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Thomas A Bruton, David L Sedlak
Perfluoroalkyl acids (PFAAs) are a class of organic contaminants notable for their extreme persistence. The unique chemical properties of these compounds make them difficult to remove from water using most standard water treatment techniques. To gain insight into the possibility of remediating contaminated groundwater by in situ chemical oxidation with heat-activated persulfate, PFAA removal and the generation of transformation products were evaluated under laboratory conditions. Solution pH had a strong influence on the removal of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), resulting in its transformation into shorter-chain perfluorocarboxylic acids (PFCAs) at pH values below 3...
April 21, 2018: Chemosphere
Alka Tiwari, Alok Shukla, Lalliansanga, Diwakar Tiwari, Seung Mok Lee
The aim of this communication is to synthesize novel Nanocomposite thin film materials (Ag0 (NP)/TiO2 ) using the template process. Surface morphology of materials was obtained by the Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) and Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) analyses. The presence of doped Ag-nanoparticles was confirmed by the TEM images along with the SEM-EDX analyses. The Atomic Force Microscopic images were demonstrated the surface roughness and thickness of Nanocomposite thin films. X-ray diffraction analysis confirmed that TiO2 was predominantly present to its anatase mineral phase...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Environmental Management
Peng Liu, Duanliang Zhou, Chunhai Zhang, Haoming Wei, Xinhe Yang, Yang Wu, Qingwei Li, Changhong Liu, Bingchu Du, Liang Liu, Kaili Jiang, Shoushan Fan
With the super aligned carbon nanotube (SACNT) film, we have fabricated crystalline multiwall CNT (MWCNT) by adopting a high pressure and high temperature processing. The CNTs keep parallel to each other and distributed uniformly. XRD characterization shows peaks at small angle range, which can be assigned to the spacing of MWCNT crystal. The mechanical, electrical and thermal properties are all greatly improved compared with the original CNT film. The field emission properties of crystalline MWCNT are tested and it shows a better surface morphology stability at large emission current...
May 18, 2018: Nanotechnology
M K Kavitha, Tushar Sakorikar, Pramitha V, Manu Jaiswal
Conventional graphene oxide is characterized by low sp<sup>2</sup> content in a sp<sup>3</sup> rich matrix, which is responsible both for electrical insulation and water super-permeation. Upon reduction, electrical conduction is achieved at the expense of water permeation ability. Here, we demonstrate that charge conduction and water permeation can be simultaneously restricted in a functionalized form of graphene oxide. Gravimetric studies reveal that diffusion of water vapour through glassy polymer membranes is arrested by loading hydrophobic form of GO in the polymer matrix, even as such water inhibition cannot be realized by substantially increasing the thickness of the bare polymer...
May 18, 2018: Nanotechnology
Debkalpa Goswami, Juan Camilo Múnera, Aniket Pal, Behnam Sadri, Caio Lui Paganelli Guzzo Scarpetti, Ramses V Martinez
This letter describes a low-cost, scalable nanomanufacturing process that enables the continuous forming of thin metallic layers with nanoscale accuracy using roll-to-roll, laser-induced superplasticity (R2RLIS). R2RLIS uses a laser shock to induce the ultrahigh strain rate deformation of metallic films at room temperature into low-cost polymeric nanomolds, independently of the original grain size of the metal. This simple and inexpensive nanoforming method does not require access to cleanrooms and associated facilities, and can be easily implemented on conventional CO2 lasers, enabling laser systems commonly used for rapid prototyping or industrial cutting and engraving to fabricate uniform and three-dimensional crystalline metallic nanostructures over large areas...
May 18, 2018: Nano Letters
Afshin Asadzadeh Shahir, Khristo Khristov, Khoi Tan Nguyen, Anh V Nguyen, Elena D Mileva
Some salts have been recently shown to decrease the SFG (sum frequency generation spectroscopy) intensity of the hydrogen-bonded water molecules, but a quantitative explanation is still awaited. Here we report a similar trend for the chloride salts of monovalent cations, i.e., LiCl, NaCl, and CsCl, at low concentrations. Specifically, we revealed not only the specific adsorption of cations at the water surface but also the concentration-dependent effect of ions on the SFG response of the interfacial water molecules...
May 18, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Debarghya Sarkar, Wei Wang, Matthew Mecklenburg, Andrew J Clough, Matthew Yeung, Chenhao Ren, Qingfeng Lin, Louis Blankemeier, Shanyuan Niu, Huan Zhao, Haotian Shi, Han Wang, Stephen B Cronin, Jayakanth Ravichandran, Mitul Luhar, Rehan Kapadia
The growth of crystalline compound semiconductors on amorphous and non-epitaxial substrates is a fundamental challenge for state-of-the-art thin-film epitaxial growth techniques. Direct growth of materials on technologically relevant amorphous surfaces, such as nitrides or oxides results in nanocrystalline thin-films, or nanowire type structures, preventing growth and integration of high-performance devices and circuits on these surfaces. Here we show crystalline compound semiconductors grown directly on technologically relevant amorphous and non-epitaxial substrates in geometries compatible with standard microfabrication technology...
May 18, 2018: ACS Nano
Avishek Dey, Satheesh Krishnamurthy, James Bowen, Dennis Nordlund, M Meyyappan, Ram P Gandhiraman
Miniaturisation of electronic devices and the advancement of Internet of things pose exciting challenges to develop technologies for patterned deposition of functional nanomaterials. Printed and flexible electronic devices and energy storage devices can be embedded onto clothing or other flexible surfaces. Graphene oxide (GO) has gained much attention in printed electronics due its solution processability, robustness and high electrical conductivity in the reduced state. Here we introduce a new approach to print GO films from highly acidic suspensions with in-situ reduction using an atmospheric pressure plasma jet...
May 18, 2018: ACS Nano
Kousuke Noi, Yuka Nagata, Takashi Hakari, Kenji Suzuki, So Yubuchi, Yusuke Ito, Atsushi Sakuda, Akitoshi Hayashi, Masahiro Tatsumisago
All-solid-state sodium batteries using Na3Zr2Si2PO12 (NASICON) solid electrolytes are promising candidates for safe and low-cost advanced rechargeable battery systems. Although NASICON electrolytes have intrinsically high sodium ion conductivities, their high sintering temperatures interfere with the immediate development of high-performance batteries. In this work, sintering-free NASICON-based composites with Na3PS4 (NPS) glass-ceramics were prepared to combine the high grain-bulk conductivity of NASICON and the interfacial formation ability of NPS...
May 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Steve Ulrich, Tabitha Sutch, Greg Szulczewski, Matthias Schweizer, Newton Barbosa, Paulo Araujo
We investigate the P(NDI2OD-T2) photophysical properties via absorbance and fluorescence spectroscopy, in association with the experimental approach baptized Stokes Spectroscopy, which provides valuable material information through the acquisition and analysis of the fluorescence polarization degree. By changing solvents and using different samples such as solutions, thick, and thin films, it is possible to control the polarization degree spectrum associated to the fluorescence emitted by the polymer's isolated chains and aggregates...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Max Vaynrub, Brandon P Hirsch, Jared Tishelman, Dennis Vasquez-Montes, Aaron J Buckland, Thomas J Errico, Themistocles S Protopsaltis
OBJECTIVE Verifying the adequacy of surgical correction of adult spinal sagittal deformity (SSD) leads to improved postoperative alignment and clinical outcomes. Traditionally, surgeons relied on intraoperative measurements of lumbar lordosis (LL) correction. However, T-1 pelvic angle (TPA) and its component angles more reliably predict postoperative alignment. While TPA is readily measured on standing radiographs, intraoperative radiographs offer poor resolution of the bicoxofemoral axis. A method to recreate this radiographic landmark by extrapolating preoperative measurements has been described...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
Yen-Jang Huang, Kun-Che Hung, Huey-Shan Hung, Shan-Hui Hsu
Nanomaterials with surface functionalized by different chemical groups can either provoke or attenuate the immune responses of the nanomaterials, which is critical to their biomedical efficacies. In this study we demonstrate that synthetic waterborne polyurethane nanoparticles (PU NPs) can inhibit the macrophage polarization towards the M1 phenotype, but not M2 phenotype. The surface-functionalized PU NPs decrease the secretion levels of proinflammatory cytokines (TNF-α and IL-1β) for M1 macrophages. Specifically, PU NPs with carboxyl groups on the surface exhibit a greater extent of inhibition on M1 polarization than those with amine groups...
May 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Lin Wang, Baiquan Liu, Xin Zhao, Hilmi Volkan Demir, Haoshuang Gu, Handong Sun
All-inorganic cesium halide perovskite nanocrystals have attracted booming interests in optoelectronic applications for the sake of the readily adjustable bandgaps, high photoluminescence quantum yield, pure color emission and affordable cost. However, due to the ineluctable utilization of organic surfactants during the synthesis, the structural and optical properties of CsPbBr3 nanocrystals degrade upon transforming from colloidal solutions to solid thin films, which plagues the device operation. Here, we develop a novel solvent-assisted surface engineering strategy, producing high quality CsPbBr3 thin films for device applications...
May 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Shanna Zhu, Dechao Meng, Genhao Liang, Gang Shi, Peng Zhao, Peng Cheng, Yongqing Li, Xiaofang Zhai, Yalin Lu, Lan Chen, Kehui Wu
Inducing magnetism in a topological insulator (TI) by exchange coupling with a ferromagnetic insulator (FMI) will break the time-reversal symmetry of topological surface states, offering possibilities to realize several predicted novel magneto-electric effects. Seeking suitable FMI materials is crucial for the coupling of heterojunctions, and yet is challenging as well and only a few kinds have been explored. In this report, we introduce epitaxial LaCoO3 thin films on a SrTiO3 substrate, which is an insulating ferromagnet with a Curie temperature of TC ∼ 85 K, to be combined with TIs for proximity coupling...
May 18, 2018: Nanoscale
Sisi Xiang, Weiping Li, Ya Wei, Jiaming Liu, Huicong Liu, Liqun Zhu, Haining Chen
α-CsPbI3 with the most suitable band gap for all-inorganic perovskite solar cell (PSC) application faces an issue of phase instability at low temperature in an air atmosphere. Herein, through stoichiometric investigation, α-CsPbI3 is successfully obtained with excess CsI at 110 °C in an air atmosphere. By doping α-CsPbI3 with Sb, phase stability is further enhanced and the film morphology is also improved. Carbon-based perovskite solar cells (C-PSCs) based on CsPb0.96Sb0.04I3 achieve a promising power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 5...
May 18, 2018: Nanoscale
Katharina Brassat, Daniel Kool, Julius Bürger, Jörg K N Lindner
Bottom-up patterning techniques allow for the creation of surfaces with ordered arrays of nanoscale features on large areas. Two bottom-up techniques suitable for the formation of regular nanopatterns on different length scales are nanosphere lithography (NSL) and block copolymer (BCP) lithography. In this paper it is shown that NSL and BCP lithography can be combined to easily design hierarchically nanopatterned surfaces of different materials. Nanosphere lithography is used for the pre-patterning of surfaces with antidots, i...
May 18, 2018: Nanoscale
Jianglin Ye, Huabing Tan, Shuilin Wu, Kun Ni, Fei Pan, Jie Liu, Zhuchen Tao, Yan Qu, Hengxing Ji, Patrice Simon, Yanwu Zhu
High-performance yet flexible micro-supercapacitors (MSCs) hold great promise as miniaturized power sources for increasing demand of integrated electronic devices. Herein, this study demonstrates a scalable fabrication of multilayered graphene-based MSCs (MG-MSCs), by direct laser writing (DLW) of stacked graphene films made from industry-scale chemical vapor deposition (CVD). Combining the dry transfer of multilayered CVD graphene films, DLW allows a highly efficient fabrication of large-areal MSCs with exceptional flexibility, diverse planar geometry, and capability of customer-designed integration...
May 17, 2018: Advanced Materials
Zhiyuan Liu, Dianpeng Qi, Wan Ru Leow, Jiancan Yu, Michele Xiloyannnis, Leonardo Cappello, Yaqing Liu, Bowen Zhu, Ying Jiang, Geng Chen, Lorenzo Masia, Bo Liedberg, Xiaodong Chen
Stretchable strain sensors, as the soft mechanical interface, provide the key mechanical information of the systems for healthcare monitoring, rehabilitation assistance, soft exoskeletal devices, and soft robotics. Stretchable strain sensors based on 2D flat film have been widely developed to monitor the in-plane force applied within the plane where the sensor is placed. However, to comprehensively obtain the mechanical feedback, the capability to detect the out-of-plane force, caused by the interaction outside of the plane where the senor is located, is needed...
May 17, 2018: Advanced Materials
Qingchen Dong, Zhengong Meng, Cheuk-Lam Ho, Hongen Guo, Weiyou Yang, Ian Manners, Linli Xu, Wai-Yeung Wong
In recent years, metallopolymers have attracted much attention as precursors to generate magnetic metal/metal alloy nanoparticles (NPs) through pyrolysis or photolysis because they offer the advantages of ease of solution processability, atomic level mixing and stoichiometric control over composition. The as-generated NPs usually possess narrow size distributions with precise control of composition and density per unit area. Moreover, patterned NPs can be achieved on various substrates in this way owing to the good film-forming property of metallopolymers and such work is important for many applications based on metal nanostructures...
May 18, 2018: Chemical Society Reviews
Sebile Işık Büyükekşi, Ahmet Karatay, Nursel Acar, Betül Küçüköz, Ayhan Elmali, Abdurrahman Şengül
Perylene diimides (PDIs) are among the most versatile and functional dyes for supramolecular structures displaying characteristic high absorptions and photo-luminescence properties as the prerequisite for optoelectronic thin film devices. Despite intense investigations into these semi-conducting and electro-active materials, details of their electronic structure are still under examination. In particular, non-planar twisted PDIs as an electron acceptor is a promising model system for efficient charge generation and transport processes...
May 18, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
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