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P Xu, Y Lan, Z Xing, E Eiser
Synthetic LAPONITE®-clay particles with platelet-like shape display strong aging when dispersed in aqueous solutions, preventing the latter from reaching their natural liquid-crystalline equilibrium state. Here we introduce a facile method that successfully prevents this aging behaviour and enables accessing the systems' liquid-crystal and crystalline phases. We graft the comb-like polymer PLL-PEG (poly(l-lysine)-g-poly(ethylene glycol)) onto the clay surfaces from solution, thereby screening the negative surface charges and thus ensuring steric stabilisation...
February 19, 2018: Soft Matter
Bruna Castro Porto, Marcelo Cristianini
Dynamic high pressure (DHP) has been applied in the physical modification of biopolymers as polysaccharides, proteins and gums. It is known that DHP is able to promote degradation of polysaccharides (e.g. molecular weight reduction). However, few studies have assessed the effect of DHP on the emulsifying and encapsulating properties of polysaccharides. Thus, this study aimed to investigate the effect of DHP on the emulsifying (average droplet size and particle size distribution, optical and confocal scanning laser microscopy, rheology, zeta potential and electric conductivity, creaming index, and turbidity) and encapsulating (scanning electronic microscopy, flavor retention, average droplet size, and particle size distribution) properties of cashew tree gum (CG)...
April 15, 2018: Carbohydrate Polymers
Yasaman Alinejad, Atma Adoungotchodo, Eve Hui, Fatemeh Zehtabi, Sophie Lerouge
Chitosan (CH) hydrogels with remarkable mechanical properties and rapid gelation rate were recently synthesized by combining sodium hydrogen carbonate (SHC) with another weak base, such as beta-glycerophosphate (BGP). To improve their biological responses, in the present study, chondroitin sulfate (CS) was added to these CH hydrogels. Hydrogel characteristics in terms of pH and osmolarity as well as rheological, mechanical, morphological and swelling properties were studied in the absence and presence of CS...
February 13, 2018: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
A J P van Heugten, J Landman, A V Petukhov, H Vromans
The rheological properties of petrolatum are dependent on both temperature and thermal history. How this thermal dependency can be explained is unclear. In the past it has been suggested that the structure of petrolatum consists of a three-dimensional crystalline network. This has been established using old microscopic techniques only. Therefore a study on the microstructure of petrolatum was conducted using rheometry, DSC, pulsed NMR, polarized light microscopy and synchrotron X-ray. The combination of these techniques show that petrolatum is composed of 21% solid material at room temperature...
February 13, 2018: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
Sahar Sultan, Aji P Mathew
3-Dimensional (3D) printing provides a unique methodology for the customization of biomedical scaffolds with respect to size, shape, pore structure and pore orientation useful for tissue repair and regeneration. 3D printing was used to fabricate fully bio-based porous scaffolds of a double crosslinked interpenetrating polymer network (IPN) from a hydrogel ink of sodium alginate and gelatin (SA/G) reinforced with cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs). CNCs provided favorable rheological properties required for 3D printing...
February 16, 2018: Nanoscale
Eric Poon, Vikas Thondapu, Umair Hayat, Peter Barlis, Chooi Yap, Po Kuo, Qisen Wang, Jiawei Ma, Shuang Zhu, Stephen Moore, Andrew Ooi
One particular complexity of coronary artery is the natural tapering of the vessel with proximal segments having larger caliber and distal tapering as the vessel get smaller. The natural tapering of a coronary artery often leads to proximal incomplete stent apposition (ISA). ISA alters coronary hemodynamics and creates pathological path to develop complications such as in-stent restenosis, and more worryingly, stent thrombosis. By employing state-of-the-art computer-aided design software, generic stent hoops were virtually deployed in an idealized tapered coronary artery with decreasing malapposition distance...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
Tapomoy Bhattacharjee, Christopher P Kabb, Christopher S O'Bryan, Juan M Urueña, Brent S Sumerlin, W Gregory Sawyer, Thomas E Angelini
Micro-scale hydrogel particles, known as microgels, are used in industry to control the rheology of numerous different products, and are also used in experimental research to study the origins of jamming and glassy behavior in soft-sphere model systems. At the macro-scale, the rheological behaviour of densely packed microgels has been thoroughly characterized; at the particle-scale, careful investigations of jamming, yielding, and glassy-dynamics have been performed through experiment, theory, and simulation...
February 16, 2018: Soft Matter
Heidy Cruz, Younggon Son
Since the discovery of carbon nanotubes (CNT), significant research works have focused on the application of CNT as conductive filler to polymer nanocomposites which can be used in several fields such as electrostatic dissipation (ESD), electrostatic painting and electromagnetic interference shielding (EMI-shielding). However, the main challenge in the large-scale manufacturing of this technology is the poor electrical conductivity of polymer nanocomposites produced by injection molding process. This study aims to investigate the effect of CNT aspect ratio in improving the electrical conductivity of injection molded nanocomposites...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Keng-Lin Lee, Fu-Ling Yang
This corrects the article DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.96.062909.
January 2018: Physical Review. E
S Bharathraj, V Kumaran
Dense granular flows have been well described by the Bagnold rheology, even when the particles are in the multibody contact regime and the coordination number is greater than 1. This is surprising, because the Bagnold law should be applicable only in the instantaneous collision regime, where the time between collisions is much larger than the period of a collision. Here, the effect of particle stiffness on rheology is examined. It is found that there is a rheological threshold between a particle stiffness of 10^{4}-10^{5} for the linear contact model and 10^{5}-10^{6} for the Hertzian contact model above which Bagnold rheology (stress proportional to square of the strain rate) is valid and below which there is a power-law rheology, where all components of the stress and the granular temperature are proportional to a power of the strain rate that is less then 2...
January 2018: Physical Review. E
Héctor Alarcón, Jean-Christophe Géminard, Francisco Melo
The response of a thin layer of granular material to an external pure shear imposed at its base is investigated. The experiments show that, even for noncohesive materials, the resulting deformation of the material is inhomogeneous. Indeed, a novel smooth pattern, consisting of a periodic modulation of the shear deformation of the free surface, is revealed by an image-correlation technique. These observations are in contrast with the previous observation of the fracture pattern in cohesive granular materials subjected to stretching...
January 2018: Physical Review. E
Fredrik K Eriksen, Renaud Toussaint, Antoine Léo Turquet, Knut J Måløy, Eirik G Flekkøy
By means of digital image correlation, we experimentally characterize the deformation of a dry granular medium confined inside a Hele-Shaw cell due to air injection at a constant overpressure high enough to deform it (from 50 to 250 kPa). Air injection at these overpressures leads to the formation of so-called pneumatic fractures, i.e., channels empty of beads, and we discuss the typical deformations of the medium surrounding these structures. In addition we simulate the diffusion of the fluid overpressure into the medium, comparing it with the Laplacian solution over time and relating pressure gradients with corresponding granular displacements...
January 2018: Physical Review. E
A Nait Ouhra, A Farutin, O Aouane, H Ez-Zahraouy, A Benyoussef, C Misbah
Widely regarded as an interesting model system for studying flow properties of blood, vesicles are closed membranes of phospholipids that mimic the cytoplasmic membranes of red blood cells. In this study we analyze the rheology of a suspension of vesicles in a confined geometry: the suspension, bound by two planar rigid walls on each side, is subject to a shear flow. Flow properties are then analyzed as a function of shear rate γ[over ̇], the concentration of the suspension ϕ, and the viscosity contrast λ=η_{in}/η_{out}, where η_{in} and η_{out} are the fluid viscosities of the inner and outer fluids, respectively...
January 2018: Physical Review. E
Nélio Drumond, Sven Stegemann
Solid oral dosage forms (SODF) are drug vehicles commonly prescribed by physicists in primary and secondary cares, as they are the most convenient for the patient and facilitate therapy management. Concerns regarding unintended adhesion of SODF during oro-esophageal transit remain, especially in multimorbid patients, bedridden patients and patients suffering from dysphagia. Hence, this factor should be considered during the development of SODF, and more attention should be given on the design of appropriate surface conditions considering patients with swallowing problems...
February 9, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
Marleen Häring, Julio Rodríguez-López, Santiago Grijalvo, Markus Tautz, Ramon Eritja, Victor S Martin, David Díaz Díaz
In this work we demonstrated that the simple substitution of the 1,2,4-triazole moiety in 5-(4H-1,2,4-triazol-4-yl)isophthalic acid (5-TIA) by the 1H-1,2,3-triazol-5-yl unit enables the preparation of a hydrogelator (click-TIA). In sharp contrast to 5-TIA, its isostere click-TIA undergoes self-assembly in water upon sonication, leading to the formation of stable supramolecular viscoelastic hydrogels with a critical gelation concentration of 6 g/L. Hydrogels made of click-TIA as well as hybrid hydrogels made of the mixture click-TIA + 5-TIA (molar ratio 1:0...
February 15, 2018: Molecular Pharmaceutics
Ariel A C Toledo Hijo, Guilherme J Maximo, Rosiane L Cunha, Felipe H S Fonseca, Lisandro P Cardoso, Jorge F B Pereira, Mariana C Costa, Eduardo A C Batista, Antonio J A Meirelles
Protic ionic liquid crystals (PILCs) obtained from natural sources are promising compounds due to their peculiar properties and sustainable appeal. However, obtaining PILCs with higher thermal and mechanical stabilities for product and process design is in demand and studies on such approaches using this new IL generation are still scarce. In this context, this work discloses an alternative way for tuning the physicochemical properties of ILCs by mixing PILs. New binary mixtures of PILs derived from fatty acids and 2-hydroxy ethylamines have been synthesized here and investigated through the characterization of the solid-solid-[liquid crystal]-liquid thermodynamic equilibrium and their rheological and critical micellar concentration profiles...
February 15, 2018: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
Piotr Izak, Longin Ogłaza, Włodzimierz Mozgawa, Joanna Mastalska-Popławska, Agata Stempkowska
To avoid agglomeration and sedimentation of grains, ceramic slurries should be modified by stabilizers in order to increase the electrostatic interactions between the dispersed particles. In this study we present the spectral analysis of aqueous sodium silicates obtained by different synthesis methods and their influence on the rheological properties of kaolin based slurries. Infrared and Raman spectra can be used to describe the structure of silicate structural units present in aqueous sodium silicates. It was confirmed that the best stabilization results possess aqueous sodium silicates of the silicate moduli of about 2 and the optimal concentration of the used fluidizer is 0...
February 8, 2018: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
G A Basheed, Komal Jain, Saurabh Pathak, R P Pant
We investigate the effect of dilution on dipolar interaction with linear and non-linear rheological properties of kerosene based magnetic fluid. The steady-state behavior demonstrate a shear thinning behavior and corroborated with a power law, (η = c <mml:math display="block"> <mml:mover accent="true"> <mml:mi>γ</mml:mi> <mml:mo>˙</mml:mo> </mml:mover></mml:math>n + η∞) exponent, n ≤ 1. The shear-induced-breakup (separation) of nanoparticles and the yielding behavior has been explained by Bingham model...
April 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Wenkun Zhu, Tao Duan, Zuowen Hu
We have demonstrated there is a significant intermolecular interaction between GO and KGM that results from hydrogen bonding and physical cross-linking by studying the rheological properties of a graphene oxide/konjac glucomannan (GO/KGM) solution. When the addition of GO was 5%, the storage modulus (G') and loss modulus (G″) were only improved by 0.25%. However, G' and G″ were improved by approximately 90% and 73.4%, respectively, when the GO content was increased to 7.5%. The moduli also displayed a relationship between the power function and concentration...
May 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
Nathalie Ferreira Silva de Melo, Estefânia Vangelie Ramos Campos, Michelle Franz-Montan, Eneida de Paula, Camila Morais Gonçalves da Silva, Cíntia Rodrigues Maruyama, Tatiane Pasquoto Stigliani, Renata de Lima, Daniele Ribeiro de Araújo, Leonardo Fernandes Fraceto
This work describes the development of poly-ε-caprolactone nanocapsules (PCL-NC) and solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) aiming delivery for articaine (ATC), in order to improve its chemical stability in semi-solid preparations looking forward their use for skin delivery. The nanoparticles were characterized by size, polydispersity index, and pH. Cellular viability was evaluated using the MTT test and the in vitro release kinetics was determined using a two-compartment model. The hydrogels with nanoparticle suspensions were characterized considering their rheological aspects and in vitro permeation across artificial membranes...
June 1, 2018: Journal of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology
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