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Tao Yang, Huaiyin Chen, Zhiwei Qiu, Renzhong Yu, Shizhong Luo, Weihua Li, Kui Jiao
A bio-functionalized graphene nanohybrid was prepared by simultaneously sonicating graphene and riboflavin 5'-monophosphate sodium salt (FMNS). FMNS, as a bio-dispersant, shows an efficient stabilization for obtaining highly dispersed graphene nanosheets in an aqueous solution. Due to the superior dispersion of graphene and the excellent electrochemical redox activity of FMNS, a direct electrochemical DNA sensor was fabricated adopting the inherent electrochemical redox activity of Gr-FMNS. The comparison between using traditional electrochemical indicator ([Fe(CN)6]3-/4-) and using the self-signal of Gr-FMNS was fully conducted to study the DNA sensing performance...
January 15, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Ewa Jaworska, Maciej Mazur, Krzysztof Maksymiuk, Agata Michalska
An experimental approach allowing visualization and quantification of underestimated spontaneous process of partition of conducting polymer transducer material to the ion-selective membrane phase is proposed. The approach proposed is based on optical properties of the transducer material applied, using polythiophene as a model system. It is shown that this process occurs not only during sensor preparation step but also during pretreatment of the sensor before use. As shown, this uncontrolled partition of the transducer to the receptor leads to conducting polymer contents in the membrane phase reaching 0...
January 15, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
Hyunjae Lee, Yongseok Joseph Hong, Seungmin Baik, Taeghwan Hyeon, Dae-Hyeong Kim
Blood glucose concentration is a key indicator of patients' health, particularly for symptoms associated with diabetes mellitus. Because of the large number of diabetic patients, many approaches for glucose measurement have been studied to enable continuous and accurate glucose level monitoring. Among them, electrochemical analysis is prominent because it is simple and quantitative. This technology has been incorporated into commercialized and research-level devices from simple test strips to wearable devices and implantable systems...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
Gengsheng Weng, Srinivas Thanneeru, Jie He
New fluorochromic materials that reversibly change their emission properties in response to their environment are of interest for the development of sensors and light-emitting materials. A new design of Eu-containing polymer hydrogels showing fast self-healing and tunable fluorochromic properties in response to five different stimuli, including pH, temperature, metal ions, sonication, and force, is reported. The polymer hydrogels are fabricated using Eu-iminodiacetate (IDA) coordination in a hydrophilic poly(N,N-dimethylacrylamide) matrix...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
Gongxin Li, Jia Yang, Wenguang Yang, Feifei Wang, Yuechao Wang, Wenxue Wang, Lianqing Liu
The optogenetic technique, which allows the manipulation of cellular activity patterns in space and time by light, has transformed the field of neuroscience. However, acquiring multidimensional optogenetic information remains challenging despite the fact that several cellular information detection methods have been proposed. Herein, we present a new method to acquire label-free multidimensional information from optogenetically engineered cells using a graphene transistor. Using a graphene film to form a strong densely packed layer with cells, the cellular action potentials were characterized as light-activated transistor conductance signals, which quantified the multidimensional optogenetic information...
January 15, 2018: Nanoscale
Ben J Wolf, Jonathan A S Morton, William Bill N MacPherson, Sietse M van Netten
We present the design, fabrication and testing of a novel all-optical 2D flow velocity sensor, inspired by a fish lateral line neuromast. This artificial neuromast consists of optical fibres inscribed with Bragg gratings supporting a fluid force recipient sphere. Its dynamic response is modelled based on the Stokes solution for unsteady flow around a sphere and found to agree with experimental results. Tuneable mechanical resonance is predicted, allowing a deconvolution scheme to accurately retrieve fluid flow speed and direction from sensor readings...
January 15, 2018: Bioinspiration & Biomimetics
Debasree Burman, Sumita Santra, Panchanan Pramanik, Prasanta Kumar Guha
In this work, we report the fabrication of a low power, humidity sensor where platinum nanoparticles (NPs) decorated few-layered Molybdenum disulphide (MoS<sub>2</sub>) nanoflakes have been used as the sensing layer. A mixed solvent was used to exfoliate the nanoflakes from the bulk powder. Then the Pt/MoS<sub>2</sub> composites were prepared by reducing Pt NPs from chloroplatinic acid hexahydrate using a novel reduction technique using sulfide salt. The successful reduction and composite preparation were confirmed using various material characterization tools like Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectroscopy and UV-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis)...
January 15, 2018: Nanotechnology
Hae-Jin Kim, Anish Thukral, Cunjiang Yu
There is a growing interest in developing stretchable strain sensors to quantify the large mechanical deformation and strain associated with the activities for a wide range of species, such as humans, machines, and robots. Here, we report a novel stretchable strain sensor entirely in a rubber format by using a solution processed rubbery semiconductor as the sensing material to achieve high sensitivity, large mechanical strain tolerance, hysteresis-less and highly linear responses. Specifically, the rubbery semiconductor exploits π-π stacked poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) nanofibrils (P3HT-NFs) percolated in silicone elastomer of polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) to yield semiconducting nanocomposite with a large mechanical stretchability, although P3HT is a well-known nonstretchable semiconductor...
January 15, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Jon Ashley, Yunus Shukor, Roberta D'Aurelio, Linda Trinh, Thomas Lawrence Rodgers, Jeff Temblay, Mike Pleasants, Ibtisam E Tothill
Food recalls due to undeclared allergens or contamination are costly to the food manufacturing industry worldwide. As the industry strives for better manufacturing efficiencies over a diverse range of food products, there is a need for the development of new analytical techniques to improve monitoring the presence of unintended food allergens during the food manufacturing process. In particular, the monitoring of wash samples from cleaning in place systems (CIP), used in the cleaning of food processing equipment, would allow for the effective removal of allergen containing ingredients in between food batches...
January 15, 2018: ACS Sensors
Rohit Saraf, Long Pu, Vivek Maheshwari
Organolead trihalide perovskite MAPbI3 shows a distinctive combination of properties such as being ferroelectric and semiconducting, with ion migration effects under poling by electric fields. The combination of its ferroelectric and semiconducting nature is used to make a light harvesting, self-powered tactile sensor. This sensor interfaces ZnO nanosheets as a pressure-sensitive drain on the MAPbI3 film and once poled is operational for at least 72 h with just light illumination. The sensor is monolithic in structure, has linear response till 76 kPa, and is able to operate continuously as the energy harvesting mechanism is decoupled from its pressure sensing mechanism...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
Chaoliang Tan, Zhimin Luo, Apoorva Chaturvedi, Yongqing Cai, Yonghua Du, Yue Gong, Ying Huang, Zhuangchai Lai, Xiao Zhang, Lirong Zheng, Xiaoying Qi, Min Hao Goh, Jie Wang, Shikui Han, Xue-Jun Wu, Lin Gu, Christian Kloc, Hua Zhang
Nanostructured transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) are proven to be efficient and robust earth-abundant electrocatalysts to potentially replace precious platinum-based catalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER). However, the catalytic efficiency of reported TMD catalysts is still limited by their low-density active sites, low conductivity, and/or uncleaned surface. Herein, a general and facile method is reported for high-yield, large-scale production of water-dispersed, ultrasmall-sized, high-percentage 1T-phase, single-layer TMD nanodots with high-density active edge sites and clean surface, including MoS2 , WS2 , MoSe2 , Mo0...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
S Morales-Conde, I Alarcón Del Agua, L Busetto, F Favretti, M Anselmino, G M Rovera, M Socas-Macias, A Barranco-Moreno, R Province-Azalde, A J Torres
BACKGROUND: Weight regain following bariatric surgery is not uncommon. Safe, effective weight loss treatment up to 1 year has been reported with the closed-loop gastric electrical stimulation (CLGES) system. Continuous recording of eating and activity behavior by onboard sensors is one of the novel features of this closed-loop electrical stimulation therapy, and may provide improved long-term weight maintenance by enhancing aftercare. METHODS: Four centers participating in a 12-month prospective multicenter randomized study monitored all implanted participants (n = 47) up to 24 months after laparoscopic implantation of a CLGES system...
January 15, 2018: Obesity Surgery
Sangsu Bang, Jiho Yoo, Xingrui Gong, Di Liu, Qingjian Han, Xin Luo, Wonseok Chang, Gang Chen, Sang-Taek Im, Yong Ho Kim, Judith A Strong, Ma-Zhong Zhang, Jun-Ming Zhang, Seok-Yong Lee, Ru-Rong Ji
The voltage-gated Na+ channel subtype Nav1.7 is important for pain and itch in rodents and humans. We previously showed that a Nav1.7-targeting monoclonal antibody (SVmab) reduces Na+ currents and pain and itch responses in mice. Here, we investigated whether recombinant SVmab (rSVmab) binds to and blocks Nav1.7 similar to SVmab. ELISA tests revealed that SVmab was capable of binding to Nav1.7-expressing HEK293 cells, mouse DRG neurons, human nerve tissue, and the voltage-sensor domain II of Nav1.7. In contrast, rSVmab showed no or weak binding to Nav1...
January 15, 2018: Neuroscience Bulletin
Mahdi Ahmadi, Rajesh Rajamani, Serdar Sezen
Capacitive micro-sensors such as accelerometers, gyroscopes and pressure sensors are increasingly used in the modern electronic world. However, the in vivo use of capacitive sensing for measurement of pressure or other variables inside a human body suffers from significant errors due to stray capacitance. This paper proposes a solution consisting of a transparent thin flexible Faraday cage that surrounds the sensor. By supplying the active sensing voltage simultaneously to the deformable electrode of the capacitive sensor and to the Faraday cage, the stray capacitance during in vivo measurements can be largely eliminated...
October 2017: IEEE Sensors Letters
Hamid Dadkhahi, Benjamin M Marlin
In this paper, we present a new approach to learning cascaded classifiers for use in computing environments that involve networks of heterogeneous and resource-constrained, low-power embedded compute and sensing nodes. We present a generalization of the classical linear detection cascade to the case of tree-structured cascades where different branches of the tree execute on different physical compute nodes in the network. Different nodes have access to different features, as well as access to potentially different computation and energy resources...
August 2017: KDD: Proceedings
Gui-Hua Qiu, Zi-Hua Weng, Pei-Pei Hu, Wen-Jun Duan, Bao-Ping Xie, Bin Sun, Xiao-Yan Tang, Jin-Xiang Chen
From a three-dimensional (3D) metal-organic framework (MOF) of {[Cu(Cmdcp)(phen)(H2O)]2·9H2O}n (1, H3CmdcpBr = N-carboxymethyl-(3,5-dicarboxyl)pyridinium bromide, phen = phenanthroline), a sensitive and selective fluorescence sensor has been developed for the simultaneous detection of ebolavirus conserved RNA sequences and ebolavirus-encoded microRNA-like (miRNA-like) fragment. The results from molecular dynamics simulation confirmed that MOF 1 absorbs carboxyfluorescein (FAM)-tagged and 5(6)-carboxyrhodamine, triethylammonium salt (ROX)-tagged probe ss-DNA (probe DNA, P-DNA) by π…π stacking and hydrogen bonding, as well as additional electrostatic interactions to form a sensing platform of P-DNAs@1 with quenched FAM and ROX fluorescence...
April 1, 2018: Talanta
Fan Lin, Jiabai Cai, Yuehai Li, Huiwu Yu, Shunxing Li
Using ammonium molybdate and thiourea as precursors, nitrogen-doped MoO3 was produced by a one-step carbonization and then fixed into the cellulose filter paper (NMCP) with acrylic resin as a fixative. NMCP was designed as a multifunctional nanocomposite, i.e., solid phase adsorbent for Fe(III) preconcentration, photocatalyst for iron species transformation and color interference removal, and colorimetric sensor for Fe(III) determination. After photocatalysis, the complex of Fe-humic substances could be transformed into Fe(III) ions, the interference of colored organic matter (e...
April 1, 2018: Talanta
Sen Liao, Xinyi Zhao, Fawei Zhu, Miao Chen, Zhiliang Wu, Xiangzhi Song, Hua Yang, Xiaoqing Chen
In this work, sulfur and nitrogen co-doped carbon dots (S,N-CQDs) as highly selective fluorescent probe for silver ion (Ag+) and cysteine (Cys) detection were designed and synthesized directly from citric acid and thiamine hydrochloride via a one-step hydrothermal protocol in 63.8% quantum yield. This probe enabled selective detection of Ag+ with a linear range of 0-10 and 10-250μM and a limit of detection of 0.40μM with respect to the variation in fluorescence induced by target concentration and electron-transfer from S,N-CQDs to Ag+...
April 1, 2018: Talanta
W Lonsdale, M Wajrak, K Alameh
A new reproducible solid-state metal-oxide pH sensor for beverage quality monitoring is developed and characterised. The working electrode of the developed pH sensor is based on the use of laser-etched sputter-deposited RuO2 on Al2O3 substrate, modified with thin layers of sputter-deposited Ta2O5 and drop-cast Nafion for minimisation of redox interference. The reference electrode is manufactured by further modifying a working electrode with a porous polyvinyl butyral layer loaded with fumed SiO2. The developed pH sensor shows excellent performance when applied to a selection of beverage samples, with a measured accuracy within 0...
April 1, 2018: Talanta
Shuo Li, Qiong Wu, Pinyi Ma, Yue Zhang, Daqian Song, Xinghua Wang, Ying Sun
A novel surface plasmon resonance (SPR) biosensor based on hollow gold nanospheres (HGNPs) and an improved sandwich assay was developed to detect rabbit IgG. The electromagnetic coupling between the HGNPs and Au film, and the notable plasmonic fields spread over the inner and outer surfaces of HGNPs, led to the considerable amplification of the SPR signal. Polydopamine-Ag@Fe3O4/reduced graphene oxide (PDA-Ag@Fe3O4/rGO) was introduced to bind detection antibody (Ab2) to form the improved sandwich structure. Ag nanoparticles were excited to produce SPR and their hot electrons were doped on graphene thin films, which amplified the response of biomolecules...
April 1, 2018: Talanta
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