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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631474/a-flexible-dual-mode-tactile-sensor-derived-from-three-dimensional-porous-carbon-architecture
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Zifeng Wang, Ruijuan Jiang, Guangming Li, Yiyan Chen, Zijie Tang, Yukun Wang, Zhuoxin Liu, Hongbo Jiang, Chunyi Zhi
Detecting and monitoring varieties of human activities is one of the most essential functions and design purposes of different kinds of wearable sensors. Apart from excellent sensitivity and durability, limited by the materials, most of the sensors reported in the literatures are only capable of detecting signals based on sole mechanism. In this work, a dual-mode flexible sensor derived from high temperature pyrolysized 3D carbon sponge (C-Sponge) was proposed as peculiar sensor materials that are able to detect human activities based on fundamentally different mechanisms, either by triboelectric effect or by piezoresistive effect...
June 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629144/n%C3%A2-%C2%BA-gaas-augeni-au-thermocouple-type-rf-mems-power-sensors-based-on-dual-thermal-flow-paths-in-gaas-mmic
#2
Zhiqiang Zhang, Xiaoping Liao
To achieve radio frequency (RF) power detection, gain control, and circuit protection, this paper presents n⁺ GaAs/AuGeNi-Au thermocouple-type RF microelectromechanical system (MEMS) power sensors based on dual thermal flow paths. The sensors utilize a conversion principle of RF power-heat-voltage, where a thermovoltage is obtained as the RF power changes. To improve the heat transfer efficiency and the sensitivity, structures of two heat conduction paths are designed: one in which a thermal slug of Au is placed between two load resistors and hot junctions of the thermocouples, and one in which a back cavity is fabricated by the MEMS technology to form a substrate membrane underneath the resistors and the hot junctions...
June 17, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623400/a-novel-eyelid-motion-monitor
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Adi Hanuka, Maor Itzhak, Alon Berger, Mony Orbach, Eli Shoshan, Levi Schächter, Daniel Briscoe
BACKGROUND: Eyelid motion analysis can provide important information about ophthalmic, neurologic, and systemic diseases. Routine assessment of eyelid function is currently based mainly on clinical examination estimating Levator Function and static palpebral fissure measurements. Most clinical tools developed to date are cumbersome expensive and difficult to operate. Currently there is no widely available, affordable device providing user friendly precision based evaluation of eyelid kinematics...
June 16, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617352/equivalent-circuit-model-of-low-frequency-magnetoelectric-effect-in-disk-type-terfenol-d-pzt-laminate-composites-considering-a-new-interface-coupling-factor
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Guofeng Lou, Xinjie Yu, Shihua Lu
This paper describes the modeling of magnetoelectric (ME) effects for disk-type Terfenol-D (Tb0.3Dy0.7Fe1.92)/PZT (Pb(Zr,Ti)O₃) laminate composite at low frequency by combining the advantages of the static elastic model and the equivalent circuit model, aiming at providing a guidance for the design and fabrication of the sensors based on magnetoelectric laminate composite. Considering that the strains of the magnetostrictive and piezoelectric layers are not equal in actual operating due to the epoxy resin adhesive bonding condition, the magnetostrictive and piezoelectric layers were first modeled through the equation of motion separately, and then coupled together with a new interface coupling factor kc, which physically reflects the strain transfer between the phases...
June 15, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613250/an-lms-programming-scheme-and-floating-gate-technology-enabled-trimmer-less-and-low-voltage-flame-detection-sensor
#5
Juan Carlos Iglesias-Rojas, Felipe Gomez-Castañeda, Jose Antonio Moreno-Cadenas
In this paper, a Least Mean Square (LMS) programming scheme is used to set the offset voltage of two operational amplifiers that were built using floating-gate transistors, enabling a 0.95 VRMS trimmer-less flame detection sensor. The programming scheme is capable of setting the offset voltage over a wide range of values by means of electron injection. The flame detection sensor consists of two programmable offset operational amplifiers; the first amplifier serves as a 26 μV offset voltage follower, whereas the second amplifier acts as a programmable trimmer-less voltage comparator...
June 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612929/flexible-organic-inorganic-hybrid-near-infrared-photoplethysmogram-sensor-for-cardiovascular-monitoring
#6
Huihua Xu, Jing Liu, Jie Zhang, Guodong Zhou, Ningqi Luo, Ni Zhao
Wearable photoplethysmogram (PPG) sensors offer convenient and informative measurements for evaluating daily physiological states of individuals. In this work, epidermal and flexible near-infrared (NIR) PPG sensors integrating a low-power, high-sensitivity organic phototransistor (OPT) with a high-efficiency inorganic light-emitting diode are developed. By exploiting an organic bulk heterojunction active layer and a bilayer gate dielectric design, a low voltage (<3 V) operated OPT with NIR responsivity as high as 3...
June 14, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611595/mtorc1-is-a-local-postsynaptic-voltage-sensor-regulated-by-positive-and-negative-feedback-pathways
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Farr Niere, Kimberly F Raab-Graham
The mammalian/mechanistic target of rapamycin complex 1 (mTORC1) serves as a regulator of mRNA translation. Recent studies suggest that mTORC1 may also serve as a local, voltage sensor in the postsynaptic region of neurons. Considering biochemical, bioinformatics and imaging data, we hypothesize that the activity state of mTORC1 dynamically regulates local membrane potential by promoting and repressing protein synthesis of select mRNAs. Our hypothesis suggests that mTORC1 uses positive and negative feedback pathways, in a branch-specific manner, to maintain neuronal excitability within an optimal range...
2017: Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608899/clustering-approaches-to-improve-the-performance-of-low-cost-air-pollution-sensors
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Katie R Smith, Peter M Edwards, Mathew J Evans, James D Lee, Marvin D Shaw, Freya Squires, Shona Wilde, Alastair C Lewis
Low cost air pollution sensors have substantial potential for atmospheric research and for the applied control of pollution in the urban environment, including more localized warnings to the public. The current generation of single-chemical gas sensors experience degrees of interference from other co-pollutants and have sensitivity to environmental factors such as temperature, wind speed and supply voltage. There are uncertainties introduced also because of sensor-to-sensor response variability, although this is less well reported...
June 13, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607094/pharmacology-of-the-nav1-1-domain-iv-voltage-sensor-reveals-coupling-between-inactivation-gating-processes
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Jeremiah D Osteen, Kevin Sampson, Vivek Iyer, David Julius, Frank Bosmans
The Nav1.1 voltage-gated sodium channel is a critical contributor to excitability in the brain, where pathological loss of function leads to such disorders as epilepsy, Alzheimer's disease, and autism. This voltage-gated sodium (Nav) channel subtype also plays an important role in mechanical pain signaling by primary afferent somatosensory neurons. Therefore, pharmacologic modulation of Nav1.1 represents a potential strategy for treating excitability disorders of the brain and periphery. Inactivation is a complex aspect of Nav channel gating and consists of fast and slow components, each of which may involve a contribution from one or more voltage-sensing domains...
June 12, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604615/review-on-the-traction-system-sensor-technology-of-a-rail-transit-train
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REVIEW
Jianghua Feng, Junfeng Xu, Wu Liao, Yong Liu
The development of high-speed intelligent rail transit has increased the number of sensors applied on trains. These play an important role in train state control and monitoring. These sensors generally work in a severe environment, so the key problem for sensor data acquisition is to ensure data accuracy and reliability. In this paper, we follow the sequence of sensor signal flow, present sensor signal sensing technology, sensor data acquisition, and processing technology, as well as sensor fault diagnosis technology based on the voltage, current, speed, and temperature sensors which are commonly used in train traction systems...
June 11, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592824/structural-properties-and-sensing-performance-of-ceyxoy-sensing-films-for-electrolyte-insulator-semiconductor-ph-sensors
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Tung-Ming Pan, Chih-Wei Wang, Ching-Yi Chen
In this study we developed CeY x O y sensing membranes displaying super-Nernstian pH-sensitivity for use in electrolyte-insulator-semiconductor (EIS) pH sensors. We examined the effect of thermal annealing on the structural properties and sensing characteristics of the CeY x O y sensing membranes deposited through reactive co-sputtering onto Si substrates. X-ray diffraction, atomic force microscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy revealed the structural, morphological, and chemical features, respectively, of the CeY x O y films after their annealing at 600-900 °C...
June 7, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28590425/a-capacitance-to-digital-converter-for-mems-sensors-for-smart-applications
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Javier Pérez Sanjurjo, Enrique Prefasi, Cesare Buffa, Richard Gaggl
The use of MEMS sensors has been increasing in recent years. To cover all the applications, many different readout circuits are needed. To reduce the cost and time to market, a generic capacitance-to-digital converter (CDC) seems to be the logical next step. This work presents a configurable CDC designed for capacitive MEMS sensors. The sensor is built with a bridge of MEMS, where some of them function with pressure. Then, the capacitive to digital conversion is realized using two steps. First, a switched-capacitor (SC) preamplifier is used to make the capacitive to voltage (C-V) conversion...
June 7, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575668/cryo-em-structure-of-a-kcnq1-cam-complex-reveals-insights-into-congenital-long-qt-syndrome
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Ji Sun, Roderick MacKinnon
KCNQ1 is the pore-forming subunit of cardiac slow-delayed rectifier potassium (IKs) channels. Mutations in the kcnq1 gene are the leading cause of congenital long QT syndrome (LQTS). Here, we present the cryoelectron microscopy (cryo-EM) structure of a KCNQ1/calmodulin (CaM) complex. The conformation corresponds to an "uncoupled," PIP2-free state of KCNQ1, with activated voltage sensors and a closed pore. Unique structural features within the S4-S5 linker permit uncoupling of the voltage sensor from the pore in the absence of PIP2...
June 1, 2017: Cell
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574459/analysis-and-validation-of-contactless-time-gated-interrogation-technique-for-quartz-resonator-sensors
#14
Marco Baù, Marco Ferrari, Vittorio Ferrari
A technique for contactless electromagnetic interrogation of AT-cut quartz piezoelectric resonator sensors is proposed based on a primary coil electromagnetically air-coupled to a secondary coil connected to the electrodes of the resonator. The interrogation technique periodically switches between interleaved excitation and detection phases. During the excitation phase, the resonator is set into vibration by a driving voltage applied to the primary coil, whereas in the detection phase, the excitation signal is turned off and the transient decaying response of the resonator is sensed without contact by measuring the voltage induced back across the primary coil...
June 2, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28561784/metallic-glass-pvdf-magnetoelectric-laminates-for-resonant-sensors-and-actuators-a-review
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REVIEW
Jon Gutiérrez, Andoni Lasheras, Pedro Martins, Nélson Pereira, Jose M Barandiarán, Senentxu Lanceros-Mendez
Among magnetoelectric (ME) heterostructures, ME laminates of the type Metglas-like/PVDF (magnetostrictive+piezoelectric constituents) have shown the highest induced ME voltages, usually detected at the magnetoelastic resonance of the magnetostrictive constituent. This ME coupling happens because of the high cross-correlation coupling between magnetostrictive and piezoelectric material, and is usually associated with a promising application scenario for sensors or actuators. In this work we detail the basis of the operation of such devices, as well as some arising questions (as size effects) concerning their best performance...
May 31, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547994/self-assembled-molecular-nanowires-for-high-performance-organic-transistors
#16
Luke R Fleet, James Stott, Byron Villis, Salahud Din, Michele Serri, Gabriel Aeppli, Sandrine Heutz, Arokia Nathan
While organic semiconductors provide tantalizing possibilities for low-cost, light-weight, flexible electronic devices, their current use in transistors-the fundamental building block-is rather limited as their speed and reliability are not competitive with those of their inorganic counterparts and are simply too poor for many practical applications. Through self-assembly, highly ordered nanostructures can be prepared that have more competitive transport characteristics; however, no simple, scalable method has been discovered that can produce devices on the basis of such nanostructures...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542706/modulatory-features-of-the-novel-spider-toxin-%C3%AE-trtx-df1a-isolated-from-the-venom-of-the-spider-davus-fasciatus
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Fernanda C Cardoso, Zoltan Dekan, Jennifer J Smith, Jennifer R Deuis, Irina Vetter, Volker Herzig, Paul F Alewood, Glenn F King, Richard J Lewis
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Naturally occurring dysfunction in NaV channels results in complex disorders such as chronic pain, making these channels an attractive target for new therapies. In the pursuit of novel NaV modulators, we investigated spider venoms for new inhibitors of NaV channels. EXPERIMENTAL APPROACH: We used high-throughput screens to identify a NaV modulator in venom of the spider Davus fasciatus. Further characterization of this venom peptide was undertaken using fluorescent and electrophysiological assays, molecular modeling and a rodent pain model...
May 24, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540957/a-skin-integrated-transparent-and-stretchable-strain-sensor-with-interactive-color-changing-electrochromic-displays
#18
Heun Park, Dong Sik Kim, Soo Yeong Hong, Chulmin Kim, Jun Yeong Yun, Seung Yun Oh, Sang Woo Jin, Yu Ra Jeong, Gyu Tae Kim, Jeong Sook Ha
In this study, we report on the development of a stretchable, transparent, and skin-attachable strain sensor integrated with a flexible electrochromic device as a human skin-inspired interactive color-changing system. The strain sensor consists of a spin-coated conductive nanocomposite film of poly(vinyl alcohol)/multi-walled carbon nanotube/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):poly(styrenesulfonate) on a polydimethylsiloxane substrate. The sensor exhibits excellent performance of high sensitivity, high durability, fast response, and high transparency...
June 8, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538686/amorphous-in-ga-zn-o-powder-with-high-gas-selectivity-towards-wide-range-concentration-of-c%C3%A2-h%C3%A2-oh
#19
Hongxiang Chen, Wei Jiang, Lianfeng Zhu, Youwei Yao
Amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide (a-IGZO) powder was prepared by typical solution-based process and post-annealing process. The sample was used as sensor for detecting C₂H₅OH, H₂, and CO. Gas-sensing performance was found to be highly sensitive to C₂H₅OH gas in a wide range of concentration (0.5-1250 ppm) with the response of 2.0 towards 0.5 ppm and 89.2 towards 1250 ppm. Obvious difference of response towards C₂H₅OH, H₂, and CO was found that the response e.g., was 33.20, 6.64, and 2.84 respectively at the concentration of 200 ppm...
May 24, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538153/new-continuum-approaches-for-determining-protein-induced-membrane-deformations
#20
David Argudo, Neville P Bethel, Frank V Marcoline, Charles W Wolgemuth, Michael Grabe
The influence of the membrane on transmembrane proteins is central to a number of biological phenomena, notably the gating of stretch activated ion channels. Conversely, membrane proteins can influence the bilayer, leading to the stabilization of particular membrane shapes, topological changes that occur during vesicle fission and fusion, and shape-dependent protein aggregation. Continuum elastic models of the membrane have been widely used to study protein-membrane interactions. These mathematical approaches produce physically interpretable membrane shapes, energy estimates for the cost of deformation, and a snapshot of the equilibrium configuration...
May 23, 2017: Biophysical Journal
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