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Seyed Mohammad Mousavi, Milad Shamohammadi, Zahra Rastegaar, Masoumeh Skini, Vahid Rakhshan
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Esthetic wires are commonly used in orthodontic treatments. Surface roughness is an important factor in the friction and bacterial adhesion in these wires. Surface roughness of esthetic wires has not been assessed, except in a few recent (mostly qualitative esthetics) studies. The aim of this study was to quantitatively compare the surface roughness of 4 coated esthetic wires with that of a conventional orthodontic wire. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this in vitro trial, 25 coated and uncoated orthodontic archwires were studied, including: NiTi Memory wire (American Orthodontics, USA) as a control group; Orthocosmetic Elastinol (Ortho Organizers, USA); Perfect (Hubit, Korea); Imagination (Gestenco, Sweden); EverWhite (American Orthodontics, USA)...
August 10, 2017: International Orthodontics
N A El-Wassefy, F M Reicha, N S Aref
BACKGROUND: Titanium is an inert metal that does not induce osteogenesis and has no antibacterial properties; it is proposed that hydroxyapatite coating can enhance its bioactivity, while zinc can contribute to antibacterial properties and improve osseointegration. AIMS: A nano-sized hydroxyapatite-zinc coating was deposited on commercially pure titanium using an electro-chemical process, in order to increase its surface roughness and enhance adhesion properties...
August 13, 2017: International Journal of Implant Dentistry
Kwankamol Limsopatham, Dheerawan Boonyawan, Chanchai Umongno, Kabkaew L Sukontason, Tarinee Chaiwong, Rattana Leksomboon, Kom Sukontason
Non-thermal plasma has been used in many medical applications, including treatment of living cells, blood coagulation, wound healing, and sterilization. The process uses an environmentally friendly gas (e.g., argon, helium, oxygen, nitrogen, or hydrogen) to destroy bacteria cells with no serious adverse effect on humans or animals. However, information on the effect of argon plasma on blow fly eggs is lacking. In this study, we explored the ability of cold argon plasma to destroy the eggs of the Australian sheep blow fly, Lucilia cuprina (Wiedemann, 1830); its larvae are a myiasis-producing agent in both human and animals...
August 9, 2017: Acta Tropica
Banafsheh Soltani, Morteza Asghari
Polyurethane (PU)-ZnO mixed matrix membranes (MMM) were fabricated and characterized for gas separation. A thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), a scanning electron microscope (SEM) test and an atomic-force microscopy (AFM) revealed that the physical properties and thermal stability of the membranes were improved through filler loading. Hydrogen Bonding Index, obtained from the Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), demonstrate that the degree of phase separation in PU-ZnO 0.5 wt % MMM was more than the neat PU, while in PU-ZnO 1...
August 11, 2017: Membranes
Haikun Zhang, Xiaoke Hu, Hong Lu
The potentiality of a heavy metal-resistance bacterium Acinetobacter sp. HK-1 for removing Ni(II) and Cu(II) ions from aqueous solution and the biosorption mechanism were investigated in this study. The effects of pH, contact time and Ni(II)/Cu(II) concentration on the adsorption process were evaluated and the maximum biosorption capacity of strain HK-1 was found to be 56.65 mg/g for Ni(II) and 157.2 mg/g for Cu(II), respectively. The experimental kinetic data fit well with the pseudo-second-order model (R(2) > 0...
August 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
Kumjae Shin, Hoontaek Lee, Min Sung, Sang Hoon Lee, Hyunjung Shin, Wonkyu Moon
We have examined the capabilities of a Tip-On-Gate of Field-Effect Transistor (ToGoFET) probe for characterization of FIB-induced damage in Si surface. A ToGoFET probe is the SPM probe which the Field Effect Transistor(FET) is embedded at the end of a cantilever and a Pt tip was mounted at the gate of FET. The ToGoFET probe can detect the surface electrical properties by measuring source-drain current directly modulated by the charge on the tip. In this study, a Si specimen whose surface was processed with Ga+ ion beam was prepared...
July 24, 2017: Micron: the International Research and Review Journal for Microscopy
Maria T Sandinha, Ajay K Kotagiri, Rona I Owen, Caspar Geenen, David Hw Steel
PURPOSE: To assess the accuracy of B-scan ultrasound (U/S) in diagnosing cases of acute fundus obscuring vitreous hemorrhage (FOVH) using a standardized scan protocol and dedicated ophthalmic ultrasonographer. METHODS: Consecutive patients presenting with acute FOVH of unknown cause, between January 2013 and December 2014, were prospectively recruited. Patients underwent a scan performed by a dedicated ultrasonographer, utilizing a systematic scan sequence and using an ocular specific U/S device...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
Jacek Drobnik, Krystyna Pietrucha, Lucyna Piera, Jacek Szymański, Alicja Szczepanowska
BACKGROUND: Tissue engineering is a strategy aimed at improving the regeneration of injured tissues. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to determine whether a tri-copolymer composed of crosslinked collagen, chondroitin sulfate and hyaluronic acid (Col + CS + HA) provides a better environment for fibroblast and embryonic nerve cell culture than a collagenous scaffold (Col). MATERIAL AND METHODS: The porosity of each of the matrices was characterized with a scanning electron microscope...
March 2017: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Xinyu Ma, Shuxuan Feng, Liang He, Mengyu Yan, Xiaocong Tian, Yanxi Li, Chunjuan Tang, Xufeng Hong, Liqiang Mai
On-chip electrochemical energy storage devices have attracted growing attention due to the decreasing size of electronic devices. Various approaches have been applied for constructing the microsupercapacitors. However, the microfabrication of high-performance microsupercapacitors by conventional and fully compatible semiconductor microfabrication technologies is still a critical challenge. Herein, unique three-dimensional (3D) Co3O4 nanonetwork microelectrodes formed by the interconnection of Co3O4 nanosheets are constructed by controllable physical vapor deposition combined with rapid thermal annealing...
August 7, 2017: Nanoscale
Toshihiko Ogura, Tomoko Okada
Recently, aqueous nanoparticles have been used in drug-delivery systems for new type medicines. In particular, milk-casein micelles have been used as drug nanocarriers for targeting cancer cells. Therefore, nanostructure observation of particles and micelles in their native liquid condition is indispensable for analysing their function and mechanisms. However, traditional optical and scanning electron microscopy have difficulty observing the nanostructures of aqueous micelles. Recently, we developed a novel imaging technique called scanning electron-assisted dielectric microscopy (SE-ADM) that enables observation of various biological specimens in water with very little radiation damage and high-contrast imaging without staining or fixation at an 8-nm spatial resolution...
August 2, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
C Nelissen, J Sherriff, T Jones, P Guest, S Colley, P Sanghera, A Hartley
AIMS: Positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) is used to restage head and neck cancer 3 months after chemoradiotherapy. The purpose of this study was to determine the negative predictive value (NPV) of a scan reported as having no abnormal uptake and the positive predictive values (PPV) for different maximum standardised uptake value (SUVmax) thresholds. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the oro-/hypopharynx/larynx (n = 206) were included...
August 2, 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
Samuel Häusler, Shuta Nakajima, Martin Lebrat, Dominik Husmann, Sebastian Krinner, Tilman Esslinger, Jean-Philippe Brantut
We present a scanning probe microscopy technique for spatially resolving transport in cold atomic gases, in close analogy with scanning gate microscopy in semiconductor physics. The conductance of a quantum point contact connected to two atomic reservoirs is measured in the presence of a tightly focused laser beam acting as a local perturbation that can be precisely positioned in space. By scanning its position and recording the subsequent variations of conductance, we retrieve a high-resolution map of transport through a quantum point contact...
July 21, 2017: Physical Review Letters
Randall R Kinnick, Minako Katayama, Marek Belohlavek
Opening a chest in an experimental echocardiographic animal study eliminates ultrasound signal attenuation by the chest wall. We developed a scanning technique that involves the use of an attenuative pad created from a mixture of urethane and titanium dioxide. The pad was interposed within transmission gel between the transducer face and cardiac surface in open-chest scans in a porcine model. Comparative measurements of left ventricular echogenicity without and with the pad demonstrate that the pad reproducibly causes ultrasound signal attenuation that closely mimics chest attenuation in clinical transthoracic echocardiographic studies...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Dongxing Du, Daoxin Liu, Xiaohua Zhang, Jingang Tang, Baoli Meng
The improvement and mechanism of the fatigue resistance of TC21 high-strength titanium alloy with a high velocity oxygen fuel (HVOF) sprayed WC-17Co coating was investigated. X-ray diffraction (XRD) and the corresponding stress measurement instrument, a surface roughness tester, a micro-hardness tester, and a scanning electron microscope (SEM) were used to determine the properties of the HVOF WC-17Co coating with or without shot peening. The fatigue behavior of the TC21 titanium alloy with or without the WC-17Co coating was determined by using a rotating bending fatigue testing machine...
October 25, 2016: Materials
Vanessa Rheinheimer, Sejung Rosie Chae, Erich D Rodríguez, Guoqing Geng, Ana Paula Kirchheim, Paulo J M Monteiro
This paper shows the microstructural differences and phase characterization of pure phases and hydrated products of the cubic and orthorhombic (Na-doped) polymorphs of tricalcium aluminate (C₃A), which are commonly found in traditional Portland cements. Pure, anhydrous samples were characterized using scanning transmission X-ray microscopy (STXM), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) and demonstrated differences in the chemical and mineralogical composition as well as the morphology on a micro/nano-scale...
August 31, 2016: Materials
Markus Alfreider, Jiwon Jeong, Raphael Esterl, Sang Ho Oh, Daniel Kiener
The importance of lightweight materials such as titanium and magnesium in various technical applications, for example aerospace, medical implants and lightweight construction is well appreciated. The present study is an attempt to combine and improve the mechanical properties of these two materials by forming an ultra-fine grained composite. The material, with a composition of 75 vol% (88.4 wt%) Ti and 25 vol% (11.4 wt%) Mg , was synthesized by powder compression and subsequently deformed by high-pressure torsion...
August 11, 2016: Materials
Pablo Guzmán, Luis Yate, Mercy Sandoval, Jose Caballero, Willian Aperador
The object of this work was the deposition of a Ta-Hf-C thin film with a gold interlayer on stainless steel, via the physical vapor deposition (PVD) technique, in order to evaluate the properties of different systems subjected to micro-abrasive wear phenomena generated by alumina particles in Ringer's solution. The surface characterization was performed using a scanning electron microscope (SEM) and atomic force microscope (AFM). The crystallographic phases exhibited for each coating were obtained by X-ray diffraction (XRD)...
July 25, 2017: Materials
Goo Byeong-Choon, Cho In-Sik
Carbon-fiber-reinforced silicon carbide (C/C-SiC) composite is widely used as a friction material owing to its good performance, even though it is more expensive than metallic materials. The light C/C-SiC composite is an ideal candidate for weight reduction of frictional parts. In this study, the friction and wear behavior of C/C-SiC composite was assessed using a ball-on-disk friction tester under dry reciprocating sliding conditions at different temperatures of 25, 100, and 200 °C. The disk specimens were made of C/C-SiC composite, while the mating counterpart pins were made of bearing steel...
June 26, 2017: Materials
Wei Xu, Maosen Cao, Keqin Ding, Maciej Radzieński, Wiesław Ostachowicz
Carbon fiber reinforced polymer laminates are increasingly used in the aerospace and civil engineering fields. Identifying cracks in carbon fiber reinforced polymer laminated beam components is of considerable significance for ensuring the integrity and safety of the whole structures. With the development of high-resolution measurement technologies, mode-shape-based crack identification in such laminated beam components has become an active research focus. Despite its sensitivity to cracks, however, this method is susceptible to noise...
June 15, 2017: Materials
Sung-Hwan Jang, Seon-Hong Na, Yong-Lae Park
This article presents a soft pneumatic bending actuator using a magnetically assisted bilayer composite composed of silicone polymer and ferromagnetic particles. Bilayer composites were fabricated by mixing ferromagnetic particles to a prepolymer state of silicone in a mold and asymmetrically distributed them by applying a strong non-uniform magnetic field to one side of the mold during the curing process. The biased magnetic field induces sedimentation of the ferromagnetic particles toward one side of the structure...
June 12, 2017: Materials
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