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Waleed A Hassanain, Emad L Izake, Michael S Schmidt, Godwin A Ayoko
A highly sensitive nanosensing method for the combined selective capture and SERS detection of Microcystin-LR (MC-LR) in blood plasma has been developed. The new method utilizes gold coated magnetic nanoparticles that are functionalized with anti MC-LR antibody Fab' fragments for the selective capture of MC-LR from aqueous media and blood plasma. Using an oriented immobilization approach, the Fab' fragments are covalently attached to gold surface to form a monolayer with high capture efficiency towards the toxin...
January 15, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Xing Li, Shaobo Cheng, Shiqing Deng, Xianlong Wei, Jing Zhu, Qing Chen
Catalyst-free methods are important for the fabrication of pure nanowires (NWs). However, the growth mechanism remains elusive due to the lack of crucial information on the growth dynamics at atomic level. Here, the noncatalytic growth process of ZnO NWs is studied through in situ high resolution transmission electron microscopy. We observe the layer-by-layer growth of ZnO nanopillars along the polar [0001] direction under electron beam irradiation, while no growth is observed along the radial directions, indicating an anisotropic growth mechanism...
January 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
Elena I Liang, Emma J Mah, Albert F Yee, Michelle A Digman
Selective cell adhesion is desirable to control cell growth and migration on biomedical implants. Mesenchymal cell migration is regulated through focal adhesions (FAs) and can be modulated by their microenvironment, including changes in surface topography. We use the Number and Molecular Brightness (N&B) imaging analysis to provide a unique perspective on FA assembly and disassembly. This imaging analysis generates a map of real-time fluctuations of protein monomers, dimers, and higher order aggregates of FA proteins, such as paxillin during assembly and disassembly...
January 16, 2017: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
Xuehui Pang, Hongjun Bian, Weijie Wang, Cheng Liu, Malik Saddam Khan, Qiao Wang, Jianni Qi, Qin Wei, Bin Du
Herein, TiO2 nanopillars (NPs)/N-doped graphene quantum dots (N-GQDs)/g-C3N4 QDs heterojunction efficiently suppressed the photogenerated charges recombination and improved photo-to-current conversion efficiency. The introduced N-GQDs and g-C3N4 QDs could result in more effective separation of the photogenerated charges, and thus produce a further increase of the photocurrent. TiO2 NPs/N-GQDs/g-C3N4 QDs were firstly applied as the photoactive materials for the fabrication of the biosensors, and the primers of pcDNA3-HBV were then adsorbed on the TiO2 NPs/N-GQDs/g-C3N4 QDs modified electrode under the activation of EDC/NHS...
December 30, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Hsin-Ya Lou, Wenting Zhao, Lindsey Hanson, Connie Zeng, Yi Cui, Bianxiao Cui
Clinical studies of circulating tumor cells (CTC) have stringent demands for high capture purity and high capture efficiency. Nanostructured surfaces have been shown to significantly increase the capture efficiency yet suffer from low capture purity. Here we introduce a dual-functional lipid coating on nanostructured surfaces. The lipid coating serves both as an effective passivation layer that helps prevent nonspecific cell adhesion and as a functionalized layer for antibody-based specific cell capture. In addition, the fluidity of lipid bilayers enables antibody clustering that enhances the cell-surface interaction for efficient cell capture...
January 18, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Zhengjun Liu, Ali Shah, Tapani Alasaarela, Nikolai Chekurov, Hele Savin, IIkka Tittonen
In this work, focused ion beam (FIB) lithography was developed for plasma enhanced atomic layer deposited (PEALD) silicon dioxide SiO<sub>2</sub> hard mask. The PEALD process greatly decreases the deposition temperature of the SiO<sub>2</sub> hard mask. FIB Ga<sup>+</sup> ion implantation on the deposited SiO<sub>2</sub> layer increases the wet etch resistivity of the irradiated region. A programmed exposure in FIB followed by development in a wet etchant enables the precisely defined nanoscale patterning...
January 3, 2017: Nanotechnology
Eungkyu Lee, Teng Zhang, Taehee Yoo, Zhi Guo, Tengfei Luo
The efficiency of thermal transport across solid interfaces presents large challenges for modern technologies such as thermal management of electronics. In this paper, we report the first demonstration of significant enhancement of thermal transport across solid interfaces by introducing interfacial nanostructures. Analogous to fins that have been used for macroscopic heat transfer enhancement in heat exchangers, the nanopillar arrays patterned at the interface help interfacial thermal transport by the enlarged effective contact area...
December 28, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Ronggang Cai, Vlad-Andrei Antohe, Zhijun Hu, Bernard Nysten, Luc Piraux, Alain M Jonas
A nanopatterned hybrid layer is designed, wherein the electric polarization can be flipped at room temperature by a magnetic field aided by an electrical field. This is achieved by embedding ferromagnetic nanopillars in a continuous organic ferroelectric layer, and amplifying the magnetostriction-generated stress gradients by scaling down the supracrystalline cell of the material.
December 5, 2016: Advanced Materials
Ana L Hernández, Rafael Casquel, Miguel Holgado, Iñaki Cornago, Fátima Fernández, Paula Ciaurriz, Francisco J Sanza, Beatriz Santamaría, María V Maigler, María Fe Laguna
In our previous work we demonstrated for the first time, to the best of our knowledge, the experimental capability of resonant nanopillars (R-NP) arrays as biochemical transducers. In this Letter, we provide evidence of the capability and suitability of R-NP arrays on a chip to function as label-free optical multiplexed biosensors. R-NP are based on Si<sub>3</sub>N<sub>4</sub>/SiO<sub>2</sub> Bragg reflectors with a cavity of SiO<sub>2</sub>. In order to demonstrate the biosensing performance, R-NP were biofunctionalized by the immobilization of IgG antibodies acting as a bioreceptor...
December 1, 2016: Optics Letters
Jo Hee Yoon, Seok Bok Hong, Seok-Oh Yun, Seok Jae Lee, Tae Jae Lee, Kyoung G Lee, Bong Gill Choi
Flexible pH sensor technologies have attracted a great deal of attention in many applications, such as, wearable health care devices and monitors for chemical and biological processes. Here, we fabricated flexible and thin pH sensors using a two electrode configuration comprised of a polyaniline nanopillar (PAN) array working electrode and an Ag/AgCl reference electrode. In order to provide nanostructure, soft lithography using a polymeric blend was employed to create a flexible nanopillar backbone film. Polyaniline-sensing materials were deposited on a patterned-nanopillar array by electrochemical deposition...
November 9, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Weitao Jiang, Biao Lei, Hongzhong Liu, Dong Niu, Tingting Zhao, Bangdao Chen, Lei Yin, Yongsheng Shi, Xiaokang Liu
Directional nanopillars with high-aspect-ratio have wide applications in home or industrial appliances and biomimetic robots. Their fabrication, however, is a challenge for conventional methods. In this study, we propose a simple stretching imprint process to prepare controllable directional (30°-90° in a slanted angle) nanopillars (200-800 nm in diameter) with high aspect ratio (>30) using a microcavity mold, beyond the conventional nanoimprint process, for 1 : 1 pattern transfer from the mold to the replica...
November 18, 2016: Nanoscale
Wei Li, Zhilin Feng, Enwen Dai, Jie Xu, Gang Bai
Here, a silicon nanopillar array (Si-NPA) was fabricated. It was studied as a room-temperature organic vapour sensor, and the ethanol and acetone gas sensing properties were detected with I-V curves. I-V curves show that these Si-NPA gas sensors are sensitive to ethanol and acetone organic vapours. The turn-on threshold voltage is about 0.5 V and the operating voltage is 3 V. With 1% ethanol gas vapour, the response time is 5 s, and the recovery time is 15 s. Furthermore, an evaluation of the gas sensor stability for Si-NPA was performed...
November 9, 2016: Sensors
Antonio Di Bartolomeo, Maurizio Passacantando, Gang Niu, Viktoria Schlykow, Grzegorz Lupina, Filippo Giubileo, Thomas Schroeder
We apply molecular beam epitaxy to grow GeSn-nanoparticles on top of Si-nanopillars patterned onto p-type Si wafers. We use x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy to confirm a metallic behavior of the nanoparticle surface due to partial Sn segregation as well as the presence of a superficial Ge oxide. We report the observation of stable field emission (FE) current from the GeSn-nanoparticles, with turn on field of [Formula: see text] and field enhancement factor β ∼ 100 at anode-cathode distance of ∼0.6 μm...
November 2, 2016: Nanotechnology
Nikita Tretyakov, Periklis Papadopoulos, Doris Vollmer, Hans-Jürgen Butt, Burkhard Dünweg, Kostas Ch Daoulas
Classical density functional theory is applied to investigate the validity of a phenomenological force-balance description of the stability of the Cassie state of liquids on substrates with nanoscale corrugation. A bulk free-energy functional of third order in local density is combined with a square-gradient term, describing the liquid-vapor interface. The bulk free energy is parameterized to reproduce the liquid density and the compressibility of water. The square-gradient term is adjusted to model the width of the water-vapor interface...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Chemical Physics
Zibo Li, Yutong Wu, Jingjie Nan, Xiaoduo Tang, Junhu Zhang, Bai Yang
The degree of crumpling affects the optoelectronic properties of graphene, which are very important for the performance of graphene-based devices and materials. In this article, we report an approach to tune the formation of wrinkles on single-layer graphene (SLG) by silicon nanopillar (SNP) arrays. By using gold nanoparticles as an etching mask, SNP arrays with different heights could be prepared by tuning the duration of etching. The formation of wrinkles on these SNP arrays was studied systematically. We found that thermal treatment could lead to a wrapping behavior of graphene around SNP arrays, which was accompanied by the emergence of many more wrinkles...
November 25, 2016: Nanotechnology
Fan-Ching Chien, Yang-Hong Dai, Chiung Wen Kuo, Peilin Chen
Flexible polymer nanopillar substrates were used to systematically demonstrate cell alignment and migration guided by the directional formation of focal adhesions. The polymer nanopillar substrates were constructed to various height specifications to provide an extensive variation of flexibility; a rectangular arrangement created spatial confinement between adjacent nanopillars, providing less spacing in the horizontal and vertical directions. Three polymer nanopillar substrates with the diameter of 400 nm and the heights of 400, 800, and 1200 nm were fabricated...
October 24, 2016: Nanotechnology
Zsófia Bérces, Kinga Tóth, Gergely Márton, Ildikó Pál, Bálint Kováts-Megyesi, Zoltán Fekete, István Ulbert, Anita Pongrácz
Neural interface technologies including recording and stimulation electrodes are currently in the early phase of clinical trials aiming to help patients with spinal cord injuries, degenerative disorders, strokes interrupting descending motor pathways, or limb amputations. Their lifetime is of key importance; however, it is limited by the foreign body response of the tissue causing the loss of neurons and a reactive astrogliosis around the implant surface. Improving the biocompatibility of implant surfaces, especially promoting neuronal attachment and regeneration is therefore essential...
October 24, 2016: Scientific Reports
Masaru Nakagawa, Akifumi Nakaya, Yasuto Hoshikawa, Shunya Ito, Nobuya Hiroshiba, Takashi Kyotani
Ultraviolet (UV) nanoimprint lithography is a promising nanofabrication technology with cost efficiency and high throughput for sub-20 nm size semiconductor, data storage, and optical devices. To test formability of organic resist mask patterns, we investigated whether the type of polymerizable di(meth)acrylate monomer affected the fabrication of cured resin nanopillars by UV nanoimprinting using molds with pores of around 20 nm. We used carbon-coated, porous, anodic aluminum oxide (AAO) films prepared by electrochemical oxidation and thermal chemical vapor deposition as molds, because the pore diameter distribution in the range of 10-40 nm was suitable for combinatorial testing to investigate whether UV-curable resins comprising each monomer were filled into the mold recesses in UV nanoimprinting...
November 9, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Ilya Razdolski, Yiguo Chen, Alexander J Giles, Sandy Gewinner, Wieland Schöllkopf, Minghui Hong, Martin Wolf, Vincenzo Giannini, Joshua D Caldwell, Stefan A Maier, Alexander Paarmann
We report on the strong enhancement of mid-infrared second-harmonic generation (SHG) from SiC nanopillars due to the resonant excitation of localized surface phonon polaritons within the Reststrahlen band. A strong dependence of the SHG enhancement upon the optical mode distribution was observed. One such mode, the monopole, exhibits an enhancement that is beyond what is anticipated from field localization and dispersion of the linear and nonlinear SiC optical properties. Comparing the results for the identical nanostructures made of 4H and 6H SiC polytypes, we demonstrate the interplay of localized surface phonon polaritons with zone-folded weak phonon modes of the anisotropic crystal...
November 9, 2016: Nano Letters
Ferdi Hizal, Chang-Hwan Choi, Henk J Busscher, Henny C van der Mei
Nanostructured surfaces are extensively considered with respect to their potential impact on bacterial adhesion from aqueous suspensions or air, but in real-life bacteria are often transmitted between surfaces. Mechanistically, transmission involves detachment of adhering bacteria from a donor and adhesion to a receiver surface, controlled by the relative values of the adhesion forces exerted by both surfaces. We here relate staphylococcal adhesion, detachment and transmission to, from, and between smooth and nanopillared-Si surfaces with staphylococcal adhesion forces...
November 9, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
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