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Santosh Phuyal, Mayes Kasem, Oskar Knittelfelder, Animesh Sharma, Davi de Miranda Fonseca, Vaineta Vebraite, Sergey Shaposhnikov, Geir Slupphaug, Vidar Skaug, Shanbeh Zienolddiny
The effects of long-term chronic exposure of human lung cells to multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) and their impact upon cellular proteins and lipids were investigated. Since the lung is the major target organ, an in vitro normal bronchial epithelial cell line model was used. Additionally, to better mimic exposure to manufactured nanomaterials at occupational settings, cells were continuously exposed to two non-toxic and low doses of a MWCNT for 13-weeks. MWCNT-treatment increased ROS levels in cells without increasing oxidative DNA damage and resulted in differential expression of multiple anti- and pro-apoptotic proteins...
January 19, 2018: Nanotoxicology
Govindarajan Karthivashan, Palanivel Ganesan, Shin-Young Park, Joon-Soo Kim, Dong-Kug Choi
In recent years, the incidental rate of neurodegenerative disorders has increased proportionately with the aging population. Alzheimer's disease (AD) is one of the most commonly reported neurodegenerative disorders, and it is estimated to increase by roughly 30% among the aged population. In spite of screening numerous drug candidates against various molecular targets of AD, only a few candidates - such as acetylcholinesterase inhibitors are currently utilized as an effective clinical therapy. However, targeted drug delivery of these drugs to the central nervous system (CNS) exhibits several limitations including meager solubility, low bioavailability, and reduced efficiency due to the impediments of the blood-brain barrier (BBB)...
November 2018: Drug Delivery
Haibao Jin, Yan-Huai Ding, Mingming Wang, Yang Song, Zhihao Liao, Christina J Newcomb, Xuepeng Wu, Xian-Qiong Tang, Zheng Li, Yuehe Lin, Feng Yan, Tengyue Jian, Peng Mu, Chun-Long Chen
Despite recent advances in the assembly of organic nanotubes, conferral of sequence-defined engineering and dynamic response characteristics to the tubules remains a challenge. Here we report a new family of highly designable and dynamic nanotubes assembled from sequence-defined peptoids through a unique "rolling-up and closure of nanosheet" mechanism. During the assembly process, amorphous spherical particles of amphiphilic peptoid oligomers crystallize to form well-defined nanosheets before folding to form single-walled nanotubes...
January 18, 2018: Nature Communications
Sourav P Mukherjee, Olesja Bondarenko, Pekka Kohonen, Fernando T Andón, Táňa Brzicová, Isabel Gessner, Sanjay Mathur, Massimo Bottini, Paolo Calligari, Lorenzo Stella, Elena Kisin, Anna Shvedova, Reija Autio, Heli Salminen-Mankonen, Riitta Lahesmaa, Bengt Fadeel
Carbon-based nanomaterials including carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been shown to trigger inflammation. However, how these materials are 'sensed' by immune cells is not known. Here we compared the effects of two carbon-based nanomaterials, single-walled CNTs (SWCNTs) and graphene oxide (GO), on primary human monocyte-derived macrophages. Genome-wide transcriptomics assessment was performed at sub-cytotoxic doses. Pathway analysis of the microarray data revealed pronounced effects on chemokine-encoding genes in macrophages exposed to SWCNTs, but not in response to GO, and these results were validated by multiplex array-based cytokine and chemokine profiling...
January 18, 2018: Scientific Reports
Kun-Yi Andrew Lin, Hongta Yang, Fu-Kong Hsu
  To investigate effects of modification of MOFs on removal of acid dyes via adsorption and photodegradation, zirconium-based MOF, UiO-66, and its derivatives were synthesized. UiO-66 derivatives were prepared by using amine (NH2)-containing ligand and incorporating carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and reduced graphene oxide (RGO). During the synthesis UiO-66-NH2, UiO-66-CNT and UiO-66-RGO, were obtained, respectively. While UiO-66-NH2 showed the enhanced adsorption capacity for acid dyes owing to the electrostatic attraction, CNTs were found to be the most effective addition to enhance the adsorption of acid dyes...
February 1, 2018: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
Daxing Xiong, Danial Saadatmand, Sergey V Dmitriev
Anomalous (non-Fourier) heat transport is no longer just a theoretical issue since it has been observed experimentally in a number of low-dimensional nanomaterials, such as SiGe nanowires, carbon nanotubes, and others. To understand these anomalous behaviors, exploring the microscopic origin of normal (Fourier) heat transport is a fascinating theoretical topic. However, this issue has not yet been fully understood even for one-dimensional (1D) model chains, in spite of a great amount of thorough studies done to date...
October 2017: Physical Review. E
A G Bailey, C P Lowe
We use the "caterpillar" model for accurately calculating the inhomogeneous hydrodynamic friction along a microscopic slender cylindrical filaments using Oseen level hydrodynamics. The methodology is applied to study the motion of a flexible filament in a circularly polarized field. Our results predict that in dilute solution alignment occurs along the axis of the field. For electric fields, the strengths and frequencies required are deduced. These are experimentally accessible. We therefore propose that this is a practical method for aligning filaments such as microtubules and functionalized carbon nanotubes...
December 2017: Physical Review. E
Sithiprumnea Dul, Luca Fambri, Alessandro Pegoretti
Composite acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS)/carbon nanotubes (CNT) filaments at 1, 2, 4, 6 and 8 wt %, suitable for fused deposition modelling (FDM) were obtained by using a completely solvent-free process based on direct melt compounding and extrusion. The optimal CNT content in the filaments for FDM was found to be 6 wt %; for this composite, a detailed investigation of the thermal, mechanical and electrical properties was performed. Presence of CNT in ABS filaments and 3D-printed parts resulted in a significant enhancement of the tensile modulus and strength, accompanied by a reduction of the elongation at break...
January 18, 2018: Nanomaterials
Diana S Raie, Eisha Mhatre, Doaa S El-Desouki, Ahmed Labena, Gamal El-Ghannam, Laila A Farahat, Tareq Youssef, Wolfgang Fritzsche, Ákos T Kovács
The present work was targeted to design a surface against cell seeding and adhering of bacteria, Bacillus subtilis. A multi-walled carbon nanotube/titanium dioxide nano-power was produced via simple mixing of carbon nanotube and titanium dioxide nanoparticles during the sol-gel process followed by heat treatment. Successfully, quercetin was immobilized on the nanocomposite via physical adsorption to form a quercetin/multi-walled carbon nanotube/titanium dioxide nanocomposite. The adhesion of bacteria on the coated-slides was verified after 24 h using confocal laser-scanning microscopy...
January 18, 2018: Materials
Munkhbayar Batmunkh, Aabhash Shrestha, Munkhjargal Bat-Erdene, Md Julker Nine, Cameron James Shearer, Christopher Gibson, Ashley Slattery, Sherif Tawfik, Michael Ford, Sheng Dai, Shizhang Qiao, Joseph George Shapter
Research into efficient synthesis, fundamental properties and potential applications of phosphorene is currently the subject of intense investigation. Herein, solution processed phosphorene or few-layer black phosphorus (FL-BP) sheets are prepared using microwave-exfoliation method and used in photoelectrochemical cells. Based on our experimental and theoretical (DFT) studies, we found that the FL-BP sheets can act as catalytically active sites and show excellent electrocatalytic activity for triiodide reduction in solar cells...
January 17, 2018: Angewandte Chemie
Elton Oyarzua, Jens H Walther, Harvey A Zambrano
Thermophoresis is the phenomenon wherein particles experience a net drift induced by a thermal gradient. In this work, molecular dynamics simulations are conducted to study with atomistic detail the thermophoresis of water nanodroplets inside carbon nanotubes (CNTs) and its interplay with the retarding liquid-solid friction. Different applied temperatures, thermal gradients, and droplet sizes are used to reveal the dynamics of the two kinetic regimes of the thermophoretic motion in CNTs. The results indicate that during the droplet motion, the thermophoretic force is independent of the velocity of the droplet, whereas the magnitude of the retarding friction force exhibits a linear dependence...
January 18, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Libo Zhou, Ying Jing, Yubin Liu, Zhihe Liu, Duyang Gao, Haobin Chen, Weiye Song, Tao Wang, Xiaofeng Fang, Weiping Qin, Zhen Yuan, Sheng Dai, Zhen-An Qiao, Changfeng Wu
Optical nanomaterials with intense absorption in near-infrared (NIR) region hold great promise for biomedical applications such as photothermal therapy (PTT) and photoacoustic imaging (PAI). In this work, we report mesoporous carbon nanospheres (Meso-CNs) with broadband and intense absorption in the UV-Vis-NIR region (300-1400 nm) and explore their potential as a multifunctional platform for photoacoustic imaging and chemo-photothermal therapy. Methods: Meso-CNs were prepared by a "silica-assisted" synthesis strategy and characterized by transmission electron microscope and optical spectroscopy...
2018: Theranostics
Kun Cai, Li-Kui Yang, Jiao Shi, Qing-Hua Qin
For a resonator-based nano-balance, the capability of capturing a nanoparticle is essential for it to measure the mass of the particle. In the present study, a clamped-clamped nanobeam from a Boron-Nitride and Carbon (BNC) nanotube acts as the nano-balance, and a fullerene, e.g., C60, is chosen as the particle, and the capturing capability is quantitatively estimated by the minimal escape velocity (MEV) of the fullerene from the nanobeam after collision. When centrally colliding with the nanobeam, the escape of fullerene depends on both incidence of fullerene and temperature of the system...
January 17, 2018: Scientific Reports
Niazul Islam Khan, Alec G Maddaus, Edward Song
Recently, inkjet-printing has gained increased popularity in applications such as flexible electronics and disposable sensors, as well as in wearable sensors because of its multifarious advantages. This work presents a novel, low-cost immobilization technique using inkjet-printing for the development of an aptamer-based biosensor for the detection of lysozyme, an important biomarker in various disease diagnosis. The strong affinity between the carbon nanotube (CNT) and the single-stranded DNA is exploited to immobilize the aptamers onto the working electrode by printing the ink containing the dispersion of CNT-aptamer complex...
January 15, 2018: Biosensors
Bangquan Li, Qian Sun, Hongsheng Fan, Ming Cheng, Aixian Shan, Yimin Cui, Rongming Wang
A series of α-Fe₂O₃ nanocrystals (NCs) with fascinating morphologies, such as hollow nanoolives, nanotubes, nanospindles, and nanoplates, were prepared through a simple template-free hydrothermal synthesis process. The results showed that the morphologies could be easily controlled by SO₄2- and H₂PO₄-. Physical property analysis showed that the α-Fe₂O₃ NCs exhibited shape- and size-dependent ferromagnetic and optical behaviors. The absorption band peak of the α-Fe₂O₃ NCs could be tuned from 320 to 610 nm...
January 15, 2018: Nanomaterials
Alberto Casu, Andrea Lamberti, Stefano Stassi, Andrea Falqui
The thermally-induced crystallization of anodically grown TiO₂ amorphous nanotubes has been studied so far under ambient pressure conditions by techniques such as differential scanning calorimetry and in situ X-ray diffraction, then looking at the overall response of several thousands of nanotubes in a carpet arrangement. Here we report a study of this phenomenon based on an in situ transmission electron microscopy approach that uses a twofold strategy. First, a group of some tens of TiO₂ amorphous nanotubes was heated looking at their electron diffraction pattern change versus temperature, in order to determine both the initial temperature of crystallization and the corresponding crystalline phases...
January 14, 2018: Nanomaterials
Paolo Visconti, Patrizio Primiceri, Roberto de Fazio, Antonio Paolo Carlucci, Selma Elaine Mazzetto, Giuseppe Mele
The aim of this work is to investigate and characterize the photo-ignition process of dry multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) mixed with ferrocene (FeCp₂) powder, using an LED (light-emitting diode) as the light source, a combination that has never been used, to the best of our knowledge. The ignition process was improved by adding a lipophilic porphyrin (H₂Pp) in powder to the MWCNTs/FeCp₂ mixtures-thus, a lower ignition threshold was obtained. The ignition tests were carried out by employing a continuous emission and a pulsed white LED in two test campaigns...
January 13, 2018: Materials
Chong-Boon Ong, Mohamad S M Annuar
Immobilization of cross-linked tannase on pristine multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNT) was successfully carried out. Cross-linking of tannase molecules was made via glutaraldehyde. The immobilized tannase exhibited significantly improved pH, thermal, and recycling stabilities. The optimal pH for both free- and immobilized tannase were observed at pH 5.0 with optimal operating temperature at 30 °C. Moreover, immobilized enzyme retained greater biocatalytic activities upon ten-repeated uses compared to free enzyme in solution...
January 17, 2018: Preparative Biochemistry & Biotechnology
Yuan Pan, Kaian Sun, Shoujie Liu, Xing Cao, Konglin Wu, Weng-Chon Cheong, Zheng Chen, Yu Wang, Yang Li, Yunqi Liu, Dingsheng Wang, Qing Peng, Chen Chen, Yadong Li
The construction of highly active and stable non-noble metal electrocatalysts for hydrogen and oxygen evolution reactions electrocatalysts is a major challenge for overall water splitting. Herein, we report a novel hybrid nanostructure with CoP na-noparticles (NPs) embedded in N-doped carbon nanotube hollow polyhedron (NCNHP) through a pyrolysis-oxidation-phosphidation strategy derived from core-shell ZIF-8@ZIF-67. Benefiting from the synergistic effects between highly active CoP NPs and NCNHP, the CoP/NCNHP hybrid exhibited outstanding bifunctional electrocatalytic performances...
January 17, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Wei Ma, Hui Wu, Yuji Higaki, Atsushi Takahara
The unique one-dimensional nanoporous structure and the reactive external and internal surfaces make halloysite nanotube (HNT) an interesting nanomaterial for various applications. HNT is a green nanomaterial because it is easily available from abundant deposits in nature and is biocompatible with low cytotoxicity. After a brief introduction on the structure of HNT, recent advances in surface modification of HNT and its functional organic-inorganic nanohybrids including hybrid nanocontainers, flame retardant nanocomposites, dye removal adsorbents, liquid marbles, and superamphiphobic coatings are introduced...
January 17, 2018: Chemical Record: An Official Publication of the Chemical Society of Japan ... [et Al.]
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