precipitate was directly treated by mechanical activation combined with the chemical dispersion of ALN to prevent the agglomeration of nano-HA. ALN acted not only as a chemical dispersant but also as an orthopedic drug...
June 2017: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432320/formation-of-cuo-nano-flowered-surfaces-via-submerged-photo-synthesis-of-crystallites-and-their-antimicrobial-activity
#4
Fumika Nishino, Melbert Jeem, Lihua Zhang, Kazumasa Okamoto, Satoshi Okabe, Seiichi Watanabe
We report the fabrication of flower-like CuO nanostructured surfaces via submerged photo-synthesis of crystallites (SPSC), which requires only UV illumination in neutral water. In this paper, we discuss the reaction mechanism of the photochemical formation of the SPSC-fabricated CuO nanostructures in detail based on surface microstructural analyses and a radiation-chemical consideration with additional gamma-ray irradiation. Since the SPSC method for surface nanostructural fabrication can work at low temperatures at atmospheric pressure without using harmful substances, it is a potential fabrication method for green nanotechnology applications...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432315/experimental-evidence-of-fano-resonances-in-nanomechanical-resonators
#5
Stefano Stassi, Alessandro Chiadò, Giuseppe Calafiore, Gianluca Palmara, Stefano Cabrini, Carlo Ricciardi
Fano resonance refers to an interference between localized and continuum states that was firstly reported for atomic physics and solid-state quantum devices. In recent years, Fano interference gained more and more attention for its importance in metamaterials, nanoscale photonic devices, plasmonic nanoclusters and surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). Despite such interest in nano-optics, no experimental evidence of Fano interference was reported up to now for purely nanomechanical resonators, even if classical mechanical analogies were referred from a theoretical point of view...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432306/simple-rectangular-gratings-as-a-near-field-anti-reflection-pattern-for-gasb-tpv-cells
#6
Haitong Yu, Dong Liu, Zhen Yang, Yuanyuan Duan
We show theoretically that 2D rectangular gratings on the surface of GaSb can serve as an "anti-reflection" pattern for nano-gap thermophotovoltaic (TPV) devices, which significantly enhances near-field radiative flux from the emitter to a GaSb cell, thus improving output power and conversion efficiency. The system in this study is a 200-nm gap TPV power generation system with a planar infrared plasmonic emitter and GaSb cell. Rigorous coupled-wave analysis is used to calculate the spectral near-field radiative flux involving periodic structures...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432032/neuronal-excitation-and-permeabilization-by-200-ns-pulsed-electric-field-an-optical-membrane-potential-study-with-fluovolt-dye
#7
Andrei G Pakhomov, Iurii Semenov, M Casciola, Shu Xiao
Electric field pulses of nano- and picosecond duration are a novel modality for neurostimulation, activation of Ca(2+) signaling, and tissue ablation. However it is not known how such brief pulses activate voltage-gated ion channels. We studied excitation and electroporation of hippocampal neurons by 200-ns pulsed electric field (nsPEF), by means of time-lapse imaging of the optical membrane potential (OMP) with FluoVolt dye. Electroporation abruptly shifted OMP to a more depolarized level, which was reached within <1ms...
April 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431810/in-vivo-ameliorative-effect-of-cerium-oxide-nanoparticles-in-isoproterenol-induced-cardiac-toxicity
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Shereen S El Shaer, Taher A Salaheldin, Nashwa M Saied, Sally M Abdelazim
BACKGROUND: Cerium oxide nanoparticles have gained much more attention especially in the field of nanomedicine. This work represents cerium oxide nanoparticles as a new prophylactic model for heart failure progression. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the potential protective effect of cerium oxide nanoparticles on Isoproterenol (ISO)-induced cardiac toxicity in rats. METHODS: Cerium oxide nanoparticles (5±1nm) were synthesized by reverse micelle method and characterized using High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy, X-Ray Diffraction and particle size analyzer...
April 18, 2017: Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology: Official Journal of the Gesellschaft Für Toxikologische Pathologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431331/dielectric-properties-of-a-novel-colloidal-oral-matrix-drug-carrier
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Alexander Vol, Orna Gribova, Oded Shamir, Evgeniya Levy, Paul Ben Ishai, Anna Greenbaum Gutina, Yuri Feldman
Dielectric Spectroscopy (DS) was employed to study a novel oral matrix carrier (OMC), composed from silica nano-particles, polysaccharides, biopolymers and natural oils. This composition self-orders to a multi hierarchal structure and as such is amenable to be studied by techniques such as DS. The dielectric properties were measured in the frequency range 1MHz-1GHz and a temperature range 10°C-45°C. The results were dominated by two relaxation processes following CC relaxation and having relaxation times that are Arrhenius in nature...
April 12, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431297/nano-zirconia-evaluation-of-its-antioxidant-and-anticancer-activity
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Siripireddy Balaji, Badal Kumar Mandal, Shivendu Ranjan, Nandita Dasgupta, Ramalingam Chidambaram
Bioactivity of nanomaterials largely depends on its size, shape and crystalline nature. In this work, the smaller sized spherical shaped nano-zirconia (ZrO2 NPs) (of ~9 to 11nm) was fabricated and studied its biological activity especially antioxidant and cytotoxicity against human colon carcinoma (HCT-116) and human lung carcinoma (A-549) cell lines. To have its real applications in biological aspects readily available Eucalyptus globulus (E. globulus) leaf extract was used as an effective capping and reducing agent for its synthesis...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430412/quasi-two-dimensional-metal-oxide-semiconductors-based-ultra-sensitive-potentiometric-biosensors
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Huajun Chen, You Seung Rim, Isaac Caleb Wang, Chao Li, Bowen Zhu, Mo Sun, Mark S Goorsky, Ximin He, Yang Yang
Ultra-sensitive field-effect transistor-based biosensors using quasi-two dimensional metal oxide semiconductors were demonstrated. Quasi-two dimensional low-dimensional metal oxide semiconductor was highly sensitive to electrical perturbations at the semiconductor-bio interface and showed the competitive sensitivity compared with other nano materials-based biosensors. Also, solution process endowed our platform simple process and high reproducibility, which was favorable compared with other nanobioelectronics...
April 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430344/surfactant-assisted-synthesis-of-polyvinylpyrrolidone-hydroxyapatite-composites-as-a-bone-filler
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Masoumeh Meskinfam Langroudi, Masoud Giahi Saravani, Azita Nouri
BACKGROUND: Different methods have been used to prepare bone-like composites from inorganic nanoparticles embedded in polymeric matrixes to obtain the properties and structures required for bone fillers. METHODS: Bone-like nano-hydroxyapatite (nHA) was synthesized using a biomimetic method, with polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) as template and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) as surfactant. RESULTS: The results demonstrated the formation of HA composites and showed that polymer and surfactant as the polymer capsule can be properly used to control the size, shape, morphology and dispersion of HA crystals...
April 11, 2017: Journal of Applied Biomaterials & Functional Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430279/microcontact-printing-with-aminosilanes-creating-biomolecule-micro-and-nanoarrays-for-multiplexed-microfluidic-bioassays
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Shivani Sathish, Sébastien G Ricoult, Kazumi Toda-Peters, Amy Q Shen
Microfluidic systems integrated with protein and DNA micro- and nanoarrays have been the most sought-after technologies to satisfy the growing demand for high-throughput disease diagnostics. As the sensitivity of these systems relies on the bio-functionalities of the patterned recognition biomolecules, the primary concern has been to develop simple technologies that enable biomolecule immobilization within microfluidic devices whilst preserving bio-functionalities. To address this concern, we introduce a two-step patterning approach to create micro- and nanoarrays of biomolecules within microfluidic devices...
April 21, 2017: Analyst
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430275/concave-gold-bipyramids-bound-with-multiple-high-index-facets-improved-raman-and-catalytic-activities
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Xiaolin Kang, Qifeng Ruan, Han Zhang, Feng Bao, Jun Guo, Minghua Tang, Si Cheng, Jianfang Wang
Concave nanocrystals usually exhibit a large electromagnetic-field enhancement and superior catalytic performance due to their sharp corners, negative curvature and high-index facets. Conventional gold bipyramids (AuBPs) possess intriguing plasmonic properties which are attractive for various applications while the surface curvature of the reported bipyramids has not been fine-tuned to concave or convex structures to date. Additionally, the longitudinal surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) wavelengths of conventional AuBPs are mostly located in the range of 650-1350 nm and the sizes of these nanoparticles are usually not beyond 350 nm, which are not facilitated to some nano-focusing and nanophotonic applications...
April 21, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430101/synthetic-temperature-inducible-lethal-gene-circuits-in-escherichia-coli
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Stephanie C Pearce, Ralph L McWhinnie, Francis E Nano
Temperature sensitivity is often used as a way to attenuate micro-organisms to convert them into live vaccines. In this work, we explore the use of temperature-sensitive (TS) genetic circuits that express lethal genes as a widely applicable approach to TS attenuation. We tested different combinations of TS repressors and cognate promoters controlling the expression of genes encoding restriction endonucleases inserted at four different non-essential sites in the Escherichia coli chromosome. We found that the presence of the restriction endonuclease genes did not affect the viability of the host strains at the permissive temperature, but that expression of the genes at elevated temperatures killed the strains to varying extents...
April 22, 2017: Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429934/bi4tao8cl-nano-photocatalyst-influence-of-local-average-and-band-structure
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Swetha S M Bhat, Diptikanta Swain, Mikhail Feygenson, Joerg C Neuefeind, Abhishek K Mishra, Janardhan L Hodala, Chandrabhas Narayana, Ganapati V Shanbhag, Nalini G Sundaram
The average structure, local structure, and band structure of nanoparticles of photocatalyst Bi4TaO8Cl, an Aurivillius-Sillen layered material, has been studied by powder neutron Rietveld refinement, neutron pair distribution function technique, Raman scattering, and density functional theory calculations. A significant local structural deviation of nano-Bi4TaO8Cl was established in contrast to the local structure of bulk-Bi4TaO8Cl. Local structure was further supported by Raman scattering measurements. Through DFT calculations, we identify specific features in the electronic band structure that correlate lower secondary structural distortions in nano-Bi4TaO8Cl...
April 21, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429875/effect-of-untreated-zirconium-oxide-nanofiller-on-the-flexural-strength-and-surface-hardness-of-autopolymerized-interim-fixed-restoration-resins
#17
Abdolhamid Alhavaz, Maryam Rezaei Dastjerdi, Arman Ghasemi, Azade Ghasemi, Abolfazl Alizadeh Sahraei
OBJECTIVE: Autopolymerized poly methyl methacrylate (PMMA) resin is commonly used for the construction of interim restorations; however, it has less than optimal mechanical properties. In this article, we evaluated the reinforcing effect of adding untreated zirconia nanoparticles on the flexural strength and surface hardness of this resin. METHODS: A total of 80 specimens were fabricated. Forty each were used for the flexural strength test and for the surface hardness test...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Esthetic and Restorative Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429745/high-temperature-terahertz-detectors-realized-by-a-gan-high-electron-mobility-transistor
#18
H W Hou, Z Liu, J H Teng, T Palacios, S J Chua
In this work, a high temperature THz detector based on a GaN high electron mobility transistor (HEMT) with nano antenna structures was fabricated and demonstrated to be able to work up to 200( )°C. The THz responsivity and noise equivalent power (NEP) of the device were characterized at 0.14 THz radiation over a wide temperature range from room temperature to 200 °C. A high responsivity Rv of 15.5 and 2.7 kV/W and a low NEP of 0.58 and 10 pW/Hz(0.5) were obtained at room temperature and 200 °C, respectively...
April 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429293/topical-delivery-of-fenoprofen-calcium-via-elastic-nano-vesicular-spanlastics-optimization-using-experimental-design-and-in-vivo-evaluation
#19
Dalia Ali Farghaly, Ahmed A Aboelwafa, Manal Y Hamza, Magdy I Mohamed
The aim of this study was to investigate the potential of surfactant-based nanovesicular system (spanlastics) for topical delivery of fenoprofen calcium (FPCa) to eliminate its oral gastrointestinal adverse effects. FPCa-loaded spanlastics were prepared by thin film hydration (TFH) technique according to a full factorial design to investigate the influence of formulation variables on the drug entrapment efficiency (%EE), particle size (PS), deformability index (DI), and the % drug released after 24 h through the cellulose membrane (Q24h) using Design-Expert® software...
April 20, 2017: AAPS PharmSciTech
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429028/experimental-separation-steps-influence-the-protein-content-of-corona-around-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles
#20
C Pisani, J C Gaillard, C Dorandeu, C Charnay, Y Guari, J Chopineau, J M Devoisselle, J Armengaud, O Prat
In order to direct nanocarriers to their targets efficiently, we have to understand the interactions occurring at the nano-bio interface between nanocarriers and human proteins, which forms the layer called the corona. However, experiments aiming to identify and quantify the proteins in the corona, especially critical steps in the separation of nanoparticles from biological media may affect the corona composition. Here, we used nano-LC MS/MS to compare the protein corona contents obtained after using two different separation methods...
April 21, 2017: Nanoscale
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