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Ethan Groves, Christopher S Palenik, Skip Palenik
The characterization and identification of dyes in fibers can be used to provide investigative leads and strengthen associations between known and questioned items of evidence. The isolation of a dye from its matrix (e.g., a textile fiber) permits detailed characterization, comparison and, in some cases, identification using methods such as thin layer chromatography in conjunction with infrared and Raman spectroscopy. A survey of dye extraction publications reveals that pyridine:water (4:3) is among the most commonly cited extraction solvent across a range of fiber and dye chemistries...
March 25, 2016: Forensic Science International
Jessica A Nash, Albert L Kwansa, James Samuel Peerless, Ho Shin Kim, Yaroslava G Yingling
Nanoparticles (NPs) play increasingly important roles in nanotechnology and nanomedicine where nanoparticle surface chemistry allows for control over interactions with other nanoparticles and biomolecules. In particular, for applications in drug and gene delivery, a fundamental understanding of the NP-nucleic acid interface allows for development of more efficient and effective nanoparticle carriers. Computational modeling can provide insights of processes occurring at the inorganic NP-nucleic interface, in detail which is difficult to access by experimental methods...
October 24, 2016: Bioconjugate Chemistry
Feng Peng, Jorge Botana, Yanchao Wang, Yanming Ma, Mao-Sheng Miao
Xenon difluoride is the first and the most stable of hundreds of noble-gas (Ng) compounds. These compounds reveal the rich chemistry of Ngs. No stable compound that contains a Ng-Ng bond has been reported previously. Recent experiments have shown intriguing behaviors of this exemplar compound under high pressure, including increased coordination numbers and an insulator-to-metal transition. None of the be-haviors can be explained by electronic-structure calculations with fixed stoichiometry. We therefore con-ducted a structure search of xenon-fluorine compounds with various stoichiometries, and studied their stabili-ties under pressure using first principles calculations...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters
Meghan L M Fuzzen, Leslie M Bragg, Gerald R Tetreault, Paulina A Bahamonde, Rajiv N Tanna, Charles J Bennett, Mark E McMaster, Mark R Servos
Municipal wastewater effluent (MWWE) and its constituents, such as chemicals of emerging concern, pose a potential threat to the sustainability of fish populations by disrupting key endocrine functions in aquatic organisms. While studies have demonstrated changes in biological markers of exposure of aquatic organisms to groups of chemicals of emerging concern, the variability of these markers over time has not been sufficiently described in wild fish species. The aim of this study was to assess the spatial and temporal variability of biological markers in response to MWWE exposure and to test the consistency of these responses between seasons and among years...
2016: PloS One
Camille Loranger, Maisa Alfalah, Marie-Christine Ferrier Le Bouedec, Denis Sasseville
Ecologically sound because they are synthesized from natural and renewable sources, the mild surfactants alkyl glucosides are being rediscovered by the cosmetic industry. They are currently found in rinse-off products such as shampoos, liquid cleansers, and shower gels, but also in leave-on products that include moisturizers, deodorants, and sunscreens. During the past 15 years, numerous cases of allergic contact dermatitis have been published, mostly to lauryl and decyl glucosides, and these compounds are considered emergent allergens...
October 21, 2016: Dermatitis
Zhe Wang, Fuwu Zhang, Zhantong Wang, Xiao Fu, Albert Jin, Bryant C Yung, Jing Fan, Xiangyu Yang, Gang Niu, Xiaoyuan Chen
Molecular design of biomaterials with unique features reca-pitulating nature's niche to influence biological activities has been a prolific area of investigation in chemistry and material science. The extracellular matrix (ECM) provides a wealth of bioactive molecules in supporting cell proliferation, migra-tion and differentiation. The well-patterned fibril and inter-twining architecture of the ECM profoundly influences cell behavior and development. Inspired by those features from the ECM, we attempted to integrate essential biological fac-tors from the ECM to design bioactive molecules to construct artificial self-supportive ECM mimics to advance stem cell culture...
October 24, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Peter M Fischer
Kinase inhibitor research is a comparatively recent branch of medicinal chemistry and pharmacology and the first small-molecule kinase inhibitor, imatinib, was approved for clinical use only 15 years ago. Since then, 33 more kinase inhibitor drugs have received regulatory approval for the treatment of a variety of cancers and the volume of reports on the discovery and development of kinase inhibitors has increased to an extent where it is now difficult-even for those working in the field-easily to keep an overview of the compounds that are being developed, as currently there are 231 such compounds, targeting 38 different protein and lipid kinases (not counting isoforms), in clinical use or under clinical investigation...
October 24, 2016: Medicinal Research Reviews
J S Arora, J C Cremaldi, M K Holleran, T Ponnusamy, B Sunkara, J He, N S Pesika, V T John
The surface chemistry and topography govern the spreading of liquids on a solid. When an oil drop makes a contact angle, θ > 90° on a solid surface, the solid is termed as oleophobic. Adding roughness to an inherently oleophobic surface enhances its oil dewetting and can lead to superoleophobicity when θ > 150°. In this study, we introduce the concept of a two-tier hierarchical roughness on the surface of soft materials such as hydrogels by forming the patterned inverse replica of breath figure polymer films impregnated with nanoparticles...
October 24, 2016: Nanoscale
B Caglar, M Olus Ozbek, J W Hans Niemantsverdriet, C J Kees-Jan Weststrate
The adsorption and decomposition of ethanol on Rh(100) was studied as a model reaction to understand the role of C-OH functionalities in the surface chemistry of biomass-derived molecules. A combination of experimental surface science and computational techniques was used: (i) temperature programmed reaction spectroscopy (TPRS), reflection absorption infrared spectroscopy (RAIRS), work function measurements (Kelvin Probe - KP), and density functional theory (DFT). Ethanol produces ethoxy (CH3CH2O) species via O-H bond breaking upon adsorption at 100 K...
October 24, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Oleksandr O Kurakevych, Vladimir L Solozhenko
The aim of the present review is to highlight the state of the art in high-pressure design of new advanced materials based on boron nitride. Recent experimental achievements on the governing phase transformation, nanostructuring and chemical synthesis in the systems containing boron nitride at high pressures and high temperatures are presented. All these developments allowed discovering new materials, e.g., ultrahard nanocrystalline cubic boron nitride (nano-cBN) with hardness comparable to diamond, and superhard boron subnitride B13N₂...
October 20, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Antonia G Zogka, Abdelwahid Mellouki, Manolis N Romanias, Yuri Bedjanian, Mahmoud Idir, Benoit Grosselin, Veronique Daele
The rate coefficients for the reactions of OH and Cl with 1-methoxy 2-propyl acetate (MPA) in the gas phase were measured using absolute and relative methods. The kinetic study on the OH-reaction was conducted in the temperature (263-373) K and pressure (1-760) Torr ranges using the pulsed laser photolysis-laser induced fluorescence technique, a low pressure fast flow tube reactor-quadrupole mass spectrometer and an atmospheric simulation chamber-GC/FID. The derived Arrhenius expression is kMPA+OH(T)=(2.01±0...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Wan-Yi Li, Xia Li, Steffen Jockusch, Han Wang, Bolei Xu, Yajing Wu, William Gang Tsui, Hai-Lung Dai, V Faye McNeill, Yi Rao
Photoactivated reactions of organic species in atmospheric aerosol particles are a potentially significant source of secondary organic aerosol material (SOA). Despite recent progress, the dominant chemical mechanisms and rates of these reactions remain largely unknown. In this work, we characterize the photo-physical properties and photochemical reaction mechanisms of imidazole-2-carboxaldehyde (IC) in aqueous solution, alone and in the presence of isoprene. IC has been shown previously in laboratory studies to participate in photoactivated chemistry in aerosols, and is a known in-particle reaction product of glyoxal...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. A
Tzu-Hsuan Hsu, Shu-Jen Chiang, Yen-Ho Chu
We demonstrated here a successful development of the use of functional ionic liquids FIL 1 and FIL 3 for chemoselective detection of alkene gases measured by quartz crystal microbalance. This detection of gaseous alkenes was achieved by the Diels-Alder [4+2] cycloadditions with FIL 1 and FIL 3 thin-coated on quartz chips. Our functional ionic liquids could be prepared by straightforward synthetic chemistry in short steps and are superior in alkene gas detection. The QCM platform developed in this work is chemoselective with fast gas diffusion into ionic liquids, readily applicable to low molecular weight alkene gases and insensitive to moisture...
October 24, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
Bhuvnesh Bharti, David Rutkowski, Koohee Han, Aakash Umesh Kumar, Carol K Hall, Orlin D Velev
Janus and patchy particles are emerging as models for studying complex directed assembly patterns and as precursors of new structured materials and composites. Here we show how lipid induced capillary bridging could serve as a new and non conventional method of assembling patchy particles into ordered structures. Iron oxide surface patches on latex microspheres were selectively wetted with liquid lipids, driving the particle assembly into 2D and 3D clusters via interparticle capillary bridge formation. The liquid phase of the bridges allows local reorganization of the particles within the clusters and assists in forming true equilibrium configurations...
October 24, 2016: Journal of the American Chemical Society
Niloofar Eslahi, Marjan Abdorahim, Abdolreza Arash Simchi
Stimuli responsive hydrogels (SRHs) are attractive bio-scaffolds for tissue engineering. The structural similarity of SRHs to the extracellular matrix (ECM) of many tissues offers great advantages for a minimally invasive tissue repair. Among various potential applications of SRHs, cartilage regeneration has attracted significant attention. The repair of cartilage damage is challenging in orthopedics owing to its low repair capacity. Recent advances include development of injectable hydrogels to minimize invasive surgery with nanostructured features and rapid stimuli-responsive characteristics...
October 24, 2016: Biomacromolecules
Maura Marinozzi, Fabrizio Pertusati, Michaela Serpi
The compounds characterized by the presence of a λ(5)-phosphorus functionality at the α-position with respect to the diazo moiety, here referred to as λ(5)-phosphorus-containing α-diazo compounds (PCDCs), represent a vast class of extremely versatile reagents in organic chemistry and are particularly useful in the preparation of phosphonate- and phosphinoxide-functionalized molecules. Indeed, thanks to the high reactivity of the diazo moiety, PCDCs can be induced to undergo a wide variety of chemical transformations...
October 24, 2016: Chemical Reviews
Yuanyuan Zhou, Miao Li, Yijing Guo, Heng Lu, Jinsheng Song, Zhishan Bo, Hua Wang
With the efficient synthesis of the crucial dibenzopyran building block, a series of PDBPTBT polymers containing different alkyl side chains and/or fluorine substitution were designed and synthesized via the microwave assisted Suzuki polycondensation. Quantum chemistry calculations based on density functional theory indicated that different substitutions have significant impacts on the planarity and rigidity of the polymer backbones. Interestingly, the alkyloxy chains of PDBPTBT-4 tend to stay in the same plane with the benzothiadiazole unit, but the others appear to be out of plane...
October 24, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Eugene Peter Magennis, Andrew L Hook, Paul Williams, Morgan Russell Alexander
Biomedical devices are indispensable in modern medicine yet offer surfaces that promote bacterial attachment and biofilm formation resulting in chronic healthcare-associated infections. We have developed a simple method to graft acrylates to silicone rubber, polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), a commonly used device material that is often colonized by bacteria. We demonstrate a novel method whereby non-toxic bacteria attachment resistant polymers can be readily grafted-from and grafted-to the surface using thiol-ene chemistry, substantially reducing bacterial colonization...
October 24, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Søren B van Witteloostuijn, Søren L Pedersen, Knud J Jensen
Peptides and proteins constitute a vast pool of excellent drug candidates. Evolution has equipped these molecules with superior drug-like properties such as high specificity and potency. However, native peptides and proteins suffer from an inadequate pharmacokinetic profile, and their outstanding pharmacological potential can only be realized if this issue is addressed during drug development. To overcome this challenge, a variety of half-life extension techniques relying on covalent chemical modification have been developed...
October 24, 2016: ChemMedChem
Giulia Morgese, Lucca Trachsel, Matteo Romio, Mohammad Divandari, Shivaprakash N Ramakrishna, Edmondo M Benetti
The cyclic polymer topology strongly alters the interfacial, physico-chemical properties of polymer brushes, when compared to the linear counterparts. In this study, we especially concentrated on poly-2-ethyl-2-oxazoline (PEOXA) cyclic and linear grafts assembled on titanium oxide surfaces by the "grafting-to" technique. The smaller hydrodynamic radius of ring PEOXAs favors the formation of denser brushes with respect to linear analogs. Denser and more compact cyclic brushes generate a steric barrier that surpasses the typical entropic shield by a linear brush...
October 24, 2016: Angewandte Chemie
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