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Juhana Frösen, Anne Joutel
Cerebrovascular diseases that cause ischemic or hemorrhagic stroke with subsequent loss of life or functional capacity due to damage of the brain tissue are among the leading causes of human suffering and economic burden inflicted by diseases in the developed world. Diseases affecting intracranial vessels are significant contributors to ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes. Brain arteriovenous malformations (bAVM), which are a collection of abnormal blood vessels connecting arteries to veins, are the most common cause of intracranial hemorrhage in children and young adults...
January 16, 2018: Cardiovascular Research
Joey Grochmal, Wulin Teo, Hardeep Gambhir, Ranjan Kumar, Jo Anne Stratton, Raveena Dhaliwal, Craig Brideau, Jeff Biernaskie, Peter K Stys, Rajiv Midha
OBJECTIVE Intravital spectral imaging of the large, deeply situated nerves in the rat peripheral nervous system (PNS) has not been well described. Here, the authors have developed a highly stable platform for performing imaging of the tibial nerve in live rodents, thus allowing the capture of high-resolution, high-magnification spectral images requiring long acquisition times. By further exploiting the qualities of the topically applied myelin dye Nile red, this technique is capable of visualizing the detailed microenvironment of peripheral nerve demyelination injury and recovery, while allowing us to obtain images of exogenous Schwann cell myelination in a living animal...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Neurosurgery
Ravi C Dutta, Suresh K Bhatia
We investigate the structure of polyimide (PI) at the surface of a silicalite zeolite (MFI), as part of a model hybrid organic-inorganic mixed matrix membrane system, through equilibrium Molecular Dynamics simulations. Further, we report a comparison of the adsorption and transport characteristics of pure component CO2 and CH4 in PI, MFI and PI-MFI composite membranes. It is seen that incorporation of MFI zeolite into PI results in the formation of densified polymer layers (rigidified region) near the surface, having thickness around 1...
January 19, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Joakim Bjerketorp, Wilfred F M Röling, Xin-Mei Feng, Armando Hernández Garcia, Hermann J Heipieper, Sebastian Håkansson
Chlorophenols are widespread and of environmental concern due to their toxic and carcinogenic properties. Development of less costly and less technically challenging remediation methods are needed; therefore, we developed a formulation based on micronized vermiculite that, when air-dried, resulted in a granular product containing the 4-chlorophenol (4-CP)-degrading Gram-positive bacterium Arthrobacter chlorophenolicus A6. This formulation and stabilization method yielded survival rates of about 60% that remained stable in storage for at least 3 months at 4 °C...
January 18, 2018: Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
M T Lopez-Lopez, F Nogueras-Lara, L Rodriguez-Arco, N Guigo, N Sbirrazzuoli, A Yu Zubarev, S Lacis, P Kuzhir
Micron-sized particles (microbeads) dispersed in a suspension of magnetic nanoparticles, i.e., ferrofluids, can be assembled into different types of structures upon application of an external magnetic field. This paper is devoted to theoretical modeling of a relative motion of a pair of microbeads (either soft ferromagnetic or diamagnetic) in the ferrofluid under the action of applied uniform magnetic field which induces magnetic moments in the microbeads making them attracting to each other. The model is based on a point-dipole approximation for the magnetic interactions between microbeads mediated by the ferrofluid; however, the ferrofluid is considered to possess an anisotropic magnetic permeability thanks to field-induced structuring of its nanoparticles...
December 2017: Physical Review. E
Seunghwan Shin, Kevin D Dorfman, Xiang Cheng
Using high-resolution confocal rheometry, we study the shear profiles of well-entangled DNA solutions under large-amplitude oscillatory shear in a rectilinear planar shear cell. With increasing Weissenberg number (Wi), we observe successive transitions from normal Newtonian linear shear profiles to wall-slip dominant shear profiles and, finally, to shear-banding profiles at high Wi. To investigate the microscopic origin of the observed shear banding, we study the dynamics of micron-sized tracers embedded in DNA solutions...
December 2017: Physical Review. E
M Y Pustylnik, I L Semenov, E Zähringer, H M Thomas
The effect of micron-sized particles on a low-pressure capacitively coupled rf discharge is studied both experimentally and using numerical simulations. In the laboratory experiments, microparticle clouds occupying a considerable fraction of the discharge volume are supported against gravity with the help of the thermophoretic force. The spatiotemporally resolved optical emission measurements are performed with different arrangements of microparticles. The numerical simulations are carried out on the basis of a one-dimensional hybrid (fluid-kinetic) discharge model describing the interaction between plasma and microparticles in a self-consistent way...
September 2017: Physical Review. E
Tong Kim, Yei Hwan Jung, Huilong Zhang, Kwangeun Kim, Juhwan Lee, Zhenqiang Ma
Photolithography based on optical mask is widely used in academic research laboratories due to its low-cost, simple mechanism, and ability to pattern in micron sized features on a wafer scale area. Since the resolution is bound by diffraction limits of the light source, nano-scale patterning using photolithography requires short wavelength light source combined with sophisticated optical elements, adding complexity and cost. In this paper, a novel method of sub-wavelength patterning process using conventional i-line mercury lamp is introduced, without the use of such advanced optical tools...
January 18, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Lothar Veith, Julia Böttner, Antje Vennemann, Daniel Breitenstein, Carsten Engelhard, Jan Meijer, Irina Estrela-Lopis, Martin Wiemann, Birgit Hagenhoff
The increasing use of nanoparticles (NP) in commercial products requires elaborated techniques to detect NP in the tissue of exposed organisms. However, due to the low amount of material, the detection and exact localization of NP within tissue sections is demanding. In this respect, Time-of-Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) and Ion Beam Microscopy (IBM) are promising techniques, because they both offer sub-micron lateral resolutions along with high sensitivities. Here, we compare the performance of the non-material-consumptive IBM and material-consumptive ToF-SIMS for the detection of ZrO₂ NP (primary size 9-10 nm) in rat lung tissue...
January 15, 2018: Nanomaterials
Irma Liascukiene, Gabriel Amselem, Deniz Z Gunes, Charles N Baroud
Foams can be stabilized for long periods by the adsorption of solid particles on the liquid-gas interfaces. Although such long-term observations are common, mechanistic descriptions of the particle adsorption process are scarce, especially in confined flows, in part due to the difficulty of observing the particles in the complex gas-liquid dispersion of a foam. Here, we characterise the adsorption of micron-scale particles onto the interface of a bubble flowing in a colloidal aqueous suspension within a microfluidic channel...
January 17, 2018: Soft Matter
Tschung-Il Kim, Hyunju Park, Mooyoung Han
In this study, we developed a customized low cost and low energy bubble generator that can control bubble size. Hence, it can be used not only in the water treatment process but also in various other processes. This device was able to generate bubbles with a very simple system using only a general pump and a mixing chamber. Increasing the number of partition walls in the mixing chamber reduced the bubble size. Furthermore, bubbles of a few hundred nanometers were produced by the shear stress caused by increasing the thickness of the partition wall...
January 2018: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
Rodopiano S Florêncio, Melaynne S B Meira, Marcos V da Cunha, Mylena N C R Camarço, Eduardo C Castro, Marta C C F Finotti, Vinicius A de Oliveira
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the predictive efficiency of serum estradiol (E2) concentration in the mid-luteal phase regarding chemical, clinical, and ongoing pregnancies, in patients subjected to IVF/ICSI with fresh embryo transfer. METHODS: One hundred and forty-three patients undergoing IVF/ICSI met all the inclusion criteria for the present study. Most of the patients used antagonists, final maturation was achieved with recombinant chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG), and embryo transfer took place on days 3 to 5, but mostly on day 4...
January 16, 2018: JBRA Assisted Reproduction
Alexander P Safronov, Ekaterina A Mikhnevich, Zahra Lotfollahi, Felix A Blyakhman, Tatyana F Sklyar, Aitor Larrañaga Varga, Anatoly I Medvedev, Sergio Fernández Armas, Galina V Kurlyandskaya
Magnetic biosensors are an important part of biomedical applications of magnetic materials. As the living tissue is basically a "soft matter." this study addresses the development of ferrogels (FG) with micron sized magnetic particles of magnetite and strontium hexaferrite mimicking the living tissue. The basic composition of the FG comprised the polymeric network of polyacrylamide, synthesized by free radical polymerization of monomeric acrylamide (AAm) in water solution at three levels of concentration (1...
January 16, 2018: Sensors
Lu Hanlun, Min Zhi Rong, Ming Qiu Zhang
A quadrupole electric field mediated exfoliation method is proposed to convert micron sized hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) powders into few layers hexagonal boron nitride nano-sheets (h-BNNS). Under the optimum conditions (400 Hz, 40 V, 32μg/mL, sodium deoxycholate, TAE medium), the hBN powders (thickness > 200 nm, horizontal scale ~ 10 μm) are successfully exfoliated into 0.5-4 nm (1-10 layers) thick h-BNNS with the same horizontal scale. Dynamic laser scattering (DLS) and atomic force microscope (AFM) statistics show that the yield is 47...
January 16, 2018: Nanotechnology
Wenyi Huang, Jiajia Liu, Bing Bai, Liu Huang, Meng Xu, Jia Liu, Hongpan Rong, Jiatao Zhang
Perovskite nanocrystals (NCs), a good fluorescent candidate for excellent photoelectric properties, have opened new avenues in the fabrication of highly efficient solar cells, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), and other optoelectronic devices. Further advances will rely on the multitude of compositional, structural variants that enable the formation of lower-dimensionality layered and three-dimensional (3D) perovskites with architectural innovations. In this work, the perovskite film was fabricated on the flexible substrate by simple dip-coating technology and 3D assemblies of perovskite NCs were obtained through an attachment process...
January 16, 2018: Nanotechnology
Cunlu Zhao, Chun Yang
In this work, we report an effective microfluidic technique for continuous-flow trapping and localized enrichment of micro- and nano-particles by using induced-charge electrokinetic (ICEK) phenomena. The proposed technique utilizes a simple microfluidic device that consists of a straight microchannel and a conducting strip attached to the bottom wall of the microchannel. Upon application of the electric field along the microchannel, the conducting strip becomes polarized to introduce two types of ICEK phenomena, the ICEK flow vortex and particle dielectrophoresis, and they are identified by a theoretical model formulated in this study to be jointly responsible for the trapping of particles over the edge of the conducting strip...
January 16, 2018: Soft Matter
L Fourgeaud, E Ercolani, J Duplat, P Gully, V S Nikolayev
In this paper, we describe the optical grid deflection method used to reconstruct the 3D profile of liquid films deposited by a receding liquid meniscus. This technique uses the refractive properties of the film surface and is suitable for liquid thickness from several microns to millimeter. This method works well for strong interface slopes and changing in time film shape; it applies when the substrate and fluid media are transparent. The refraction is assumed to be locally unidirectional. The method is particularly appropriate to follow the evolution of parameters such as dynamic contact angle, triple liquid-gas-solid contact line velocity or dewetting ridge thickness...
January 15, 2018: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Lothar Bischoff, Michael Stephan, Christina S Birkel, Christian F Litterscheid, Andreas Dreizler, Barbara Albert
Recently developed laser-based measurement techniques are used to image the temperatures and velocities in gas flows. They require new phosphor materials with an unprecedented combination of properties. A novel synthesis procedure is described here; it results in hierarchically structured, hollow microspheres of Eu3+-doped Y2O3, with unusual particle sizes and very good characteristics compared to full particles. Solution-based precipitation on polymer microballoons produces very stable and luminescent, ceramic materials of extremely low density...
January 12, 2018: Scientific Reports
Daniela Recabarren-Leiva, Marcelo Alarcón
The Flow Cytometry is the principal method used to measure platelet-derived microparticles (PDMPs), by fluorescent properties analysis. PDMPs (0.1-1.0 microns) are abundant in circulation, accounting for approximately 90% of the microparticles and are associated with Cardiovascular Disease, the leading cause of death in the world.
January 9, 2018: Immunology Letters
Zhenshi Chen, Songsong Xiong, Shecheng Gao, Hui Zhang, Lei Wan, Xincheng Huang, Bingsen Huang, Yuanhua Feng, Weiping Liu, Zhaohui Li
A miniaturized tip Fabry-Perot interferometer (tip-FPI) is proposed for high-temperature sensing. It is simply fabricated for the first time by splicing a short length of microfiber (MF) to the cleaved end of a standard single mode fiber (SMF) with precise control of the relative cross section position. Such a MF acts as a Fabry-Perot (FP) cavity and serves as a tip sensor. A change in temperature modifies the length and refractive index of the FP cavity, and then a corresponding change in the reflected interference spectrum can be observed...
January 12, 2018: Sensors
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