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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644500/in-situ-nanomechanical-characterization-of-multi-layer-mos2-membranes-from-intraplanar-to-interplanar-fracture
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Peifeng Li, Chenchen Jiang, Shang Xu, Yu Zhuang, Libo Gao, Alice Hu, Hongtao Wang, Yang Lu
Layered molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) exhibits rich electronic and optical properties and possesses vastly differing characteristic dimensions. A multi-layer MoS2 membrane represents the critical hierarchical structure which bridges the length-scale of monolayer and bulk material architectures. In this study, the in-plane mechanical properties of MoS2 membranes were investigated by in situ SEM tensile testing. Under the uniaxial tensile loading, brittle fracture caused failure in a highly localized region of the MoS2 membranes and their mechanical properties showed a thickness effect: the strengths of the relatively thicker MoS2 membranes (thickness around hundreds of nanometers) distribute from ∼100 to ∼250 MPa, while the corresponding values of the MoS2 nanosheets (thickness around tens of nanometers) increase significantly to more than 1 GPa...
June 23, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641248/method-for-simulating-dose-reduction-in-digital-breast-tomosynthesis
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Lucas R Borges, Igor Guerrero, Predrag R Bakic, Alessandro Foi, Andrew D A Maidment, Marcelo A C Vieira
This work proposes a new method of simulating dose reduction in digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT), starting from a clinical image acquired with a standard radiation dose. It considers both signal-dependent quantum and signal-independent electronic noise. Furthermore, the method accounts for pixel crosstalk, which causes the noise to be frequency-dependent, thus increasing the simulation accuracy. For an objective assessment, simulated and real images were compared in terms of noise standard deviation, signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) and normalized noise power spectrum (NNPS)...
June 15, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640936/preparation-single-molecule-manipulation-and-energy-transfer-investigation-of-a-polyfluorene-graft-dna-polymer
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Mikael Madsen, Rasmus S Christensen, Abhichart Krissanaprasit, Mette R Bakke, Camilla F Riber, Karina S Nielsen, Alexander Zelikin, Kurt Vesterager Gothelf
Conjugated polymers have been intensively studied due to their unique optical and electronic properties combined with their physical flexibility and scalable bottom up synthesis. While the bulk qualities of conjugated polymers have been extensively utilized in research and industry, the ability to handle and manipulate conjugated polymers at the nanoscale lacks significantly behind. Here we extend the toolbox for controlled manipulation of conjugated polymers through the synthesis of a polyfluorene-DNA graft type polymer (poly(F-DNA))...
June 22, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640294/space-confined-synthesis-of-multilayer-cu-n-doped-graphene-nanosheets-for-efficient-oxygen-electroreduction
#4
Yangyang Ni, Zhengyan Chen, Fantao Kong, Yu Qiao, Aiguo Kong, Yongkui Shan
Cu-based carbon electrocatalysts for the oxygen reduction reaction are difficult to compare with the corresponding Fe- or Co-based electrocatalytic materials, owing to their insufficient catalytic activity and stability. Herein, as an impressive Cu-based electrocatalyst, a multilayer Cu-N-doped graphene sheet (Cu-N-GR) is directly synthesized by the thermal conversion of copper(ii) 2,2'-bipyridine in the confined space of lamellar montmorillonites. The open layered morphology of Cu-N-GR materials facilitated the exposure of more active centers and enhanced the flexibility and mobility of charge carriers...
June 22, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639318/epitaxial-lift-off-of-centimeter-scaled-spinel-ferrite-oxide-thin-films-for-flexible-electronics
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Lvkang Shen, Liang Wu, Quan Sheng, Chunrui Ma, Yong Zhang, Lu Lu, Ji Ma, Jing Ma, Jihong Bian, Yaodong Yang, Aiping Chen, Xiaoli Lu, Ming Liu, Hong Wang, Chun-Lin Jia
Mechanical flexibility of electronic devices has attracted much attention from research due to the great demand in practical applications and rich commercial value. Integration of functional oxide materials in flexible polymer materials has proven an effective way to achieve flexibility of functional electronic devices. However, the chemical and mechanical incompatibilities at the interfaces of dissimilar materials make it still a big challenge to synthesize high-quality single-crystalline oxide thin film directly on flexible polymer substrates...
June 22, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637475/uptake-of-label-free-graphene-oxide-by-caco-2-cells-is-dependent-on-the-cell-differentiation-status
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Melanie Kucki, Liliane Diener, Nils Bohmer, Cordula Hirsch, Harald F Krug, Vincenzo Palermo, Peter Wick
BACKGROUND: Understanding the interaction of graphene-related materials (GRM) with human cells is a key to the assessment of their potential risks for human health. There is a knowledge gap regarding the potential uptake of GRM by human intestinal cells after unintended ingestion. Therefore the aim of our study was to investigate the interaction of label-free graphene oxide (GO) with the intestinal cell line Caco-2 in vitro and to shed light on the influence of the cell phenotype given by the differentiation status on cellular uptake behaviour...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Nanobiotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636918/actin-filament-strain-promotes-severing-and-cofilin-dissociation
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Anthony C Schramm, Glen M Hocky, Gregory A Voth, Laurent Blanchoin, Jean-Louis Martiel, Enrique M De La Cruz
Computational and structural studies have been indispensable in investigating the molecular origins of actin filament mechanical properties and modulation by the regulatory severing protein cofilin. All-atom molecular dynamics simulations of cofilactin filament structures determined by electron cryomicroscopy reveal how cofilin enhances the bending and twisting compliance of actin filaments. Continuum mechanics models suggest that buckled cofilactin filaments localize elastic energy at boundaries between bare and cofilin-decorated segments because of their nonuniform elasticity, thereby accelerating filament severing...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636915/probing-the-structural-dynamics-of-the-nmda-receptor-activation-by-coarse-grained-modeling
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Wenjun Zheng, Han Wen, Gary J Iacobucci, Gabriela K Popescu
N-Methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors are glutamate-gated excitatory channels that play essential roles in brain functions. High-resolution structures have been solved for an allosterically inhibited and agonist-bound form of a functional NMDA receptor; however, other key functional states (particularly the active open-channel state) were only resolved at moderate resolutions by cryo-electron microscopy (cryo-EM). To decrypt the mechanism of the NMDA receptor activation, structural modeling is essential to provide presently missing information about structural dynamics...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636906/flexible-fitting-of-atomic-models-into-cryo-em-density-maps-guided-by-helix-correspondences
#9
Hang Dou, Derek W Burrows, Matthew L Baker, Tao Ju
Although electron cryo-microscopy (cryo-EM) has recently achieved resolutions of better than 3 Å, at which point molecular modeling can be done directly from the density map, analysis and annotation of a cryo-EM density map still primarily rely on fitting atomic or homology models to the density map. In this article, we present, to our knowledge, a new method for flexible fitting of known or modeled protein structures into cryo-EM density maps. Unlike existing methods that are guided by local density gradients, our method is guided by correspondences between the α-helices in the density map and model, and does not require an initial rigid-body fitting step...
June 20, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636322/spirally-structured-conductive-composites-for-highly-stretchable-robust-conductors-and-sensors
#10
Xiaodong Wu, Yangyang Han, Xinxing Zhang, Canhui Lu
Flexible and stretchable electronics are highly desirable for next generation devices. However, stretchability and conductivity are fundamentally difficult to combine for conventional conductive composites, which restricts their widespread applications especially as stretchable electronics. Here, we innovatively develop a new class of highly stretchable and robust conductive composites via a simple and scalable structural approach. Briefly, carbon nanotubes are spray-coated onto a self-adhesive rubber film, followed by rolling up the film completely to create a spirally layered structure within the composites...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633831/the-effects-of-organoclay-on-the-morphology-and-mechanical-properties-of-pai-clay-nanocomposites-coatings-prepared-by-the-ultrasonication-assisted-process
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Hamed Naderi-Samani, Reza Shoja Razavi, Mohammad Reza Loghman-Estarki, Mazaher Ramazani
In this research, solvent based polyamide - imide (PAI)/clay nanocomposites were prepared successfully using the solution dispersion technique. With the assistance of the ultrasonic wave, the effect of the ultrasonic wave time on the microstructure of 3wt% PAI/C20A nanocomposite (NC) was investigated. Then, the best ultrasonic parameters were selected and the effects of the concentration of Cloisite 20A (C20A) (1, 3 and 5wt% C20A) on the microstructure and mechanical properties (adhesion, hardness, flexibility, wear and impact) of NCs were investigated...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632385/fatigue-resistant-bioinspired-composite-from-synergistic-two-dimensional-nanocomponents
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Sijie Wan, Qi Zhang, Xiaohang Zhou, Dechang Li, Baohua Ji, Lei Jiang, Qunfeng Cheng
Portable and wearable electronics require much more flexible graphene-based electrode with high fatigue life, which could repeatedly bend, fold, or stretch without sacrificing its mechanical properties and electrical conductivity. Herein, a kind of ultrahigh fatigue resistant graphene-based nanocomposite via tungsten disulfide (WS2) nanosheets is synthesized by introducing a synergistic effect with covalently cross-linking inspired by the orderly layered structure and abundant interfacial interactions of nacre...
June 22, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632157/development-of-a-novel-transparent-flexible-capacitive-micromachined-ultrasonic-transducer
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Da-Chen Pang, Cheng-Min Chang
This paper presents the world's first transparent flexible capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducer (CMUT) that was fabricated through a roll-lamination technique. This polymer-based CMUT has advantages of transparency, flexibility, and non-contacting detection which provide unique functions in display panel applications. Comprising an indium tin oxide-polyethylene terephthalate (ITO-PET) substrate, SU-8 sidewall and vibrating membranes, and silver nanowire transparent electrode, the transducer has visible-light transmittance exceeding 80% and can operate on curved surfaces with a 40 mm radius of curvature...
June 20, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631921/direct-electron-beam-writing-of-silver-based-nanostructures
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Katja Hoeflich, Jakub Jurczyk, Yucheng Zhang, Marcos Vinicius Puydinger Dos Santos, Maximilian Goetz, Carlos Guerra-Nunez, James P Best, Czesław Kapusta, Ivo Utke
Direct writing utilizing a focused electron beam constitutes an interesting alternative to resist based techniques, as it allows for precise and flexible growth onto any conductive substrate in a single-step process. One important challenge, however, is the identification of appropriate precursors which allow for deposition of the material of choice e.g. for envisaged applications in nano-optics. In this regard the coinage metal silver is of particular interest since it shows a relatively high plasma frequency, and thus, excellent plasmonic properties in the visible range...
June 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631401/a-polyacrylamide-hydrogel-electrolyte-enabled-intrinsically-1000-stretchable-and-50-compressible-supercapacitor
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Yan Huang, Ming Zhong, Fukuan Shi, Xiaoying Liu, Zijie Tang, Yukun Wang, Yang Huang, Haoqing Hou, Xuming Xie, Chunyi Zhi
Stretchability and compressibility of supercapacitors constitute essential elements of modern electronics such as flexible and wearable devices. Widely-used polyvinyl alcohol-based electrolytes are neither very stretchable nor compressible, which fundamentally limit the realization of high stretchability and compressibility of supercapacitors. We present a new electrolyte that is intrinsically super-stretchable and compressible. Vinyl hybrid silica nanoparticle cross-linkers are introduced into polyacrylamide hydrogel backbones to promote dynamic crosslinking of the polymer networks...
June 19, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630922/flexible-ferroelectric-element-based-on-van-der-waals-heteroepitaxy
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Jie Jiang, Yugandhar Bitla, Chun-Wei Huang, Thi Hien Do, Heng-Jui Liu, Ying-Hui Hsieh, Chun-Hao Ma, Chi-Yuan Jang, Yu-Hong Lai, Po-Wen Chiu, Wen-Wei Wu, Yi-Chun Chen, Yi-Chun Zhou, Ying-Hao Chu
We present a promising technology for nonvolatile flexible electronic devices: A direct fabrication of epitaxial lead zirconium titanate (PZT) on flexible mica substrate via van der Waals epitaxy. These single-crystalline flexible ferroelectric PZT films not only retain their performance, reliability, and thermal stability comparable to those on rigid counterparts in tests of nonvolatile memory elements but also exhibit remarkable mechanical properties with robust operation in bent states (bending radii down to 2...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630897/flexible-and-stretchable-power-sources-for-wearable-electronics
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Alla M Zamarayeva, Aminy E Ostfeld, Michael Wang, Jerica K Duey, Igal Deckman, Balthazar P Lechêne, Greg Davies, Daniel A Steingart, Ana Claudia Arias
Flexible and stretchable power sources represent a key technology for the realization of wearable electronics. Developing flexible and stretchable batteries with mechanical endurance that is on par with commercial standards and offer compliance while retaining safety remains a significant challenge. We present a unique approach that demonstrates mechanically robust, intrinsically safe silver-zinc batteries. This approach uses current collectors with enhanced mechanical design, such as helical springs and serpentines, as a structural support and backbone for all battery components...
June 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629000/formulation-and-in-vitro-efficacy-of-antifungal-mucoadhesive-polymeric-matrices-for-the-delivery-of-miconazole-nitrate
#18
G Tejada, G N Piccirilli, M Sortino, C J Salomón, M C Lamas, D Leonardi
Oral candidiasis is the most common opportunistic infection affecting patients with the human immunodeficiency virus. Miconazole buccal tablets or miconazole gel are approved for the treatment of oropharyngeal candidiasis. However, buccal films present more flexibility and also offer protection for the wounded mucosa, reducing pain. Due to their small size and thickness, buccal films may improve patients' compliance, compared to tablets. Additionally, they may increase the relatively short residence time on the mucosa of oral gels, which are easily removed by saliva...
October 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628325/tuning-optical-signatures-of-single-and-few-layer-mos2-by-blown-bubble-bulge-straining-up-to-fracture
#19
Rui Yang, Jaesung Lee, Souvik Ghosh, Hao Tang, R Mohan Sankaran, Christian A Zorman, Philip X-L Feng
Emerging atomic layer semiconducting crystals such as molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) are promising candidates for flexible electronics and strain-tunable devices due to their ultrahigh strain limits (up to ~20-30%) and strain-tunable bandgaps. However, high strain levels, controllable isotropic and anisotropic biaxial strains in single- and few-layer MoS2 on device-oriented flexible substrates permitting convenient and fast strain tuning, remain unexplored. Here, we demonstrate a blown-bubble bulge technique for efficiently applying large biaxial strains to atomic layer MoS2 devices on flexible substrate...
June 19, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628293/one-step-device-fabrication-of-phosphorene-and-graphene-interdigital-micro-supercapacitors-with-high-energy-density
#20
Han Xiao, Zhong-Shuai Wu, Long Chen, Feng Zhou, Shuanghao Zheng, Wencai Ren, Hui-Ming Cheng, Xinhe Bao
Rational engineering and simplified fabrication of high-energy micro-supercapacitors (MSCs) using graphene and other 2D nanosheets are of great value for flexible and integrated electronics. Here we develop one-step mask-assisted simplified fabrication of high-energy MSCs (PG-MSCs) based on the interdigital hybrid electrode (PG) patterns of stacking high-quality phosphorene nanosheets and electrochemically exfoliated graphene in ionic liquid electrolyte. The hybrid PG films with interdigital patterns were directly manufactured by layer-by-layer deposition of phosphorene and graphene nanosheets with the assistance of a customized interdigital mask, and directly transferred onto a flexible substrate...
June 22, 2017: ACS Nano
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