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Jonathan D Breeze, Enrico Salvadori, Juna Sathian, Neil McN Alford, Christopher W M Kay
The maser-the microwave progenitor of the optical laser-has been confined to relative obscurity owing to its reliance on cryogenic refrigeration and high-vacuum systems. Despite this, it has found application in deep-space communications and radio astronomy owing to its unparalleled performance as a low-noise amplifier and oscillator. The recent demonstration of a room-temperature solid-state maser that utilizes polarized electron populations within the triplet states of photo-excited pentacene molecules in a p-terphenyl host paves the way for a new class of maser...
March 21, 2018: Nature
Hiroyuki Yanagisawa, Yukihiko Kudo, Katsuhiro Nakagawa, Haruhiko Miyagawa, Fumitaka Maruyama, Shigehiko Fujimaki
This study was conducted with the aim of achieving the simultaneous screening of various additives in polymer materials by utilizing a solvent-free pyrolyzer/thermal desorption gas chromatography mass spectrometry (Py/TD-GC-MS) method. As a first step to achieve this goal, simultaneous screening has been examined by selecting major substances representing plasticizers and flame retardants, such as short chain chlorinated paraffins (SCCPs), decabromodiphenyl ether (DecaBDE), hexabromocyclododecane (HBCDD), and di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP)...
March 22, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Khurul Ain Mohamed Mahzir, Siti Salwa Abd Gani, Uswatun Hasanah Zaidan, Mohd Izuan Effendi Halmi
In this study, the optimal conditions for the extraction of antioxidants from the Buah Mahkota Dewa fruit ( Phaleria macrocarpa) was determined by using Response Surface Methodology (RSM). The optimisation was applied using a Central Composite Design (CCD) to investigate the effect of three independent variables, namely extraction temperature (°C), extraction time (minutes) and extraction solvent to-feed ratio (% v / v ) on four responses: free radical scavenging activity (DPPH), ferric ion reducing power assay (FRAP), total phenolic content (TPC) and total flavonoid content (TFC)...
March 22, 2018: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Qiujing Dong, Chunhua Luo, Na Li, Jiaxiang Chi, Qingqing Zhang
A series of copolymers with an adamantyl side group (poly(NIPAM-co-AdMA) and poly(DMAM-co-AdMA)) were prepared by radical copolymerization of N -isopropylacrylamide (NIPAM) and N , N -dimethylacrylamide (DMAM) with a 2-methyl-2-adamantylmethacrylate (AdMA) monomer. The structure and composition of the as-synthesized copolymers were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy, proton nuclear magnetic resonance (¹H NMR) spectroscopy, gel permeation chromatography (GPC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and elemental analysis...
March 22, 2018: Materials
Lu Xu, Gordon Bosiljevac, Kyle Yu, Yi Y Zuo
Langmuir monolayer self-assembled at the air-water interface represents an excellent model for studying phase transition and lipid polymorphism in two dimensions. Compared to numerous studies of phospholipid phase transitions induced by isothermal compression, there are very scarce reports on two-dimensional phase transitions induced by isobaric heating. This is mainly due to technical difficulties of continuously regulating temperature variations while maintaining a constant surface pressure in a classical Langmuir-type film balance...
March 22, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Valeria Pershina
Adsorption energies of superheavy elements (SHEs) Cn, Nh, and Fl and their lighter homologues Hg, Tl, and Pb, respectively, on a Au(111) surface at different adsorbate coverages are predicted via periodic relativistic DFT calculations with the aim of assisting the outcome of related "one-atom-at-a-time" gas-phase chromatography experiments. In agreement with previous DFT studies with the use of a cluster model, the present results for large supercells are indicative of high volatility of Cn. Thus, this element should not interact with the regular Au(111) surface at room temperature but should adsorb on it in a vacancy...
March 22, 2018: Inorganic Chemistry
Fangping Zhuo, Qiang Li, Jinghan Gao, Yongjie Ji, Qingfeng Yan, Yiling Zhang, Hong-Hui Wu, Xiao-Qing Xi, Xiangcheng Chu, Wenwu Cao
(Pb0.97La0.02)(ZrxSn0.94-xTi0.06)O3 (PLZST) antiferroelectric ceramics with x = 0.75-0.90 have been fabricated and found to be a novel electrocaloric material system with a giant negative electrocaloric effect (ΔT = -11.5 K) and a large electrocaloric strength (|ΔT/ΔE| = 0.105 K cm kV-1) near room temperature. Additionally, the PLZST antiferroelectric ceramic also exhibits a large positive electrocaloric effect around the Curie temperature. The giant negative effect and the coexistence of both positive and negative electrocaloric effects in one material indicate a promising possibility to develop mid- to large-scale solid-state cooling devices with high efficiency...
March 22, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
C S Dias, J M Tavares, N A M Araújo, M M Telo da Gama
Low-density networks of molecules or colloids are formed at low temperatures when the interparticle interactions are valence limited. Prototypical examples are networks of patchy particles, where the limited valence results from highly directional pairwise interactions. We combine extensive Langevin simulations and Wertheim's theory of association to study these networks. We find a scale-free (relaxation) dynamics within the liquid-gas coexistence region, which differs from that usually observed for isotropic particles...
March 22, 2018: Soft Matter
Fuat Erden, Hui Li, Xizu Wang, FuKe Wang, Chaobin He
In the present work, we report the fabrication of high-performance thermoelectric materials using TiO2/CNT/PANI ternary composites. We showed that a conductivity of ∼2730 S cm-1 can be achieved for the binary CNT (70%)/PANI (30%) composite, which is the highest recorded value for the reported CNT/PANI composites. We further demonstrated that the Seebeck coefficient of CNT/PANI composites could be enhanced by incorporating TiO2 nanoparticles into the binary CNT/PANI composites, which could be attributed to lower carrier density and the energy scattering of low-energy carriers at the interfaces of TiO2/a-CNT and TiO2/PANI...
March 22, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Danielle Pazzotti Borges, Edecio Cunha-Neto, Edimar A Bocchi, Vagner Oliveira Carvalho Rigaud
BACKGROUND: Circulating cell-free miRNAs hold great promise as a new class of biomarkers due to their high stability in body fluids and association with disease stages. However, even using sensitive and specific methods, technical challenges are associated with miRNA analysis in body fluids. A major source of variation in plasma and serum is the potential cell-derived miRNA contamination from hemolysis. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effect of the delayed whole blood processing time on the concentrations of miR-1 and -423-5p...
March 21, 2018: MicroRNA
Guoxuan Qin, Yibo Zhang, Kuibo Lan, Lingxia Li, Jianguo Ma, Shihui Yu
A novel method of fabricating the flexible thin-film transistor based on single-crystalline Si nanomembrane (SiNM) with high-k Nb2O5-Bi2O3-MgO (BMN) ceramic gate dielectric on a plastic substrate is demonstrated in this paper. The SiNMs are successfully transferred to a flexible PET substrate, which has been plated indium-tin-oxide (ITO) conductive layer and high-k BMN ceramic gate dielectric layer by room-temperature magnetron sputtering. The BMN ceramic gate dielectric layer demonstrates as high as ~109 dielectric constant, with only dozens of pA current leakage...
March 22, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Kazuko Koshiba-Takeuchi
In situ hybridization is defined as one of the most useful and powerful methods to know where genes (e.g., mRNA, ncRNA) of interest are expressed in tissues. Expression of mRNA can be detected as blue or dark purple signals though hybridization, immunoreaction and coloring steps. Genome-wide approaches in various model animals have been conducted thoroughly, and have led to new research areas aimed at uncovering novel gene functions in cell differentiation and development. To elucidate gene function, spatiotemporal gene expression analysis is very important...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Ruirui Li, Pengfei Gu, Xiangyu Fan, Junyu Shen, Yulian Wu, Lixuan Huang, Qiang Li
A polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA)-producing strain was isolated from propylene oxide (PO) saponification wastewater activated sludge and was identified as Brevundimonas vesicularis UJN1 through 16S rDNA sequencing and Biolog microbiological identification. Single-factor and response surface methodology experiments were used to optimize the culture medium and conditions. The optimal C/N ratio was 100/1.04, and the optimal carbon and nitrogen sources were sucrose (10 g/L) and NH4 Cl (0.104 g/L) respectively. The optimal culture conditions consisted of initial pH of 6...
March 21, 2018: Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Alessandro Mauro, Nicola Massarotti, Mohamed Salahudeen, Mario R Romano, Vito Romano, Perumal Nithiarasu
The present work describes the application of the generalised porous medium model to study heat and fluid flow in healthy and glaucomatous eyes of different subject specimens, considering the presence of ocular cavities and porous tissues. The 2D computational model, implemented into the open-source software OpenFOAM, has been verified against benchmark data for mixed convection in domains partially filled with a porous medium. The verified model has been employed to simulate the thermo-fluid dynamic phenomena occurring in the anterior section of four patient-specific human eyes, considering the presence of anterior chamber (AC), trabecular meshwork (TM), Schlemm's canal (SC), and collector channels (CC)...
March 22, 2018: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
Youzhi Miao, Yanqiong Kong, Pan Li, Guangqi Li, Dongyang Liu, Qirong Shen, Ruifu Zhang
Xylanase with a high thermostability will satisfy the needs of raising the temperature of hydrolysis to improve the rheology of the broth in industry of biomass conversion. In this study, a xylanase gene (xyn10A), predicted to encode a hydrolase domain of GH10, a linker region and a CBM1 domain, was cloned from a superior lignocellulose degrading strain Aspergillus fumigatus Z5 and successfully expressed in Pichia pastoris X33. Xyn10A has a specific xylanase activity of 34.4 U mg-1 , and is optimally active at 90 °C and pH 6...
March 21, 2018: AMB Express
Khalil Ur Rehman, Noor Ul Saba, M Y Malik, Iffat Zehra
The current paper contains the simultaneous analysis of both Newtonian and non-Newtonian nanofluid models. The fluid flow is achieved by considering the no-slip condition subject to a stretched cylindrical surface. The flow regime manifests with pertinent physical effects, namely temperature stratification, concentration stratification, thermal radiation, heat generation, magnetic field, dual convection and chemical reaction. The strength of fluid temperature and nanoparticles concentration adjacent to an inclined cylindrical surface is assumed to be higher than the ambient flow field...
March 22, 2018: European Physical Journal. E, Soft Matter
Soheil Saedi, Sayed E Saghaian, Ahmadreza Jahadakbar, Narges Shayesteh Moghaddam, Mohsen Taheri Andani, Sayed M Saghaian, Y Charles Lu, Mohammad Elahinia, Haluk E Karaca
Porous NiTi scaffolds display unique bone-like properties including low stiffness and superelastic behavior which makes them promising for biomedical applications. The present article focuses on the techniques to enhance superelasticity of porous NiTi structures. Selective Laser Melting (SLM) method was employed to fabricate the dense and porous (32-58%) NiTi parts. The fabricated samples were subsequently heat-treated (solution annealing + aging at 350 °C for 15 min) and their thermo-mechanical properties were determined as functions of temperature and stress...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Materials Science. Materials in Medicine
Andrew T Hale, Kelly Pekala, Benjamin Theobald, Katherine Kelly, Michael Wolf, John C Wellons, Truc Le, Chevis N Shannon
PURPOSE: In traumatic brain injury (TBI), hyperglycemia and hypothermia are thought to be associated with poor outcomes, but have not been systematically studied in children. Thus, our aim was to evaluate whether serum glucose and temperature at admission, among other clinical variables, were associated with need for post hospital-discharge seizure medication in children diagnosed with TBI. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of 1814 children who were diagnosed with TBI at a tertiary pediatric hospital...
March 21, 2018: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Sidharth Arora, Pritam Singh, Richa Rani, Sanjoy Ghosh
Direct measurement of cell biomass is difficult in a solid-state fermentation (SSF) process involving filamentous fungi since the mycelium and the solid substrate are often inseparable. However, respiratory data are rich in information for real-time monitoring of microbial biomass production. In this regard, a correlation was obtained between oxygen uptake rate (OUR) and biomass concentration (X) of Rhizopus oryzae MTCC 1987, during phytase production, in an intermittently mixed novel SSF bioreactor. To obtain the correlation, various models describing sigmoidal growth were tested, namely the logistic, Gompertz, Stannard, and Schnute models...
March 21, 2018: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
Elisabeth Wittenberg, Andreas Meyer, Steffen Eggers, Volker Abetz
Styrene-butadiene copolymers are modified with varying fractions of benzoic acid moieties being able to perform hydrogen bonding. This is done by using a simple synthetic approach which utilizes click chemistry. Temperature-dependent dynamic mechanical properties are studied, and it turns out that even the apparently rather simple hydrogen bonding motif has a marked impact on the material properties due to the fact that it facilitates the formation of a supramolecular polymer network. Besides a glass transition, the investigated functionalized copolymers exhibit a second endothermic transition, known as a quasi-melting...
March 22, 2018: Soft Matter
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