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PURPOSE: The determination of source positions before treatment is an essential part of the quality assurance (QA) associated with high dose rate brachytherapy treatments. The purpose of this study was to design and commission a tool to allow the quantification of source positions across multiple transfer tube types. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A bespoke flexi-adapter jig, three transfer tube adapters, and a film piercing pointer were designed and built for source position QA across three transfer tube types-the standard, 6 French, and gynae transfer tubes...
January 15, 2018: Brachytherapy
Prashanth Manda, Carmen Popescu, Abhishek Juluri, Karthik Janga, Praneeth Rao Kakulamarri, Sushmitha Narishetty, S Narasimha Murthy, Michael A Repka
The following research study focuses on improving the solubility of zaleplon (BCS class II drug) via micronization technique in order to enhance its oral delivery in orodispersible formulations. Zaleplon along with a surfactant solution was micronized by ultrasonication. The micronization process reduced the particle size of the crystalline drug about six-fold from its original size of 155.5 μm. The micronized zalepon dispersion was lyophilized to allow for a change in the state of matter (to a powder). The superior dissolution parameters (Q5, Q30, IDR, MDR, MDT, DE, and RDR) of zaleplon in microcrystalline form over the original crystalline form in in vitro dissolution studies had unraveled that micronization technique is an efficient tool in enhancing drug solubility...
January 19, 2018: AAPS PharmSciTech
Vyacheslav Timofeev, Alexandr Nikiforov, Artur Tuktamyshev, Vladimir Mashanov, Michail Yesin, Aleksey Bloshkin
The dependences of the two-dimensional to three-dimensional growth (2D-3D) critical transition thickness on the composition for GeSiSn films with a fixed Ge content and Sn content from 0 to 16% at the growth temperature of 150 °С have been obtained. The phase diagrams of the superstructure change during the epitaxial growth of Sn on Si and on Ge(100) have been built. Using the phase diagram data, it becomes possible to identify the Sn cover on the Si surface and to control the Sn segregation on the superstructure observed on the reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) pattern...
January 19, 2018: Nanoscale Research Letters
Xinxing Zhou, Lijuan Sheng, Xiaohui Ling
In this work, we theoretically propose an optical biosensor (consists of a BK7 glass, a metal film, and a graphene sheet) based on photonic spin Hall effect (SHE). We establish a quantitative relationship between the spin-dependent shift in photonic SHE and the refractive index of sensing medium. It is found that, by considering the surface plasmon resonance effect, the refractive index variations owing to the adsorption of biomolecules in sensing medium can effectively change the spin-dependent displacements...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
M Evelt, C Safranski, Mohammed Aldosary, V E Demidov, I Barsukov, A P Nosov, A B Rinkevich, K Sobotkiewich, Xiaoqin Li, Jing Shi, I N Krivorotov, S O Demokritov
We experimentally study nanowire-shaped spin-Hall nano-oscillators based on nanometer-thick epitaxial films of Yttrium Iron Garnet grown on top of a layer of Pt. We show that, although these films are characterized by significantly larger magnetic damping in comparison with the films grown directly on Gadolinium Gallium Garnet, they allow one to achieve spin current-driven auto-oscillations at comparable current densities, which can be an indication of the better transparency of the interface to the spin current...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Silu Feng, Changtian Chen, Wei Wang, Long Que
This paper reports an aptamer-based nanopore thin film sensor for detecting theophylline in the buffer solution and complex fluids including plant extracts and serum samples. Compared to antibody-based detection, aptamer-based detection offers many advantages such as low cost and high stability at elevated temperatures. Experiments found that this type of sensor can readily detect theophylline at a concentration as low as 0.05µM, which is much lower than the detection limit of current lab-based equipment such as liquid chromatography (LC)...
January 10, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Xiaorong Zhang, Aysu Yarman, Júlia Erdossy, Sagie Katz, Ingo Zebger, Katharina J Jetzschmann, Zeynep Altintas, Ulla Wollenberger, Róbert E Gyurcsányi, Frieder W Scheller
Molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) nanofilms for transferrin (Trf) have been synthesized on gold surfaces by electro-polymerizing the functional monomer scopoletin in the presence of the protein target or around pre-adsorbed Trf. As determined by atomic force microscopy (AFM) the film thickness was comparable with the molecular dimension of the target. The target (re)binding properties of the electro-synthesized MIP films was evaluated by cyclic voltammetry (CV) and square wave voltammetry (SWV) through the target-binding induced permeability changes of the MIP nanofilms to the ferricyanide redox marker, as well as by surface plasmon resonance (SPR) and surface enhanced infrared absorption spectroscopy (SEIRAS) of the immobilized protein molecules...
January 9, 2018: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
D Krzempek, G Mianowska, N Bassler, L Stolarczyk, R Kopec, B Sas-Korczynska, P Olko
Gafchromic EBT3 films are applied in proton radiotherapy for 2D dose mapping because they demonstrate spatial resolution well below 1 mm. However, the film response must be corrected in order to reach the accuracy of dose measurements required for the clinical use. The in-house developed AnalyseGafchromic software allows to analyze and correct the measured response using triple channel dose calibration, statistical scan-to-scan fluctuations as well as experimentally determined dose and LET dependence. Finally, the optimized protocol for evaluation of response of Gafchromic EBT3 films was applied to determine 30 × 40 cm2 dose profiles of the scanning therapy unit at the Cyclotron Centre Bronowice, CCB in Krakow, Poland...
January 17, 2018: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
Dawei Li, Zhiyong Xiao, Sai Mu, Fei Wang, Ying Liu, Jingfeng Song, Xi Huang, Lijia Jiang, Jun Xiao, Lei Liu, Stephen Ducharme, Bai Cui, Xia Hong, Lan Jiang, Jean-Francois Silvain, Yongfeng Lu
Single-crystal transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) and TMD-based hetero-junctions have recently attracted significant research and industrial interest owing to their intriguing optical and electrical properties. However, the lack of a simple, low-cost, environmentally friendly, synthetic method and a poor understanding of the growth mechanism post a huge challenge to implementing TMDs in practical applications. In this work, we developed a novel approach for direct formation of high-quality, monolayer and few-layer MoS2 single crystal domains via a single-step rapid thermal processing of a sandwiched reactor with sulfur and molybdenum (Mo) film in a confined reaction space...
January 19, 2018: Nano Letters
Kelly J Figueroa-Lopez, Margarita María Andrade-Mahecha, Olga Lucía Torres-Vargas
This study focused on the development of gelatin-based films with incorporation of microcrystalline cellulose as reinforcement material. Clove (Syzygium aromaticum), nutmeg (Myristica fragrans), and black pepper (Piper nigrum) oleoresins containing antimicrobial compounds of natural origin were incorporated into the films. The mechanical, thermal, optical, and structural properties, as well as color, seal strength and permeability to water vapor, light, and oil of the films were determined. Adding oleoresins to the gelatin matrix increased the elongation of the material and significantly diminished its permeability to water vapor and oil...
January 19, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Tao Wang, Jiejun Wang, Jian He, Chuangui Wu, Wenbo Luo, Yao Shuai, Wanli Zhang, Xiancai Chen, Jian Zhang, Jia Lin
A micro-channel heat sink is a promising cooling method for high power integrated circuits (IC). However, the understanding of such a micro-channel device is not sufficient, because the tools for studying it are very limited. The details inside the micro-channels are not readily available. In this letter, a micro-channel heat sink is comprehensively studied using the integrated temperature sensors. The highly sensitive thin film temperature sensors can accurately monitor the temperature change in the micro-channel in real time...
January 19, 2018: Sensors
Woong-Kirl Choi, Seong-Hyun Kim, Seung-Geon Choi, Eun-Sang Lee
Ultra-precision products which contain a micro-hole array have recently shown remarkable demand growth in many fields, especially in the semiconductor and display industries. Photoresist etching and electrochemical machining are widely known as precision methods for machining micro-holes with no residual stress and lower surface roughness on the fabricated products. The Invar shadow masks used for organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) contain numerous micro-holes and are currently machined by a photoresist etching method...
January 19, 2018: Materials
Wonkuk Seo, Jae-Eun Pi, Sung Haeung Cho, Seung-Youl Kang, Seong-Deok Ahn, Chi-Sun Hwang, Ho-Sik Jeon, Jong-Uk Kim, Myunghee Lee
In this paper, we introduce a transparent fingerprint sensing system using a thin film transistor (TFT) sensor panel, based on a self-capacitive sensing scheme. An armorphousindium gallium zinc oxide (a-IGZO) TFT sensor array and associated custom Read-Out IC (ROIC) are implemented for the system. The sensor panel has a 200 × 200 pixel array and each pixel size is as small as 50 μm × 50 μm. The ROIC uses only eight analog front-end (AFE) amplifier stages along with a successive approximation analog-to-digital converter (SAR ADC)...
January 19, 2018: Sensors
Timo Schumann, Luca Galletti, David A Kealhofer, Honggyu Kim, Manik Goyal, Susanne Stemmer
The magnetotransport properties of epitaxial films of Cd_{3}As_{2}, a paradigm three-dimensional Dirac semimetal, are investigated. We show that an energy gap opens in the bulk electronic states of sufficiently thin films and, at low temperatures, carriers residing in surface states dominate the electrical transport. The carriers in these states are sufficiently mobile to give rise to a quantized Hall effect. The sharp quantization demonstrates surface transport that is virtually free of parasitic bulk conduction and paves the way for novel quantum transport studies in this class of topological materials...
January 5, 2018: Physical Review Letters
Shijiang Luo, Min Song, Xin Li, Yue Zhang, Jeongmin Hong, Xiaofei Yang, Xuecheng Zou, Nuo Xu, Long You
Magnetic skyrmion, a nano-sized spin texture with topological property, has become an area of significant interest due to the scientific insight that it can provide and also its potential impact on applications such as ultra low-energy and ultra high-density logic gates. In the quest for the reconfiguration of single logic device and the implementation of the complete logic functions, a novel reconfigurable skyrmion logic (RSL) is proposed and verified by micromagnetic simulations. Logic functions including AND, OR, NOT, NAND, NOR, XOR, and XNOR are implemented in the ferromagnetic (FM) nanotrack by virtue of various effects including spin orbit torque, skyrmion Hall effect, skyrmion-edge repulsions, and skyrmion-skyrmion collision...
January 19, 2018: Nano Letters
Zijian Zheng, Fanzhu Li, Jun Liu, Raffaele Pastore, Guido Raos, Youping Wu, Liqun Zhang
The dispersion of solid nanoparticles within polymeric materials is widely used to enhance their performance. Many scientific and technological aspects of the resulting polymer nanocomposites have been studied, but the role of the structural and chemical heterogeneity of the nanoparticles has just started to be appreciated. For example, simulations of polymer films on planar heterogeneous surfaces revealed unexpected, non-monotonic activation energy to diffusion on varying the surface composition. Motivated by these intriguing results, here we simulate via molecular dynamics a different, fully three-dimensional system, in which the heterogeneous nanoparticles are incorporated in a polymer melt...
January 19, 2018: Soft Matter
Qinke Wu, Joohyun Lee, Sangwoo Park, Hwi Je Woo, Sungjoo Lee, Young Jae Song
In this study, we demonstrate a new method to selectively etch the point defects or the boundaries of as-grown hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) films and flakes in situ on copper substrates using hydrogen and argon gases. The initial quality of the chemical vapor deposition-grown hBN films and flakes was confirmed by UV-vis absorption spectroscopy, atomic force microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy. Different gas flow ratios of Ar/H2 were then employed to etch the same quality of samples and it was found that etching with hydrogen starts from the point defects and grows epitaxially, which helps in confirming crystalline orientations...
January 19, 2018: Nanotechnology
Rouhollah Dermanaki Farahani, Mathieu Janier, Martine Dubé
In the present work, a conductive film of silver nanoparticles (nAg) as a novel heating element type, called susceptor was developed and tested for induction welding of carbon fiber/polyphenylene sulfide (CF/PPS) thermoplastic composites, i.e., unidirectional pre-impregnated16 plies of CF/PPS compression-molded in a quasi-isotropic stacking sequence. The nAg were synthesized, dispersed in deionized (DI) water and casted onto a pure PPS film, resulting in a conductive film upon the evaporation of DI water and thermal post-annealing...
January 19, 2018: Nanotechnology
Raushan Nurdillayeva, Atsinafe Oshido, Thomas Bamford, Osama El-Zubir, Andrew Houlton, John Hedley, Andrew Pike, Benjamin Horrocks
Cadmium sulfide can be templated on -DNA molecules to form an aqueous dispersion of CdS/-DNA nanowires. Subsequent addition of ethylene glycol to 50% v/v is sufficient to formulate an ink suitable for printing using piezoelectric drop-on-demand technology. Printed droplet arrays show a coffee-ring morphology of individual deposits by fluorescence and Raman microscopy, but upon increasing the number of layers of printed material by repeated printing over each droplet, the dry deposit approaches closer to a disc shape...
January 19, 2018: Nanotechnology
Dayanand Kumar, Rakesh Aluguri, Umesh Chand, Tseung-Yuen Tseng
In this work, the transparent bipolar resistive switching characteristics of SiCN-based ITO/SiCN/AZO structure due to In diffusion from ITO was studied. SiCN based device is found to be 80 % transparent in the visible wavelength region. This device with AZO as both top and bottom electrodes did not show any RRAM property due to deposition of the high quality O2 free SiCN film. Replacing the AZO top electrode with ITO in this device exhibited good resistive switching(RS) characteristics with high on/off ratio and long retention...
January 19, 2018: Nanotechnology
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