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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230867/ultrafast-electron-and-hole-transfer-dynamics-of-a-solar-cell-dye-containing-hole-acceptors-on-mesoporous-tio2-and-al2o3
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Mirko Scholz, Oliver Flender, Gerrit Boschloo, Kawon Oum, Thomas Lenzer
The stability of dye cations against recombination with conduction band electrons in mesoporous TiO2 electrodes is a key property for improving light harvesting in dye-sensitised solar cells. Using ultrafast transient broadband absorption spectroscopy, we monitor efficient intramolecular hole transfer in the solar cell dye E6 having two peripheral triarylamine acceptors. After photoexcitation, two hole transfer mechanisms are identified: a concerted mechanism for electron injection and hole transfer (2.4 ps) and a sequential mechanism with time constants of 3...
February 23, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230341/graphitic-nanocarbon-selenium-cathode-with-favorable-rate-capability-for-li-se-batteries
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Shuai-Feng Zhang, Wen-Peng Wang, Sen Xin, Huan Ye, Ya-Xia Yin, Yu-Guo Guo
A well-defined nanocomposite cathode material of selenium and carbon nanosheets (Se/CNSs) is prepared by confining chain-like Sen molecules in hierarchically micro-mesoporous carbon nanosheets. On one hand, the unique two-dimensional morphology and high graphitization degree of carbon nanosheets benefits fast Li+/e- access to the active Se, which guarantees a high utilization of Se during the (de)lithiation process. On the other hand, the chain-like Se molecules confined in the carbon matrix could alleviate the shuttle effect of polyselenides and promise a stable electrochemistry...
February 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230059/synergistic-effects-of-dimethyloxallyl-glycine-and-recombinant-human-bone-morphogenetic-protein-2-on-repair-of-critical-sized-bone-defects-in-rats
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Xin Qi, Yang Liu, Zhen-Yu Ding, Jia-Qing Cao, Jing-Huan Huang, Jie-Yuan Zhang, Wei-Tao Jia, Jing Wang, Chang-Sheng Liu, Xiao-Lin Li
In bone remodeling, osteogenesis is closely coupled to angiogenesis. Bone tissue engineering using multifunctional bioactive materials is a promising technique which has the ability to simultaneously stimulate osteogenesis and angiogenesis for repair of bone defects. We developed mesoporous bioactive glass (MBG)-doped poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate) (PHBHHx) composite scaffolds as delivery vehicle. Two bioactive molecules, dimethyloxalylglycine (DMOG), a small-molecule angiogenic drug, and recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2), an osteoinductive growth factor, were co-incorporated into the scaffold...
February 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229590/impacts-of-crosslinkers-on-biological-effects-of-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles
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Yi-Ping Chen, Si-Han Wu, I-Chih Chen, Chien-Tsu Chen
Chemically synthesized crosslinkers play decisive roles in variable cargos attached to nanoparticles (NPs). Previous studies reported that surface properties, such as the size, charge, and surface chemistry, are particularly important determinants influencing the biological fate and actions of NPs and cells. Recent studies also focused on the relationship of serum proteins with the surface properties of NPs (also called the protein corona), which is recognized as a key factor in determining the cytotoxicity and biodistribution...
February 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226244/molecularly-organic-inorganic-hybrid-hollow-mesoporous-organosilica-nanocapsules-with-tumor-specific-biodegradability-and-enhanced-chemotherapeutic-functionality
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Ping Huang, Yu Chen, Han Lin, Luodan Yu, Linlin Zhang, Liying Wang, Yufang Zhu, Jianlin Shi
Based on the intrinsic features of high stability and unique multifunctionality, inorganic nanoparticles have shown remarkable potentials in combating cancer, but their biodegradability and biocompatibility are still under debate. As a paradigm, this work successfully demonstrates that framework organic-inorganic hybridization can endow the inorganic mesoporous silica nanocarriers with unique tumor-sensitive biodegradability and high biocompatibility. Based on a "chemical homology" mechanism, molecularly organic-inorganic hybridized hollow mesoporous organosilica nanocapsules (HMONs) with high dispersity and sub-50 nm particle dimension were constructed in mass production...
February 15, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225146/effect-of-the-microstructure-of-the-functional-layers-on-the-efficiency-of-perovskite-solar-cells
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Fuzhi Huang, Alexander R Pascoe, Wu-Qiang Wu, Zhiliang Ku, Yong Peng, Jie Zhong, Rachel A Caruso, Yi-Bing Cheng
The efficiencies of the hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite solar cells have been rapidly approaching the benchmarks held by the leading thin-film photovoltaic technologies. Arguably, one of the most important factors leading to this rapid advancement is the ability to manipulate the microstructure of the perovskite layer and the adjacent functional layers within the device. Here, an analysis of the nucleation and growth models relevant to the formation of perovskite films is provided, along with the effect of the perovskite microstructure (grain sizes and voids) on device performance...
February 22, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225112/enhanced-thermoelectricity-of-three-dimensionally-mesostructured-bixsb2-xte3-nanoassemblies-from-micro-scaled-open-gaps-to-isolated-sealed-mesopores
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Tsung-Han Chen, Ping-Yu Lin, Hsiu-Cheng Chang, Chun-Hua Chen
We describe an innovative interfacial design concept and nanostructuring of novel BixSb2-xTe3 (BST) nanoassembled films comprising unique air-solid interfaces from micro-scaled open gaps to isolated sealed mesopores, and high-quality solid-solid ones including the coherent grain boundaries and specific twins, utilizing pulsed laser deposition (PLD), for potentially activating multiple thermoelectric enhancing mechanisms. The unusual mesopore embedded BST films exhibit the highest power factor of ∼33 μW cm(-1) K(-2), which is comparable to or higher than the previously reported values for BST, and the corresponding relatively low thermal diffusivity in contrast to that for dense pore-less BST films evidently reveals the crucial role of the three-dimensionally and densely arranged air-solid interfaces in significantly arising the phonon scattering...
February 22, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224887/facile-and-green-fabrication-of-cellulosed-based-aerogels-for-lampblack-filtration-from-waste-newspaper
#8
Peidong Fan, Yali Yuan, Junkai Ren, Bin Yuan, Qian He, Guangmei Xia, Fengxia Chen, Rui Song
In this study, the lightweight, hydrophobic and porous cellulose-based aerogels (CAGs) were synthesized through a freeze-drying process using waste newspaper as the only raw material. After crosslinking with glutaraldehyde and treatment with trimethylchlorosilane (TMCS) using a simple thermal chemical vapor deposition process, the resulting CAGs became hydrophobic and oleophilic. Furthermore, the as-prepared CAGs exhibited a low density (17.4-28.7mgcm(-3)) and mesoporous inner-structure. All these properties attributed the novel aerogel not only with a good adsorption capability of oils and organic solvents, including kerosene, nitrobenzene, and chloroform, but also an excellent filtration capacity of lampblack...
April 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224674/from-bola-surfactant-templated-bimetal-phosphites-to-the-design-of-crystalline-inorganic-mesoporous-frameworks
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Hui-Lin Huang, Wen-Yen Huang, Sue-Lein Wang
Reproducing inorganic modules in situ for pore augmentation of pure inorganic frameworks is challenging but can be a key to rational synthesis. After the first success of using monoamine of varied lengths as template in producing the same set of building blocks that led to a series of growing channels up to 72-membered ring (72R), we have continued to delve into those building blocks to seek any new topologies from them. In this study, we have discovered another type of template that can control the same building blocks to form in situ repeatedly...
February 22, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222608/postsynthetically-modified-covalent-organic-frameworks-for-efficient-and-effective-mercury-removal
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Qi Sun, Briana Aguila, Jason Perman, Lyndsey D Earl, Carter W Abney, Yuchuan Cheng, Hao Wei, Nicholas Nguyen, Lukasz Wojtas, Shengqian Ma
A key challenge in environmental remediation is the design of adsorbents bearing an abundance of accessible chelating sites with high affinity, to achieve both rapid uptake and high capacity for the contaminants. Herein, we demonstrate how two-dimensional covalent organic frameworks (COFs) with well-defined mesopore structures display the right combination of properties to serve as a scaffold for decorating coordination sites to create ideal adsorbents. The proof-of-concept design is illustrated by modifying sulfur derivatives on a newly designed vinyl-functionalized mesoporous COF (COF-V) via thiol-ene "click" reaction...
February 22, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221001/synthesis-of-dual-stimuli-responsive-microcontainers-with-two-payloads-in-different-storage-spaces-for-preprogrammable-release
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Ying Cong, Qiuju Li, Min Chen, Limin Wu
Stimuli-responsive microcontainers have become a major topic of interest, from fundamental aspects to applications in materials science. However, microcontainers that enable the loading of multiple species and programmable release are mostly unexplored. Herein, we describe the design and synthesis of a dual-responsive organic/inorganic hybrid microcontainer with two payloads in separate storage spaces that is formed by the rapid UV-initiated polymerization of Pickering emulsions. The stellate mesopore silica nanoparticles with poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) grafted inside the mesopores were loaded with one compound (Nile red) and used as Pickering emulsifiers to stabilize oil-in-water droplets...
February 21, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220973/enzyme-controlled-nanodevice-for-acetylcholine-triggered-cargo-delivery-based-on-janus-au-mesoporous-silica-nanoparticles
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Antoni Llopis-Lorente, Paula Diez, Cristina de la Torre, Alfredo Sanchez, Felix Sancenon, Elena Aznar, Maria D Marcos, Paloma Martínez-Ruíz, Ramón Martínez-Máñez, Reynaldo Villalonga
This work reports a new gated nanodevice for acetylcholine-triggered cargo delivery. We prepared and characterized Janus Au-mesoporous silica nanoparticles functionalized with acetylcholinesterase on the Au face and with supramolecular β-cyclodextrin:benzimidazole inclusion complexes as caps on the mesoporous silica face. The nanodevice is able to selectively deliver the cargo in the presence of acetylcholine via enzyme-mediated acetylcholine hydrolysis, locally lowering the pH and opening the supramolecular gate...
February 21, 2017: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220694/selective-fluorogenic-sensing-of-as-iii-using-aptamer-capped-nanomaterials
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Mar Oroval, Carmen Coll, Andrea Bernardos, María Dolores Marcos, Ramon Martinez-Manez, Dmitry G Shchukin, Felix Sancenón
Organic-inorganic hybrid nanomaterials offer extremely valuable tools for monitoring many types of analytes in in solution. Within this framework, aptamer-based nanomaterials for heavy metal detection are still very scarce. Herein, a novel sensing nanoprobe for the selective and sensitive detection of As(III) based on the combination of aptamers with mesoporous silica nanoparticles has been developed. The efficiency of the sensor is demonstrated in environmental conditions, showing a great potential in As(III) monitoring assays...
February 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219807/setd2-is-associated-with-strontium-induced-bone-regeneration
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Jia Xiaoshi, Long Qiaoyun, Richard J Miron, Yin Chengcheng, Wei Yan, Zhang Yufeng, Wu Min
: Strontium Ranelate has been utilized as a preventative treatment option for osteoporosis with the release of Sr ions having a direct effect on preventing osteoclast activation and promoting osteoblast differentiation. Previously our group has prepared and characterized a porous Sr-mesoporous bioactive glass (Sr-MBG) scaffold demonstrating its ability to enhance new bone formation when compared to MBG alone. The goal of the present study was to elucidate the bone-inducing properties of Sr by utilizing RNA-seq on in vivo tissue samples to investigate potential target genes responsible for Sr-induced new bone formation...
February 17, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219688/mesoporous-phenylalanine-ammonia-lyase-microspheres-with-improved-stability-through-calcium-carbonate-templating
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Jiandong Cui, Yamin Zhao, Zhilei Tan, Cheng Zhong, Peipei Han, Shiru Jia
Cross-linked enzyme aggregates (CLEAs) have recently emerged as a promising method for enzyme immobilization due to its simplicity and low cost. However, a lack of good size and morphological control over the as-prepared CLEAs has limited their practical applications in some cases. Here, monodisperse spherical CLEAs of phenylalanine ammonia lyase (PAL microspheres) were prepared based on CaCO3 microtemplates. The preparation procedure involves filling porous CaCO3 microtemplates with the protein by salt precipitation, glutaraldehyde crosslinking, and dissolution of the microtemplates...
February 17, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218828/a-simple-and-facile-approach-to-create-charge-reversible-pores-via-hydrophobic-anchoring-of-ionic-amphiphiles
#16
Sonu Kizhakeppura, B V V S Pavan Kumar, Subi J George, Muthusamy Eswaramoorthy
Mesoporous silica based charge reversal systems have gained significant attention in the recent years due to a variety of applications such as drug delivery, dye adsorption, catalysis, chromatography etc. Such systems often use covalent strategies to immobilize functional groups on the silica scaffold. However, lack of dynamism, modularity and post-synthetic flexibility associated with covalent routes limit their wider applicability. Alternatively, supramolecular routes are gaining increased attention owing to their ability to overcome these limitations...
February 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218472/a-redox-shuttle-accelerates-o2-evolution-of-photocatalysts-formed-in-situ-under-visible-light
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Jia-Xin Li, Chen Ye, Xu-Bing Li, Zhi-Jun Li, Xue-Wang Gao, Bin Chen, Chen-Ho Tung, Li-Zhu Wu
A redox shuttle strategy is demonstrated to be a promising approach to accelerate hole removal for efficient O2 production with mesoporous graphitic carbon nitride, WO3 , BiVO4 , NiTi-LDH, and Ag3 PO4 water-oxidation catalysts under visible-light irradiation.
February 20, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213709/high-efficiency-removal-of-triclosan-by-structure-directing-agent-modified-mesoporous-mil-53-al
#18
Rongni Dou, Junya Zhang, Yuancai Chen, Siyuan Feng
In order to expand the potential applications of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), structure directing agents modified mesoporous MIL-53(Al) (MIL-53(Al)-1) was investigated to adsorb triclosan (TCS) with two different initial concentrations. MIL-53(Al)-1 with high mesoporosity and total pore volume exhibited higher adsorption capacity and 4.4 times faster adsorption of TCS at low concentration (1 mg L(-1)) than that of microporous MIL-53(Al). Also, mesoporous as well as microporous MIL-53(Al) showed significant higher adsorption capacity and two orders of magnitude greater fast uptake of TCS than two kinds of mesoporous-activated carbon...
February 18, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213238/preparation-and-evaluation-of-magnetic-core-shell-mesoporous-molecularly-imprinted-polymers-for-selective-adsorption-of-tetrabromobisphenol-s
#19
Xuemei Wang, Pengfei Huang, Xiaomin Ma, Huan Wang, Xiaoquan Lu, Xinzhen Du
Novel magnetic mesoporous molecularly imprinted polymers (MMIPs) with core-shell structure were prepared by simple surface molecular imprinting polymerization using tetrabromobisphenol-S (TBBPS) as the template. The MMIPs-TBBPS were characterized by fourier-transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), N2 adsorption-desorption transmission, and vibrating sample magnetometry. The resultant MMIPs-TBBPS were successfully applied magnetic solid-phase extraction (MSPE) coupled with HPLC determination of TBBPS in spiked real water samples with recoveries of 77...
May 1, 2017: Talanta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212981/development-of-solid-sedds-vi-effect-of-precoating-of-neusilin%C3%A2-us2-with-pvp-on-drug-release-from-adsorbed-self-emulsifying-lipid-based-formulations
#20
Suhas G Gumaste, Beatryz O S Freire, Abu T M Serajuddin
Adsorption of lipid-based formulations, which are usually liquid, onto silicas has been extensively investigated in the past decade to convert them into solid dosage forms. There are conflicting reports on the ability of commercially available porous silicas, like Neusilin® US2, to release lipid formulations completely, especially after long-term storage. In this study, the release of a model drug, probucol, from different formulations of medium chain lipids and a surfactant, Kolliphor EL (Cremophor EL) or polysorbate 80, were studied after adsorbing them onto Neusilin® US2...
February 14, 2017: European Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
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