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Kunfeng Chen, Dongfeng Xue, Sridhar Komarneni
Nanoclay assisted electrochemical exfoliation was developed to in-situ form functionalized graphene electrode materials from pencil core with different ratios of graphite and clay. This method made a positive transformation from solid graphite to graphene colloidal solution, which can be used to construct binder- and additive-free thin-film electrodes. Exfoliated graphene can be served as both conductive current collector (film resistance of 33Ω/square) and electrode materials. Graphene thin-film electrodes from pencil cores displayed higher capacity of 224 than 80mAh/g of that from pure graphite...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Chellakannu Rajkumar, Balamurugan Thirumalraj, Shen-Ming Chen, His-An Chen
In this study, we demonstrate a simple preparation of graphite (GR) sheets assisted with gelatin (GLN) polypeptide composite was developed for sensitive detection of dopamine (DA) sensor. The GR/GLN composite was prepared by GR powder in GLN solution (5mg/mL) via sonication process. The prepared GR/GLN composite displays well dispersion ability in biopolymer matrix and characterized via scanning electron microscope (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) studies...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Isabel P G Fernandes, Ana Maria Oliveira-Brett
Calmodulin (CaM) is an essential protein present in all eukaryote cells, ranging from vertebrates to unicellular organisms. CaM is the most important Ca(2+) signalling protein, composed of two domains, N- and C-terminal domains, linked by a flexible central α-helix, and is responsible for the regulation of numerous calcium-mediated signalling pathways. Four calcium ions bind to CaM, changing its conformation and determining how it recognizes and regulates its cellular targets. The oxidation mechanism of native and denatured CaM, at a glassy carbon electrode, was investigated using differential pulse voltammetry and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy...
October 7, 2016: Bioelectrochemistry
Matteo Bonomo, Danilo Dini, Andrea Giacomo Marrani
The adsorption of I(-) and I3(-) anions, i.e. the two species constituting the most common redox couple of dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs), onto the surface of screen-printed nanoporous NiO was studied by means of X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). Mesoporous NiO films were deposited on transparent metallic fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) and polarized as working electrodes in a three-electrode cell with differently concentrated I(-)/I3(-) electrolytes to simulate the different conditions experienced by the NiO cathodes during the lifecycle of a p-type DSC (p-DSC) at those atomic sites not passivated by the dye...
October 21, 2016: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Piotr Stefański
We consider a model of a Josephson junction mediated by a quantum dot. An additional normal electrode coupled to the dot allows its density of states to be probed. The junction is made out of two topological superconducting wires with Majorana end states. The two of them, on each side and in the proximity of the junction, convert into a Dirac fermion inside the dot. It is shown that both the density of states of the dot and the phase-biased current through the junction can exhibit [Formula: see text] periodicity in the superconducting phase difference, when the particle-hole symmetry of the junction is broken...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Damoon Sohrabi Baba Heidary, Clive A Randall
Both Li2CO3-coated nickel particles and fast firing technique were utilized in the manufacturing of MLCCs. They preserved the conductivity of Ni electrodes and provided the possibility of sintering the devices in oxidizing atmospheres. By using our method, the partial pressure of oxygen increase from 10-10 atm in conventional methods to 10-4 atm. The oxidizing atmosphere reduced the oxygen vacancy concentration as illustrated by the color change of the samples, and the results of EELS (electron energy loss spectroscopy)...
October 21, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Dongliang Chao, Pei Liang, Zhen Chen, Linyi Bai, He Shen, Xiaoxu Liu, Xinhui Xia, Yanli Zhao, Serguei V Savilov, Jianyi Lin, Ze Xiang Shen
The abundant reservation and low cost of sodium have provoked tremendous evolution of Na-ion batteries (SIBs) in the past few years, but their performances were still limited either by the specific capacity or rate capability. Attempts to pursuit high-rate ability with maintained high-capacity in a single electrode remains even more challenging. Here, an elaborate self-branched 2D SnS2 (B-SnS2) nanoarrays electrode is designed by a facile hot bath method for Na storage. This interesting electrode exhibits areal reversible capacity of ca...
October 21, 2016: ACS Nano
Fengjiao Chen, Qishan Zhu, Yeyun Wang, Wei Cui, Xiaodong Su, Yanguang Li
Increasing attention has now been focused on the photoelectrochemical (PEC) hydrogen evolution as a promising route to transform solar energy into chemical fuels. Silicon is one of the most studied PEC electrode materials, but its performance is still limited by its inherent PEC instability and electrochemical inertness toward water splitting. To achieve significant PEC activities, silicon-based photoelectrodes usually have to be coupled with proper cocatalysts, and thus formed semiconductor/cocatalyst interface represents a critical structural parameter in the rational design of efficient PEC devices...
October 21, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Ellen L Mintz, Juliana A Passipieri, Daniel Y Lovell, George J Christ
Despite the regenerative capacity of skeletal muscle, permanent functional and/or cosmetic deficits (e.g., volumetric muscle loss (VML) resulting from traumatic injury, disease and various congenital, genetic and acquired conditions are quite common. Tissue engineering and regenerative medicine technologies have enormous potential to provide a therapeutic solution. However, utilization of biologically relevant animal models in combination with longitudinal assessments of pertinent functional measures are critical to the development of improved regenerative therapeutics for treatment of VML-like injuries...
October 7, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Yazan M Dweiri, Matthew A Stone, Dustin J Tyler, Grant A McCallum, Dominique M Durand
Many attempts have been made to manufacture multi-contact nerve cuff electrodes that are safe, robust and reliable for long term neuroprosthetic applications. This protocol describes a fabrication technique of a modified cylindrical nerve cuff electrode to meet these criteria. Minimum computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD and CAM) skills are necessary to consistently produce cuffs with high precision (contact placement 0.51 ± 0.04 mm) and various cuff sizes. The precision in spatially distributing the contacts and the ability to retain a predefined geometry accomplished with this design are two criteria essential to optimize the cuff's interface for selective recording and stimulation...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Qingwang Lian, Gang Zhou, Xiaohui Zeng, Chen Wu, Yuehua Wei, Chao Cui, Weifeng Wei, Libao Chen, Cheng-Chao Li
Carbon coated SnS/SnO2 heterostructures wrapping on the carbon nanofibers (C@SnS/SnO2@CNFs) was demonstrated to have excellent performance as an anode material for Li-ion batteries. C@SnS/SnO2@CNFs electrode deliver high reversible capacity of 826.8 mAh g(-1) (500(th) cycle) at the current density of 1.0 A g(-1). However, an interesting phenomenon of increasing capacity on cycling can be observed. According to the analysis of the evolution of structure and electrochemical property, C@SnS/SnO2@CNFs is demonstrated to experience the progress of conversion from nanowalls containing polycrystals into amorphous nanosheets with high porosity and larger surface upon cycling...
October 21, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Nejc Hodnik, Claudio Baldizzone, George Polymeros, Simon Geiger, Jan-Philipp Grote, Serhiy Cherevko, Andrea Mingers, Aleksandar Zeradjanin, Karl J J Mayrhofer
The recycling of precious metals, for example, platinum, is an essential aspect of sustainability for the modern industry and energy sectors. However, due to its resistance to corrosion, platinum-leaching techniques rely on high reagent consumption and hazardous processes, for example, boiling aqua regia; a mixture of concentrated nitric and hydrochloric acid. Here we demonstrate that complete dissolution of metallic platinum can be achieved by induced surface potential alteration, an 'electrode-less' process utilizing alternatively oxidative and reductive gases...
October 21, 2016: Nature Communications
Marijn Bart Martens, Monica Frega, Jessica Classen, Lisa Epping, Elske Bijvank, Marco Benevento, Hans van Bokhoven, Paul Tiesinga, Dirk Schubert, Nael Nadif Kasri
Heterozygous mutations or deletions in the human Euchromatin histone methyltransferase 1 (EHMT1) gene cause Kleefstra syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder that is characterized by autistic-like features and severe intellectual disability (ID). Neurodevelopmental disorders including ID and autism may be related to deficits in activity-dependent wiring of brain circuits during development. Although Kleefstra syndrome has been associated with dendritic and synaptic defects in mice and Drosophila, little is known about the role of EHMT1 in the development of cortical neuronal networks...
October 21, 2016: Scientific Reports
Dureid Qazzazie, Mohammad Halhouli, Olena Yurchenko, Gerald Urban
The lack of performance of graphene-based electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction (ORR) is a major concern for fuel cells which can be mastered using nanocomposites. This work is highlighted by the optimization of nitrogen(N)-doped graphene/carbon nanotubes (CNTs) nanocomposite's ORR performance examined by galvanostatic measurements in realistically approached glucose half-cells. Obtained results mark an essential step for the development of nanocarbon-based cathodes, as we specifically evaluate the electrode performance under real fuel cell conditions...
October 21, 2016: Nanotechnology
Wang-Taek Hwang, Misook Min, Hyunhak Jeong, Dongku Kim, Jingon Jang, Daekyung Yoo, Yeonsik Jang, Jun-Woo Kim, Jiyoung Yoon, Seungjun Chung, Gyu-Chul Yi, Hyoyoung Lee, Gunuk Wang, Takhee Lee
We investigated the electrical characteristics and the charge transport mechanism of pentacene vertical hetero-structures with graphene electrodes. The devices are composed of vertical stacks of silicon, silicon dioxide, graphene, pentacene, and gold. These vertical heterojunctions exhibited distinct transport characteristics depending on the applied bias direction, which originates from different electrode contacts (graphene and gold contacts) to the pentacene layer. These asymmetric contacts cause a current rectification and current modulation induced by the gate field-dependent bias direction...
October 21, 2016: Nanotechnology
Gustavo Rios, Evgueniy V Lubenov, Derrick Chi, Michael L Roukes, Athanassios G Siapas
Computations in brain circuits involve the coordinated activation of large populations of neurons distributed across brain areas. However, monitoring neuronal activity in the brain of intact animals with high temporal and spatial resolution has remained a technological challenge. Here we address this challenge by developing dense, three-dimensional (3-D) electrode arrays for electrophysiology. The 3-D arrays constitute the front-end of a modular and configurable system architecture that enables monitoring neuronal activity with unprecedented scale and resolution...
October 21, 2016: Nano Letters
Xiayin Yao, Deng Liu, Chunsheng Wang, Peng Long, Gang Peng, Yong-Sheng Hu, Hong Li, Liquan Chen, Xiaoxiong Xu
High energy and power densities are the greatest challenge for all-solid-state lithium batteries due to the poor interfacial compatibility between electrodes and electrolytes as well as low lithium ion transfer kinetics in solid materials. Intimate contact at the cathode/solid electrolyte interface and high ionic conductivity of solid electrolyte are crucial to realize high-performance all-solid-state lithium batteries. Here we report a general interfacial architecture, i.e. Li7P3S11 electrolyte particles anchored on cobalt sulfide nanosheets, by an in situ liquid-phase appraoch...
October 21, 2016: Nano Letters
W Xia, C D Mørch, D Matre, O K Andersen
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to explore conditioned pain modulation (CPM) effect on long-term potentiation (LTP)-like pain amplification induced by cutaneous 10-Hz conditioning electrical stimulation (CES). METHODS: Conditioned pain modulation was induced by cold pressor conditioning stimulus (CPCS) (4 °C) which was applied immediately before CES in the active session. In the control session, water with a temperature of 32 °C was used. Twenty subjects participated in two sessions in a randomized crossover design with at least 1-week interval...
October 20, 2016: European Journal of Pain: EJP
Stefan Georg Spitzer, László Károlyi, Carola Rämmler, Frank Scharfe, Thomas Weinmann, Mirko Zieschank, Anke Langbein
INTRODUCTION: A patient-tailored ablation approach focused on the elimination of both pulmonary vein triggers as well as substrate drivers may result in favourable outcomes with recurrent persistent AF patients. OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the long-term outcomes of rotor ablation combined with conventional pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) in patients with recurrent non-paroxysmal AF. METHODS: 58 consecutive patients underwent FIRM-guided rotor ablation followed by conventional PVI for the treatment of recurrent non-paroxysmal AF...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Jiyu Hu, Feng Qian, Guosheng Song, Wenyao Li, Linlin Wang
Large-area ultrafine MnO2 nanowire arrays (NWA) directly grew on a carbon fiber (CF, used as a substrate) by a simple electrochemical method, forming three-dimensional (3D) hierarchical heterostructures of a CF@MnO2 NWA composite. As an electrode for supercapacitors, the CF@MnO2 NWA composite exhibits excellent electrochemical performances including high specific capacitance (321.3 F g(-1) at 1000 mA g(-1)) and good rate capability. Further, the overall capacitance retention is ~99.7 % capacitance after 3000 cycles...
December 2016: Nanoscale Research Letters
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