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Mingming Wang, Wei Zhan
The grand scale, ultimate efficiency, and sustainability of natural photosynthesis have inspired generations of researchers in biomimetic light energy utilization. As an essential and ubiquitous component in all photosynthetic machinery, lipids and their assemblies have long been recognized as powerful molecular scaffolds in building artificial photosynthetic systems. Model lipid bilayers, such as black lipid membranes and liposomes (vesicles), have been extensively used to host natural as well as synthetic photo- and redox-active species, thereby enabling key photosynthetic processes, such as energy transfer and photoinduced electron transfer, to be examined in well-defined, natural-like membrane settings...
October 19, 2016: Accounts of Chemical Research
Marko Melander, Elvar Örn Jónsson, Jens Jørgen Mortensen, Tejs Vegge, Juan María García Lastra
Combining constrained density function theory (cDFT) with Marcus theory is an efficient and promising way to address charge transfer reactions. Here, we present a general and robust implementation of cDFT within the projector augmented wave (PAW) framework. PAW pseudopotentials offer a reliable frozen-core electron description across the whole periodic table, with good transferability, as well as facilitate the extraction of all-electron quantities. The present implementation is applicable to two different wave function representations -- atomic centred basis sets (LCAO) and the finite-difference (FD) approximation utilizing real-space grids...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Xuan Cao, Christian Lau, Yihang Liu, Fanqi Wu, Hui Gui, Qingzhou Liu, Yuqiang Ma, Haochuan Wan, Moh R Amer, Chongwu Zhou
Semiconducting single-wall carbon nanotubes are ideal semiconductors for printed electronics due to their advantageous electrical and mechanical properties, intrinsic printability in solution, and desirable stability in air. However, fully printed, large-area, high-performance, and flexible carbon nanotube active-matrix backplanes are still difficult to realize for future displays and sensing applications. Here, we report fully screen-printed active-matrix electrochromic displays employing carbon nanotube thin-film transistors...
October 17, 2016: ACS Nano
Vincent Rampazzi, Julien Roger, Régine Amardeil, Marie-José Penouilh, Philippe Richard, Paul Fleurat-Lessard, Jean-Cyrille Hierso
A smart steric control of the metallocene backbone in bis- and poly(phosphino)ferrocene ligands favors intramolecular aurophilic interactions between [AuCl] fragments in polynuclear gold(I) complexes. We synthesized and characterized by multinuclear NMR and X-ray diffraction analysis mono-, di-, and polynuclear gold complexes of constrained ferrocenyl diphosphines, which bear either bulky tert-butyl groups or more flexible siloxane substituents at the cyclopentadienyl rings. The complexes meso-1,1'-bis(diphenylphosphino)-3,3'-di-tert-butylferrocene (4-m), rac-1,1'-bis[bis(5-methyl-2-furyl)phosphino]-3,3'-di-tert-butylferrocene (5-r), and rac-1,1'-bis(diphenylphosphino)-3,3'-bis[(tri-iso-propylsilyl)oxy]ferrocene (6-r) were used to form dinuclear gold complexes...
October 17, 2016: Inorganic Chemistry
Thomas J Hinton, Andrew Hudson, Kira Pusch, Andrew Lee, Adam W Feinberg
Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) elastomer is used in a wide range of biomaterial applications including microfluidics, cell culture substrates, flexible electronics, and medical devices. However, it has proved challenging to 3D print PDMS in complex structures due to its low elastic modulus and need for support during the printing process. Here we demonstrate the 3D printing of hydrophobic PDMS prepolymer resins within a hydrophilic Carbopol gel support via freeform reversible embedding (FRE). In the FRE printing process, the Carbopol support acts as a Bingham plastic that yields and fluidizes when the syringe tip of the 3D printer moves through it, but acts as a solid for the PDMS extruded within it...
October 10, 2016: ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering
Sangho Won, Daniel J Phillips, Marc Walker, Matthew I Gibson
Responsive polymers and polymer-coated nanoparticles have many potential bio-applications with the crucial parameter being the exact temperature where the transition occurs. Chemical modification of hydrophobic/hydrophilic or ligand binding sites has been widely explored as a tool for controlling this transition, but requires the synthesis of many different components to achieve precise control. This study reports an extensive investigation into the use of blending (i.e. mixing) as a powerful tool to modulate the transition temperature of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) coated gold nanoparticles...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Materials Chemistry. B, Materials for Biology and Medicine
Elisa Rota, Gianfranco Tanteri, Gilberto Montori, Filippo Giachi, Giovanni Delfino, David M Sever
Several anuran species of the genus Phyllomedusa are known to possess specialized cutaneous glands producing lipids and exhibit a peculiar wiping behavior. This behavior is a stereotyped repertory of fore and hind limb movements distributing hydrophobic molecules onto the body surface and reducing evaporative water loss. No reports are presently available on the occurrence of lipid glands in other phyllomedusine genera, and data on the structure of the secretory units specialized for the production of cutaneous lipids are still unclear...
October 14, 2016: Anatomical Record: Advances in Integrative Anatomy and Evolutionary Biology
Jihyeon Kim, Ju Won Lim, Filipe Marques Mota, Ji-Eun Lee, Ramireddy Boppella, Keun Yong Lim, Kyungkon Kim, Won Kook Choi, Dong Ha Kim
Transparent conductive electrodes (TCEs) are widely used in a wide range of optical-electronic devices. Recently, metal nanowires (NWs), e.g. Ag and Cu, have drawn attention as promising flexible materials for TCEs. Although the study of core-shell metal NWs, and the encapsulation/overcoating of the surface of single-metal NWs have separately been an object of focus in the literature, herein for the first time we simultaneously applied both strategies in the fabrication of highly stable Ag-Cu NW-based TCEs by the utilization of Ag nanoparticles covered with reduced graphene oxide (rGO)...
October 14, 2016: Nanoscale
Jong Seok Jeong, Mehmet Topsakal, Peng Xu, Bharat Jalan, Renata M Wentzcovitch, K Andre Mkhoyan
Perovskite oxides form an eclectic class of materials owing to their structural flexibility in accommodating cations of different sizes and valences. They host well known point and planar defects, but so far no line defect has been identified other than dislocations. Using analytical scanning transmission electron microscopy (STEM) and ab initio calculations we have detected and characterized the atomic and electronic structures of a novel line defect in NdTiO3 perovskite. It appears in STEM images as a perovskite cell rotated by 45 degrees...
October 13, 2016: Nano Letters
Kan Zhan, Rui Su, Sihang Bai, Zhenhua Yu, Nian Cheng, Changlei Wang, Sheng Xu, Wei Liu, Shishang Guo, Xing-Zhong Zhao
The properties of nanomaterials are highly dependent on their size, shape and composition. Compared with zero-dimensional nanoparticles, the increased dimension of a one-dimensional silver nanowire (AgNW/Ag NW) leads to extra challenges on synthesizing it with controllable sizes. Here, a convenient way for the synthesis of AgNWs with tunable sizes has been developed simply by adjusting the amount of salt additives, i.e., ferric chloride (FeCl3), or Fe(NO3)3 & KCl. The average diameter and length of nanowires are readily tailored within 45-220 nm and 10-230 μm, respectively...
October 13, 2016: Nanoscale
Magdalena Owczarek, Karl A Hujsak, Daniel P Ferris, Aleksandrs Prokofjevs, Irena Majerz, Przemysław Szklarz, Huacheng Zhang, Amy A Sarjeant, Charlotte L Stern, Ryszard Jakubas, Seungbum Hong, Vinayak P Dravid, J Fraser Stoddart
Flexible organic materials possessing useful electrical properties, such as ferroelectricity, are of crucial importance in the engineering of electronic devices. Up until now, however, only ferroelectric polymers have intrinsically met this flexibility requirement, leaving small-molecule organic ferroelectrics with room for improvement. Since both flexibility and ferroelectricity are rare properties on their own, combining them in one crystalline organic material is challenging. Herein, we report that trisubstituted haloimidazoles not only display ferroelectricity and piezoelectricity-the properties that originate from their non-centrosymmetric crystal lattice-but also lend their crystalline mechanical properties to fine-tuning in a controllable manner by disrupting the weak halogen bonds between the molecules...
October 13, 2016: Nature Communications
Ying Gao, Mojtaba Asadirad, Yao Yao, Pavel Dutta, Eduard Galstyan, Shahab Shervin, Keon-Hwa Lee, Sara Pouladi, Sicong Sun, Yongkuan Li, Monika Rathi, Jae-Hyun Ryou, Venkat Selvamanickam
Single-crystal-like semiconductor thin films on flexible inexpensive substrates by direct deposition are a promising candidate for high-performance and low-cost devices of flexible electronics. However, device operation of the transistors has been challenging. We report the demonstration of high-performance flexible thin-film transistors (TFTs) using single-crystal-like Si thin film with on/off ratio of ~10(6), a field-effect mobility of ~200 cm(2)/V-s, and saturation current levels of I/LW >50 μA/µm, which are significantly higher than performance characteristics of other state-of-the-art flexible TFTs based on amorphous, organic, and oxide semiconductors...
October 13, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Randy P Sabatini, Michael F Mark, Daniel J Mark, Mark W Kryman, Jacqueline E Hill, William W Brennessel, Michael R Detty, Richard Eisenberg, David W McCamant
Although rhodamine dyes have been extensively studied for a variety of applications, many details of their photophysics are not yet fully understood, including the possible presence of a charge separated electronic state lying near the optically active excited singlet state and the role of twisting substituent groups in excited-state quenching. To address this, a large library of rhodamine dyes was studied in which the chalcogen is varied from O, to S and Se and the aryl group is either absent (in the pyronin series) or is a phenyl or thienyl substituent...
October 13, 2016: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
Han Zhang, Xiwang Liu, Yajun Yang, Jianyong Li
Quantitative structure activity relationship (QSAR) has been established between the various physiochemical parameters of a series of nitazoxanide-based analogues and its antibacterial activity against Clostridium difficile. Genetic function approximation (GFA) and comparative molecular field analysis (CoMFA) techniques were used to identify the descriptors that have influence on biological activity. The most influencing molecular descriptors identified in 2D-QSAR include spatial, topological, and electronic descriptors, while electrostatic and stereoscopic fields were the most influencing molecular descriptors identified in 3D-QSAR...
September 2016: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Yaping Yu, Yang Wu, Andong Zhang, Cheng Li, Zheng Tang, Wei Ma, Yonggang Wu, Weiwei Li
Conjugated polymers consisting of diketopyrrolopyrrole (DPP) units have been successfully applied in field-effect transistors (FETs) and polymer solar cells (PSCs), while most of DPP polymers were designed as symmetric structures containing identical aromatic linkers. In this manuscript, we design a new asymmetric DPP polymer with varied aromatic linkers in the backbone for application in FETs and PSCs. The designation provides the chance to finely adjust the energy levels of conjugated polymers so as to influence the device performance...
October 12, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Yang Zhao, Ye Zhang, Hao Sun, Xiaoli Dong, Jingyu Cao, Lie Wang, Yifan Xu, Jing Ren, Yunil Hwang, In Hyuk Son, Xianliang Huang, Yonggang Wang, Huisheng Peng
Flexible lithium-ion batteries are critical for the next-generation electronics. However, during the practical application, they may break under deformations such as twisting and cutting, causing their failure to work or even serious safety problems. A new family of all-solid-state and flexible aqueous lithium ion batteries that can self-heal after breaking has been created by designing aligned carbon nanotube sheets loaded with LiMn2 O4 and LiTi2 (PO4 )3 nanoparticles on a self-healing polymer substrate as electrodes, and a new kind of lithium sulfate/sodium carboxymethylcellulose serves as both gel electrolyte and separator...
October 12, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
Jordann A L Wells, Megan L Seymour, Markéta Suvova, Polly L Arnold
Two lower-oxidation state uranium cations can be readily combined in a robust, yet flexible and derivatisable, tetraaryloxide ligand framework, affording a new platform at which to use the multi-electron reductive capacity of the two actinide centres.
October 12, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Patrick Gerard Lafond, Sergei Izvekov
An extension of the multiscale coarse-graining method (MS-CG) to polarizable coarse-grained (CG) models is presented. In the extension, force matching is used to derive charged dimers that mimic the dipole behavior, including electronic polarizability, of fine resolution systems. The extended MS-CG method separates short-range and electrostatic forces, and treats the polarization interactions by representing dipole fluctuations with a harmonic bond reminiscent of the Drude oscillator. The new method is first tested on several flexible alcohols, where the transferable head groups in the atomistic field lead to transferable electrostatics in the CG field...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation
Qiang Ma, Xingguo Qi, Bo Tong, Yuheng Zheng, Wenfang Feng, Jin Nie, Yongsheng Hu, Hong Li, Xuejie Huang, Liquan Chen, Zhi-Bin Zhou
Solid polymer electrolytes (SPEs) would be promising candidates for application in high-energy rechargeable lithium (Li) batteries to replace the conventional organic liquid electrolytes, in terms of the enhanced safety and excellent design flexibility. Herein, we report novel perfluorinated sulfonimide salt-based SPEs, composed of lithium (trifluoromethanesulfonyl)(n-nonafluorobutanesulfonyl)imide (Li[(CF3SO2)(n-C4F9SO2)N, LiTNFSI) and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), which exhibit relatively efficient ionic conductivity (e...
October 11, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Shanming Ke, Chang Chen, Nian-Qing Fu, Hua Zhou, Mao Ye, Peng Lin, Wen-Xiang Yuan, Xierong Zeng, Lang Chen, Haitao Huang
Sn-doped In2O3 (ITO) electrodes were deposited on transparent and flexible muscovite mica. The use of mica substrate makes a high-temperature annealing process (up to 500 °C) possible. ITO/mica retains its low electric resistivity even after continuous bending of 1000 times on account of the unique layered structure of mica. When used as a transparent flexible heater, ITO/mica shows an extremely fast ramping (< 15 s) up to a high temperature of over 438 °C. When used as a transparent electrode, ITO/mica permits a high temperature annealing (450 °C) approach to fabricate flexible perovskite solar cells (PSCs) with high efficiency...
October 11, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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