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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092765/cytotoxic-genotoxic-and-mutagenic-evaluation-of-surface-waters-from-a-coal-exploration-region
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Cynthia Silva Porta, Débora Lemes Dos Santos, Hélio Vieira Bernardes, Bruno Corrêa Bellagamba, Anaí Duarte, Johnny Ferraz Dias, Fernanda Rabaioli da Silva, Mauricio Lehmann, Juliana da Silva, Rafael Rodrigues Dihl
Coal mining generates a considerable amount of waste, which is disposed of in piles or dams near mining sites. As a result, leachates may reach rivers and streams, promoting the wide dispersion of contaminants in solution and as particulate matter. The present study evaluated the cytotoxic, genotoxic, and mutagenic action of surface waters collected around a thermoelectric power plant and the largest mining area in Brazil (Candiota). Four sites in Candiota stream were selected, and samples were collected in winter and summer...
January 6, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091957/point-spread-function-reconstructed-pet-images-of-sub-centimeter-lesions-are-not-quantitative
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O L Munk, L P Tolbod, S B Hansen, T V Bogsrud
BACKGROUND: PET image reconstruction methods include modeling of resolution degrading phenomena, often referred to as point-spread function (PSF) reconstruction. The aim of this study was to develop a clinically relevant phantom and characterize the reproducibility and accuracy of high-resolution PSF reconstructed images of small lesions, which is a prerequisite for using PET in the prediction and evaluation of responses to treatment. Sets of small homogeneous (18)F-spheres (range 3-12 mm diameter, relevant for small lesions and lymph nodes) were suspended and covered by a (11)C-silicone, which provided a scattering medium and a varying sphere-to-background ratio...
December 2017: EJNMMI Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091955/genome-wide-exploration-of-silicon-si-transporter-genes-lsi1-and-lsi2-in-plants-insights-into-si-accumulation-status-capacity-of-plants
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Recep Vatansever, Ibrahim Ilker Ozyigit, Ertugrul Filiz, Nermin Gozukara
Silicon (Si) is a nonessential, beneficial micronutrient for plants. It increases the plant stress tolerance in relation to its accumulation capacity. In this work, root Si transporter genes were characterized in 17 different plants and inferred for their Si-accumulation status. A total of 62 Si transporter genes (31 Lsi1 and 31 Lsi2) were identified in studied plants. Lsi1s were 261-324 residues protein with a MIP family domain whereas Lsi2s were 472-547 residues with a citrate transporter family domain. Lsi1s possessed characteristic sequence features that can be employed as benchmark in prediction of Si-accumulation status/capacity of the plants...
January 13, 2017: Biometals: An International Journal on the Role of Metal Ions in Biology, Biochemistry, and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091952/nanometric-cutting-of-silicon-with-an-amorphous-crystalline-layered-structure-a-molecular-dynamics-study
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Jinshi Wang, Fengzhou Fang, Xiaodong Zhang
Materials with specific nanometric layers are of great value in both theoretical and applied research. The nanometric layer could have a significant influence on the response to the mechanical loading. In this paper, the nanometric cutting on the layered systems of silicon has been studied by molecular dynamics. This kind of composite structure with amorphous layer and crystalline substrate is important for nanomachining. Material deformation, stress status, and chip formation, which are the key issues in nano-cutting, are analyzed...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091664/broadband-terahertz-modulation-in-electrostatically-doped-artificial-trilayer-graphene
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Ioannis Chatzakis, Zhen Li, Alexander V Benderskii, Stephen B Cronin
We report a terahertz optical modulator consisting of randomly stacked trilayer graphene (TLG) deposited on an oxidized silicon substrate by means of THz-Time Domain Spectroscopy (THz-TDS). Here, the gate tuning of the Fermi level of the TLG provides the fundamental basis for the modulation of THz transmission. We measured a 15% change in the THz transmission of this device over a broad frequency range (0.6-1.6 THz). We also observed a strong absorption >80% in the time-domain signals and a frequency independence of the conductivity...
January 16, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091635/focused-electron-beam-based-direct-write-fabrication-of-graphene-and-amorphous-carbon-from-oxo-functionalized-graphene-on-silicon-dioxide
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Severin Schindler, Florian Vollnhals, Christian E Halbig, Hubertus Marbach, Hans-Peter Steinrück, Christian Papp, Siegfried Eigler
Controlled patterning of graphene is an important task towards device fabrication and thus is the focus of current research activities. Graphene oxide (GO) is a solution-processible precursor of graphene. It can be patterned by thermal processing. However, thermal processing of GO leads to decomposition and CO2 formation. Alternatively, focused electron beam induced processing (FEBIP) techniques can be used to pattern graphene with high spatial resolution. Based on this approach, we explore FEBIP of GO deposited on SiO2...
January 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091626/dynamic-contact-angles-in-oil-aqueous-polymer-solutions
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Amer Al-Shareef, P Neogi, Baojun Bai
Polymer flooding is an important process in enhanced oil recovery. The displacement front is unstable when low viscosity brine displaces the heavy crude oil in the reservoir. Water-soluble polymers are added to the brine to increase its viscosity which stabilizes the displacement process. To analyze the displacement process at the micro-level, we have investigated the dynamic contact angles in silicone oil-polymer (polyethylene oxide) solution and for the first time. The dynamic contact angle is the apparent contact angle at the three-phase contact line which governs the capillary pressure, and thus is important for the displacement process...
January 16, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091619/erratum-vectorized-magnetometer-for-space-applications-using-electrical-readout-of-atomic-scale-defects-in-silicon-carbide
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Corey J Cochrane, Jordana Blacksberg, Mark A Anders, Patrick M Lenahan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091562/unravelling-a-simple-method-for-the-low-temperature-synthesis-of-silicon-nanocrystals-and-monolithic-nanocrystalline-thin-films
#9
Ka-Hyun Kim, Erik V Johnson, Andrey G Kazanskii, Mark V Khenkin, Pere Roca I Cabarrocas
In this work, we present new results on the plasma processing and structure of hydrogenated polymorphous silicon (pm-Si:H) thin films. pm-Si:H thin films consist of a low volume fraction of silicon nanocrystals embedded in a silicon matrix with medium range order, and they possess this morphology as a significant contribution to their growth comes from the impact on the substrate of silicon clusters and nanocrystals synthesized in the plasma. Quadrupole mass spectrometry, ion flux measurements, and material characterization by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and atomic force microscopy all provide insight on the contribution to the growth by silicon nanocrystals during PECVD deposition...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090034/evaluation-of-sub-surface-penetration-and-bonding-durability-of-self-etching-primer-systems-to-er-yag-laser-treated-cervical-dentin
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Zhengdi He, Lingling Chen, Yasushi Shimada, Junji Tagami, Shuangchen Ruan
This study aimed to investigate self-etching bonding systems penetrating in sub-surface dentin layer after Er:YAG laser irradiation and micro-shear bonding durability over a period of 1 year. Dentin slices obtained from extracted human third molars were prepared. Two self-etching adhesive systems were evaluated: Clearfil SE Bond and Clearfil Tri-S Bond. Specimens were tested for micro-shear bond strength with one of the following treatments: Er:YAG laser irradiation and 600-grit silicon paper polishing at 24 h, 7 days, 6 months and 1 year...
January 13, 2017: Dental Materials Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089934/evaluation-of-aggregate-and-silicone-oil-counts-in-pre-filled-siliconized-syringes-an-orthogonal-study-characterising-the-entire-subvisible-size-range
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Maryam Shah, Zahra Rattray, Katie Day, Shahid Uddin, Robin Curtis, Christopher F van der Walle, Alain Pluen
Characterisation of particulates in therapeutic monoclonal antibody (mAb) formulations is routinely extended to the sub-visible size-range (0.1-10μm). Additionally, with the increased use of pre-filled syringes (PFS), particle differentiation is required between proteinaceous and non-proteinaceous particles such as silicone-oil droplets. Here, three orthogonal techniques: Raster Image Correlation Spectroscopy (RICS), Resonance Mass Measurements (RMM) and Micro-Flow Imaging (MFI), were evaluated with respect to their sub-visible particle measurement and characterisation capabilities...
January 9, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089928/improved-catalytic-properties-of-penicillium-notatum-lipase-immobilized-in-nanoscale-silicone-polymeric-films
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Saima Rehman, Ping Wang, Haq Nawaz Bhatti, Muhammad Bilal, Muhammad Asgher
Lipases are one of the most proficient biocatalysts having enormous biotechnological prospective. Immobilization offers a potential solution to improve the stability and recycling characteristics of lipases. An extracellular lipase from Penicillium notatum (PNL) was immobilized in silicon polymers (SiP) through entrapment, and subsequently coated this matrix on the network of fibers in the sponges. The silicone polymers-immobilized lipase (SiP-lipase) displayed highest apparent activity and entrapment efficiency of 1...
January 12, 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28089333/fit-of-interim-crowns-fabricated-using-photopolymer-jetting-3d%C3%A2-printing
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Hang-Nga Mai, Kyu-Bok Lee, Du-Hyeong Lee
STATEMENT OF PROBLEM: The fit of interim crowns fabricated using 3-dimensional (3D) printing is unknown. PURPOSE: The purpose of this in vitro study was to evaluate the fit of interim crowns fabricated using photopolymer-jetting 3D printing and to compare it with that of milling and compression molding methods. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twelve study models were fabricated by making an impression of a metal master model of the mandibular first molar...
January 12, 2017: Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088285/plasmon-enhanced-fluorescence-imaging-with-silicon-based-silver-chips-for-protein-and-nucleic-acid-assay
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Bing Yuan, Xiangxu Jiang, Chu Yao, Meimei Bao, Jiaojiao Liu, Yujiang Dou, Yinze Xu, Yao He, Kai Yang, Yuqiang Ma
Metal-enhanced fluorescence shows great potential for improving the sensitivity of fluoroscopy, which has been widely used in protein and nucleic acid detection for biosensor and bioassay applications. In comparison with the traditional glass-supported metal nanoparticles (MNPs), the introduction of a silicon substrate has been shown to provide an increased surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) effect due to the coupling between the MNPs and the semiconducting silicon substrate. In this work, we further study the fluorescence-enhanced effect of the silicon-supported silver-island (Ag@Si) plasmonic chips...
February 22, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087483/cell-number-per-spheroid-and-electrical-conductivity-of-nanowires-influence-the-function-of-silicon-nanowired-human-cardiac-spheroids
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Yu Tan, Dylan Richards, Robert C Coyle, Jenny Yao, Ruoyu Xu, Wenyu Gou, Hongjun Wang, Donald R Menick, Bozhi Tian, Ying Mei
: Human induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) provide an unlimited cell source to treat cardiovascular diseases, the leading cause of death worldwide. However, current hiPSC-CMs retain an immature phenotype that leads to difficulties for integration with adult myocardium after transplantation. To address this, we recently utilized electrically conductive silicon nanowires (e-SiNWs) to facilitate self-assembly of hiPSC-CMs to form nanowired hiPSC cardiac spheroids...
January 10, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087482/prolonged-acute-suppression-of-cysteinyl-leukotriene-to-reduce-capsular-contracture-around-silicone-implants
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Byung Hwi Kim, Min Park, Hyo Jin Park, Seung Ho Lee, Sung Yoon Choi, Chun Gwon Park, Su Min Han, Chan Yeong Heo, Young Bin Choy
: We hypothesize that periodically early, local suppression of cysteinyl leukotrienes (CysLTs), which are potent inflammatory mediators, can reduce the fibrotic capsular contracture around silicone implants. We tested this hypothesis with the silicone implants enabled with the sustained release of montelukast, a CysLT receptor antagonist, for 3 and 15 days. In this work, we inserted each of the distinct implants into the pocket of the subpanniculus carnosus plane of living rats and performed histological and immunofluorescent (IF) analyses of the tissues biopsied at predetermined periods for 12 weeks after implant insertion...
January 10, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081305/biocompatible-multifunctional-black-silicon-for-implantable-intraocular-sensor
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Jeong Oen Lee, Vinayak Narasimhan, Juan Du, Blaise Ndjamen, David Sretavan, Hyuck Choo
Multifunctional black-silicon (b-Si) integrated on the surface of an implantable intraocular pressure sensor significantly improves sensor performance and reliability in six-month in vivo studies. The antireflective properties of b-Si triples the signal-to-noise ratio and increases the optical readout distance to a clinically viable 12 cm. Tissue growth and inflammation response on the sensor is suppressed demonstrating desirable anti-biofouling properties.
January 12, 2017: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081112/electronic-states-of-defect-with-impurity-and-infrared-emission-on-black-silicon-prepared-by-an-ns-laser
#18
Zhong-Mei Huang, Wei-Qi Huang, Zui-Min Jiang, Shi-Rong Liu, Xue-Ke Wu, Chao-Jian Qin
It is found that the optimum annealing temperature is about 1000°C for the infrared emission of defect states at room temperature on black silicon (BS) prepared by using a nanosecond-pulsed laser. In addition, it is observed that the suitable annealing time is 6∼8  min at 1000°C for the emission on the BS. The crystallizing proceeding in annealing on the BS can be used to explain the above annealing effect. It is interesting that the emission band becomes intensive and broader on the BS prepared in oxygen atmosphere than that prepared in vacuum in the analysis of photoluminescence spectra, where the electronic states localized at the defects from D1 to D4 doped with oxygen play an important role in the emission with the broader band which are obviously enhanced in the room temperature...
January 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081107/electrically-pumped-continuous-wave-1-3%C3%A2-%C3%A2-%C3%AE-m-quantum-dot-lasers-epitaxially-grown-on-on-axis-001-%C3%A2-%C3%A2-gap-si
#19
Alan Y Liu, Jon Peters, Xue Huang, Daehwan Jung, Justin Norman, Minjoo L Lee, Arthur C Gossard, John E Bowers
We demonstrate the first electrically pumped continuous-wave (CW) III-V semiconductor lasers epitaxially grown on on-axis (001) silicon substrates without offcut or germanium layers, using InAs/GaAs quantum dots as the active region and an intermediate GaP buffer between the silicon and device layers. Broad-area lasers with uncoated facets achieve room-temperature lasing with threshold current densities around 860  A/cm<sup>2</sup> and 110 mW of single-facet output power for the same device...
January 15, 2017: Optics Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28081081/compact-broadband-polarization-beam-splitter-using-a-symmetric-directional-coupler-with-sinusoidal-bends
#20
Fan Zhang, Han Yun, Yun Wang, Zeqin Lu, Lukas Chrostowski, Nicolas A F Jaeger
We design and demonstrate a compact broadband polarization beam splitter (PBS) using a symmetric directional coupler with sinusoidal bends on a silicon-on-insulator platform. The sinusoidal bends in our PBS suppress the power exchange between two parallel symmetric strip waveguides for the transverse-electric (TE) mode, while allowing for the maximum power transfer to the adjacent waveguide for the transverse-magnetic (TM) mode. Our PBS has a nominal coupler length of 8.55 μm, and it has an average extinction ratio (ER) of 12...
January 15, 2017: Optics Letters
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