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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103487/a-turn-on-thiol-functionalized-fluorescent-carbon-quantum-dot-based-chemosensory-system-for-arsenite-detection
#1
Pooja D, Sonia Saini, Anupma Thakur, Baban Kumar, Sachin Tyagi, Manoj K Nayak
Carbon quantum dots (CQDs) have emerged out as promising fluorescent probes for hazardous heavy metals detection in recent past. In this study, water soluble CQDs were synthesized by facile microwave pyrolysis of citric acid & cysteamine, and functionalized with ditheritheritol to impart thiol functionalities at surface for selective detection of toxic arsenite in water. Microscopic analysis reveals that the synthesized CQDs are of uniform size (diameter ∼5nm) and confirmed to have surface SH groups by FT-IR...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102372/structure-transport-and-photoconductance-of-pbs-quantum-dot-monolayers-functionalized-with-a-copper-phthalocyanine-derivative
#2
A André, C Theurer, J Lauth, S Maiti, M Hodas, M Samadi Khoshkhoo, S Kinge, A J Meixner, F Schreiber, L D A Siebbeles, K Braun, M Scheele
We simultaneously surface-functionalize PbS nanocrystals with Cu 4,4',4'',4'''-tetraaminophthalocyanine and assemble this hybrid material into macroscopic monolayers. Electron microscopy and X-ray scattering reveal a granular mesocrystalline structure with strong coherence between the atomic lattice and the superlattice of nanocrystals within each domain. Terahertz spectroscopy and field-effect transistor measurements indicate efficient coupling of holes throughout the hybrid thin film, in conjunction with a pronounced photoresponse...
January 19, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101854/impurity-location-dependent-relaxation-dynamics-of-cu-cds-quantum-dots
#3
Dayeon Choi, Ji-Young Pyo, Du-Jeon Jang
Various types of 2% Cu-incorporated CdS (Cu:CdS) quantum dots (QDs) with very similar sizes have been prepared via a water soluble colloidal method. The locations of Cu impurities in CdS host nanocrystals have been controlled by adopting three different synthetic ways of doping, exchange, and adsorption to understand the impurity location-dependent relaxation dynamics of charge carriers. The oxidation state of incorporated Cu impurities has been found to be +1 and the band-gap energy of Cu:CdS QDs decreases as Cu2S forms at the surfaces of CdS QDs...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101766/crossing-the-blood-brain-barrier-recent-advances-in-drug-delivery-to-the-brain
#4
Mayur M Patel, Bhoomika M Patel
CNS disorders are on the rise despite advancements in our understanding of their pathophysiological mechanisms. A major hurdle to the treatment of these disorders is the blood-brain barrier (BBB), which serves as an arduous janitor to protect the brain. Many drugs are being discovered for CNS disorders, which, however fail to enter the market because of their inability to cross the BBB. This is a pronounced challenge for the pharmaceutical fraternity. Hence, in addition to the discovery of novel entities and drug candidates, scientists are also developing new formulations of existing drugs for brain targeting...
January 18, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100441/assessing-the-efficacy-of-an-app-based-method-of-family-planning-the-dot-study-protocol
#5
Rebecca G Simmons, Dominick C Shattuck, Victoria H Jennings
BACKGROUND: Some 222 million women worldwide have unmet needs for contraception; they want to avoid pregnancy, but are not using a contraceptive method, primarily because of concerns about side effects associated with most available methods. Expanding contraceptive options-particularly fertility awareness options that provide women with information about which days during their menstrual cycles they are likely to become pregnant if they have unprotected intercourse-has the potential to reduce unmet need...
January 18, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100050/charge-carrier-hopping-dynamics-in-homogeneously-broadened-pbs-quantum-dot-solids
#6
Rachel H Gilmore, Elizabeth M Y Lee, Mark C Weidman, Adam P Willard, William A Tisdale
Energetic disorder in quantum dot solids adversely impacts charge carrier transport in quantum dot solar cells and electronic devices. Here, we use ultrafast transient absorption spectroscopy to show that homogeneously broadened PbS quantum dot arrays (σhom(2):σinh(2)>19:1, σinh/kBT<0.4) can be realized if quantum dot batches are sufficiently monodisperse (δ ≲ 3.3%). Homogeneous linewidth is found to be an inverse function of quantum dot size, monotonically increasing from ~25 meV for the largest quantum dots (5...
January 19, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099955/dermoscopy-of-granuloma-annulare-a-clinical-and-histological-correlation-study
#7
Enzo Errichetti, Aimilios Lallas, Zoe Apalla, Alessandro Di Stefani, Giuseppe Stinco
BACKGROUND: Dermoscopy of granuloma annulare has been investigated by several studies, but none of them took into account the variability of dermoscopic findings according to clinical characteristics and/or histological subtype. OBJECTIVE: To describe the dermoscopic features of classic granuloma annulare and seek possible dermoscopic clues related to specific clinical findings/histological subpatterns. METHODS: A representative dermoscopic image of a target lesion (the most active lesion underwent histological examination) was retrospectively assessed for the presence of specific morphological findings, correlating them with clinical variables, i...
January 19, 2017: Dermatology: International Journal for Clinical and Investigative Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099009/thickness-controlled-quasi-two-dimensional-colloidal-pbse-nanoplatelets
#8
Weon-Kyu Koh, Naveen Kumar Dandu, Andrew F Fidler, Victor I Klimov, Jeffrey M Pietryga, Svetlana V Kilina
We demonstrate controlled synthesis of discrete two-dimensional (2D) PbSe nanoplatelets (NPLs), with measureable photoluminescence, via oriented attachment directed by quantum dot (QD) surface chemistry. Halide passivation is critical to the growth of these (100) face-dominated NPLs, as corroborated by density functional theory studies. PbCl2 moieties attached to the (111) and (110) of small nanocrystals form interparticle bridges, aligning the QDs and leading to attachment. We find that a 2D bridging network is energetically favored over a 3D network, driving the formation of NPLs...
January 18, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098973/electrochemiluminescence-detection-of-escherichia-coli-o157-h7-based-on-a-novel-polydopamine-surface-imprinted-polymer-biosensor
#9
Shufan Chen, Xueqian Chen, Lijuan Zhang, Juanjuan Gao, Qiang Ma
In this paper, a facilely prepared electrochemiluminescence (ECL) biosensor was developed for Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157:H7 quantitative detection based on polydopamine (PDA) surface imprinted polymer (SIP) and nitrogen-doped graphene quantum dots (N-GQDs). N-GQDs with a high quantum yield of 43.2% were synthesized. The uniform PDA SIP film for E. coli O157:H7 was established successfully with a facile route. The dopamine and E. coli O157:H7 were mixed and electropolymerized directly on the electrode. After removed E...
January 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098736/foveal-exudate-and-choroidal-neovascularization-in-atypical-cases-of-multiple-evanescent-white-dot-syndrome
#10
Kevin C Chen, Marcela Marsiglia, Rosa Dolz-Marco, Sarwar Zahid, Sarah Mrejen, Jose S Pulido, Salomon Y Cohen, Benjamin Freilich, Lawrence A Yannuzzi, K Bailey Freund
PURPOSE: To describe atypical cases of multiple evanescent white dot syndrome (MEWDS) associated with foveal exudation, increased choroidal thickness, and secondary Type 2 (subretinal) neovascularization. METHODS: Four cases of atypical MEWDS were studied at a retina referral center. Patients underwent evaluation with multimodal retinal imaging, including fluorescein angiography, indocyanine green angiography, spectral-domain and enhanced depth imaging optical coherence tomography (OCT)...
January 16, 2017: Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097655/hermaphroditism-in-the-dash-and-dot-goatfish-parupeneus-barberinus
#11
K Longenecker, R Langston, M Crane
Presence of bisexual individuals and a sex-specific bimodal size distribution are suggestive of protogyny in the dash-and-dot goatfish Parupeneus barberinus, but the most parsimonious interpretation of histological analysis is juvenile hermaphroditism. This is the first report of hermaphroditism in the Mullidae.
January 18, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095447/identification-and-characterization-of-single-chain-antibodies-that-specifically-bind-gi-noroviruses
#12
Amy M Hurwitz, Wanzhi Huang, Baijun Kou, Mary K Estes, Robert L Atmar, Timothy Palzkill
Norovirus infections commonly lead to outbreaks of acute gastroenteritis and spread quickly, resulting in many health and economic challenges prior to diagnosis. Rapid and reliable diagnostic tests are therefore essential to identify infections and to guide the appropriate clinical responses at the point-of-care. Existing tools, including RT-PCR and enzyme immunoassays, pose several limitations based on the significant time, equipment and expertise required to elicit results. Immunochromatographic assays available for use at the point-of-care have poor sensitivity and specificity, especially for genogroup I noroviruses, thus requiring confirmation of results with more sensitive testing methods...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095371/implementation-of-transmission-functions-for-an-optimized-three-terminal-quantum-dot-heat-engine
#13
Christian H Schiegg, Michael Dzierzawa, Ulrich Eckern
We consider two modifications of a recently proposed three-terminal quantum dot heat engine. First, we investigate the necessity of the thermalization assumption, namely that electrons are always thermalized by inelastic processes when traveling across the cavity where the heat is supplied. Second, we analyze various arrangements of tunneling-coupled quantum dots in order to implement a transmission function that is superior to the Lorentzian transmission function of a single quantum dot. We show that the maximum power of the heat engine can be improved by about a factor of two, even for a small number of dots, by choosing an optimal structure...
January 17, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094404/excitation-wavelength-independent-visible-color-emission-of-carbon-dots
#14
Hua Wang, Chun Sun, Xingru Chen, Yu Zhang, Vicki L Colvin, Quinton Rice, Jaetae Seo, Shengyu Feng, Shengnian Wang, William W Yu
Carbon dots (CDs) usually emit a strong blue light and excitation wavelength dependent long wavelength lights. This significantly limits their applications because one has to use a series of different excitation light sources to get different colors and the long wavelength emissions are usually very weak. We found that one type of CDs synthesized from p-phenylenediamine could emit various long wavelength lights (green to red) independent of the excitation wavelength when dispersed in different solvents. The photoluminescence quantum yields of the same CDs were 10-35% in different solvents for different color emissions...
January 17, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093951/qualitative-comparison-of-polyethylene-terephthalate-flakes-from-various-collection-systems-in-germany
#15
H Snell, A Nassour, M Nelles
In 2003, a deposit system for one-way packaging was introduced in Germany. Since that time, polyethylene terephthalate beverage packaging is collected through various collection systems, a deposit system, a reusable packaging system and the 'Green Dot' (the dual system) with the yellow bag. The manner of collection had a decisive influence on the quality of the generated recycled materials. The research at hand shows for the first time how the quality of polyethylene terephthalate flakes depends on the type of collection system...
January 1, 2017: Waste Management & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093904/supramolecular-polymer-dot-ensemble-for-ratiometric-detection-of-lectins-and-targeted-delivery-of-imaging-agents
#16
Chang-Zheng Wang, Jia-Li Chen, Ying Tang, Yi Zang, Guo-Rong Chen, Tony D James, Jia Li, Changfeng Wu, Xiao-Peng He
A supramolecular, polymer-dot-based ensemble has been developed for the ratiometric detection of lectins and targeted delivery of glycoprobes. Self-assembly between a blue-emitting polymer dot and a red-emitting glycoprobe, results in an ensemble that shows red emission upon excitation of the polymer dot because of Förster resonance energy transfer. Resulting in ratiometric detection of lectins in buffer solution as well as targeted delivery of the glycoprobe to cells that highly express a sugar receptor. Unlike conventional systems where both the agent and vector are codelivered intracellularly, our ensemble developed here shows a receptor-controlled dissociation on the cell membrane...
January 19, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093903/selectivity-enhancement-in-heterogeneous-photocatalytic-transformations
#17
Jiahui Kou, Chunhua Lu, Jian Wang, Yukai Chen, Zhongzi Xu, Rajender S Varma
Photocatalysis has been invariably considered as an unselective process (especially in water) for a fairly long period of time, and the investigation on selective photocatalysis has been largely neglected. In recent years, the field of selective photocatalysis is developing rapidly and now extended to several newer applications. This review focuses on the overall strategies which can improve the selectivity of photocatalysis encompassing a wide variety of photocatalysts, and modifications thereof, as well as the related vital processes of industrial significance such as reduction and oxidation of organics, inorganics, and CO2 transformation...
January 17, 2017: Chemical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093600/vascular-patterns-in-cutaneous-ulcerated-basal-cell-carcinoma-a-retrospective-blinded-study-including-dermoscopy
#18
Nicola Arpaia, Angela Filoni, Domenico Bonamonte, Giuseppe Giudice, Margherita Fanelli, Michelangelo Vestita
The aim of this retrospective study was to determine the type and prevalence of vascular patterns in the ulcerated and non-ulcerated portions of histologically proven basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) and correlate them with other dermoscopic and clinical features, including the clinically supposed diagnosis. Three authors retrospectively collected 156 clinical and 156 dermoscopic digital images of ulcerated BCCs (histologically confirmed); each image was blindly evaluated by 2 other authors, who did not know the histological diagnosis...
January 17, 2017: Acta Dermato-venereologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093297/bottom-up-synthesis-of-carbon-nanoparticles-with-higher-doxorubicin-efficacy
#19
Samer Bayda, Mohamad Hadla, Stefano Palazzolo, Vinit Kumar, Isabella Caligiuri, Emmanuele Ambrosi, Enrico Pontoglio, Marco Agostini, Tiziano Tuccinardi, Alvise Benedetti, Pietro Riello, Vincenzo Canzonieri, Giuseppe Corona, Giuseppe Toffoli, Flavio Rizzolio
Nanomedicine requires intelligent and non-toxic nanomaterials for real clinical applications. Carbon materials possess interesting properties but with some limitations due to toxic effects. Interest in carbon nanoparticles (CNPs) is increasing because they are considered green materials with tunable optical properties, overcoming the problem of toxicity associated with quantum dots or nanocrystals, and can be utilized as smart drug delivery systems. Using black tea as a raw material, we synthesized CNPs with a narrow size distribution, tunable optical properties covering visible to deep red absorption, non-toxicity and easy synthesis for large-scale production...
January 13, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093078/treatment-outcomes-for-multidrug-resistant-tuberculosis-under-dots-plus-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-published-studies
#20
Kelemu Tilahun Kibret, Yonatan Moges, Peter Memiah, Sibhatu Biadgilign
BACKGROUND: Anti-tuberculosis drug resistance is a major public health problem that threatens the progress made in tuberculosis care and control worldwide. Treatment success rates of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is a key issue that cannot be ignored. There is a paucity of evidence that assessed studies on the treatment of MDR-TB, which focus on the effectiveness of the directly observed treatment, short-course (DOTS)-Plus program. Therefore, it is crucial to assess and summarize the overall treatment outcomes for MDR-TB patients enrolled in the DOTS-Plus program in recent years...
January 17, 2017: Infectious Diseases of Poverty
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