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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817711/on-chip-detection-of-gel-transition-temperature-using-a-novel-micro-thermomechanical-method
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Tsenguun Byambadorj, Erfan Dashtimoghadam, Mohamadali Malakoutian, Benyamin Davaji, Lobat Tayebi, James E Richie, Chung Hoon Lee
We present a new thermomechanical method and a platform to measure the phase transition temperature at microscale. A thin film metal sensor on a membrane simultaneously measures both temperature and mechanical strain of the sample during heating and cooling cycles. This thermomechanical principle of operation is described in detail. Physical hydrogel samples are prepared as a disc-shaped gels (200 μm thick and 1 mm diameter) and placed between an on-chip heater and sensor devices. The sol-gel transition temperature of gelatin solution at various concentrations, used as a model physical hydrogel, shows less than 3% deviation from in-depth rheological results...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817284/fabrication-of-mesoporous-polystyrene-films-with-controlled-porosity-and-pore-size-by-solvent-annealing-for-templated-syntheses
#2
Mohan Raj Krishnan, Yu-Cheng Chien, Chung-Fu Cheng, Rong-Ming Ho
Herein, we aim to develop a facile method for the fabrication of mesoporous polystyrene (PS) films with controlled porosity and pore size by solvent annealing. A PS polymer film is solvent-annealed using N,N-dimethyl formamide (DMF) vapor for the development of phase separation, followed by rapidly cooling to the preset cryogenic temperature. Subsequently, a nonsolvent (methanol) is introduced to extract the crystalline DMF from the DMF-swollen PS, giving mesoporous PS with a network structure after the removal of DMF...
August 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817279/soft-chemical-fabrication-of-iron-based-thin-film-electrocatalyst-for-water-oxidation-under-neutral-ph-and-structure-activity-tuning-by-cerium-incorporation
#3
Jony Saha, T P Radhakrishnan
Design of electrocatalysts for the fundamentally important oxygen evolution reaction can be greatly aided by systematic structure-activity tuning via composition variation. We have explored the iron-cerium system as they are the most abundant transition and rare earth metals, and also due to the mutualistic impact of their size and electronic attributes that can induce critical changes in the structure and electrochemical activity. Submicrometer thick films of a series of Fe(III)-Ce(III) phosphate(oxyhydroxide) (FeCePH) are fabricated using a soft chemical strategy involving surfactant-aided assembly, spin-coating, and mild thermal annealing...
August 17, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817254/highly-001-textured-tetragonal-bifeo3-film-and-its-photoelectrochemical-behaviors-tuned-by-magnetic-field
#4
Haomin Xu, Yuanhua Lin, Takashi Harumoto, Ji Shi, Ce-Wen Nan
Highly (001)-textured BiFeO3 film in tetragonal phase (T-BFO) with a giant c/a ratio was firstly obtained on quartz/polycrystalline ITO substrate. Our results indicate that the polycrystalline ITO layer with small surface roughness is a critical point to control the growth of T-BFO structure. It should be ascribed to the fact that a Bi-rich phase interlayer (~5 nm) could be formed on ITO, which acted as a crystal seed layer and thus induced the growth of (001)-textured T-BFO structure. The observed weak room temperature ferromagnetism should be attributed to Fe valance change...
August 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817253/cuts-guided-deterministic-buckling-in-arrays-of-soft-parallel-plates-for-multifunctionality
#5
Gaojian Lin, Dengteng Ge, Yichao Tang, Yu Xia, Gaoxiang Wu, Lin Han, Shu Yang, Jie Yin
Harnessing buckling instability in soft materials offers an effective strategy to achieve multifunctionality. Despite great efforts in controlling the wrinkling behaviors of film-based systems and buckling of periodic structures, the benefits of classical plate buckling in soft materials remain largely unexplored. The challenge lies in the intrinsic indeterminate characteristics of buckling, leading to geometric frustration and random orientations. Here, we report the controllable global order in constrained buckling of arrays of parallel plates made of hydrogels and elastomers on rigid substrates...
August 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817144/resonant-silicon-nanoparticles-for-enhancement-of-light-absorption-and-photoluminescence-from-hybrid-perovskite-films-and-metasurfaces
#6
E Tiguntseva, A Chebykin, A Ishteev, R Haroldson, B Balachandran, E Ushakova, F Komissarenko, H Wang, V Milichko, A Tsypkin, D Zuev, W Hu, S Makarov, A Zakhidov
Recently, hybrid halide perovskites have emerged as one of the most promising types of materials for thin-film photovoltaic and light-emitting devices because of their low-cost and potential for high efficiency. Further boosting their performance without detrimentally increasing the complexity of the architecture is critically important for commercialization. Despite a number of plasmonic nanoparticle based designs having been proposed for solar cell improvement, inherent optical losses of the nanoparticles reduce photoluminescence from perovskites...
August 17, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817099/sintering-inhibition-of-silver-nanoparticle-films-via-agcl-nanocrystal-formation
#7
Thomas Öhlund, Magnus Hummelgård, Håkan Olin
Electrically conductive films are key components in most printed and flexible electronics applications. For the solution processing of conductive films, inks containing silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) remain important because of their relatively easy processing and generally low resistivity after a sintering procedure. Because the commonly used, moderate sintering temperatures of 150-300 °C are still too high for most low-cost flexible substrates, expanding the knowledge of surface-ink interactions that affect the sintering temperature is desirable...
August 17, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817084/permalloy-based-thin-film-structures-magnetic-properties-and-the-giant-magnetoimpedance-effect-in-the-temperature-range-important-for-biomedical-applications
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Anna A Chlenova, Alexey A Moiseev, Mikhail S Derevyanko, Aleksandr V Semirov, Vladimir N Lepalovsky, Galina V Kurlyandskaya
Permalloy-based thin film structures are excellent materials for sensor applications. Temperature dependencies of the magnetic properties and giant magneto-impedance (GMI) were studied for Fe19Ni81-based multilayered structures obtained by the ion-plasma sputtering technique. Selected temperature interval of 25 °C to 50 °C corresponds to the temperature range of functionality of many devices, including magnetic biosensors. A (Cu/FeNi)₅/Cu/(Cu/FeNi)₅ multilayered structure with well-defined traverse magnetic anisotropy showed an increase in the GMI ratio for the total impedance and its real part with temperature increased...
August 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816866/differences-in-tear-film-biochemistry-of-symptomatic-and-asymptomatic-lens-wearers
#9
Simin Masoudi, Fiona J Stapleton, Mark D P Willcox
SIGNIFICANCE: The concentration of selected proteins and inflammatory mediators in tears of symptomatic and asymptomatic contact lens wearers were quantified. The level of leukotriene B4 was higher in the symptomatic group. This may suggest that inflammation can be the cause of discomfort sensation at the end of day. PURPOSE: The present study aims to quantify the concentration of selected tear lipids and proteins in symptomatic and asymptomatic contact lens wearers...
August 14, 2017: Optometry and Vision Science: Official Publication of the American Academy of Optometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816618/ground-reaction-forces-produced-by-two-different-hockey-skating-arm-swing-techniques
#10
Julie Hayward-Ellis, Marion J L Alexander, Cheryl M Glazebrook, Jeff Leiter
The arm swing in hockey skating can have a positive effect on the forces produced by each skate, and the resulting velocity from each push off. The main purpose of this study was to measure the differences in ground reaction forces (GRFs) produced from an anteroposterior versus a mediolateral style hockey skating arm swing. Twenty-four elite-level female hockey players performed each technique while standing on a ground-mounted force platform, and all trials were filmed using two video cameras. Force data was assessed for peak scaled GRFs in the frontal and sagittal planes, and resultant GRF magnitude and direction...
August 17, 2017: European Journal of Sport Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816605/end-of-life-in-disney-and-pixar-films-an-opportunity-for-engaging-in-difficult-conversation
#11
Kelly E Tenzek, Bonnie M Nickels
This study expanded upon previous scholarship by examining end-of-life (EOL) depictions and messages of death within Disney and Pixar animated films. We argue Disney and Pixar depictions of EOL and death can provide critical opportunities for discussing death and dying processes with children and adults alike. A content analysis of 57 movies resulted in a total of 71 character deaths. These instances of death became the discourse used for analysis. The EOL discourse was coded based on five categories (character status, depiction of death, death status, emotional reaction, and causality)...
January 1, 2017: Omega
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816446/room-temperature-dissolution-of-bulk-elemental-ni-and-se-for-solution-deposition-of-a-nise2-her-electrocatalyst
#12
Carrie L McCarthy, Courtney A Downes, Richard L Brutchey
With hydrogen fuel becoming a more viable alternative to fossil fuels comes the need for inexpensive, low-energy hydrogen production. Here, a low-temperature direct solution-processing method is presented for the deposition of earth-abundant pyrite-type NiSe2 as an efficient hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) catalyst. Thin films of phase-pure NiSe2 are deposited from a precursor ink prepared by room-temperature dissolution of bulk elemental Ni and Se in a binary thiolamine solvent mixture. The nanostructured NiSe2 thin films demonstrate high HER catalytic activity with 100% Faradaic efficiency...
August 17, 2017: Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816438/interfacial-mechanisms-of-water-vapor-sorption-into-cellulose-nanofibril-films-as-revealed-by-quantitative-models
#13
Minna Hakalahti, Marco Faustini, Cédric Boissière, Eero Kontturi, Tekla Tammelin
Humidity is an efficient instrument for facilitating changes in local architectures of 2-dimensional surfaces assembled from nanoscaled biomaterials. Here, complementary surface-sensitive methods are used to collect explicit and precise experimental evidence on the water vapor sorption into (2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidin-1-yl)oxyl (TEMPO) oxidized cellulose nanofibril (CNF) thin film over the relative humidity (RH) range from 0 to 97%. Changes in thickness and mass of the film due to water vapor uptake are tracked using Spectroscopic Ellipsometry and Quartz Crystal Microbalance with Dissipation monitoring, respectively...
August 17, 2017: Biomacromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816435/fiber-based-double-sided-reduced-graphene-oxide-films-for-efficient-solar-vapor-generation
#14
Ankang Guo, Xin Ming, Yang Fu, Gang Wang, Xianbao Wang
Solar vapor generation is a promising and whole new branch of photothermal conversion for harvesting solar energy. Various materials and devices for solar thermal conversion were successively produced and reported for higher solar energy utilization in the past few years. Herein, a compact device of reduced graphene oxides (rGO) and paper fibers was designed and assembled for efficient solar steam generation under light illumination, and it consists of water supply pipelines (WSP), a thermal insulator (TI) and a double-sided absorbing film (DSF)...
August 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816431/carbon-nanotubes-arranged-as-smart-interfaces-in-lipid-langmuir-blodgett-films-enhancing-the-enzymatic-properties-of-penicillinase-for-biosensing-applications
#15
Fabio Scholl, Paulo Morais, Rayla Gabriel, Michael J Schöning, Jose Roberto Siqueira, Luciano Caseli
In this paper, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) were incorporated in penicillinase-phospholipid Langmuir and Langmuir-Blodgett (LB) films to enhance the enzyme catalytic properties. Adsorption of the penicillinase and CNTs at dimyristoylphosphatidic acid (DMPA) monolayers at the air-water interface was investigated by surface pressure-area isotherms, vibrational spectroscopy and Brewster angle microscopy. The floating monolayers were transferred to solid supports through the LB technique, forming mixed DMPA-CNTs-PEN films, which were investigated by quartz crystal microbalance, vibrational spectroscopy, and atomic force microscopy...
August 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816377/controlled-growth-of-metal-organic-frameworks-on-polymer-brushes
#16
Liman Hou, Mingdong Zhou, Xiaozhe Dong, Lei Wang, Zhigang Xie, Dewen Dong, Ning Zhang
Polymer brushes are for the first time used to induce the synthesis of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs). The semi-fixed polymer chains provide a confined environment, which allows a mild growth of MOFs in-between polymer chains to give surface-attached spherical MOF nanoparticles, in contrast to the larger MOF cubics/plates formed simultaneously in solution. Polymer brushes bearing carboxylate acid functionalities are indispensible for the formation of surface bound MOFs, while no MOF nanoparticles are observed on neutral polymer brushes...
August 17, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816298/-multiple-endoscopy-for-the-treatment-of-upper-urinary-tract-calculi-following-ileal-conduit-a-case-report-and-literature-review
#17
B Wang, J F Ye, L Zhao, H Bi, J Lu, L L Ma
Upper urinary tract calculi with infection is a quite difficult acute urologic emergency. And what is more, upper urinary tract obstruction after radical cystectomy following urinary diversion may be fatal in the vulnerable patients with this kind of situation. Postoperative anatomy and other factors affect the upper urinary tract calculi, and urinary tract infection greatly increased the risk. But it is particularly difficult to handle with patients with poor general condition and septic shock treatment, so how to optimize the selection program is worth further studying...
August 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816287/-diagnostic-value-of-ct-scan-for-ao-b3-fracture-of-distal-radius
#18
S L Li, M Y Wang, Y Lu
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether 3-dimentional CT scans is able to effectively improve the detection rate of AO B3 distal radius fractures in clinics. METHODS: From Jan 2013 to Jan 2014, 30 patients with distal radius fractures were retrospectively enrolled in this study, all the patients directly visited the skeletal trauma emergency department in Beijing Jishuitan Hospital post injury and all of them accepted open reduction and internal fixation of distal radius fractures at last...
August 18, 2017: Beijing da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Peking University. Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816187/comparison-of-film-thickness-of-two-commercial-brands-of-glass-lonomer-cement-and-one-dual-cured-composite-an-in-vitro-study
#19
Rajat R Khajuria, Rishav Singh, Pranamee Barua, Nausheen Hajira, Naveen Gupta, Rohit R Thakkar
AIM: The present study is undertaken to examine the film thickness of three most commonly used luting cements and to determine their usage as a luting agent. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was carried out strictly according to the guidelines of American Dental Association (ADS) specification no. 8. Two glass slabs of 5 cm in length and 2 cm in width were used. One glass slab was kept over the other glass slab and the space between the two glass slabs was measured using metallurgical microscope at the power of 10*...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816146/quality-assessment-of-stereotactic-radiosurgery-of-a-melanoma-brain-metastases-model-using-a-mouselike-phantom-and-the-small-animal-radiation-research-platform
#20
Cheng-Chia Wu, Kunal R Chaudhary, Yong Hum Na, David Welch, Paul J Black, Adam M Sonabend, Peter Canoll, Yvonne M Saenger, Tony J C Wang, Cheng-Shie Wuu, Tom K Hei, Simon K Cheng
PURPOSE: To establish a novel preclinical model for stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) with combined mouselike phantom quality assurance in the setting of brain metastases. METHODS AND MATERIALS: C57B6 mice underwent intracranial injection of B16-F10 melanoma cells. T1-weighted postcontrast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was performed on day 11 after injection. The MRI images were fused with cone beam computed tomography (CBCT) images using the Small Animal Radiation Research Platform (SARRP)...
September 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
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