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Mingyang Li, Yi Yang, Yichuan Ling, Weitao Qiu, Fuxin Wang, Tianyu Liu, Yu Song, Xiao-Xia Liu, Ping-Ping Fang, Yexiang Tong, Yat Li
High temperature activation has been commonly used to boost the photoelectrochemical (PEC) performance of hematite nanowires for water oxidation, by inducing Sn diffusion from fluorine-doped tin oxide (FTO) substrate into hematite. Yet, hematite nanowires thermally annealed at high temperature suffer from two major drawbacks that negatively affect their performance. First, the structural deformation reduces light absorption capability of nanowire. Second, this "passive" doping method leads to non-uniform distribution of Sn dopant in nanowire and limits the Sn doping concentration...
March 23, 2017: Nano Letters
Desmond E Schipper, Zhenhuan Zhao, Andrew P Leitner, Lixin Xie, Fan Qin, Md Kamrul Alam, Shuo Chen, Dezhi Wang, Zhifeng Ren, Zhiming Wang, Jiming Bao, Kenton H Whitmire
A variety of catalysts have been developed for electrocatalytic oxygen evolution, but very few of them can be readily integrated with semiconducting light absorbers for photoelectrochemical or photocatalytic water splitting. Here, we demonstrate an efficient core/shell photoanode with a highly active oxygen evolution electrocatalyst shell (FeMnP) and semiconductor core (rutile TiO2) for photoelectrochemical oxygen evolution reaction (PEC-OER). Metal-organic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) from a single-source precursor was used to ensure good contact between the FeMnP and the TiO2...
March 23, 2017: ACS Nano
Natalya V Kaverina, Hiroyuki Kadoya, Diana G Eng, Michael E Rusiniak, Maria Luisa S Sequeira-Lopez, R Ariel Gomez, Jeffrey W Pippin, Kenneth W Gross, Janos Peti-Peterdi, Stuart J Shankland
Podocyte depletion plays a major role in focal segmental glomerular sclerosis (FSGS). Because cells of the renin lineage (CoRL) serve as adult podocyte and parietal epithelial cell (PEC) progenitor candidates, we generated Ren1cCre/R26R-ConfettiTG/WT and Ren1dCre/R26R-ConfettiTG/WT mice to determine CoRL clonality during podocyte replacement. Four CoRL reporters (GFP, YFP, RFP, CFP) were restricted to cells in the juxtaglomerular compartment (JGC) at baseline. Following abrupt podocyte depletion in experimental FSGS, all four CoRL reporters were detected in a subset of glomeruli at day 28, where they co-expressed de novo four podocyte proteins (podocin, nephrin, WT-1 and p57) and two glomerular parietal epithelial cell (PEC) proteins (claudin-1, PAX8)...
2017: PloS One
Amrou Abdelkader, Cesar A Lam, Kaushik S Shahir, Kathleen Christians, Saul M Suster
Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) is a rare and slowly progressive disorder that usually arises in the lung, affects exclusively women in their childbearing years, and typically presents with progressive dyspnea on exertion and pneumothorax. Infrequently, extra-pulmonary LAM can occur in the retroperitoneum, uterine wall, mediastinum and intraperitoneal lymph nodes. Histologically, LAM is characterized by a proliferation of perivascular epithelioid cells (PEC) that express markers for both melanocytes and smooth muscle cells...
April 2017: Annals of Diagnostic Pathology
S González-García, A González-Quevedo, Z Hernandez-Diaz, L Alvarez Camino, M Peña-Sanchez, A Cordero-Eiriz, M Brown, J A Gaya, M Betancourt-Losa, I Fernandez-Almirall, M C Menendez-Sainz, R Fernandez-Carriera
Arterial hypertension (HT) and other vascular pre-existing conditions (PEC) generate asymptomatic brain damage which increases the occurrence of stroke and cognitive decline. The aim of this work was to explore if serum antibodies against the NR2 subunit of the NMDA receptor (NR2Ab) could predict subclinical brain damage (SBD) in hypertensive patients with PEC. Forty seven neurologically asymptomatic hypertensive subjects were classified according to the number of PEC (retinopathy, overweight/obesity, diabetes mellitus and dyslipidemia)...
April 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Eun Jeong Han, Dong Soo Lee
The purpose of this study is to demonstrate the significance of metabolites to the ERA of human pharmaceuticals. The predicted exposure concentrations (PECs) in surface water were estimated for a total of 24 selected active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and their metabolites using a life cycle based emission estimation model combined with a multimedia fate model with Monte-Carlo calculations. With the eco-toxicity data, the hazard quotients (HQs) of the metabolites were compared with those of individual parents alone...
March 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Parvathala Reddy Narangari, Siva Krishna Karuturi, Mykhaylo Lysevych, Hark Hoe Tan, Chennupati Jagadish
In this work, we report on the photoelectrochemical (PEC) investigation of n-GaN nanopillar (NP) photoanodes fabricated using metal organic chemical vapour deposition and the top-down approach. Substantial improvement in photocurrents is observed for GaN NP photoanodes compared to their planar counterparts. The role of carrier concentration and NP dimensions on the PEC performance of NP photoanodes is further elucidated. Photocurrent density is almost doubled for doped NP photoanodes whereas no improvement is noticed for undoped NP photoanodes...
April 18, 2017: Nanotechnology
Carine Ferreira, Monica Bevilacqua, Mariana Ishihara, Aline Fiori, Aline Armonia, Jacy Perissinoto, Ana Carina Tamanaha
Purpose: It is known that some autistic individuals are considered non-verbal, since they are unable to use verbal language and barely use gestures to compensate for the absence of speech. Therefore, these individuals' ability to communicate may benefit from the use of the Picture Exchange Communication System - PECS. The objective of this study was to verify the most frequently used words in the implementation of PECS in autistic children, and on a complementary basis, to analyze the correlation between the frequency of these words and the rate of maladaptive behaviors...
March 9, 2017: CoDAS
Jin Soo Kang, Jin Kim, Myeong Jae Lee, Yoon Jun Son, Juwon Jeong, Dong Young Chung, Ahyoun Lim, Heeman Choe, Hyun S Park, Yung-Eun Sung
Photoelectrochemical (PEC) cells are promising tools for renewable and sustainable solar energy conversion. Currently, their inadequate performance and high cost of the noble metals used in the electrocatalytic counter electrode have postponed the practical use of PEC cells. In this study, we report the electrochemical synthesis of nanoporous tungsten carbide and its application as a reduction catalyst in PEC cells, namely, dye-sensitized solar cells (DSCs) and PEC water splitting cells, for the first time...
March 16, 2017: Nanoscale
Ján Škoviera, Pavel Neogrády, Florent Louis, Michal Pitoňák, Ivan Černušák
Correlated ab initio methods (CASPT2 and CCSD(T)) in conjunction with the ANO-RCC basis sets were used to calculate potential energy curves (PECs) of the ground, valence, and Rydberg electronic states of CsH with the inclusion of the scalar relativistic effects. The spectroscopic constants of bound states were calculated from the PECs and compared with previous theoretical and/or available experimental data. Absorption and emission spectra arising from the transition between X(1)Σ(+) and A(1)Σ(+) states were modelled using vibrational and rotational energy levels and corresponding nuclear wave functions obtained via the direct numerical integration of one-dimensional rovibrational Schrödinger equation in the CASPT2/ANO-RCC electronic potentials...
March 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
Yue Geng, Jing Ma, Ruize Zhou, Ran Jia, Chongjiu Li, Xiaodong Ma
BACKGROUND: Insecticides are extensively used in China and may leach to groundwater, which is used as a source of drinking water in Northern China. However, the risk of insecticide leaching to groundwater and the subsequent risk to human health caused by the consumption of insecticide-contaminated drinking water remain unclear. RESULTS: A total of 336 predicted environmental concentrations (PECs) were simulated for 32 commonly-used insecticides, and 171 PECs were calculated for 20 metabolites in 6 agricultural dry-land scenario locations of Northern China with 8 target crops...
March 15, 2017: Pest Management Science
Jacques Pédron, Emilie Chapelle, Benoît Alunni, Frédérique Van Gijsegem
PecS is one of the major global regulators controlling virulence of Dickeya dadantii, a broad host range phytopathogenic bacterium causing soft rot on several plant families. To define the PecS regulon during plant colonisation, we analysed the global transcriptome profiles in wild type and pecS mutant strains during early colonization of the leaf surfaces and in leaf tissue just before the onset of symptoms and found that the PecS regulon consists of more than 600 genes. About one half of these genes are down-regulated in the pecS mutant, therefore PecS has both positive and negative regulatory roles that may be direct or indirect...
March 15, 2017: Molecular Plant Pathology
Nan Zhang, Ling Zhang, Yi-Fan Ruan, Wei-Wei Zhao, Jing-Juan Xu, Hong-Yuan Chen
Photoelectrochemical (PEC) bioanalysis is a newly developed methodology that provides an exquisite route for innovative biomolecular detection. Quantum dots (QDs) are semiconductor nanocrystals with unique photophysical properties that have attracted tremendous attentions among the analytical community. QDs-based PEC bioanalysis comprises an important research hotspot in the field of PEC bioanalysis due to its combined advantages and potentials. Currently, it has ignited increasing interests as demonstrated by increased research papers...
March 7, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Meichuan Liu, Xue Ding, Qiwei Yang, Yu Wang, Guohua Zhao, Nianjun Yang
A simple and highly sensitive photoelectrochemical (PEC) sensor towards Microcystin-LR (MC-LR), a kind of typical cyanobacterial toxin in water samples, was developed on a surface molecular imprinted TiO2 coated multiwalled carbon nanotubes (MI-TiO2@CNTs) hybrid nanostructure. It was synthesized using a feasible two-step sol-gel method combining with in situ surface molecular imprinting technique (MIT). With a controllable core-shell tube casing structure, the resultant MI-TiO2@CNTs are enhanced greatly in visible-light driven response capacity...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Songbo Wang, Xiangwen Zhang, Shuai Li, Yuan Fang, Lun Pan, Ji-Jun Zou
ZnO is an important semiconductor and has been widely used in the field of photocatalysis, solar cell and environmental remediation. Herein, we fabricated C-doped ZnO ball-in-ball hollow microspheres (BHMs) by a facile solvothermal treatment of zinc acetate in ethylene glycol-ethanol mixture. The presence of ethylene glycol (EG) leads to the formation of initial single-layered hollow spheres and then a time-dependent evolution transforms them into uniform BHMs with tunable shell thickness and void space. XPS characterizations reveal that C-dopants are introduced into the lattice of ZnO BHMs, with its concentration increasing with solvothermal time and then becoming saturated in 12h...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Hazardous Materials
Víctor S Bonfim, Nádia M Borges, João B L Martins, Ricardo Gargano, José Roberto Dos S Politi
In this work, we used diffusion quantum Monte Carlo with density matrix (d-DMC) and variational quantum Monte Carlo (d-VMC) to determine the potential energy curve (PEC) and obtain the spectroscopic constants of H2 molecule in the ground state, in order to evaluate the capability of these methods to provide an accurate PEC description. These quantum Monte Carlo methods build with density matrix are new approaches to conventional quantum Monte Carlo methods based on wave function formed by product of α and β determinants...
April 2017: Journal of Molecular Modeling
Dandan Shi, Xiaoting Liu, Shimin Shan, Haifeng Xu, Bing Yan
Ab initio calculations on low-lying electronic states of strontium hydride cations, SrH(+), have been performed using the internally contracted multi-reference configuration interaction (icMRCI) method with Davidson correction (+Q). Spin-orbit coupling (SOC) effect between the singlet and triplet states of SrH(+) has been investigated for the first time. The potential energy curves (PECs) of a total of 12 Λ-S states, as well as the 23 Ω states generated from the Λ-S states after considering the SOC effect, have been calculated...
February 24, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Oluyinka Oyewumi, Jonathan Feldman, Jonathan R Gourley
Recent arsenic pollution of drinking-water wells across Lebanon, northeastern USA has led to a growing concern about possible impact of agricultural activities on the hydrologic system. This study assessed the concentrations and distributions of arsenic and ten other elements (Al, Cd, Cr, Cu, Fe, K, Mn, P, Pb, and Zn) in stream sediments. The overall goal is to determine the extent of these elements within the fluvial systems, as well as overall sediment quality. A total of 65 stream sediments samples were collected, and analyzed for particle size distributions, organic matter contents, trace, and major elements concentrations...
April 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Lenka Varinska, Peter Kubatka, Jan Mojzis, Anthony Zulli, Katarina Gazdikova, Pavol Zubor, Dietrich Büsselberg, Martin Caprnda, Radka Opatrilova, Iveta Gasparova, Martin Klabusay, Martin Pec, Eitan Fibach, Mariusz Adamek, Peter Kruzliak
The formation of new blood vessels plays a crucial for the development and progression of pathophysiological changes associated with a variety of disorders, including carcinogenesis. Angiogenesis inhibitors (anti-angiogenics) are an important part of treatment for some types of cancer. Some natural products isolated from marine invertebrates have revealed antiangiogenic activities, which are diverse in structure and mechanisms of action. Many preclinical studies have generated new models for further modification and optimization of anti-angiogenic substances, and new information for mechanistic studies and new anti-cancer drug candidates for clinical practice...
February 28, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Patricia F Sayegh, Diana J Gorbet, Kara M Hawkins, Kari L Hoffman, Lauren E Sergio
Our brain's ability to flexibly control the communication between the eyes and the hand allows for our successful interaction with the objects located within our environment. This flexibility has been observed in the pattern of neural responses within key regions of the frontoparietal reach network. More specifically, our group has shown how single-unit and oscillatory activity within the dorsal premotor cortex (PMd) and the superior parietal lobule (SPL) change contingent on the level of visuomotor compatibility between the eyes and hand...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
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