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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453637/automated-identification-of-implausible-values-in-growth-data-from-pediatric-electronic-health-records
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Carrie Daymont, Michelle E Ross, A Russell Localio, Alexander G Fiks, Richard C Wasserman, Robert W Grundmeier
Objective: Large electronic health record (EHR) datasets are increasingly used to facilitate research on growth, but measurement and recording errors can lead to biased results. We developed and tested an automated method for identifying implausible values in pediatric EHR growth data. Materials and Methods: Using deidentified data from 46 primary care sites, we developed an algorithm to identify weight and height values that should be excluded from analysis, including implausible values and values that were recorded repeatedly without remeasurement...
April 26, 2017: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association: JAMIA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447998/characterization-of-ultra-fine-grained-and-nanocrystalline-materials-using-transmission-kikuchi-diffraction
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Gwénaëlle Proust, Patrick Trimby, Sandra Piazolo, Delphine Retraint
One of the challenges in microstructure analysis nowadays resides in the reliable and accurate characterization of ultra-fine grained (UFG) and nanocrystalline materials. The traditional techniques associated with scanning electron microscopy (SEM), such as electron backscatter diffraction (EBSD), do not possess the required spatial resolution due to the large interaction volume between the electrons from the beam and the atoms of the material. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) has the required spatial resolution...
April 1, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447983/high-temperature-fabrication-of-nanostructured-yttria-stabilized-zirconia-ysz-scaffolds-by-in-situ-carbon-templating-xerogels
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Sixbert P Muhoza, Matthew A Cottam, Michael D Gross
We demonstrate a method for the high temperature fabrication of porous, nanostructured yttria-stabilized-zirconia (YSZ, 8 mol% yttria - 92 mol% zirconia) scaffolds with tunable specific surface areas up to 80 m(2)·g(-1). An aqueous solution of a zirconium salt, yttrium salt, and glucose is mixed with propylene oxide (PO) to form a gel. The gel is dried under ambient conditions to form a xerogel. The xerogel is pressed into pellets and then sintered in an argon atmosphere. During sintering, a YSZ ceramic phase forms and the organic components decompose, leaving behind amorphous carbon...
April 16, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447446/highly-conductive-transparent-and-flexible-electrodes-including-double-stacked-thin-metal-films-for-transparent-flexible-electronics
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Jun Hee Han, Do-Hong Kim, Eun Gyo Jeong, Tae-Woo Lee, Myung Keun Lee, Jeong Woo Park, Hoseung Lee, Kyung Cheol Choi
In order to keep pace with the era of transparent and deformable electronics, the electrode functions should be improved. In this paper, an innovative structure is suggested to overcome the tradeoff between optical and electrical properties that commonly arises with transparent electrodes. The structure of double stacked metal films showed high conductivity (< 3 Ω/sq.) and high transparency (~90 %) simultaneously. A proper space between two metal films led to high transmittance by an optical phenomenon...
April 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446020/direct-writing-of-microfluidic-footpaths-by-pyro-ehd-printing
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Sara Coppola, Giuseppe Nasti, Michele Todino, Federico Olivieri, Veronica Vespini, Pietro Ferraro
A direct writing method for fabricating microfluidic footpaths by pyro-Electrohydrodynamic (EHD) jet printing is reported. Here we propose the use of a nozzle-free 3D printing technique for the fabrication of printed structures that can be embedded in a variety of soft, transparent, flexible and biocompatible polymers, and thus easily integrated into lab-on-chip (LOC) devices. We prove the advantage of the high resolution and flexibility of pyro-EHD printing for the realization of microfluidic channels well below the standard limit in dimension of conventional ink-jet printing technique and simply adaptable to the final user desires in terms of geometry and materials...
April 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445753/pyroglutamate-modified-amyloid-%C3%AE-3-42-shows-%C3%AE-helical-intermediates-before-amyloid-formation
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Christina Dammers, Kerstin Reiss, Lothar Gremer, Justin Lecher, Tamar Ziehm, Matthias Stoldt, Melanie Schwarten, Dieter Willbold
Pyroglutamate-modified amyloid-β (pEAβ) has been described as a relevant Aβ species in Alzheimer's-disease-affected brains, with pEAβ (3-42) as a dominant isoform. Aβ (1-40) and Aβ (1-42) have been well characterized under various solution conditions, including aqueous solutions containing trifluoroethanol (TFE). To characterize structural properties of pEAβ (3-42) possibly underlying its drastically increased aggregation propensity compared to Aβ (1-42), we started our studies in various TFE-water mixtures and found striking differences between the two Aβ species...
April 25, 2017: Biophysical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445530/computation-of-adherence-to-medication-and-visualization-of-medication-histories-in-r-with-adherer-towards-transparent-and-reproducible-use-of-electronic-healthcare-data
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Alexandra Lelia Dima, Dan Dediu
Adherence to medications is an important indicator of the quality of medication management and impacts on health outcomes and cost-effectiveness of healthcare delivery. Electronic healthcare data (EHD) are increasingly used to estimate adherence in research and clinical practice, yet standardization and transparency of data processing are still a concern. Comprehensive and flexible open-source algorithms can facilitate the development of high-quality, consistent, and reproducible evidence in this field. Some EHD-based clinical decision support systems (CDSS) include visualization of medication histories, but this is rarely integrated in adherence analyses and not easily accessible for data exploration or implementation in new clinical settings...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445166/repurposing-compact-discs-as-master-molds-to-fabricate-high-performance-organic-nanowire-field-effect-transistors
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Kyunghun Kim, Jinhwi Cho, Heesauk Jhon, Jongwook Jeon, Myounggon Kang, Chan Eon Park, Jihoon Lee, Tae Kyu An
Organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) have been developed over the past few decades due to their potential applications in future electronics such as wearable and foldable electronics. As the electrical performance of OFETs has improved, patterning organic semiconducting crystals has become a key issue for their commercialization. However, conventional soft lithographic techniques have required the use of expensive processes to fabricate high-resolution master molds. In this study, we demonstrated a cost-effective method to prepare nanopatterned master molds for the fabrication of high-performance nanowire OFETs...
May 19, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443857/adhesion-contact-deformation-in-nanobridge-tests
#9
Yao Gao, San-Qiang Shi, Tong-Yi Zhang
An accurate grasp of the mechanical properties, especially Young's moduli, of one dimensional nanomaterials plays a crucial role in the design and safe service of flexible electronic devices and implanted biomedical sensors. Nanobridge tests are widely used in the characterization of the mechanical properties of nanowires. In these tests, an atomic force microscope (AFM), functioning as a test machine, exerts a force to bend a nanowire suspended across a trench or a hole with the two ends fixed on a template or substrate...
April 26, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442727/remarkably-high-mobility-thin-film-transistor-on-flexible-substrate-by-novel-passivation-material
#10
Cheng Wei Shih, Albert Chin
High mobility thin-film transistor (TFT) is crucial for future high resolution and fast response flexible display. Remarkably high performance TFT, made at room temperature on flexible substrate, is achieved with record high field-effect mobility (μ FE ) of 345 cm(2)/Vs, small sub-threshold slope (SS) of 103 mV/dec, high on-current/off-current (I ON /I OFF ) of 7 × 10(6), and a low drain-voltage (VD) of 2 V for low power operation. The achieved mobility is the best reported data among flexible electronic devices, which is reached by novel HfLaO passivation material on nano-crystalline zinc-oxide (ZnO) TFT to improve both I ON and I OFF ...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441869/highly-transparent-conductive-and-bendable-ag-nanowire-electrode-with-enhanced-mechanical-stability-based-on-polyelectrolyte-adhesive-layer
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Tieqiang Wang, Chengsheng Luo, Fuchun Liu, Linlin Li, Xuemin Zhang, Yunong Li, En-Hou Han, Yu Fu, Yonghua Jiao
In this paper, a highly transparent, conductive and bendable Ag nanowire based electrode with excellent mechanical and air-stability was prepared through introducing adhesive polyelectrolyte multilayer between the Ag nanowire networks and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) substrate. The introduction of the adhesive layer was performed based a peel-assembly-transfer procedure, and the adhesive polyelectrolyte greatly improved the mechanical of the Ag nanowire transparent conductive films (TCFs) without obviously attenuating the morphology and optoelectrical properties of the Ag nanowire networks...
April 26, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441006/ionic-gel-paper-with-long-term-bendable-electrical-robustness-for-use-in-flexible-electroluminescent-devices
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Minghui He, Kaili Zhang, Guangxue Chen, Junfei Tian, Bin Su
Conductive paper owns low-cost, lightweight, sustainable, easy to scale-up and tailorable advantages, allowing for its promising potential in flexible electronics, such as bendable supercapacitors, solar cells, electromagnetic shields and actuators. Ionic gels, exhibiting a lower Young's modulus together with facile manufacturing, can fully serve as the conductive component to prepare conductive paper. Herein we report a low-cost (~1.3 dollars/m(2)), continuous and high-throughput (up to ~ 30 m/min) fabrication of reliable and long-term (stable for more than two months) conductive paper...
April 25, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439583/solution-processing-of-chalcogenide-materials-using-thiol-amine-alkahest-solvent-systems
#13
Carrie L McCarthy, Richard L Brutchey
Macroelectronics is a major focus in electronics research and is driven by large area applications such as flat panel displays and thin film solar cells. Innovations for these technologies, such as flexible substrates and mass production, will require efficient and affordable semiconductor processing. Low-temperature solution processing offers mild deposition methods, inexpensive processing equipment, and the possibility of high-throughput processing. In recent years, the discovery that binary "alkahest" mixtures of ethylenediamine and short chain thiols possess the ability to dissolve bulk inorganic materials to yield molecular inks has lead to the wide study of such systems and the straightforward recovery of phase pure crystalline chalcogenide thin films upon solution processing and mild annealing of the inks...
April 25, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439553/maximizing-the-performance-of-photothermal-actuators-by-combining-smart-materials-with-supplementary-advantages
#14
Tongyu Wang, David Torres, Félix E Fernández, Chuan Wang, Nelson Sepúlveda
The search for higher-performance photothermal microactuators has typically involved unavoidable trade-offs that hinder the demonstration of ubiquitous devices with high energy density, speed, flexibility, efficiency, sensitivity, and multifunctionality. Improving some of these parameters often implies deterioration of others. Photothermal actuators are driven by the conversion of absorbed optical energy into thermal energy, which, by different mechanisms, can produce mechanical displacement of a structure...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437932/electrifying-catheters-with-light
#15
Martin Pekař, Jeannet van Rens, Martin B van der Mark
Smart minimally invasive devices face a connectivity challenge. An example is found in intracardiac echocardiography where the signal transmission and supply of power at the distal end require many thin and fragile wires in order to keep the catheter slim and flexible. We have built a fully functional bench-top prototype to demonstrate that electrical wires may be replaced by optical fibers. The prototype is immediately scalable to catheter dimensions. The absence of conductors will provide intrinsic galvanic isolation as well as radio frequency (RF) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) compatibility...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437095/reliability-of-single-crystal-silver-nanowire-based-systems-stress-assisted-instabilities
#16
Rajaprakash Ramachandramoorthy, Yanming Wang, Amin Aghaei, Gunther Richter, Wei Cai, Horacio D Espinosa
Time-dependent mechanical characterization of nanowires is critical to understand their long-term reliability in applications such as flexible-electronics and touch screens. It is also of great importance to develop a theoretical framework for experimentation and analysis on the mechanics of nanowires under time-dependent loading conditions such as stress-relaxation and fatigue. Here, we combine in situ scanning electron microscope (SEM)/transmission electron microscope (TEM) tests with atomistic and phase-field simulations to understand the deformation mechanisms of single crystal silver nanowires held under constant strain...
April 24, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436819/insight-into-the-evolution-of-microbial-metabolism-from-the-deep-branching-bacterium-thermovibrio-ammonificans
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Donato Giovannelli, Stefan M Sievert, Michael Hügler, Stephanie Markert, Dörte Becher, Thomas Schweder, Costantino Vetriani
Anaerobic thermophiles inhabit relic environments that resemble the early Earth. However, the lineage of these modern organisms co-evolved with our planet. Hence, these organisms carry both ancestral and acquired genes and serve as models to reconstruct early metabolism. Based on comparative genomic and proteomic analyses, we identified two distinct groups of genes in Thermovibrio ammonificans: the first codes for enzymes that do not require oxygen and use substrates of geothermal origin; the second appears to be a more recent acquisition, and may reflect adaptations to cope with the rise of oxygen on Earth...
April 24, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436600/high-performance-integrated-self-package-flexible-li-o2-battery-based-on-stable-composite-anode-and-flexible-gas-diffusion-layer
#18
Xiao-Yang Yang, Ji-Jing Xu, Di Bao, Zhi-Wen Chang, Da-Peng Liu, Yu Zhang, Xin-Bo Zhang
With the rising development of flexible and wearable electronics, corresponding flexible energy storage devices with high energy density are required to provide a sustainable energy supply. Theoretically, rechargeable flexible Li-O2 batteries can provide high specific energy density; however, there are only a few reports on the construction of flexible Li-O2 batteries. Conventional flexible Li-O2 batteries possess a loose battery structure, which prevents flexibility and stability. The low mechanical strength of the gas diffusion layer and anode also lead to a flexible Li-O2 battery with poor mechanical properties...
April 24, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435879/fast-moving-soft-electronic-fish
#19
Tiefeng Li, Guorui Li, Yiming Liang, Tingyu Cheng, Jing Dai, Xuxu Yang, Bangyuan Liu, Zedong Zeng, Zhilong Huang, Yingwu Luo, Tao Xie, Wei Yang
Soft robots driven by stimuli-responsive materials have unique advantages over conventional rigid robots, especially in their high adaptability for field exploration and seamless interaction with humans. The grand challenge lies in achieving self-powered soft robots with high mobility, environmental tolerance, and long endurance. We are able to advance a soft electronic fish with a fully integrated onboard system for power and remote control. Without any motor, the fish is driven solely by a soft electroactive structure made of dielectric elastomer and ionically conductive hydrogel...
April 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434915/x-ray-crystallography-and-electron-microscopy-of-cross-and-multi-module-nonribosomal-peptide-synthetase-proteins-reveal-a-flexible-architecture
#20
Michael J Tarry, Asfarul S Haque, Khanh Huy Bui, T Martin Schmeing
Nonribosomal peptide synthetases (NRPS) are macromolecular machines that produce peptides with diverse activities. Structural information exists for domains, didomains, and even modules, but little is known about higher-order organization. We performed a multi-technique study on constructs from the dimodular NRPS DhbF. We determined a crystal structure of a cross-module construct including the adenylation (A) and peptidyl carrier protein (PCP) domains from module 1 and the condensation domain from module 2, complexed with an adenosine-vinylsulfonamide inhibitor and an MbtH-like protein (MLP)...
April 17, 2017: Structure
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