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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342975/biomechanical-testing-of-a-peek-based-dynamic-instrumentation-device-in-a-lumbar-spine-model
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Christian Herren, Agnes Beckmann, Sabine Meyer, Miguel Pishnamaz, Marion Mundt, Rolf Sobottke, Andreas Prescher, Marcus Stoffel, Bernd Markert, Philipp Kobbe, Hans-Christoph Pape, Peer Eysel, Jan Siewe
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to investigate the range-of-motion after posterior polyetheretherketone-based rod stabilisation combined with a dynamic silicone hinge in order to compare it with titanium rigid stabilisation. METHODS: Five human cadaveric lumbar spines with four vertebra each (L2 to L5) were tested in a temperature adjustable spine-testing set-up in four trials: (1) native measurement; (2) kinematics after rigid monosegmental titanium rod instrumentation with anterior intervertebral bracing of the segment L4/5; (3) kinematics after hybrid posterior polyetheretherketone rod instrumentation combined with a silicone hinge within the adjacent level (L3/4) and (4) kinematics after additional decompression with laminectomy of L4 and bilateral resection of the inferior articular processes (L3)...
March 18, 2017: Clinical Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342532/shear-scaling-based-approach-for-irreversible-energy-loss-estimation-in-stenotic-aortic-flow-an-in-vitro-study
#2
Utku Gülan, Christian Binter, Sebastian Kozerke, Markus Holzner
Today, the functional and risk assessment of stenosed arteries is mostly based on ultrasound Doppler blood flow velocity measurements or catheter pressure measurements, which rely on several assumptions. Alternatively, blood velocity including turbulent kinetic energy (TKE) may be measured using MRI. The aim of the present study is to validate a TKE-based approach that relies on the fact that turbulence production is dominated by the flow's shear to determine the total irreversible energy loss from MRI scans...
March 12, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342380/optimization-of-the-compton-camera-for-measuring-prompt-gamma-rays-in-boron-neutron-capture-therapy
#3
Chun-Hui Gong, Xiao-Bin Tang, Di-Yun Shu, Hai-Yan Yu, Chang-Ran Geng
Optimization of the Compton camera for measuring prompt gamma rays (0.478MeV) emitted during boron neutron capture therapy (BNCT) was performed with Geant4. The parameters of the Compton camera were determined as follows: 3cm thick - 10cm wide scatter detector (Silicon), 10cm thick - 10cm wide absorber detector (Germanium), and 1cm distance between the scatter and absorber detectors. For a typical brain tumor treatment, the overall detection efficiency of the optimized Compton camera was approximately 0.1425% using the Snyder's head phantom with a sphere tumor (4cm diameter and ~1cm depth)...
March 19, 2017: Applied Radiation and Isotopes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342376/label-free-silicon-nanodots-featured-ratiometric-fluorescent-aptasensor-for-lysosomal-imaging-and-ph-measurement
#4
Yanan Zhang, Shan Guo, Shibo Cheng, Xinghu Ji, Zhike He
The homeostasis of lysosomal pH is crucial in cell physiology. Developing small fluorescent nanosensors for lysosome imaging and ratiometric measurement of pH is highly demanded yet challenging. Herein, a pH-sensitive fluorescein tagged aptamer AS1411 has been utilized to covalently modify the label-free fluorescent silicon nanodots via a crosslinker for construction of a ratiometric pH biosensor. The established aptasensor exhibits the advantages of ultrasmall size, hypotoxicity, excellent pH reversibility and good photostability, which favors its application in an intracellular environment...
March 22, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340296/ultra-low-surface-recombination-velocity-in-passivated-ingaas-inp-nanopillars
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Aura Higuera-Rodriguez, Bruno Romeira, Simone Birindelli, Lachlan E Black, Barry Smalbrugge, Peter J van Veldhoven, Wilhelmus Erwin M M Kessels, Meint K Smit, Andrea Fiore
The III-V semiconductor InGaAs is a key material for photonics since it provides optical emission and absorption in the 1.55 μm telecommunication wavelength window. However, InGaAs suffers from pronounced non-radiative effects associated with its surface states, which affect the performance of nanophotonic devices for optical interconnects, namely nanolasers and nanodetectors. This work reports the strong suppression of surface recombination of undoped InGaAs/InP nanostructured semiconductor pillars using a combination of ammonium sulfide, (NH4)2S, passivation and silicon oxide, SiOx, coating...
March 24, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339765/stem-moir%C3%A3-analysis-for-2d-strain-measurements
#6
Akimitsu Ishizuka, Martin Hytch, Kazuo Ishizuka
A moiré pattern is created in a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM) when the scan step is close to a crystalline periodicity. Usually, fringes are visible in only one direction, corresponding to a single set of lattice planes, but fringes can be formed in two directions or more. Using an accurate independent calibration, the strains in silicon devices have been determined from the spacing and orientation of one-directional STEM moiré fringes. In this report, we first discuss the origin of the STEM moiré, and then we show how an accurate calibration of the scan step can be obtained from the STEM moiré pattern itself, providing that we know initially only an approximate scan step and the planar spacing...
February 24, 2017: Microscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339220/experimental-bayesian-quantum-phase-estimation-on-a-silicon-photonic-chip
#7
S Paesani, A A Gentile, R Santagati, J Wang, N Wiebe, D P Tew, J L O'Brien, M G Thompson
Quantum phase estimation is a fundamental subroutine in many quantum algorithms, including Shor's factorization algorithm and quantum simulation. However, so far results have cast doubt on its practicability for near-term, nonfault tolerant, quantum devices. Here we report experimental results demonstrating that this intuition need not be true. We implement a recently proposed adaptive Bayesian approach to quantum phase estimation and use it to simulate molecular energies on a silicon quantum photonic device...
March 10, 2017: Physical Review Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338585/a-16-year-journey-in-the-study-of-rheumatoid-hand-disease
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Kevin C Chung, Sandra V Kotsis
Evidence-based medicine is a relatively new concept in hand surgery. A lack of high-level evidence often leads to uncertainty in the effectiveness of various procedures and regional variation in their use. Rheumatoid hand surgery has been plagued by a lack of quality data that has caused controversy between rheumatologists and hand surgeons. Research over the past 16 years has strived to provide data that can be used to provide evidence-based care for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients. The Silicone Arthroplasty in Rheumatoid Arthritis (SARA) Study is a prospective, long-term cohort study of RA patients with severe metacarpophalangeal joint deformity who have elected to undergo or to not undergo metacarpophalangeal joint arthroplasty...
March 3, 2017: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338003/directional-phonon-suppression-function-as-a-tool-for-the-identification-of-ultralow-thermal-conductivity-materials
#9
Giuseppe Romano, Alexie M Kolpak
Boundary-engineering in nanostructures has the potential to dramatically impact the development of materials for high- efficiency conversion of thermal energy directly into electricity. In particular, nanostructuring of semiconductors can lead to strong suppression of heat transport with little degradation of electrical conductivity. Although this combination of material properties is promising for thermoelectric materials, it remains largely unexplored. In this work, we introduce a novel concept, the directional phonon suppression function, to unravel boundary-dominated heat transport in unprecedented detail...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337972/silicon-hollow-sphere-anode-with-enhanced-cycling-stability-by-a-template-free-method
#10
Song Chen, Zhuo Chen, Yunjun Luo, Min Xia, Chuanbao Cao
Silicon is a promising alternative anode material since it has a ten times higher theoretical specific capacity than that of a traditional graphite anode. However, the poor cycling stability due to the huge volume change of Si during charge/discharge processes has seriously hampered its widespread application. To address this challenge, we design a silicon hollow sphere nanostructure by selective etching and a subsequent magnesiothermic reduction. The Si hollow spheres exhibit enhanced electrochemical properties compared to the commercial Si nanoparticles...
March 24, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337971/semiconductor-meta-surface-based-perfect-light-absorber
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Guiqiang Liu, Yiyou Nie, Guolan Fu, Xiaoshan Liu, Yi Liu, Li Tang, Zhengqi Liu
We numerically proposed and demonstrated a semiconductor meta-surface light absorber, which consists of a silicon patches array on a silicon thin-film and an opaque silver substrate. The Mie resonances of the silicon patches and the fundamental cavity mode of the ultra-thin silicon film couple strongly to the incident optical field, leading to a multi-band perfect absorption. The maximal absorption is above 99.5% and the absorption is polarization-independent. Moreover, the absorption behavior is scalable in the frequency region via tuning the structural parameters...
March 24, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336970/a-steep-slope-transistor-combining-phase-change-and-band-to-band-tunneling-to-achieve-a-sub-unity-body-factor
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Wolfgang A Vitale, Emanuele A Casu, Arnab Biswas, Teodor Rosca, Cem Alper, Anna Krammer, Gia V Luong, Qing-T Zhao, Siegfried Mantl, Andreas Schüler, A M Ionescu
Steep-slope transistors allow to scale down the supply voltage and the energy per computed bit of information as compared to conventional field-effect transistors (FETs), due to their sub-60 mV/decade subthreshold swing at room temperature. Currently pursued approaches to achieve such a subthermionic subthreshold swing consist in alternative carrier injection mechanisms, like quantum mechanical band-to-band tunneling (BTBT) in Tunnel FETs or abrupt phase-change in metal-insulator transition (MIT) devices...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336866/-ni%C3%A2-o%C3%A2-cluster-complex-to-enhance-the-reductive-photocurrent-response-on-silicon-nanowire-photocathodes
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Yatin J Mange, Soundarrajan Chandrasekaran, Nathan Hollingsworth, Nicolas H Voelcker, Ivan P Parkin, Thomas Nann, Thomas J Macdonald
Metal organic {Ni₄O₄} clusters, known oxidation catalysts, have been shown to provide a valuable route in increasing the photocurrent response on silicon nanowire (SiNW) photocathodes. {Ni₄O₄} clusters have been paired with SiNWs to form a new photocathode composite for water splitting. Under AM1.5 conditions, the combination of {Ni₄O₄} clusters with SiNWs gave a current density of -16 mA/cm², which corresponds to an increase in current density of 60% when compared to bare SiNWs. The composite electrode was fully characterised and shown to be an efficient and stable photocathode for water splitting...
February 6, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336851/nano-photonic-structures-for-light-trapping-in-ultra-thin-crystalline-silicon-solar-cells
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Prathap Pathi, Akshit Peer, Rana Biswas
Thick wafer-silicon is the dominant solar cell technology. It is of great interest to develop ultra-thin solar cells that can reduce materials usage, but still achieve acceptable performance and high solar absorption. Accordingly, we developed a highly absorbing ultra-thin crystalline Si based solar cell architecture using periodically patterned front and rear dielectric nanocone arrays which provide enhanced light trapping. The rear nanocones are embedded in a silver back reflector. In contrast to previous approaches, we utilize dielectric photonic crystals with a completely flat silicon absorber layer, providing expected high electronic quality and low carrier recombination...
January 13, 2017: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336448/permanent-implants-for-lip-augmentation-results-from-a-retrospective-study-and-presentation-of-tips-and-tricks
#15
S Guida, V D Mandel, F Farnetani, C M Manola, G Rubino, S Ruzzu, G Pellacani, C Longo, G G Urtis
BACKGROUND: Requests for lip augmentation are increasing because of expanding media exposure and consumer needs. Temporary effects can be obtained by several techniques, but a recent procedure consisting of lip prosthesis implantation, offering a permanent result, is emerging. Accordingly, the implantation of solid lip prosthesis represents an innovation in the field of esthetic medicine and surgery. METHODS: A total of 100 women with atrophic or hypoplastic lips were treated with lip implants...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335800/a-new-method-for-in-vitro-feeding-of-rhipicephalus-australis-formerly-rhipicephalus-microplus-larvae-a-valuable-tool-for-tick-vaccine-development
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Jos J A Trentelman, Jos A G M Kleuskens, Jos van de Crommert, Theo P M Schetters
BACKGROUND: Rhipicephalus microplus is a hard tick that has a major impact on cattle health in tropical and subtropical regions because it feeds on cattle and is implicated in the transmission of pathogens that cause diseases such as bovine anaplasmosis and babesiosis. Presently, acaricides are used to control tick infestation but this is becoming increasingly less effective due to the emergence of tick strains that are resistant to one or more classes of acaricides. Anti-tick vaccines are a promising alternative to control tick infestation in cattle...
March 23, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335608/superhydrophobic-breakdown-on-nanostructured-surfaces-characterized-by-in-situ-atr-ftir
#17
Nandi Vrancken, Stefanie Sergeant, Guy Vereecke, Geert Doumen, Frank Holsteyns, Herman Terryn, Stefan De Gendt, XiuMei Xu
In situ characterization of the underwater stability of superhydrophobic micro- and nanostructured surfaces is important for the development of self-cleaning and anti-fouling materials. In this work, we demonstrate a novel ATR-FTIR (Attenuated Total Reflectance Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy) based method for large-area wetting characterization of silicon nanopillars. When air is present in between the structures, as is characteristic of the Cassie-Baxter state, the relative intensities of the water bands in the absorption spectrum are changed due to the wavelength-dependent attenuation of the evanescent wave...
March 24, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335362/the-change-of-electronic-transport-behaviors-by-p-and-b-doping-in-nano-crystalline-silicon-films-with-very-high-conductivities
#18
Dan Shan, Mingqing Qian, Yang Ji, Xiaofan Jiang, Jun Xu, Kunji Chen
Nano-crystalline Si films with high conductivities are highly desired in order to develop the new generation of nano-devices. Here, we first demonstrate that the grain boundaries played an important role in the carrier transport process in un-doped nano-crystalline Si films as revealed by the temperature-dependent Hall measurements. The potential barrier height can be well estimated from the experimental results, which is in good agreement with the proposed model. Then, by introducing P and B doping, it is found that the scattering of grain boundaries can be significantly suppressed and the Hall mobility is monotonously decreased with the temperature both in P- and B-doped nano-crystalline Si films, which can be attributed to the trapping of P and B dopants in the grain boundary regions to reduce the barriers...
December 3, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335327/targeting-at-the-nanoscale-a-novel-s-layer-fusion-protein-enabling-controlled-immobilization-of-biotinylated-molecules
#19
Melinda Varga
With the aim of constructing an S-layer fusion protein that combines both excellent self-assembly and specific ligand i.e., biotin binding ability, streptavidin (aa 16-133) was fused to the S-layer protein of Sporosarcina ureae ATCC 13881 (SslA) devoid of its N-terminal 341 and C-terminal 172 amino acids. The genetically engineered chimeric protein could be successfully produced in E. coli, isolated, and purified via Ni affinity chromatography. In vitro recrystallisation experiments performed with the purified chimeric protein in solution and on a silicon wafer have demonstrated that fusion of the streptavidin domain does not interfere with the self-assembling properties of the S-layer part...
November 4, 2016: Nanomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335325/nanoscale-electric-characteristics-and-oriented-assembly-of-halobacterium-salinarum-membrane-revealed-by-electric-force-microscopy
#20
Denghua Li, Yibing Wang, Huiwen Du, Shiwei Xu, Zhemin Li, Yanlian Yang, Chen Wang
Purple membranes (PM) of the bacteria Halobacterium salinarum are a unique natural membrane where bacteriorhodopsin (BR) can convert photon energy and pump protons. Elucidating the electronic properties of biomembranes is critical for revealing biological mechanisms and developing new devices. We report here the electric properties of PMs studied by using multi-functional electric force microscopy (EFM) at the nanoscale. The topography, surface potential, and dielectric capacity of PMs were imaged and quantitatively measured in parallel...
November 2, 2016: Nanomaterials
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