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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820988/integrating-printed-microfluidics-with-silicon-photomultipliers-for-miniaturised-and-highly-sensitive-atp-bioluminescence-detection
#1
M F Santangelo, S Libertino, A P F Turner, D Filippini, W C Mak
Bioluminescence has been widely used for important biosensing applications such as the measurement of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the energy unit in biological systems and an indicator of vital processes. The current technology for detection is mainly based on large equipment such as readers and imaging systems, which require intensive and time-consuming procedures. A miniaturised bioluminescence sensing system, which would allow sensitive and continuous monitoring of ATP, with an integrated and low-cost disposable microfluidic chamber for handling of biological samples, is highly desirable...
July 27, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820462/wettability-investigations-and-wet-transfer-enhancement-of-large-area-cvd-graphene-on-aluminum-nitride
#2
Marius Knapp, René Hoffmann, Volker Cimalla, Oliver Ambacher
The two-dimensional and virtually massless character of graphene attracts great interest for radio frequency devices, such as surface and bulk acoustic wave resonators. Due to its good electric conductivity, graphene might be an alternative as a virtually massless electrode by improving resonator performance regarding mass-loading effects. We report on an optimization of the commonly used wet transfer technique for large-area graphene, grown via chemical vapor deposition, onto aluminum nitride (AlN), which is mainly used as an active, piezoelectric material for acoustic devices...
August 18, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820461/thermal-response-analysis-of-phospholipid-bilayers-using-ellipsometric-techniques
#3
Carmen M González-Henríquez, Vanessa A Villegas-Opazo, Dallits H Sagredo-Oyarce, Mauricio A Sarabia-Vallejos, Claudio A Terraza
Biomimetic planar artificial membranes have been widely studied due to their multiple applications in several research fields. Their humectation and thermal response are crucial for reaching stability; these characteristics are related to the molecular organization inside the bilayer, which is affected by the aliphatic chain length, saturations, and molecule polarity, among others. Bilayer stability becomes a fundamental factor when technological devices are developed-like biosensors-based on those systems...
August 18, 2017: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820288/cohesive-silicone-gel-implants-with-smooth-textured-or-polyurethane-coated-surface-to-restore-volume-in-eviscerated-sockets
#4
Cristiano Abreu, Seizo Yamashita, Alicia Galindo-Ferreiro, Marilia Modolo, Claudia H Pellizzon, Carlos R Padovani, Mariangela E A Marques, Silvana A Schellini
The purpose of this article is to evaluate the three different surface coating on cohesive silicone gel implants in eviscerated rabbit eye sockets. Forty-five albino rabbits underwent right eye evisceration and received hemisphere-shaped cohesive silicone gel implants with smooth (Group 1), textured (Group 2), or polyurethane-coated surface (Group 3) in the socket. The animals were euthanized at 7, 30, and 90 days postoperatively. Computed tomography of the orbits was performed prior to euthanasia. Subsequently, the orbital contents were removed and underwent histologic and morphometric examination...
August 18, 2017: Orbit
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820212/self-rectifying-bipolar-resistive-switching-memory-based-on-an-iron-oxide-and-graphene-oxide-hybrid
#5
Se-I Oh, Janardhanan R Rani, Sung-Min Hong, Jae-Hyung Jang
A resistive random access memory (RRAM) device with self-rectifying I-V characteristics was fabricated by inserting a silicon nitride (Si3N4) layer between the bottom electrode and solution-processed active material of an iron oxide-graphene oxide (FeOx-GO) hybrid. The fabricated Au/Ni/FeOx-GO/Si3N4/n(+)-Si memory device exhibited an excellent resistive switching ratio and a rectification ratio higher than 10(4). In the Au/Ni/FeOx-GO/Si3N4/n(+)-Si device, resistive switching occurs in both the FeOx-GO and Si3N4 layers separately, resulting in a highly uniform and stable switching performance...
August 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820164/cyclophotocoagulation-induced-sympathetic-ophthalmia-in-a-coats-disease-patient-supported-by-histopathology-and-immunohistochemistry
#6
Pritam Bawankar, Dipankar Das, Shahinur Tayab, Ganesh Chandra Kuri, Jnanankar Medhi, Manabjyoti Barman, Ronel Soibam, Harsha Bhattacharjee, Panna Deka, Diva Kant Misra, Shriya Dhar
We describe a case of a 13-year-old male patient of Coats' disease who developed sympathetic ophthalmia (SO) following contact diode laser cyclophotocoagulation. There was no history of invasive surgery or any perforating injuries preceding cyclodestructive therapy. The eye had neovascular glaucoma secondary to Coats' disease, which was treated once with contact cyclophotocoagulation. Subsequently, the intraocular pressure slowly decreased, and the eye became phthisical. Intraocular inflammation developed in the fellow eye and SO was suspected, which was confirmed by characteristic findings seen on fluorescein angiography...
August 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820141/silicon-synaptic-transistor-for-hardware-based-spiking-neural-network-and-neuromorphic-system
#7
Hyungjin Kim, Sungmin Hwang, Jungjin Park, Byung-Gook Park
Brain-inspired neuromorphic systems have attracted much attention as new computing paradigms for power-efficient computation. Here, we report a silicon synaptic transistor with two electrically independent gates to realize a hardware-based neural network system without any switching components. The spike-timing dependent plasticity (STDP) characteristics of the synaptic devices are measured and analyzed. With the help of the device model based on the measured data, the pattern recognition capability of the hardware-based spiking neural network (SNN) systems is demonstrated using the modified national institute of standards and technology (MNIST) handwritten dataset...
August 18, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819973/mobile-platform-for-multiplexed-detection-and-differentiation-of-disease-specific-nucleic-acid-sequences-using-microfluidic-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-and-smartphone-detection
#8
Weili Chen, Hojeong Yu, Fu Sun, Akid Ornob, Ryan Brisbin, Anurup Ganguli, Vinay Kumar Vemuri, Piotr Strzebonski, Guangzhe Cui, Karen J Allen, Smit A Desai, Weiran Lin, David M Nash, David Hirschberg, Ian Brooks, Rashid Bashir, Brian T Cunningham
New tools are needed to enable rapid detection, identification, and reporting of infectious viral and microbial pathogens in a wide variety of point-of-care applications that impact human and animal health. We report the design, construction, and characterization of a platform for multiplexed analysis of disease-specific DNA sequences that utilizes a smartphone camera as the sensor in conjunction with a handheld "cradle" that interfaces the phone with a silicon-based microfluidic chip embedded within a credit card-sized cartridge...
August 18, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819644/hfse2-and-zrse2-two-dimensional-semiconductors-with-native-high-%C3%AE%C2%BA-oxides
#9
Michal J Mleczko, Chaofan Zhang, Hye Ryoung Lee, Hsueh-Hui Kuo, Blanka Magyari-Köpe, Robert G Moore, Zhi-Xun Shen, Ian R Fisher, Yoshio Nishi, Eric Pop
The success of silicon as a dominant semiconductor technology has been enabled by its moderate band gap (1.1 eV), permitting low-voltage operation at reduced leakage current, and the existence of SiO2 as a high-quality "native" insulator. In contrast, other mainstream semiconductors lack stable oxides and must rely on deposited insulators, presenting numerous compatibility challenges. We demonstrate that layered two-dimensional (2D) semiconductors HfSe2 and ZrSe2 have band gaps of 0.9 to 1.2 eV (bulk to monolayer) and technologically desirable "high-κ" native dielectrics HfO2 and ZrO2, respectively...
August 2017: Science Advances
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819254/investigations-of-phase-transformation-in-monocrystalline-silicon-at-low-temperatures-via-nanoindentation
#10
Shunbo Wang, Hang Liu, Lixia Xu, Xiancheng Du, Dan Zhao, Bo Zhu, Miao Yu, Hongwei Zhao
Nanoindentations of monocrystalline silicon are conducted to investigate the phase transformation process at a temperature range from 292 K to 210 K. The load-displacement curves are obtained and the residual indents are detected by Raman spectra. MD simulations are also conducted to identify the phase state during nanoindentation. The results show that the low temperature has no influence on the generation of Si-II during loading process of indentation, but the phenomenon of pop-out is inhibited with the temperature decreasing...
August 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819049/a-comparison-of-protein-stability-in-prefillable-syringes-made-of-glass-and-plastic
#11
Lloyd Waxman, Vinod D Vilivalam
The development of protein therapeutics requires stabilization of these labile molecules during shipment and storage. Biologics, particularly monoclonal antibodies, are frequently packaged at high concentration in prefillable syringes traditionally made of glass. However, some biologics are unstable in glass due to sensitivity to silicone oil, tungsten, glue or metal ions. Syringes made from the plastic cyclic olefin polymer, Daikyo Crystal Zenith® (CZ), with a Flurotec-laminated piston have none of these issues...
August 17, 2017: PDA Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818783/development-of-a-porous-3d-graphene-pdms-scaffold-for-improved-osseointegration
#12
Jianfeng Li, Xiao Liu, Jeremy M Crook, Gordon G Wallace
Osseointegration in orthopedic surgery plays an important role for bone implantation success. Traditional treatment of implant surface aimed at improved osseointegration has limited capability for its poor performance in supporting cell growth and proliferation. Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) is a widely used silicon-based organic polymer material with properties that are useful in cosmetics, domestic applications and mechanical engineering. In addition, the biocompatibility of PDMS, in part due to the high solubility of oxygen, makes it an ideal material for cell-based implants...
August 1, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818756/interactions-between-aluminium-iron-and-silicon-in-cucumber-sativus-l-grown-under-acidic-conditions
#13
Nikolai P Bityutskii, Kirill L Yakkonen, Anastasiya I Petrova, Alexey L Shavarda
Aluminium (Al) is one of the major stressors for plants in acidic soils, negatively affecting plant growth and nutrient balances. Significant efforts have been undertaken to understand mechanisms of Al tolerance in plants. However, little is known of the relevance of iron (Fe) and silicon (Si) nutrition under Al stress conditions. The objectives of this study were to determine whether effects induced by Fe and Si are of importance for limitation of Al moving via xylem in plants (Cucumis sativus L.). Cucumber plants (cv...
August 4, 2017: Journal of Plant Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818078/development-of-a-silicon-limitation-inducible-expression-system-for-recombinant-protein-production-in-the-centric-diatoms-thalassiosira-pseudonana-and-cyclotella-cryptica
#14
Roshan P Shrestha, Mark Hildebrand
BACKGROUND: An inducible promoter for recombinant protein expression provides substantial benefits because under induction conditions cellular energy and metabolic capability can be directed into protein synthesis. The most widely used inducible promoter for diatoms is for nitrate reductase, however, nitrogen metabolism is tied into diverse aspects of cellular function, and the induction response is not necessarily robust. Silicon limitation offers a means to eliminate energy and metabolic flux into cell division processes, with little other detrimental effect on cellular function, and a protein expression system that works under those conditions could be advantageous...
August 17, 2017: Microbial Cell Factories
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817290/air-stable-porous-fe2n-encapsulated-in-carbon-microboxes-with-high-volumetric-lithium-storage-capacity-and-long-cycle-life
#15
Yifan Dong, Bingliang Wang, Kangning Zhao, Yanhao Yu, Xudong Wang, Liqiang Mai, Song Jin
The development of inexpensive electrode materials with high volumetric capacity and long cycle-life is a central issue for large-scale lithium-ion batteries. Here, we report a nanostructured porous Fe2N anode fully encapsulated in carbon microboxes (Fe2N@C) prepared through a facile confined anion conversion method. The resulting carbon microboxes could not only protect the air-sensitive Fe2N from oxidation, but also retain thin and stable SEI layer. The appropriate internal voids in the Fe2N cubes help to release the volume expansion during lithiation/delithiation processes and Fe2N is kept inside the carbon microboxes without breaking the shell, resulting in a very low electrode volume expansion (the electrode thickness variation upon lithiation is ~9%)...
August 17, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817144/resonant-silicon-nanoparticles-for-enhancement-of-light-absorption-and-photoluminescence-from-hybrid-perovskite-films-and-metasurfaces
#16
E Tiguntseva, A Chebykin, A Ishteev, R Haroldson, B Balachandran, E Ushakova, F Komissarenko, H Wang, V Milichko, A Tsypkin, D Zuev, W Hu, S Makarov, A Zakhidov
Recently, hybrid halide perovskites have emerged as one of the most promising types of materials for thin-film photovoltaic and light-emitting devices because of their low-cost and potential for high efficiency. Further boosting their performance without detrimentally increasing the complexity of the architecture is critically important for commercialization. Despite a number of plasmonic nanoparticle based designs having been proposed for solar cell improvement, inherent optical losses of the nanoparticles reduce photoluminescence from perovskites...
August 17, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816817/a-novel-surgical-technique-for-ahmed-valves-in-refractory-glaucoma-with-silicone-oil-endotamponade
#17
Juan Maria Davo-Cabrera, Aitor Lanzagorta-Aresti, Pablo Alcocer Yuste
PURPOSE: The purpose of the study is to describe a novel technique to implant Ahmed valves in patients with refractory glaucoma because of silicone oil (SO) endotamponade PATIENTS:: Three patients with glaucoma without SO removal were used as an example for this technique. METHODS: Technique report. RESULTS AND CONCLUSIONS: We introduce a standard technique modification for Ahmed valves in patients with SO. This modification consists on locating the Ahmed valve more tangential to the limbus curvature instead of the usual perpendicular position and inserting the tube in the posterior chamber...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Glaucoma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816434/bifacial-perovskite-solar-cells-featuring-semitransparent-electrodes
#18
Chintam Hanmandlu, Chih Wei Chu, Chien-Yu Chen, Karunakara Moorthy Boopathi, Hao-Wu Lin, Chao Sung Lai
Inorganic-organic hybrid perovskite solar cells (PSCs) are promising devices for providing future clean energy because of their low cost, ease of fabrication, and high efficiencies, similar to those of silicon solar cells. These materials have been investigated for their potential use in bifacial PSCs, which can absorb light from both sides of the electrodes. Here, we fabricated bifacial PSCs featuring transparent BCP/Ag/MoO3 rear electrodes, which we formed through low-temperature processing using thermal evaporation methods...
August 17, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815412/study-of-the-removal-mechanism-of-aquatic-emergent-pollutants-by-new-bio-based-chars
#19
Maria Manuel Serrano Bernardo, Catarina Alexandra Catanas Madeira, Nuno Carlos Lapa Dos Santos Nunes, Diogo André Costa Messias Dias, Delfina Maria Barbosa Godinho, Maria Filomena de Jesus Pinto, Inês Alexandra Morgado do Nascimento Matos, Ana Paula Batista Carvalho, Isabel Maria de Figueiredo Ligeiro Fonseca
This work is dedicated to study the potential application of char byproducts obtained in the gasification of rice husk (RG char) and rice husk blended with corn cob (RCG char) as removal agents of two emergent aquatic contaminants: tetracycline and caffeine. The chars presented high ash contents (59.5-81.5%), being their mineral content mainly composed of silicon (as silica) and potassium. The samples presented a strong basic character, which was related to its higher mineral oxides content. RCG char presented better textural properties with a higher apparent surface area (144 m(2) g(-1)) and higher micropore content (V micro = 0...
August 16, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814007/embroidered-archimedean-spiral-electrodes-for-contactless-prosthetic-control
#20
Andrew Mangezi, Andre Rosendo, Matthew Howard, Riaan Stopforth
With continuous advancements on active prosthetics the detection of the user's intention becomes the new technological bottleneck. While electromyography (EMG) is widely used to detect individual muscular contributions, sweat and relative sensor movements degrade the quality of the signal over time. In this paper, we bypass the problems created with the skin contact analyzing the muscular activation with Archimedean Spiral (AS) electrodes. We compare traditional EMG electrodes with AS electrodes, stacked up in textile embroidered layers to improve their functionality, and eventually adding a layer of cloth/silicon between the electrodes and the human skin to ascertain the feasibility of the method...
July 2017: IEEE ... International Conference on Rehabilitation Robotics: [proceedings]
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