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Stefanie L Rashti
BACKGROUND: Solid-organ transplants provide a second chance to thousands of critically ill patients with end-organ failure each year. Immunosuppressants are administered to patients to prevent graft rejection of a transplanted organ, such as a heart, kidney, or liver, while placing the recipient at greater risk for infection and cancer. OBJECTIVE: The literature provides evidence of various cancers that have been found to develop in patients' posttransplantation...
January 12, 2018: Cancer Nursing
Weichun Huang, Chenyang Xing, Yunzheng Wang, Zhongjun Li, Leiming Wu, Dingtao Ma, Xiaoyu Dai, Yuanjiang Xiang, Jianqing Li, Dianyuan Fan, Han Zhang
Two-dimensional (2D) bismuth(iii) sulfide (Bi2S3) nanosheets as non-toxic graphene-like nanomaterials were successfully fabricated by a facile liquid phase exfoliation (LPE) method. A robust photodetector employing a Bi2S3 nanosheet film has been fabricated for the first time via a facile fabrication process on an ITO-coated glass. UV-Vis and Raman spectroscopy techniques were carried out and they confirmed the inherent optical and physical properties of Bi2S3 nanosheets. Photoelectrochemical (PEC) measurements demonstrate that a significantly higher photocurrent density (42 μA cm-2) and enhanced photoresponsivity (210 μA W-1), at a lower bias potential in alkaline solution, of the Bi2S3 nanosheet-based photodetector are achieved, compared with those of other 2D nanomaterial-based photodetectors under light irradiation...
January 15, 2018: Nanoscale
Yejing Dai, Xingfu Wang, Wenbo Peng, Cheng Xu, Changsheng Wu, Kai Dong, Ruiyuan Liu, Zhong Lin Wang
Cadmium sulfide (CdS) has received widespread attention as the building block of optoelectronic devices due to its extraordinary optoelectronic properties, low work function, and excellent thermal and chemical stability. Here, a self-powered flexible photodetector (PD) based on p-Si/n-CdS nanowires heterostructure is fabricated. By introducing the pyro-phototronic effect derived from wurtzite structured CdS, the self-powered PD shows a broadband response range, even beyond the bandgap limitation, from UV (325 nm) to near infrared (1550 nm) under zero bias with fast response speed...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
Lin Wang, Xuefeng Shi, Yaqian Wu, Jian Zhang, Yuejun Zhu, Jinben Wang
A novel supramolecular hydrogel was designed and constructed by molecular self-assembly of a cationic gemini surfactant, 1,3-bis(N,N-dimethyl-N-cetylammonium)-2-propylacrylate dibromide (AGC16), and an anionic aromatic compound, trisodium 1,3,6-naphthalenetrisulfonate (NTS). Owing to its unique structure, the hydrogel (abbreviated as AGC16/NTS) has the potential to be used as a multifunctional drug delivery system. The structure and properties of AGC16/NTS were characterized by rheological measurements, differential scanning calorimetry, variable-temperature 1H nuclear magnetic resonance, ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy, variable-temperature fluorescence emission spectroscopy, cryogenic scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction methods...
January 15, 2018: Soft Matter
Zoe R Todd, Albert C Fahrenbach, Christopher J Magnani, Sukrit Ranjan, Anders Björkbom, Jack W Szostak, Dimitar D Sasselov
UV-driven photoredox processing of cyanocuprates can generate simple sugars necessary for prebiotic synthesis. We investigate the wavelength dependence of this process from 215 to 295 nm and generally observe faster rates at shorter wavelengths. The most efficient wavelengths are accessible to a range of potential prebiotic atmospheres, supporting the potential role of cyanocuprate photochemistry in prebiotic synthesis on the early Earth.
January 15, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
Debasree Burman, Sumita Santra, Panchanan Pramanik, Prasanta Kumar Guha
In this work, we report the fabrication of a low power, humidity sensor where platinum nanoparticles (NPs) decorated few-layered Molybdenum disulphide (MoS<sub>2</sub>) nanoflakes have been used as the sensing layer. A mixed solvent was used to exfoliate the nanoflakes from the bulk powder. Then the Pt/MoS<sub>2</sub> composites were prepared by reducing Pt NPs from chloroplatinic acid hexahydrate using a novel reduction technique using sulfide salt. The successful reduction and composite preparation were confirmed using various material characterization tools like Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), X-Ray Diffraction (XRD), X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (XPS), Raman spectroscopy and UV-visible spectroscopy (UV-Vis)...
January 15, 2018: Nanotechnology
Cuihua Hu, Ningning Ma, Fei Li, Yu Fang, Yao Liu, Linlu Zhao, Shanpeng Qiao, Xiumei Li, Xiaojia Jiang, Tiezhu Li, Fangzhong Shen, Yibing Huang, Quan Luo, Junqiu Liu
Highly stable giant supramolecular vesicles were constructed by hierarchical self-assembly of cucurbit[8]uril (CB[8])-based supra-amphiphiles for photoresponsive and targeted intracellular drug delivery. These smart vesicles can encapsulate the model drugs with high loading efficiencies, and then release them by manipulating photoswitchable CB[8] heteroternary complexation to regulate the formation and dissociation of supra-amphiphiles that cause dramatic morphological changes of the assemblies to achieve remote optically-controlled drug delivery...
January 15, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Timo Stukenkemper, Xavier Paquez, M W G M Verhoeven, Emiel J M Hensen, Aylvin A Dias, Dermot F Brougham, Andreas Heise
Silicon wafers are decorated with photoamine generator 4,5-dimethoxy-2-nitrobenzyl 3-(triethoxysilyl)propyl carbamate. UV-irradiation in the presence of benzyl-l-glutamate N-carboxyanhydride is carried out, resulting in the release of the surface-bound primary amines, making them viable N-carboxyanhydride (NCA) polymerization initiators. Successful polypeptide grafting is confirmed by water contact angle measurements as well as by ellipsometry, revealing a poly(benzyl-l-glutamate) (PBLG) layer of ≈3 nm. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy confirms the presence of amide groups in the grafted PBLG while time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy provides additional evidence for the presence of PBLG on the surface...
January 15, 2018: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
Marina Picot-Groz, Hélène Fenet, Maria Jesus Martinez Bueno, David Rosain, Elena Gomez
The presence of personal care products (PCPs) in the marine environment is of major concern. PCPs, UV filters, and musks can enter the marine environment indirectly through wastewater or directly via recreational activities. We conducted this study to document patterns in the occurrence of seven PCPs at three coastal sites impacted by recreational activities during 1 day. The study focused on diurnal variations in these seven PCPs in seawater and indigenous mussels. In seawater, UV filters showed diurnal variations that mirrored variations in recreational activities at the sites...
January 15, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Hardik Sonani, Sohail Abdul Salim, Vishnu V Garla, Anna Wile, Venkataraman Palabindala
BACKGROUND Bullosis diabeticorum (BD) is a condition characterized by recurrent, spontaneous, and non-inflammatory blistering in patients with poorly controlled diabetes mellitus. While etiopathogenesis remains unclear, roles of neuropathy, vasculopathy and UV light are hypothesized. Most literature reports negative direct and indirect immunofluorescence findings in diabetics with bullous eruptions. Porphyria cutanea tarda, bullous pemphigoid, epidermolysis bullosa, and pseudoporphyria are other differential diagnoses of bullous lesions, and they must be excluded...
January 15, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
Shin-Ichi Ohira, Takayuki Yamasaki, Takumi Koda, Yuko Kodama, Kei Toda
Preconcentration is an effective way to improve analytical sensitivity. Many types of methods are used for enrichment of ionic solute analytes. However, current methods are batchwise and include procedures such as trapping and elution. In this manuscript, we propose in-line electrodialytic enrichment of ionic solutes. The method can enrich ionic solutes within seconds by quantitative transfer of analytes from the sample solution to the acceptor solution under an electric field. Because of quantitative ion transfer, the enrichment factor (the ratio of the concentration in the sample and to that in the obtained acceptor solution) only depends on the flow rate ratio of the sample solution to the acceptor solution...
April 1, 2018: Talanta
Peifa Wei, Jing-Xuan Zhang, Zheng Zhao, Yuncong Chen, Xuewen He, Ming Chen, Junyi Gong, Herman H-Y Sung, Ian D Williams, Jacky W Y Lam, Ben Zhong Tang
Seeking new methods to obtain elaborate artificial on-demand photoswitching with multiple functionalities remains challenging. Most of the systems reported so far possess only one specific function and their non-emissive nature in the aggregated state inevitably limit their applications. Herein, a tailored cyanostilbene-based molecule with aggregation-induced emission characteristic was synthesized and was found to exhibit efficient, multiple and controllable photoswitching behaviors under different conditions...
January 14, 2018: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Klaiani B Fontana, Giane G Lenzi, Eriton C R Seára, Eduardo S Chaves
The oxidation of As(III) to As(V) in aqueous solution was evaluated using heterogeneous photocatalysis and photolysis. The influence of TiO2 as catalyst in different crystalline (rutile, anatase) and commercial forms was evaluated in a batch reactor and an insignificant difference was observed between them. The process by photocatalysis reached up to 97% As(III) oxidation and no significant difference was observed comparing to results obtained by photolysis. The photolysis experiments (UV radiation only), also carried out in a batch system, showed a high oxidation rate of As(III) (90% in 20min)...
January 11, 2018: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Amir Mirzaei, Laleh Yerushalmi, Zhi Chen, Fariborz Haghighat, Jianbo Guo
The presence of antibiotics in water bodies has received increasing attention since they are continuously introduced and detected in the environment and may cause unpredictable environmental hazards and risks. The photocatalytic degradation of sulfamethoxazole (SMX) by ZnO in the presence of fluoride ions (F-ZnO) was evaluated. The effects of operating parameters on the efficiency of SMX removal were investigated by using response surface methodology (RSM). Under the optimum condition, i.e. photocatalyst dosage = 1...
January 11, 2018: Water Research
Jiayu Tian, Cuiwei Wu, Huarong Yu, Shanshan Gao, Guibai Li, Fuyi Cui, Fangshu Qu
Membrane fouling is a recognized obstacle for the application of ultrafiltration (UF) for drinking water treatment. In this study, ultraviolet/persulfate (UV/PS) oxidation was employed as a pretreatment to control membrane fouling caused by natural organic matter (NOM) in surface water. The effects of UV/PS pretreatment on amounts and characteristics of NOM were investigated in terms of dissolved organic carbon, fluorescent spectrum, molecular weight distribution and hydrophobicity. UF membrane fouling during filtration of raw and pre-oxidized water was compared with transmembrane pressure development, and the fouled membranes were further characterized using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)...
January 5, 2018: Water Research
Jorge L Cholula-Díaz, Diana Lomelí-Marroquín, Bidhan Pramanick, Alfonso Nieto-Argüello, Luis A Cantú-Castillo, Hyundoo Hwang
Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) has an essential role in the human body mainly due to its antioxidant function. In this work, metallic silver nanoparticle (AgNP) colloids were used in SERS experiments to detect ascorbic acid in aqueous solution. The AgNPs were synthesized by a green method using potato starch as reducing and stabilizing agent, and water as the solvent. The optical properties of the yellowish as-synthesized silver colloids were characterized by UV-vis spectroscopy, in which besides a typical band at 410 nm related to the localized surface plasmon resonance of the silver nanoparticles, a shoulder band around 500 nm, due to silver nanoparticle cluster formation, is presented when relatively higher concentrations of starch are used in the synthesis...
December 29, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Fatih Ongul, Sureyya Aydin Yuksel, Cagdas Allahverdi, Sinem Bozar, Mehmet Kazici, Serap Gunes
In this study, the high quality CdSe nanocrystals (NCs) capped with stearic acid were synthesized in a solvent and then purified four times by using the precipitation and redissolution process. The average size of the synthesized CdSe NCs was determined ~3.0nm via transmission electron microscopy (TEM) measurement and their corresponding optical band edge energy was also calculated as ~2.1eV using ultraviolet-visible (UV-Vis) absorption spectroscopy. The bulk heterojunction (BHJ) hybrid solar cells based on a ternary system including P3HT, PCBM and CdSe NCs at different weight concentrations (0wt%, 0...
January 5, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Javid Hussain, Fazal Mabood, Ahmed Al-Harrasi, Liaqat Ali, Tania Shamim Rizvi, Farah Jabeen, Syed Abdullah Gilani, Shehla Shinwari, Mushtaq Ahmad, Zahra Khalfan Alabri, Said Hamood Salim Al Ghawi
Flavonoids are natural antioxidants derived from plants and commonly found in a variety of foods to sequester free radicals. Quercetin, belonging to flavonol subclass of flavonoids, has received considerable attention because of its wide uses as a nutritional supplement as well as a phytochemical remedy for a number of diseases. In the current study, quantification of quercetin was carried out in two medicinally important flavonoid rich plant Ziziphus mucronata and Ziziphus sativa. Emission spectroscopy was utilized as a new method coupled with Partial Least Squares Regression (PLSR) and the cross validation was done by UV-Visible spectroscopy...
January 6, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Mahsa Khalili, Mahmoud Reza Sohrabi, Vahid Mirzabeygi, Nahid Torabi Ziaratgahi
Partial least squares (PLS), different families of continuous wavelet transform (CWT), and first derivative spectrophotometry (DS) techniques were studied for quantification of Sofosbuvir (SFB) and Ledipasvir (LDV) simultaneously without separation step. The components were dissolved in Acetonitrile and the spectral behaviors were evaluated in the range of 200 to 400nm. The ultraviolet (UV) absorbance of LDV exhibits no interferences between 300 and 400nm and it was decided to predict the LDV amount through the classic spectrophotometry (CS) method in this spectral region as well...
January 6, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Krzysztof Zdunek, Rafał Chodun, Bartosz Wicher, Katarzyna Nowakowska-Langier, Sebastian Okrasa
This paper presents the results of investigations of carbon films deposited by a modified version of the magnetron sputtering method - HiPGIMS (High Power Gas Injection Magnetron Sputtering). In this experiment, the magnetron system with inversely polarized electrodes (sputtered cathode at ground potential and positively biased, spatially separated anode) was used. This arrangement allowed us to conduct the experiment using voltages ranging from 1 to 2kV and a power supply system equipped with 25/50μF capacitor battery...
January 5, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
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