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Xianlin Xu, Rui Li, Chenxiao Tang, Hang Wang, Xupin Zhuang, Ya Liu, Weimin Kang, Lei Shi
Cellulose nanofibers were embedded into sulfonated poly (ether sulfone) matrix to heighten the water retention and proton conductivity of proton exchange membranes (PEMs). Cellulose nanofibers were obtained by hydrolyzing cellulose acetate nanofibers, which were prepared via electrostatic-induction-assisted solution blow spinning. Morphology, thermal stability, and mechanical properties of the PEMs were investigated. The results showed that proton conductivity, water uptake, and methanol permeability of the composite membranes were improved...
March 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
Chi-Yeong Ahn, Segeun Jang, Yong-Hun Cho, Jiwoo Choi, Sungjun Kim, Sang Moon Kim, Yung-Eun Sung, Mansoo Choi
Guided cracks were successfully generated in an electrode using the concentrated surface stress of a prism-patterned Nafion membrane. An electrode with guided cracks was formed by stretching the catalyst-coated Nafion membrane. The morphological features of the stretched membrane electrode assembly (MEA) were investigated with respect to variation in the prism pattern dimension (prism pitches of 20 μm and 50 μm) and applied strain (S ≈ 0.5 and 1.0). The behaviour of water on the surface of the cracked electrode was examined using environmental scanning electron microscopy...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
María Graciela Delgado, Carlos Oliva, Estefanía López, Andrés Ibacache, Alex Galaz, Ricardo Delgado, L Felipe Barros, Jimena Sierralta
The intercellular transport of lactate is crucial for the astrocyte-to-neuron lactate shuttle (ANLS), a model of brain energetics according to which neurons are fueled by astrocytic lactate. In this study we show that the Drosophila chaski gene encodes a monocarboxylate transporter protein (MCT/SLC16A) which functions as a lactate/pyruvate transporter, as demonstrated by heterologous expression in mammalian cell culture using a genetically encoded FRET nanosensor. chaski expression is prominent in the Drosophila central nervous system and it is particularly enriched in glia over neurons...
January 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Bin-Yuan Yang, Gang Zhai, Yu-Long Gong, Jing-Zhi Su, Xu-Yan Peng, Guo-Hui Shang, Dong Han, Jun-Yan Jin, Hao-Kun Liu, Zhen-Yu Du, Zhan Yin, Shou-Qi Xie
Insulin, the most potent anabolic hormone, is critical for somatic growth and metabolism in vertebrates. Type 2 diabetes, which is the primary cause of hyperglycemia, results from an inability of insulin to signal glycolysis and gluconeogenesis. Our previous study showed that double knockout of insulin receptor a (insra) and b (insrb) caused β-cell hyperplasia and lethality from 5 dpf to 16 dpf. In this study, we characterized the physiological roles of Insra and Insrb, in somatic growth and fueling metabolism, respectively...
December 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
Shahar Amitai, Antonio Bertei, Raphael Blumenfeld
Solid-oxide fuel cells produce electric current from energy released by a spontaneous electrochemical reaction. The efficiency of these devices depends crucially on the microstructure of their electrodes and in particular on the three-phase boundary (TPB) length, along which the energy-producing reaction occurs. We present a systematic maximization of the TPB length as a function of four readily controllable microstructural parameters, for any given mean hydraulic radius, which is a conventional measure of the permeability to gas flow...
November 2017: Physical Review. E
Susana Pedraza-de la Cuesta, Lore Keijzers, Luuk A M van der Wielen, Maria C Cuellar
In multiphase fermentations where the product forms a second liquid phase or where solvents are added for product extraction, turbulent conditions disperse the oil phase as droplets. Surface-active components (SACs) present in the fermentation broth can stabilize the product droplets thus forming an emulsion. Breaking this emulsion increases process complexity and consequently the production cost. In previous works, it has been proposed to promote demulsification of oil/supernatant emulsions in an off-line batch bubble column operating at low gas flow rate...
January 18, 2018: Biotechnology Journal
Yali Tuo, Ming Xiang
Diabetes is both a metabolic and an immune disorder. One intriguing link between the two is the serine-threonine protein kinase mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR). As a component of the PI3K/Akt pathway and other cellular signals, mTOR is a key regulator of fuel metabolism and function of both pancreatic islet β cells and immune cells. Consequently, it seems that mTOR has both anti- and prodiabetic effects. On the one hand, activation of mTOR in β cells can increase their growth and proliferation, opposing impairments of insulin secretion in diabetes...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Leukocyte Biology
Meng Yang, Yuezhi Zhong, Baogang Zhang, Jiaxin Shi, Xueyang Huang, Yi Xing, Lin Su, Huipeng Liu, Alistair G L Borthwick
Anode materials and structures are of critical importance for microbial fuel cells (MFCs) recovering energy from toxic substrates. Carbon-fiber-felt anodes modified by layers of vertically oriented TiO2 and Fe2O3 nanosheets respectively were applied in present study. Enhanced sulfide removal efficiencies (both over 90%) were obtained after 48 h operation, with maximum power densities improved by 1.53 and 1.36 folds compared with MFCs with raw carbon-fiber-felt anode, respectively. The modified anodes provided more active sites for microbial adhesion with increasing biomass densities...
January 18, 2018: Environmental Technology
Troy Purdom, Len Kravitz, Karol Dokladny, Christine Mermier
Lipids as a fuel source for energy supply during submaximal exercise originate from subcutaneous adipose tissue derived fatty acids (FA), intramuscular triacylglycerides (IMTG), cholesterol and dietary fat. These sources of fat contribute to fatty acid oxidation (FAox) in various ways. The regulation and utilization of FAs in a maximal capacity occur primarily at exercise intensities between 45 and 65% VO2max, is known as maximal fat oxidation (MFO), and is measured in g/min. Fatty acid oxidation occurs during submaximal exercise intensities, but is also complimentary to carbohydrate oxidation (CHOox)...
2018: Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition
Chi-Yuan Lee, Chia-Hung Chen, Chao-Hsuan Tsai, Yu-Syuan Wang
To prolong the operating time of unmanned aerial vehicles which use proton exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFC), the performance of PEMFC is the key. However, a long-term operation can make the Pt particles of the catalyst layer and the pollutants in the feedstock gas bond together (e.g., CO), so that the catalyst loses reaction activity. The performance decay and aging of PEMFC will be influenced by operating conditions, temperature, flow and CO concentration. Therefore, this study proposes the development of an internal real-time wireless diagnostic tool for PEMFC, and uses micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) technology to develop a wireless and thin (<50 μm) flexible integrated (temperature, flow and CO) microsensor...
January 13, 2018: Sensors
Dong-Hyun Lee, Wonhee Jo, Seongmin Yuk, Jaeho Choi, Sungyu Choi, Gisu Doo, Dong Wook Lee, Hee-Tak Kim
In this study, we present a novel catalyst layer (CL) with in-plane flow channels to enhance the mass transports in polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). The CL with in-plane channels on its surface is fabricated by coating a CL slurry onto a surface-treated substrate with the inverse line pattern and transferring the dried CL from the substrate to a membrane. The membrane electrode assembly (MEA) with the in-plane channel-patterned CL (IC-CL) has superior power performances in high current densities compared with an un-patterned, flat CL (FCL), demonstrating a significant enhancement of the mass transport property by the in-plane channels carved in the CL...
January 17, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Daniele Molognoni, Stefania Chiarolla, Daniele Cecconet, Arianna Callegari, Andrea G Capodaglio
Development of renewable energy sources, efficient industrial processes, energy/chemicals recovery from wastes are research issues that are quite contemporary. Bioelectrochemical processes represent an eco-innovative technology for energy and resources recovery from both domestic and industrial wastewaters. The current study was conducted to: (i) assess bioelectrochemical treatability of industrial (dairy) wastewater by microbial fuel cells (MFCs); (ii) determine the effects of the applied organic loading rate (OLR) on MFC performance; (iii) identify factors responsible for reactor energy recovery losses (i...
January 2018: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
Jessica G Swallow, Ja Kyung Lee, Thomas Defferriere, Gareth Martin Hughes, Shilpa N Raja, Harry L Tuller, Jamie H Warner, Krystyn J Van Vliet
Thin film non-stoichiometric oxides enable many high temperature applications including solid oxide fuel cells, actuators, and catalysis. Large concentrations of point defects (particularly, oxygen vacancies) enable fast ionic conductivity or gas exchange kinetics in these materials, but also manifest as coupling between lattice volume and chemical composition. This chemical expansion may be either detrimental or useful, especially in thin film devices that may exhibit enhanced performance through strain engineering or decreased operating temperatures...
January 16, 2018: ACS Nano
Wenjing Huang, Xiaolin Kang, Cheng Xu, Junhua Zhou, Jun Deng, Yanguang Li, Si Cheng
The development of highly active and stable electrocatalysts for ethanol electroxidation is of decisive importance to the successful commercialization of direct ethanol fuel cells. Despite great efforts invested over the past decade, their progress has been notably slower than expected. In this work, the facile solution synthesis of 2D PdAg alloy nanodendrites as a high-performance electrocatalyst is reported for ethanol electroxidation. The reaction is carried out via the coreduction of Pd and Ag precursors in aqueous solution with the presence of octadecyltrimethylammonium chloride as the structural directing agent...
January 16, 2018: Advanced Materials
Isaac N Mills, Jonathan A Porras, Stefan Bernhard
The exponential growth in published studies on phosphorescent metal complexes has been triggered by their utilization in optoelectronics, solar energy conversion, and biological labeling applications. Very recent breakthroughs in organic photoredox transformations have further increased the research efforts dedicated to discerning the inner workings and structure-property relationships of these chromophores. Initially, the principal focus was on the Ru(II)-tris-diimine complex family. However, the limited photostability and lack of luminescence tunability discovered in these complexes prompted a broadening of the research to include 5d transition metal ions...
January 16, 2018: Accounts of Chemical Research
Tran Duy Thanh, Nguyen Dinh Chuong, Hoa Van Hien, Nam Hoon Kim, Joong-Hee Lee
Development of robust, cost-effective, and efficient catalyst is extremely necessary for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) in fuel cell applications. Herein, we reported a well-defined nanostructured catalyst of highly dispersed CuAg@Ag core-shell nanoparticles (NPs) encapsulated nitrogen-doped graphene nanosheets (CuAg@Ag/N-GNS) to exhibit superior catalytic activity towards the ORR in alkaline medium. The synergistic effects produced from the unique properties of CuAg@Ag core-shell NPs and N-GNS nanosheets made such a novel nanohybrid to display a comparable catalytic behaviour to commercial Pt/C product...
January 16, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Yuanyuan Zheng, Junhua Qiao, Junhua Yuan, Jianfeng Shen, Ai-Jun Wang, Peijun Gong
How to use of Pt economically and efficiently in the oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) is of theoretical and practical significance for the industrialization of the proton-exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs). In order to minimize Pt consumption and optimize the ORR performance, the ORR catalysts are recommended to be designed as a porous nanostructure. Herein, we report one-pot solvothermal strategy to prepare PtPd dendritic nanocube cages via a galvanic replacement mechanism triggered by I- ion. These PtPd alloy crystals are nanoporous, and uniformly dispersed on the reduced graphene oxides (RGOs)...
January 16, 2018: Nanotechnology
Rajesh Kumar, Everson T S G da Silva, Rajesh K Singh, Raluca Savu, Andrei V Alaferdov, Leandro C Fonseca, Lory C Carossi, Arvind Singh, Sarita Khandka, Kamal K Kar, Oswaldo L Alves, Lauro T Kubota, Stanislav A Moshkalev
Palladium nanoparticles decorated reduced graphene oxide (Pd-rGO) and palladium nanoparticles intercalated inside nitrogen doped reduced graphene oxide (Pd-NrGO) hybrids have been synthesized by applying a very simple, fast and economic route using microwave-assisted in-situ reduction and exfoliation method. The Pd-NrGO hybrids materials show good activity as catalyst for ethanol electro oxidation for direct ethanol fuel cells (DEFCs) as compared to Pd-rGO hybrids. The enhanced direct ethanol fuel cell can serve as alternative to fossil fuels because it is renewable and environmentally-friendly with a high energy conversion efficiency and low pollutant emission...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Fen Guo, Yiju Li, Baoan Fan, Yi Liu, Lilin Lu, Yang Lei
To achieve high electrochemical surface area (ECSA) and avoid carbon support and binder in the anode catalyst of direct ethanol fuel cell, herein, we design freestanding core-shell nickel@palladium-nickel nanowire arrays (Ni@Pd-Ni NAs) without carbon support and binder for high-efficiency ethanol electro-oxidation. Bare Ni nanowire arrays (Ni NAs) are first prepared using the facile template-assistantelectrodeposition method. Subsequently, the Ni@Pd-Ni NAs are formed using one-step solution-based alloying reaction...
January 15, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Soojin Park, Sinho Choi, Dawei Su, Myoungsoo Shin, Guoxiu Wang
Porous materials have many structural advantages for energy storage and conversion devices such as rechargeable batteries, supercapacitors, and fuel cells. When applied as a host material in lithium-sulfur batteries, porous silica materials with a pomegranate-like architecture can not only act as a buffer matrix for accommodating a large volume change of sulfur, but also suppress the polysulfide shuttle effect. The porous silica/sulfur composite cathodes exhibit excellent electrochemical performances including a high specific capacity of 1450 mA h g-1, a reversible capacity of 82...
January 14, 2018: Chemistry, An Asian Journal
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