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Delong Ma, Xiaomin Shi, Anming Hu
A strategy for growth of porous Ni₂GeO₄ nanosheets on conductive nickel (Ni) foam with robust adhesion as a high-performance electrode for Li-ion batteries is proposed and realized, through a facile two-step method. It involves the low temperature hydro-thermal synthesis of bimetallic (Ni, Ge) hydroxide nanosheets precursor on Ni foam substrates and subsequent thermal transformation to porous Ni₂GeO₄ nanosheets. The as-prepared Ni₂GeO₄ nanosheets possess many interparticle mesopores with a size range from 5 to 15 nm...
November 19, 2016: Nanomaterials
Xuan Li, Ka Yan Pang, Tsz Wing Ng, Ping Chung Leung, Cheng Fei Zhang, Ken Cham-Fai Leung, Lijian Jin
Oral mucosa as the front-line barrier in the mouth is constantly exposed to a complex microenvironment with multitudinous microbes. In this study, the interactions of mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) with primary human gingival epithelial cells were analyzed for up to 72 h, and their diffusion capacity in the reconstructed human gingival epithelia (RHGE) and porcine ear skin models was further assessed at 24 h. It was found that the synthesized fluorescent mesoporous silica nanoparticles (RITC-NPs) with low cytotoxicity could be uptaken, degraded, and/or excreted by the human gingival epithelial cells...
October 27, 2016: Nanomaterials
Lidong Cao, Huirong Zhang, Chong Cao, Jiakun Zhang, Fengmin Li, Qiliang Huang
Nanotechnology-based pesticide formulations would ensure effective utilization of agricultural inputs. In the present work, mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) with particle diameters of ~110 nm and pore sizes of ~3.7 nm were synthesized via a liquid crystal templating mechanism. A water-soluble chitosan (CS) derivative (N-(2-hydroxyl)propyl-3-trimethyl ammonium CS chloride, HTCC) was successfully capped on the surface of pyraclostrobin-loaded MSNs. The physicochemical and structural analyses showed that the electrostatic interactions and hydrogen bonding were the major forces responsible for the formation of HTCC-capped MSNs...
June 28, 2016: Nanomaterials
Wenxiang Guo, Weiwei Sun, Li-Ping Lv, Shaofeng Kong, Yong Wang
Metal-organic-framework (MOF) approach is demonstrated as an effective strategy for the morphology evolution control of MIL-53(Fe) with assistance of microwave irradiation. Owing to the homogenous nucleation offered by microwave irradiation and confined porosity and skeleton by MOF templates, various porous Fe2O3 nanostructures including spindle, concave octahedron, solid octahedron, yolk-shell octahedron, and nanorod with porosity control are derived by simply adjusting irradiation time. The formation mechanism for the MOF precursors and their derived iron oxides with morphology control are investigated...
March 23, 2017: ACS Nano
Chiyoung Park, Beom Joo Yang, Ki Beom Jeong, Chae Bin Kim, Seunghyun Lee, Bon-Cheol Ku
The coordination chemistry of plant polyphenols and metal ions can be used for coating various substrates and for creating modular superstructures. We herein explored this chemistry for the controlled release of guests from mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs). The selective adsorption of tannic acids (TAs) on MSN silica walls opens the MSN mesoporous channels without disturbing mass transport. The channel may be closed by the coordination of TA with Cu(II) ions. Upon exposure to light, photolysis of Trojan horse guests (photoacid generators, PAGs) leads to acid generation, which enables the release of payloads by decomposing the outer coordination shell consisting of TA and Cu(II) ...
March 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
Wei Zhang, Jiannian Li, Jie Zhang, Jinzhi Sheng, Ting He, Meiyue Tian, Yufeng Zhao, Changjun Xie, Liqiang Mai, Shichun Mu
To overcome inferior rate capability and cycle stability of MnO-based materials as a lithium-ion battery anode associated with the pulverization and gradual aggregation during conversion process, we construct robust mesoporous N-doped carbon (N-C) protected MnO nanoparticles on reduced graphene oxide (rGO) (MnO@N-C/rGO) by a simple top-down incorporation strategy. Such dual carbon protection endows MnO@N-C/rGO with excellent structural stability and enhanced charge transfer kinetics. At 100 mA g-1, it exhibits superior rate capability as high as 864...
March 23, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Weiwei Zhao, Xiu He, Yu Peng, Hongfeng Zhang, Donglan Sun, Xiaocong Wang
Ordered mesoporous TiO2 materials are successfully synthesized via a sol-gel route using butyl titanate as a precursor and sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate surfactants as soft templates. The as-prepared TiO2 samples possess a relatively high surface area of 40.03 m(2)/g and the center of pore diameter distribution of 13.04 nm. They exhibit excellent photocatalytic activity towards degradation of organic pollutants in tannery wastewater under UV-light and natural sunlight irradiation. The effect of the catalyst dosage, the pH value of the solution and the concentration of H2O2 are discussed in detail...
March 2017: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
Fengcheng Wu, Ning Pu, Gang Ye, Taoxiang Sun, Zhe Wang, Yang Song, Wenqing Wang, Xiaomei Huo, Yuexiang Lu, Jing Chen
Developing facile and robust technologies for effective enrichment of uranium from the seawater is of great significance for resource sustainability and environmental safety. By exploiting the mussel-inspired polydopamine (PDA) chemistry, diverse types of PDA-functionalized sorbents including magnetic nanoparticle (MNP), ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC) and glass fiber carpet (GFC) were synthesized. The PDA functional layers with abundant catechol and amine/imine groups provided an excellent platform for the binding to uranium...
March 23, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
Yan Wang, Guixin Yang, Yanli Wang, Yanping Zhao, Haizhi Jiang, Yuyan Han, Piaoping Yang
It is difficult to meet the requirements of clinical diagnosis through a single imaging technique. Similarly, satisfactory therapy efficacy is also hard to achieve by a single therapeutic modality. It is therefore highly desirable and interesting to simultaneously achieve multimodal imaging and therapies in one single structure. In this study, we developed a core-shell-satellite NaGdF4:Yb,Er,Mn,Co@mSiO2-CuS structure using up-conversion luminescent (UCL) NaGdF4:Yb,Er,Mn,Co as the core, mesoporous silica as the layer, and the photoactive CuS nanoparticles as the satellites...
March 23, 2017: Nanoscale
Hiroto Funabashi, Satoshi Takeuchi, Seiya Tsujimura
We designed a three-dimensional (3D) hierarchical pore structure to improve the current production efficiency and stability of direct electron transfer-type biocathodes. The 3D hierarchical electrode structure was fabricated using a MgO-templated porous carbon framework produced from two MgO templates with sizes of 40 and 150 nm. The results revealed that the optimal pore composition for a bilirubin oxidase-catalysed oxygen reduction cathode was a mixture of 33% macropores and 67% mesopores (MgOC33). The macropores improve mass transfer inside the carbon material, and the mesopores improve the electron transfer efficiency of the enzyme by surrounding the enzyme with carbon...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
Chien-Hua Lin, Juti Rani Deka, Cheng-En Wu, Cheng-Hsun Tsai, Diganta Saikia, Yung-Chin Yang, Hsien-Ming Kao
Bifunctional SBA-1 mesoporous silica nanoparticles (MSNs) with carboxylic acid and amino groups (denoted as CNS-10-10) are successfully synthesized, characterized and employed as adsorbents for dye removal. The adsorbent CNS-10-10 shows high affinity towards cationic and anionic dyes in a wide pH range, and exhibits selective dye removal of a two dye mixture system of cationic methylene blue and anionic eosin Y. By changing the medium pH, the selectivity of adsorption behavior can be easily modulated. For comparison purposes, the counterparts, i...
March 23, 2017: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
Wei Tian, Yunyan Su, Ying Tian, Shouju Wang, Xiaodan Su, Ying Liu, Yunlei Zhang, Yuxia Tang, Qianqian Ni, Wenfei Liu, Meng Dang, Chunyan Wang, Junjie Zhang, Zhaogang Teng, Guangming Lu
Complete eradication of highly aggressive triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) remains a notable challenge today. In this work, an imaging-guided photothermal-chemotherapy strategy for TNBC is developed for the first time based on a periodic mesoporous organosilica (PMO) coated Prussian blue (PB@PMO) nanoplatform. The PB@PMOs have organic-inorganic hybrid frameworks, uniform diameter (125 nm), high surface area (866 m(2) g(-1)), large pore size (3.2 nm), excellent photothermal conversion capability, high drug loading capacity (260 µg mg(-1)), and magnetic resonance (MR) and photoacoustic (PA) imaging abilities...
March 2017: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
Gülçin Günal, Çiğdem Kip, S Eda Öğüt, Hasan İlhan, Güneş Kibar, Ali Tuncel
Monodisperse silica microspheres with bimodal pore-size distribution were proposed as a high performance sorbent for DNA isolation in batch fashion under equilibrium conditions. The proposed sorbent including both macroporous and mesoporous compartments was synthesized 5.1 μm in-size, by a "staged shape templated hydrolysis and condensation method". Hydrophilic polymer based sorbents were also obtained in the form of monodisperse-macroporous microspheres ca 5.5 μm in size, with different functionalities, by a developed "multi-stage microsuspension copolymerization" technique...
March 22, 2017: Artificial Cells, Nanomedicine, and Biotechnology
Mariam Barawi, Luca De Trizio, Roberto Giannuzzi, Giulia Veramonti, Liberato Manna, Michele Manca
The reliable exploitation of localized surface plasmon resonance in transparent conductive oxides is being prospected to push the blooming of an emerging class of advanced dynamic windows, which offer the opportunity to selectively, and dynamically, control the intensity of the incoming thermal radiation without affecting visible transparency. In this view, Nb-doped TiO2 colloidal nanocrystals are particularly promising as they have a wide bandgap and their plasmonic features can be finely tailored across the near infrared region by varying the concentration of dopants...
March 22, 2017: ACS Nano
Zuojun Wei, Jiongtao Lou, Chuanmin Su, Dechao Guo, Yingxin Liu, Shuguang Deng
To achieve a higher activity and reusability of a Ru-based catalyst, Ru nanoparticles were embedded in N-doped mesoporous carbon through a hard-template method. The catalyst showed excellent catalytic performance (314 h(-1) turnover frequency) and recyclability (reusable five times with 3 % activity loss) for the hydrogenolysis of levulinic acid to γ-valerolactone. Compared with the mesoporous carbon without N-doping and conventional activated carbon, the introduction of N-dopant effectively improved the dispersion of Ru nanoparticles, decreased the average size of Ru nanoparticles to as small as 1...
March 22, 2017: ChemSusChem
Hong Yang, Yin Chen, Zhongyuan Chen, Yue Geng, Xiaoxue Xie, Xue Shen, Tingting Li, Shun Li, Chunhui Wu, Yiyao Liu
Multifunctional theranostics have offered some interesting new opportunities for cancer therapy and diagnosis in the last decade. Herein, magnetic mesoporous silica nanoparticles (M-MSNs) were designed and synthesized, then the photosensitizer chlorin e6 (Ce6) and antitumor drug doxorubicin (Dox) were adsorbed onto the M-MSNs. Biocompatible alginate/chitosan polyelectrolyte multilayers (PEM) were assembled on the M-MSNs to achieve a pH-responsive drug delivery system and adsorb P-gp shRNA for reversing the multidrug resistance...
March 22, 2017: Biomaterials Science
Junkai Gao, Hao Lei, Zhi Han, Qian Shi, Yan Chen, Yanjun Jiang
A simple, environmentally friendly and cost-effective nonsurfactant template method was used to synthesize tannic-acid-templated mesoporous silica nanoparticles (TMSNs), and then dopamine functionalized TMSNs (Dop-TMSNs) which was synthesized by a facile and biomimetic coating strategy, was developed as a new sorbent for the removal of Cu(2+) from aqueous solution. The Dop-TMSNs were thoroughly characterized by SEM, TEM, BET, FT-IR and TGA, and the effects of contact time, initial pH, K(+) and Na(+) concentrations, co-existing polyvalent metal ions and adsorption-desorption cycle times on the sorption capacity of Dop-TMSNs were studied...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
Jun Shen, Xiong-Lei Wang, Yan-Xia Niu, Yu-Gao Wang, Gang Liu, Qing-Tao Sheng
coal gasification tar residue (CGTR) is a kind of environmentally hazardous by-product generated in fixed-bed coal gasification process. The extracted CGTR by ethyl acetate was used to prepare powdered activated carbon (PAC) and applied for phenol adsorption. The results showed that the prepared PAC under the optimum conditions had enormous mesoporous structure, and the iodine number reached 2030.11 mg/g, with specific surface area of 1981 m(2)/g and total pore volume of 0.92 ml/g. Especially, without loading other substances the PAC had a strong magnetic, easy to be separated after adsorbing phenol...
March 22, 2017: Environmental Technology
Haitao Wu, Wang Sun, Yan Wang, Fang Wang, Junfei Liu, Xinyang Yue, Zhenhua Wang, Jinshuo Qiao, David W Rooney, Kening Sun
Hierarchical porous three-dimensional MnCo2O4 nanowire bundles were obtained by a universal and low-cost hydrothermal method, which subsequently as a carbon-free and binder-free cathode for Li-O2 cell applications. This system showed a large discharge capacity up to 12919 mAh g-1 at 0.1 mA cm-2 as well as an outstanding rate capability. Under a constrained specific capacity of 500 and 1000 mAh g-1, the Li-O2 batteries could be successfully operated for over 300 and 144 cycles, respectively. Moreover, the charge voltage was markedly decreased to about 3...
March 22, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Jesús C Echeverría, Ignacio Calleja, Paula Moriones, Julián J Garrido
We investigated the response of three fiber optic sensing elements prepared at pH 10 from phenyltriethoxysilane (PhTEOS) and tetraethylsilane (TEOS) mixtures with 30, 40, and 50% PhTEOS in the silicon precursor mixture. The sensing elements are referred to as Ph30, Ph40 and Ph50, respectively. The films were synthesized by the sol-gel method and affixed to the end of optical fibers by the dip-coating technique. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, N2 adsorption-desorption at 77 K and X-ray diffraction analysis were used to characterize the xerogels...
2017: Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology
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