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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654236/closed-bipolar-electrodes-for-spatial-separation-of-h2-and-o2-evolution-during-water-electrolysis-and-the-development-of-high-voltage-fuel-cells
#1
Sean E Goodwin, Darren Anthony Walsh
Electrolytic water splitting could potentially provide clean hydrogen for a future 'Hydrogen Economy.' However, as hydrogen and oxygen are produced in close proximity to each other in water electrolysers, significant mixing of the gases can occur during electrolysis, with potentially dangerous consequences. Herein, we describe an electrochemical water-splitting cell, in which mixing of the electrogenerated gases is impossible. In our cell, separate hydrogen- and oxygen-evolving cells are connected electrically by a bipolar electrode in contact with an inexpensive dissolved redox couple (potassium ferricyanide/potassium ferricyanide)...
June 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28654068/fabrication-of-3d-carbon-microelectromechanical-systems-c-mems
#2
Bidhan Pramanick, Sergio O Martinez-Chapa, Marc Madou, Hyundoo Hwang
A wide range of carbon sources are available in nature, with a variety of micro-/nanostructure configurations. Here, a novel technique to fabricate long and hollow glassy carbon microfibers derived from human hairs is introduced. The long and hollow carbon structures were made by the pyrolysis of human hair at 900 °C in a N2 atmosphere. The morphology and chemical composition of natural and pyrolyzed human hairs were investigated using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and electron-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDX), respectively, to estimate the physical and chemical changes due to pyrolysis...
June 17, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653532/enhanced-electrocatalytic-activity-of-pt-3d-hierarchical-bimodal-macroporous-carbon-nanospheres
#3
Ratna Balgis, W Widiyastuti, Takashi Ogi, Kikuo Okuyama
Proton exchange membrane fuel cells require electrocatalysts with high platinum (Pt) loading, a large active surface area, and a favorable hydrodynamic profile for practical applications. Here we report the design of 3D hierarchically bimodal macroporous carbon nanospheres with an interconnected pore system, which are applied as an electrocatalyst support. Carbon-supported Pt (Pt/C) catalysts were prepared by aerosol spray pyrolysis followed by microwave chemical deposition. The hierarchical porous structures not only increased the dispersion of Pt nanoparticles but also improved catalytic performance...
June 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28653074/parameterization-of-a-coarse-grained-model-with-short-ranged-interactions-for-modeling-fuel-cell-membranes-with-controlled-water-uptake
#4
Jibao Lu, Chance Miller, Valeria Molinero
The design of polymer electrolyte membranes with controlled water uptake is of high importance for high-performance fuel cells, because the water content of the membranes modulates their conductivity, chemical stability and mechanical strength. The water activity aw controls the equilibrium water uptake of a system. Predicting aw of materials is currently a daunting challenge for molecular simulations, because calculations of water activity require grand canonical simulations that are extremely expensive even with classical non-polarizable force fields...
June 27, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650612/superionic-conductivity-of-sm3-pr3-and-nd3-triple-doped-ceria-through-bulk-and-surface-two-step-doping-approach
#5
Yanyan Liu, Liangdong Fan, Yixiao Cai, Wei Zhang, Baoyuan Wang, Bin Zhu
Sufficiently high oxygen ion conductivity of electrolyte is critical for good performance of low temperature solid oxide fuel cells (LT-SOFCs). Notably, material conductivity, reliability and manufacture cost are the major barriers hindering LT-SOFC commercialization. Generally, surface properties control the physical and chemical functionalities of materials. Hereby, we report a Sm3+, Pr3+ and Nd3+ triple-doped ceria, exhibiting the highest ionic conductivity among reported doped-ceria oxides, 0.125 S cm-1 at 600 oC...
June 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650075/isl1-controls-patterning-and-mineralization-of-enamel-in-the-continuously-renewing-mouse-incisor
#6
Adrien Naveau, Bin Zhang, Bo Meng, McGarrett T Sutherland, Michaela Prochazkova, Timothy Wen, Pauline Marangoni, Kyle B Jones, Timothy C Cox, Bernhard Ganss, Andrew H Jheon, Ophir D Klein
Rodents are characterized by continuously renewing incisors whose growth is fueled by epithelial and mesenchymal stem cells housed in the proximal compartments of the tooth. The epithelial stem cells reside in structures known as the labial (toward the lip) and lingual (toward the tongue) cervical loops (laCL and liCL, respectively). An important feature of the rodent incisor is that enamel, the outer, highly mineralized layer, is asymmetrically distributed, as it is normally generated by the laCL but not the liCL...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650071/in-vivo-synergistic-activity-of-a-cazyme-cassette-from-acidothermus-cellulolyticus-significantly-improves-the-cellulolytic-activity-of-the-c-bescii-exoproteome
#7
Sun-Ki Kim, Daehwan Chung, Michael E Himmel, Yannick J Bomble, Janet Westpheling
The use of microbial cells to convert plant biomass directly to fuels and chemicals is referred to as consolidated bioprocessing (CBP). Members of the bacterial genus, Caldicellulosiruptor (Gram-positive, anaerobic hyperthermophiles) are capable of deconstructing plant biomass without enzymatic or chemical pretreatment. This is accomplished by the production and secretion of free, multi-domain enzymes that outperform commercial enzyme cocktails on some substrates. Here, we show that the exoproteome of C. bescii may be enhanced by the heterologous expression of enzymes from Acidothermus cellulolyticus that act synergistically to improve sugar release from complex substrates; as well as improve cell growth...
June 26, 2017: Biotechnology and Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647320/an-integrated-aerobic-anaerobic-strategy-for-performance-enhancement-of-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-inoculated-microbial-fuel-cell
#8
Xiao-Yu Yong, Zhi-Ying Yan, Hai-Bo Shen, Jun Zhou, Xia-Yuan Wu, Li-Juan Zhang, Tao Zheng, Min Jiang, Ping Wei, Hong-Hua Jia, Yang-Chun Yong
Microbial fuel cell (MFC) is a promising device for energy generation and organic waste treatment simultaneously by electrochemically active bacteria (EAB). In this study, an integrated aerobic-anaerobic strategy was developed to improve the performance of P. aeruginosa-inoculated MFC. With an aerobic start-up and following an anaerobic discharge process, the current density of MFC reached a maximum of 99.80µA/cm(2), which was 91.6% higher than the MFC with conventional constant-anaerobic operation. Cyclic voltammetry and HPLC analysis showed that aerobic start-up significantly increased electron shuttle (pyocyanin) production (76% higher than the constant-anaerobic MFC)...
June 12, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646521/enhancing-perovskite-electrocatalysis-of-solid-oxide-cells-through-controlled-growth-of-nanoparticles
#9
Bin Hua, Meng Li, Yi-Fei Sun, Jian-Hui Li, Jing-Li Luo
Perovskite oxides have received a great deal of attentions as promising electrodes in both solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) and solid oxide electrolyzer cells (SOECs) because of their reasonable reactivity, impurity tolerance, tunable property, etc. Particular explorations are still required for advancing the perovskite electrodes, which normally suffer from slow kinetics in electrocatalysis. In the past decades, several experimental studies have developed new classes of perovskites with advanced characteristics and electrode kinetics at technical levels...
June 24, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646380/isolation-selection-and-biological-characterization-research-of-highly-effective-electricigens-from-mfcs-for-phenol-degradation
#10
Guo Wei, Du Xia, Wang Li-Li, Yan Hong
The microbial fuel cells (MFCs) are recognized to be highly effective for the biodegradation of phenol. For isolating the phenol-degrading bacteria, the sample containing 500 mg/L phenol was collected from the MFCs. The strain (WL027) was identified basing on the 16S rRNA gene analysis and phylogenetic analysis as Bacillus cereus. The effects of pH, temperature, concentrations of phenol, heavy metal ions, and salt on the growth of strain as well as the degradation of phenol have been carefully studied. The WL027-strain exhibited favorable tolerance for the metal cations including Cr(2+), Co(2+), Pb(2+), and Cu(2+) with the concentration of 0...
June 23, 2017: Folia Microbiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645852/g0s2-a-small-giant-controller-of-lipolysis-and-adipose-liver-fatty-acid-flux
#11
REVIEW
Xiaodong Zhang, Bradlee L Heckmann, Latoya E Campbell, Jun Liu
The discovery of adipose triglyceride lipase (ATGL) and its coactivator comparative gene identification-58 (CGI-58) provided a major paradigm shift in the understanding of intracellular lipolysis in both adipocytes and nonadipocyte cells. The subsequent discovery of G0/G1 switch gene 2 (G0S2) as a potent endogenous inhibitor of ATGL revealed a unique mechanism governing lipolysis and fatty acid (FA) availability. G0S2 is highly conserved in vertebrates, and exhibits cyclical expression pattern between adipose tissue and liver that is critical to lipid flux and energy homeostasis in these two tissues...
June 20, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644493/photoelectrochemical-devices-for-solar-water-splitting-materials-and-challenges
#12
Chaoran Jiang, Savio J A Moniz, Aiqin Wang, Tao Zhang, Junwang Tang
It is widely accepted within the community that to achieve a sustainable society with an energy mix primarily based on solar energy we need an efficient strategy to convert and store sunlight into chemical fuels. A photoelectrochemical (PEC) device would therefore play a key role in offering the possibility of carbon-neutral solar fuel production through artificial photosynthesis. The past five years have seen a surge in the development of promising semiconductor materials. In addition, low-cost earth-abundant co-catalysts are ubiquitous in their employment in water splitting cells due to the sluggish kinetics of the oxygen evolution reaction (OER)...
June 23, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644390/the-electrosome-a-surface-displayed-enzymatic-cascade-in-a-biofuel-cell-s-anode-and-a-high-density-surface-displayed-biocathodic-enzyme
#13
Alon Szczupak, Dror Aizik, Sarah Moraïs, Yael Vazana, Yoav Barak, Edward A Bayer, Lital Alfonta
The limitation of surface-display systems in biofuel cells to a single redox enzyme is a major drawback of hybrid biofuel cells, resulting in a low copy-number of enzymes per yeast cell and a limitation in displaying enzymatic cascades. Here we present the electrosome, a novel surface-display system based on the specific interaction between the cellulosomal scaffoldin protein and a cascade of redox enzymes that allows multiple electron-release by fuel oxidation. The electrosome is composed of two compartments: (i) a hybrid anode, which consists of dockerin-containing enzymes attached specifically to cohesin sites in the scaffoldin to assemble an ethanol oxidation cascade, and (ii) a hybrid cathode, which consists of a dockerin-containing oxygen-reducing enzyme attached in multiple copies to the cohesin-bearing scaffoldin...
June 23, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644127/mpi-depletion-enhances-o-glcnacylation-of-p53-and-suppresses-the-warburg-effect
#14
Charles DeRossi, Nataly Shtraizent, Shikha Nayar, Ravi Sachidanandam, Liora S Katz, Adam Prince, Anna P Koh, Adam Vincek, Yoav Hadas, Yujin Hoshida, Donald K Scott, Efrat Eliyahu, Hudson H Freeze, Kirsten C Sadler, Jaime Chu
Rapid cellular proliferation in early development and cancer depends on glucose metabolism to fuel macromolecule biosynthesis. Metabolic enzymes are presumed regulators of this glycolysis-driven metabolic program, known as the Warburg effect, however few have been identified. We uncover a previously unappreciated role for Mannose phosphate isomerase (MPI) as a metabolic enzyme required to maintain Warburg metabolism in zebrafish embryos and in both primary and malignant mammalian cells. The functional consequences of MPI loss are striking: glycolysis is blocked and cells die...
June 23, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644034/predicting-the-oxygen-binding-properties-of-platinum-nanoparticle-ensembles-by-combining-high-precision-electron-microscopy-dft
#15
Jolyon Aarons, Lewys Jones, Aakash Varambhia, Katherine E MacArthur, Dogan Ozkaya, Misbah Sarwar, Chris-Kriton Skylaris, Peter D Nellist
Many studies of heterogeneous catalysis, both experimental and computational, make use of idealised structures such as extended surfaces or regular polyhedral nanoparticles. This simplification neglects the morphological diversity in real commercial oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) catalysts used in fuel-cell cathodes. Here we introduce an approach that combines 3D nanoparticle structures obtained from high-throughput high-precision electron microscopy with density functional theory. Discrepancies between experimental observations and cuboctahedral/truncated-octahedral particles are revealed and discussed using a range of widely used descriptors, such as electron-density, d-band centres and generalised coordination numbers...
June 23, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643863/design-of-iron-ii-pthalocyanine-fepc-derived-oxygen-reduction-electrocatalysts-for-high-power-density-microbial-fuel-cells
#16
Carlo Santoro, Rohan Gokhale, Barbara Mecheri, Alessandra D'Epifanio, Silvia Licoccia, Alexey Serov, Kateryna Artyushkova, Plamen Atanassov
Iron(II) Phthalocyanine (FePc) deposited onto two different carbonaceous supports was synthesized by the non-conventional pyrolysis-free method, studied in the reaction of oxygen reduction (ORR) in neutral media, incorporated in an air-breathing cathode structure and tested in operating microbial fuel cell (MFC) configuration. Rotating ring disk electrode (RRDE) analysis revealed high performances of the Fe-based catalysts compared with activated carbon (AC). It was shown that Black Pearls supported FePc (Fe-BP(N)) exhibits the highest performance in term of more positive onset, positive shift of half-wave potential and higher limiting as well as highest power density in operating MFC (243±7 μWcm-2) that was 33% higher than Fe-CNT(N) (182±5 μWcm-2)...
June 23, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643461/single-enzyme-biofuel-cells
#17
Chao Ji, Jingwei Hou, Kai Wang, Yun Hau Ng, Vicki Chen
Here, we firstly demonstrate that the intramolecular electron transfer within signle enzyme molecule is an important alternative pathway which can be harnessed to generate electricity. By decoupling the redox reactions within a single type of enzyme (e.g., Trametes versicolor laccase), we harvested electricity efficiently from unconventional fuels including recalcitrant pollutants (e.g. bisphenol-A and hydroquinon) in a single-laccase biofuel cell. The intramolecular electron-harnessing concept was further demonstrated with other enzymes, including power generation during CO2 bioconversion to formate catalyzed by formate dehydrogenase from Candida boidinii...
June 23, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642953/crack-tips-enriched-platinum-copper-superlattice-nanoflakes-as-highly-efficient-anode-electrocatalysts-for-direct-methanol-fuel-cells
#18
Lijun Zheng, Dachi Yang, Rong Chang, Chengwen Wang, Gaixia Zhang, Shuhui Sun
We have developed "crack-tips" and "superlattice" enriched Pt-Cu nanoflakes (NFs), benefiting from the synergetic effects of "crack-tips" and "superlattice crystals"; the Pt-Cu NFs exhibit 4 times higher mass activity, 6 times higher specific activity and 6 times higher stability than those of the commercial Pt/C catalyst, respectively. Meanwhile, the Pt-Cu NFs show more enhanced CO tolerance than the commercial Pt/C catalyst.
June 23, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642235/atomic-layered-au-clusters-on-%C3%AE-moc-as-catalysts-for-the-low-temperature-water-gas-shift-reaction
#19
Siyu Yao, Xiao Zhang, Wu Zhou, Rui Gao, Wenqian Xu, Yifan Ye, Lili Lin, Xiaodong Wen, Ping Liu, Bingbing Chen, Ethan Crumlin, Jinghua Guo, Zhijun Zuo, Weizhen Li, Jinglin Xie, Li Lu, Christopher J Kiely, Lin Gu, Chuan Shi, José A Rodriguez, Ding Ma
The water-gas shift (WGS) reaction (CO+H2O=H2+CO2) is an essential process for hydrogen generation and CO removal in various energy-related chemical operations. This equilibrium-limited reaction is favored at a low working temperature. Potential application in fuel cells also requires a WGS catalyst to be highly active, stable and energy-efficient and match the working temperature of on-site hydrogen generation and consumption units. We synthesized Au layered clusters on an α-MoC substrate to create an interfacial catalyst system for the ultra-low-temperature WGS reaction...
June 22, 2017: Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641546/targeting-astrocytes-for-treating-neurological-disorders-carbon-monoxide-and-noradrenaline-induced-increase-in-lactate
#20
Anemari Horvat, Nina Vardjan, Robert Zorec
There are at least three reasons why brain astrocytes represent a new target for treating neurological disorders. First, although the human neocortex represents over 80% of brain mass, neurons are outnumbered by non-neuronal cells, including astrocytes, a neuroglial cell type. Second, as in neurons, vesicle-based release of transmitters is present in astrocytes, however with much slower kinetics than in neurons. Third, astrocytes contain glycogen, which can be transformed to L-lactate in glycolysis. L-lactate is considered to be a fuel and a signalling molecule involved in cognition and neuroprotection...
June 22, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
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