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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719858/interfacial-analysis-of-sirna-complexes-with-poly-ethylenimine-pei-or-pamam-dendrimers-in-gene-delivery
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Patrick K C Chang, Clive A Prestidge, Kristen E Bremmell
Solution and interfacial analysis has been employed to gain insight into the complexation of siRNA using either G4 PAMAM dendrimers or 25kDa branched poly-ethylenimine (bPEI). The size, charge and shape/structure of the complexing agents were probed using atomic force microscopy (AFM), circular dichroism spectrometry (CD), dynamic light scattering (DLS), and gel electrophoresis (GE). The binding capability of these cationic polymers to the siRNA molecule, subsequently controls the surface/adsorption behaviour of the complexes to a negatively charged surface...
July 8, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719846/preparation-characterization-and-application-of-tio2-patterned-polyimide-film-as-a-photocatalyst-for-oxidation-of-organic-contaminants
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Subramaniyan Ramasundaram, Mingizem Gashaw Seid, Wonseop Lee, Chan Ul Kim, Eun-Ju Kim, Seok Won Hong, Kyoung Jin Choi
Photocatalytically active TiO2-patterned polyimide (PI) films (PI-TiO2) were fabricated using thermal transfer patterning (TTP). When subjected to hot pressing, the TiO2 nanoparticles electrosprayed on steel mesh templates were successfully transferred and formed checker plate patterns on PI film. FE-SEM studies confirmed that pressing at 350°C and 100MPa was optimum for obtaining patterns with uniform TiO2 coverage. When the quantity of TiO2 on the template increased, the amount of it immobilized on PI film also increased from 0...
June 29, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719739/graphene-electronic-tattoo-sensors
#3
Shideh Kabiri Ameri, Rebecca Ho, Hongwoo Jang, Li Tao, Youhua Wang, Liu Wang, David M Schnyer, Deji Akinwande, Nanshu Lu
Tattoo-like epidermal sensors are an emerging class of truly wearable electronics owing to their thinness and softness. While most of them are based on thin metal films, silicon membrane, or nanoparticle-based printable inks, we report a sub-micron thick, multimodal electronic tattoo sensors that are made of graphene. The graphene electronic tattoo (GET) is designed with filamentary serpentines and fabricated by a cost- and time-effective "wet transfer, dry patterning" method. It has a total thickness of 463 ± 30 nm, an optical transparency of ~85%, and a stretchability of more than 40%...
July 18, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719724/synthesis-and-properties-of-new-n-heteroheptacenes-for-solution-based-organic-field-effect-transistors
#4
Fei Zhou, Sheng Liu, Bernard D Santarsiero, Donald J Wink, Damien Boudinet, Antonio Facchetti, Tom G Driver
A series of N-heteroheptacenes was synthesized from ortho-thiophene-substituted aryl azides using a Rh2(II)-catalyzed C-H bond amination reaction to construct the thienoindole moieties. This reaction tolerated the presence of electron-donating or withdrawing groups on the aryl azide without adversely affecting the yield of the amination reaction. The central thiophene ring was created from two thienoindole pieces through a Pd-catalyzed Stille reaction to install the thioether followed by a Cu-mediated Ullman reaction to trigger the cyclization...
July 18, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719211/real-space-demonstration-of-induced-crystalline-3d-nanostructuration-of-organic-layers
#5
Markos Paradinas, Ana Pérez-Rodríguez, Esther Barrena, Carmen Ocal
The controlled 3D nanostructuration of molecular layers of the semiconducting molecules C22H14 (pentacene) and N, N'-dioctyl-3, 4, 9, 10-perylenetetracarboxylicdiimide (PTCDI-C8) is addressed. A tip-assisted method based using atomic force microscopy (AFM) is developed for removing the organic material and relocating it in up to five layers thick nanostructures. Moreover, unconventional molecular scale imaging combining diverse friction force microscopy modes reveals the stacking sequence of the piled layers...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719200/cis-pinonic-acid-oxidation-by-hydroxyl-radicals-in-the-aqueous-phase-under-acidic-and-basic-conditions-kinetics-and-mechanism
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Bartlomiej Witkowski, Tomasz Gierczak
Aqueous-phase oxidation of cis-pinonic acid (CPA) by hydroxyl radicals (OH) was studied using a relative rate technique under acidic and basic conditions. Liquid chromatography (LC) coupled to the negative electrospray ionization (ESI) quadrupole tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS) was used to monitor a disappearance of CPA and reference compounds. The measured second order reaction rate coefficients of CPA with OH were: 3.6 ± 0.3 × 10(9) M(-1)s(-1) (pH=2) and 3.0 ± 0.3 × 10(9) M(-1)s(-1) (pH = 10) - combined uncertainties are 2σ...
July 18, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719021/high-temperature-ionic-epitaxy-of-halide-perovskite-thin-film-and-the-hidden-carrier-dynamics
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Yiping Wang, Xin Sun, Zhizhong Chen, Yi-Yang Sun, Shengbai Zhang, Toh-Ming Lu, Esther Wertz, Jian Shi
High-temperature vapor phase epitaxy (VPE) has been proved ubiquitously powerful in enabling high-performance electro-optic devices in III-V semiconductor field. A typical example is the successful growth of p-type GaN by VPE for blue light-emitting diodes. VPE excels as it controls film defects such as point/interface defects and grain boundary, thanks to its high-temperature processing condition and controllable deposition rate. For the first time, single-crystalline high-temperature VPE halide perovskite thin film has been demonstrated-a unique platform on unveiling previously uncovered carrier dynamics in inorganic halide perovskites...
July 18, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719019/initial-testing-of-a-pixelated-silicon-detector-prototype-in-proton-therapy
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Andrew J Wroe, Grant McAuley, Anthony V Teran, Jeannie Wong, Marco Petasecca, Michael Lerch, James M Slater, Anatoly B Rozenfeld
As technology continues to develop, external beam radiation therapy is being employed, with increased conformity, to treat smaller targets. As this occurs, the dosimetry methods and tools employed to quantify these fields for treatment also have to evolve to provide increased spatial resolution. The team at the University of Wollongong has developed a pixelated silicon detector prototype known as the dose magnifying glass (DMG) for real-time small-field metrology. This device has been tested in photon fields and IMRT...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718823/surface-chemistry-interactions-of-cationorm-with-films-by-human-meibum-and-tear-film-compounds
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Georgi As Georgiev, Norihiko Yokoi, Yana Nencheva, Nikola Peev, Philippe Daull
Cationorm(®) (CN) cationic nanoemulsion was demonstrated to enhance tear film (TF) stability in vivo possibly via effects on tear film lipid layer (TFLL). Therefore the interactions of CN with human meibum (MGS) and TFLL in vitro and in vivo deserve special study. MGS and CN were spread at the air/water interface of a Langmuir surface balance to ensure a range of MGS/CN oil phase ratios: 20/1, 10/1, 5/1, 3/1, 2/1 and 1/1. The films capability to reorganize during dynamic area changes was evaluated via the surface pressure-area compression isotherms and step/relaxation dilatational rheology studies...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718792/recombinant-lipase-from-gibberella-zeae-exhibits-broad-substrate-specificity-a-comparative-study-on-emulsified-and-monomolecular-substrate
#10
Fanghua Wang, Hui Zhang, Zexin Zhao, Ruixia Wei, Bo Yang, Yonghua Wang
Using the classical emulsified system and the monomolecular film technique, the substrate specificity of recombinant Gibberella zeae lipase (rGZEL) that originates from Gibberella zeae was characterized in detail. Under the emulsified reaction system, both phospholipase and glycolipid hydrolytic activities were observed, except for the predominant lipase activity. The optimum conditions for different activity exhibition were also determined. Compared with its lipase activity, a little higher ratio of glycolipid hydrolytic activity (0...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718785/uv-surface-treatment-of-fungal-resistant-polyether-polyurethane-film-induced-growth-of-entomopathogenic-fungi
#11
Gabriela Albara Lando, Letícia Marconatto, Felipe Kessler, William Lopes, Augusto Schrank, Marilene Henning Vainstein, Daniel Eduardo Weibel
Synthetic polymers are the cause of some major environmental impacts due to their low degradation rates. Polyurethanes (PU) are widely used synthetic polymers, and their growing use in industry has produced an increase in plastic waste. A commercial polyether-based thermoplastic PU with hydrolytic stability and fungus resistance was only attacked by an entomopathogenic fungus, Metarhiziumanisopliae, when the films were pre-treated with Ultraviolet (UV) irradiation in the presence of reactive atmospheres. Water contact angle, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy in attenuated total reflection mode (FTIR-ATR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and profilometer measurements were mainly used for analysis...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718775/high-performance-top-gated-multilayer-wse2-field-effect-transistors
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Pushpa Raj Pudasaini, Michael G Stanford, Akinola Oyedele, Anthony Wong, Anna Hofmann, Dayrl Briggs, Kai Xiao, David G Mandrus, Thomas Z Ward, Philip D Rack
In this paper, high performance top-gated WSe2 field effect transistor (FET) devices are demonstrated via a two-step remote plasma assisted ALD process. High-quality, low-leakage aluminum oxide (Al2O3) gate dielectric layers are deposited onto the WSe2 channel using a remote plasma assisted ALD process with an ultrathin (~1 nm) titanium buffer layer. The first few nanometers (~2 nm) of the Al2O3 dielectric film is deposited at relatively low temperature (i.e. 50 ºC) and remainder of the film is deposited at 150 ºC to ensure the conformal coating of Al2O3 on the WSe2 surface...
July 18, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718703/nanoliposome-improves-inhibitory-effects-of-naringenin-on-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-in-mice
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Cong Chen, Xu Jie, Yangjie Ou, Yini Cao, Lu Xu, Yunxia Wang, Rong Qi
AIM: To prepare naringenin nanoliposome (NRG-Nanolipo) and investigate its inhibitory effects on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). MATERIALS & METHODS: NRG-Nanolipo was prepared by thin-film rehydration method. Its characterizations and effects on NAFLD in mice induced by methionine choline deficient diet were investigated. RESULTS: NRG-Nanolipo had high-drug loading percentage and showed a sustained release profile. The nanoliposome formulation significantly increased oral absorption of naringenin (NRG)...
July 18, 2017: Nanomedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718472/unveiling-the-irreversible-performance-degradation-of-organo-inorganic-halide-perovskite-films-and-solar-cells-during-heating-and-cooling-processes
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Abdullah Al Mamun, Tanzila Tasnim Ava, Hye Ryung Byun, Hyeon Jun Jeong, Mun Seok Jeong, Loi Nguyen, Christine Gausin, Gon Namkoong
While organo-inorganic halide perovskite solar cells show great potential to meet future energy needs, their thermal instability raises serious questions about their commercialization viability. At present, the stability of perovskite solar cells has been studied under various environmental conditions including humidity and temperature. Nonetheless, understanding of the performance of CH3NH3PbI3-xClx perovskite solar cells is limited. This study reports the irreversible performance degradation of CH3NH3PbI3-xClx perovskite solar cells during the heating and cooling processes under AM 1...
July 18, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718314/techniques-of-force-and-pressure-measurement-in-the-small-joints-of-the-wrist
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Michael J Schreck, Meghan Kelly, Colin D Canham, John C Elfar
BACKGROUND: The alteration of forces across joints can result in instability and subsequent disability. Previous methods of force measurements such as pressure-sensitive films, load cells, and pressure-sensing transducers have been utilized to estimate biomechanical forces across joints and more recent studies have utilized a nondestructive method that allows for assessment of joint forces under ligamentous restraints. METHODS: A comprehensive review of the literature was performed to explore the numerous biomechanical methods utilized to estimate intra-articular forces...
February 1, 2017: Hand: Official Journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718293/functional-design-of-dielectric-metal-dielectric-based-thin-film-encapsulation-with-heat-transfer-and-flexibility-for-flexible-displays
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Jeong Hyun Kwon, Seungyeop Choi, Yongmin Jeon, Hyuncheol Kim, Ki Soo Chang, Kyung Cheol Choi
In this study, a new and efficient dielectric-metal-dielectric-based thin-film encapsulation (DMD-TFE) with an inserted Ag thin film is proposed to guarantee the reliability of flexible displays by improving the barrier properties, mechanical flexibility, and heat dissipation, considered as essential requirements for OLED encapsulation. The DMD-TFE, which is composed of Al2O3, Ag, and a silica nanoparticle-embedded sol-gel hybrid nanocomposite, shows a water vapor transmission rate of 8.70 × 10-6 g/m2/day and good mechanical reliability at a bending radius of 30 mm corresponding to 0...
July 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718290/enhanced-long-term-and-thermal-stability-of-polymer-solar-cells-in-air-at-high-humidity-with-the-formation-of-unusual-quantum-dot-networks
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Long Tan, Fan Yang, Mee Rahn Kim, Pandeng Li, Deepak Thrithamarassery Gangadharan, Joelle Margot, Ricardo Izquierdo, Mohamed Chaker, Dongling Ma
Due to the practical applications of polymer solar cells (PSCs), their stability recently has received increasing attention. Herein, a new strategy was developed to largely enhance the long-term and thermal stability of PSCs in air with a relatively high humidity of 50-60% without any encapsulation. In this strategy, semiconductor PbS/CdS core/shell quantum dots (QDs) were incorporated into the photoactive blend of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM). By replacing the initial ligands of oleic acid with halide ligands on the surface of PbS/CdS QDs via solution-phase-ligand-exchange, we were able to form unusual, continuous QD networks in the film of P3HT:PCBM, which effectively stabilized the photoactive layer...
July 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718216/one-compound-based-highly-efficient-deep-red-to-near-infrared-thermally-activated-delayed-fluorescence-organic-solid-films-and-electroluminescent-devices
#18
Yue Wang, Chenglong Li, Ruihong Duan, Baoyan Liang, Guangchao Han, Shipan Wang, Kaiqi Ye, Yu Liu, Yuanping Yi
The design and synthesis of highly efficient deep red (DR) and near-infrared (NIR) organic emitting materials with characteristic of thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) still remains a great challenge. In this contribution, we developed a strategy to construct TADF organic solid films with strong DR or NIR emission feature. The triphenylamine (TPA) and quinoxaline-6,7-dicarbonitrile (QCN) were respectively employed as electron donor (D) and acceptor (A) to synthesize a TADF compound, TPA-QCN. The TPA-QCN molecule with orange-red emission in solution was employed as a dopant to prepare DR and NIR luminescent solid thin films...
July 17, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717204/a-drug-carrier-for-sustained-zero-order-release-of-peptide-therapeutics
#19
Ya-Nan Zhao, Xiaoyu Xu, Na Wen, Rui Song, Qingbin Meng, Ying Guan, Siqi Cheng, Danni Cao, Yansheng Dong, Jiankun Qie, Keliang Liu, Yongjun Zhang
Peptides have great potential as therapeutic agents, however, their clinic applications are severely hampered by their instability and short circulation half-life. Zero-order release carriers could not only extend the circulation lifetime of peptides, but also maintain the plasma drug level constant, and thus maximize their therapeutic efficacy and minimize their toxic effect. Here using PEGylated salmon calcitonin (PEG-sCT)/tannic acid (TA) film as an example, we demonstrated that hydrogen-bonded layer-by-layer films of a PEGylated peptide and a polyphenol could be a platform for zero-order peptide release...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717184/magnetic-anisotropy-control-by-applying-an-electric-field-to-the-side-surface-of-ferromagnetic-films
#20
Hiroshi Terada, Shinobu Ohya, Le Duc Anh, Yoshihiro Iwasa, Masaaki Tanaka
Reducing the power consumption necessary for magnetization reversal is one of the most crucial issues facing spintronics devices. Electric field control of the magnetic anisotropy of ferromagnetic thin films is a promising method to solve this problem. However, the electric field is believed to be effective only within several nanometres of the surface in ferromagnetic metals because of its short Thomas-Fermi screening length, which prevents its practical application to devices. Herein, we successfully modulate the magnetic anisotropy of the entire region of the ferromagnetic layers in the elongated mesas of vertical spin field-effect transistors with widths as large as ~500 nm by applying an electric field to the side surface of the metallic GaMnAs-based mesas through an electric double layer...
July 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
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