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Sebastian Thiede, Paul R Wosniok, Daniel Herkommer, Thomas Debnar, Maoqun Tian, Tongtong Wang, Michael Schrempp, Dirk Menche
Full details on the design, elaboration and application of efficient strategies for the high-yielding total syntheses of leupyrrins A1 and B1, unique antifungal agents from the myxobacterium Sorangium cellulosum are reported. A sequential zirconocene-mediated diyne-cyclization and regioselective opening of the zirconacyclopentadiene intermediate enabled a concise entry into the unique dihydrofuran fragment, while another domino reaction was developed for the butyrolactone involving a one-pot lactol opening, stereoselective aldehyde addition and in situ-lactonization...
December 1, 2016: Chemistry: a European Journal
Linus Pithan, Paul Beyer, Laura Bogula, Anton Zykov, Peter Schäfer, Jonathan Rawle, Chris Nicklin, Andreas Opitz, Stefan Kowarik
A novel strategy for direct photoalignment of molecular materials using optothermal re-orientation is introduced. Photoalignment for molecular materials such as the organic semiconductor tetracene is shown, without relying on additional photoreactive dopants or alignment layers. Patterning and polarized light emission, e.g., for polarized organic light emitting diodes is demonstrated.
December 1, 2016: Advanced Materials
Naomi Shimizu, John Tarlton, Ed Friend, Ivan Doran, Kevin Parsons
OBJECTIVE: To compare the mode of failure, load at yield, ultimate load to failure and stiffness of non-barbed polydioxanone, non-barbed polyglyconate and barbed glycolide-trimethylene carbonate (GTC) suture in canine cadaveric fascia. STUDY DESIGN: Ex vivo biomechanical study. SAMPLE POPULATION: 18 fascia lata specimens from 9 canine cadavers. METHODS: 6 fascia lata specimens were sutured with polydioxanone, 6 with polyglyconate, and 6 with barbed GTC suture...
December 1, 2016: Veterinary Surgery: VS
Stacy N Davis, Shannon M Christy, Enmanuel A Chavarria, Rania Abdulla, Steven K Sutton, Alyssa R Schmidt, Susan T Vadaparampil, Gwendolyn P Quinn, Vani N Simmons, Chukwudi B Ufondu, Chitra Ravindra, Ida Schultz, Richard G Roetzheim, David Shibata, Cathy D Meade, Clement K Gwede
BACKGROUND: The objective of the current study was to improve colorectal cancer (CRC) screening uptake with the fecal immunochemical test (FIT). The current study investigated the differential impact of a multicomponent, targeted, low-literacy educational intervention compared with a standard, nontargeted educational intervention. METHODS: Patients aged 50 to 75 years who were of average CRC risk and not up-to-date with CRC screening were recruited from either a federally qualified health center or a primary care community health clinic...
December 1, 2016: Cancer
A Axrap, J Wang, Y Liu, M Wang, A Yusuf
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate adhesion, proliferation and differentiation of osteoblasts grown on absorbable bioactive glass-calcium phosphate cement injection (BG-CPC) materials in vitro. MATERIALS AND METHODS: BG-CPC composite biomaterial samples were prepared in vitro, for culture with MC3T3-E1 rat osteoblasts. Cells were divided into CPC, BG and BG-CPC treated groups. After cultivation for 3d, cells were stained with rhodamine-phalloidin and 4',6-diamidino-2-phenylindole (DAPI) and observed by fluorescence microscopy for osteoblast morphology on the surface of biomaterials...
November 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
E Marinelli, G Montanari Vergallo, G Reale, A di Luca, I Catarinozzi, S Napoletano, S Zaami
In recent years there has been an exponential increase of fillers use in aesthetic medicine. The popularity of this anti-wrinkle product is based on their capacity to offer significant improvement in the aesthetic field, particularly to skin rejuvenating processes with non-invasive and less expensive techniques, if compared to the surgical methods (i.e. surgical lifting). The great number of fillers on the market is composed of a large heterogenic number of biomaterials. The aim of this review was to provide an overview and a classification of the filling materials that are most commonly used...
November 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Suhas Kumar, Noraica Davila, Ziwen Wang, Xiaopeng Huang, John Paul Strachan, David Vine, A L David Kilcoyne, Yoshio Nishi, R Stanley Williams
We analyzed micrometer-scale titanium-niobium-oxide prototype memristors, which exhibited low write-power (<3 μW) and energy (<200 fJ per bit per μm(2)), low read-power (∼nW), and high endurance (>millions of cycles). To understand their physico-chemical operating mechanisms, we performed in operando synchrotron X-ray transmission nanoscale spectromicroscopy using an ultra-sensitive time-multiplexed technique. We observed only spatially uniform material changes during cell operation, in sharp contrast to the frequently detected formation of a localized conduction channel in transition-metal-oxide memristors...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
Hua Yu Feng, Feng Luo, Raul Arenal, Luc Henrard, Fernando García, Gaspar Armelles, Alfonso Cebollada
Here we present a novel active system, which combines the plasmon resonance enhancement of the magneto-optical activity in magnetoplasmonic nanostructures and the strong electromagnetic field localization of split ring resonators. The structures consist of a gold split ring resonator placed on top of a gold nanoring in the section of which a Co nanodot is inserted. By placing the split ring gap on top of the nanodot, and continuously varying the split ring gap opening, we are able to tune and enhance the electromagnetic field intensity in the Co nanodot, as confirmed experimentally by EELS and numerically using DDA simulation methods...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
Rajib Ahmed, Ali K Yetisen, Anthony El Khoury, Haider Butt
Advances in holography have led to applications including data storage, displays, security labels, and colorimetric sensors. However, existing top-down approaches for the fabrication of holographic devices are complex, expensive, and expertise dependent, limiting their use in practical applications. Here, ink-based holographic devices have been created for a wide range of applications in diffraction optics. A single pulse of a 3.5 ns Nd:YAG laser allowed selective ablation of ink to nanofabricate planar optical devices...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
J H Du, H Jin, Z K Zhang, D D Zhang, S Jia, L P Ma, W C Ren, H M Cheng, P L Burn
The large surface roughness, low work function and high cost of transparent electrodes using multilayer graphene films can limit their application in organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells. Here, we develop single layer graphene (SLG) films as transparent anodes for OPV cells that contain light-absorbing layers comprised of the evaporable molecular organic semiconductor materials, zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc)/fullerene (C60), as well as a molybdenum oxide (MoOx) interfacial layer. In addition to an increase in the optical transmittance, the SLG anodes had a significant decrease in surface roughness compared to two and four layer graphene (TLG and FLG) anodes fabricated by multiple transfer and stacking of SLGs...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
Huihua Li, Juan Song, Linlin Wang, Xiaomiao Feng, Ruiqing Liu, Wenjin Zeng, Zhendong Huang, Yanwen Ma, Lianhui Wang
Flexible all-solid-state supercapacitors are crucial to meet the growing needs for portable electronic devices such as foldable phones and wearable electronics. As promising candidates for pseudocapacitor electrode materials, polyaniline (PANI) orderly nanotube arrays are prepared via a simple template electrodeposition method. The structures of the final product were characterized using various characterization techniques, including scanning electron microscopy (SEM), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS)...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
Xiao-Yu Yang, Li-Hua Chen, Yu Li, Joanna Claire Rooke, Clément Sanchez, Bao-Lian Su
Owing to their immense potential in energy conversion and storage, catalysis, photocatalysis, adsorption, separation and life science applications, significant interest has been devoted to the design and synthesis of hierarchically porous materials. The hierarchy of materials on porosity, structural, morphological, and component levels is key for high performance in all kinds of applications. Synthesis and applications of hierarchically structured porous materials have become a rapidly evolving field of current interest...
December 1, 2016: Chemical Society Reviews
W Viricel, S Poirier, A Mbarek, R M Derbali, G Mayer, J Leblond
A pH-sensitive molecular switch able to change its conformation upon protonation at endosomal pH values is embedded into the structure of cationic lipidoid materials, thus conferring endosomal escape properties. Involvement of the conformational switch in the endosomal escape process was confirmed and leading material identified was able to induce efficient gene knockdown both in vitro and in vivo. The lipid nanoparticles reported here are promising for therapeutic applications and this work could serve as a template for future design of stimulus-responsive (ionic, redox, light) molecular switch for drug and gene delivery...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
Zizhuo Liu, Koray Aydin
Graphene is a monolayer plasmonic material that has been widely studied in the area of plasmonics and nanophotonics. Combining graphene with traditional plasmonic structures provides new opportunities and challenges. One particular application for nanostructured metals is enhanced optical transmission. However, extraordinary transmission (EOT) is known to have a frequency-selective performance due to size and periodicity of the nanohole arrays. Here, we propose to use a continuous graphene layer to enhance transmission through gold nanoslit arrays at mid-infrared (mid-IR) wavelengths...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
Di Liu, Le Yu, Xiao Xiong, Lei Yang, Yan Li, Ming Li, Hai-Ou Li, Gang Cao, Ming Xiao, Bin Xiang, Chang-Jun Min, Guang-Can Guo, Xi-Feng Ren, Guo-Ping Guo
Monolayer transition-metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) have grown as fantastic building blocks for optoelectronic applications, owing to their direct band gap, transparency, and mechanical flexibility. Since the luminescence of monolayer TMDs suffers from low light absorption and emission, surface plasmons, which confine light at subwavelength and enhance the local electric field, are utilized to boost both excitation and emission fields of TMDs, enabling strong light-matter interaction at the nano-scale. Meanwhile, radially-polarized beams (RPBs) as new and attractive excitation source have found many applications in surface plasmon polaritons, optical tweezer and so on...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
Jun Young Kim, Jeongyong Kim, Jinsoo Joo
Two-dimensional (2-D) transition metal dichalcogenides, such as MoS<sub>2</sub>, WSe<sub>2</sub>, and WS<sub>2</sub>, are promising materials for application in field effect transistors, optoelectronics, and sensing devices. In this study, 2-D WSe<sub>2</sub> samples with various numbers of layers were hybridized with functionalized gold nanoparticles (Au-NPs) to achieve surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS). The nanoscale Raman and photoluminescence spectra of the WSe<sub>2</sub> layers and WSe<sub>2</sub>/Au-NP hybrids were measured using a high-resolution laser confocal microscope...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
Huifang Zhang, Chun Li, Caihong Zhang, Xueqian Zhang, Jianqiang Gu, Biaobing Jin, Jiaguang Han, Weili Zhang
Plasmonic dimers that made from two subwavelength particles have drawn much attention in the recent years, which are quite promising in local field enhancement, sensing, high frequency conductance probing and electron tunneling. In this work, we experimentally investigate the mode transition effect of different plasmonic resonances in double-ring dimers when introducing conductive junction at the dimer gap in the terahertz regime. Without the junction, the dimers support a single dipolar bonding dimer plasmonic (BDP) mode...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
Frédéric Dumur, Stéphane Reculusa, Michal Mruczkiewicz, Mathias Perrin, Laurence Vignau, Sophie Fasquel
Three-dimensional Langmuir-Blodgett films made of silica beads are theoretically and experimentally investigated in order to improve the relatively small efficiency of blue OLEDs. Using films made of 5 layers of beads, we fabricated OLEDs emitting at 476 nm, and measured a gain of around 40% on their external quantum efficiency. An optical model has been developed to accurately handle the fact that the organic emitting layer and the photonic extraction layer are separated by a distance greater than 1000 wavelength...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
Mingwu Wen, Qiushi Huang, Shuang Ma, Wenbin Li, Rui She, Jichang Peng, Angelo Giglia, Igor V Kozhevnikov, Hua Feng, Zhong Zhang, Zhanshan Wang
Short-period (~3.5 nm) Co/C multilayer mirrors are fabricated by the direct current magnetron sputtering technique through the addition of a small proportion of nitrogen (4-15% partial pressure) to the working gas (Ar). The addition of nitrogen has been demonstrated to significantly suppress the interdiffusion of neighboring materials due to the nitridation of carbon layers as compared with the Co/C multilayer fabricated with the use of pure Ar. The optimal partial pressure of nitrogen was found to be 6%. At this pressure, nitrogen provides abrupt interfaces and the maximal peak value (19%) of the s-polarized radiation reflectivity at the 251-eV photon energy and 45° angle of incidence...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
Mathias Perrin
We derive a quasi-normal mode theory for three-dimensional scatterers, taking care to remove an hypothesis of weakly dispersive materials implicitely used in previous works. In our approach, the normalized modes remain unchanged, but the analytic expansion coefficients onto the set of QNM are modified. In particular, we take into account in a simple way the non-orthogonality of the modes, and we set up a rigourous frame, to treat the case where several QNMs are excited. Eventally, the complex concept of PML integration, previously introduced, becomes unnecessary, even to compute the QNM mode volume...
November 28, 2016: Optics Express
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