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Hossein Sojoudi, Hadi Arabnejad, Asif Raiyan, Siamack A Shirazi, Gareth H McKinley, Karen K Gleason
Ice formation and accumulation on surfaces can result in severe problems for solar photovoltaic installations, offshore oil platforms, wind turbines and aircrafts. In addition, blockage of pipelines by formation and accumulation of clathrate hydrates of natural gases has safety and economical concerns in oil and gas operations, particularly at high pressures and low temperatures such as those found in subsea or arctic environments. Practical adoption of icephobic/hydrate-phobic surfaces requires mechanical robustness and stability under harsh environments...
March 16, 2018: Soft Matter
Parkinson Soubam, Shashwat Mishra, Ashish Suri, Renu Dhingra, Sankat Mochan, Sanjeev Lalwani, T S Roy, Ashok K Mahapatra
A surgeon's understanding of the surgical anatomy can be greatly enhanced by the dissection of preserved cadaveric specimens. A reliable and inexpensive biological model for testing and standardization of dye injection concentrations is proposed utilizing the goat's head as a biological model. The first phase was concerned with standardization of the dye by titrating its concentration and injecting various amounts into cerebral vessels of a goat's head until an optimal concentration had been ascertained. In the second phase, this optimum concentration of the dye was injected into four human cadaveric heads following the same technique standardized using the goat's head...
March 2018: Neurology India
Oriol Blázquez, Gemma Martín, Ivan Camps, Antonio Mariscal, Julian López-Vidrier, Joan Manel Ramirez, Sergi Hernández, Sonia Estrade, Francesca Peiro, Rosalía Serna, Blas Garrido
The resistive switching properties of silicon-aluminium oxynitride (SiAlON) based devices have been studied. Electrical transport mechanisms at both resistance states were determined, exhibiting an ohmic behaviour at low resistant state and a defect-related Poole-Frenkel mechanism at high resistant state. Nevertheless, some features on the Al top-electrode are generated during the initial electroforming, suggesting some material modifications. An in-depth microscopic study at the nanoscale have been performed after the electroforming process, by acquiring scanning electron microscopy and transmission electron microscopy images...
March 16, 2018: Nanotechnology
Marlena Whinton, Timothy C Hughes, Shuhua Peng, Michael A Brook
Bicontinuous microemulsions exhibit domain structures on the nanoscale (<20 nm). Normally, such fine details are lost during the conversion from a fluid microemulsion to solid elastomeric materials, as a consequence of interfacial destabilization via polymerization of either the oil phase, or of monomers in the aqueous phase. Very little is known about the polymerization of silicone microemulsions and the morphological changes that occur upon transition from a nanostructured liquid to a solid ma-trix. Silicone microemulsions polymerized by free radical (aqueous phase) and condensation (silicone phase) processes, respective-ly, were characterized by small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM)...
March 16, 2018: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Juan A Santana, Nahyr A Lopez-Dauphin, Peter Beiersdorfer
Level energies are reported for Si V, Si VI, Si VII, Si VIII, Si IX, Si X, Si XI and Si XII. The energies have been calculated with the relativistic Multi-Reference Møller-Plesset Perturbation Theory method and include valence and K-vacancy states with nl up to 5 f . The accuracy of the calculated level energies is established by comparison with the recommended data listed in the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on-line database. The average deviation of valence level energies ranges from 0...
2018: Astrophysical Journal. Supplement Series
Aaron Hubbard, Thomas Reodl, Ada Hui, Stephanie Knueppel, Kirk Eppler, Siegfried Lehnert, Yuh-Fun Maa
A monoclonal antibody drug product (DP) manufacturing process was transferred to a different production site, where aseptic filling took place within an isolator that was sanitized using vapor phase hydrogen peroxide (VPHP). A quality-by-design approach was applied for study design to understand the impact of VPHP uptake in the isolator on DP quality. A combination of small-scale and manufacturing-scale studies was performed to evaluate the sensitivity of the monoclonal antibody to hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) as well as VPHP uptake mechanisms during the filling process...
March 15, 2018: PDA Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology
Ryan P Donahue, Andrew W Stamm, Robert P Gibbons, Christopher R Porter, Kathleen C Kobashi, John M Corman, Una J Lee
INTRODUCTION: The ureteral stent is engrained in the fabric of urologic practice. Virginia Mason Medical Center had a unique role in its development through the pioneering work of Dr. Robert Gibbons. Here, we review his contribution to the evolution of the modern ureteral stent. METHODS: We reviewed Dr. Gibbons' extensive work through primary sources, including interviews, projector slides, radiology images, stent prototypes, his personal writings and archived documents...
March 12, 2018: Urology
E S Von Zuben, A G Oliveira, M Chorilli, M V Scarpa
A reversed-phase liquid chromatography (RP-LC) method was successfully developed and validated for the determination of methotrexate in nanostructured liquid crystalline systems composed by polyether functional siloxane and silicone polyether copolymer. The LC method was performed on RP C18-ODS column, Agilent Zorbax® (4.6 x 250 mm, 5 μm), maintained at room temperature, with a mobile phase constituted by a mixture of 50 mM ammonium acetate buffer (pH 6.0) and methanol (77:23,v/v) with a flow rate of 1.0 mL/min, using ultraviolet detection at 313 nm...
March 5, 2018: Die Pharmazie
Simon P Overeem, Esmé J Donselaar, Jorrit T Boersen, Erik Groot Jebbink, Cornelis H Slump, Jean-Paul P M de Vries, Michel M P J Reijnen
PURPOSE: To assess the dynamic behavior of chimney grafts during the cardiac cycle. METHODS: Three chimney endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) stent-graft configurations (Endurant and Advanta V12, Endurant and Viabahn, and Endurant and BeGraft) were placed in silicone aneurysm models and subjected to physiologic flow. Electrocardiography (ECG)-gated contrast-enhanced computed tomography was used to visualize geometric changes during the cardiac cycle. Endograft and chimney graft surface, gutter volume, chimney graft angulation over the center lumen line, and the D-ratio (the ratio between the lengths of the major and minor axes) were independently assessed by 2 observers at 10 time points in the cardiac cycle...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Endovascular Therapy
Stefan Ilic, Abdulaziz Alherz, Charles B Musgrave, Ksenija D Glusac
Metal-free hydrides are of increasing research interest due to their roles in recent scientific advances in catalysis, such as hydrogen activation with frustrated Lewis pairs and electrocatalytic CO2 reduction with pyridinium and other aromatic cations. The structural design of hydrides for specific applications necessitates the correct description of their thermodynamic and kinetic prowess using reliable parameters - thermodynamic hydricity (ΔGH-) and nucleophilicity (N). This review summarizes reported experimental and calculated hydricity values for more than 200 metal-free hydride donors, including carbon-, boron-, nitrogen- and silicon-based hydrides...
March 15, 2018: Chemical Society Reviews
Bin Peng, Wei Zheng, Jiantao Qin, Wanli Zhang
Two-dimensional transitional metal dichalcogenide (TMDC) field-effect transistors (FETs) are proposed to be promising for devices scaling beyond silicon-based devices. We explore the different effective mass and bandgap of the channel materials and figure out the possible candidates for high-performance devices with the gate length at 5 nm and below by solving the quantum transport equation self-constantly with the Poisson equation. We find that out of the 14 compounds, MoS₂, MoSe₂, and MoTe₂ may be used in the devices to achieve a good subthreshold swing and a reasonable current ON-OFF ratio and delay...
March 15, 2018: Materials
Pei Huang, Yuanqing Li, Xiao-Guang Yu, Wei-Bin Zhu, Shu-Yan Nie, Hao Zhang, Jin-Rui Liu, Ning Hu, Shao-Yun Fu
The mimicry of human skin to detect both oncoming and physical-contacting object is of great importance in the fields of manufacturing, artificial robots and vehicles, etc. Herein, a novel bio-inspired flexible and highly responsive dual-mode strain/magnetism composite sensor which works via both contact and contactless modes, is first fabricated by incorporating Fe3O4/silicone system into a carbon fiber aerogel. The distance-dependence of magnetic field endorses the CFA/Fe3O4/silicone composite possible for spatial sensing due to the introduction of Fe3O4 magnetic nanoparticles...
March 15, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Yuwei Hao, Hongliang Liu, Guannan Li, Haijun Cui, Lei Jiang, Shutao Wang
To overcome the low efficiency of single-responsive smart surfaces, we have constructed a dual-responsive smart surface - poly(spiropyran-co-N-isopropylacrylamide) (poly(SP-co-NiPAAm))-grafted silicon nanowire arrays - by combining photo-responsive SP and thermo-responsive NiPAAm units for enhancing efficiencies of cancer cell capture and release. These enhanced efficiencies of cancer cell capture and release probably originate from the binary cooperative effect of two responsive building units: NiPAAm units can decrease the steric hindrance between SP units during the isomerization while SP units can facilitate phase transition of NiPAAm units...
March 15, 2018: Chemphyschem: a European Journal of Chemical Physics and Physical Chemistry
Kathryn A McInerney, Kristen A Hahn, Elizabeth E Hatch, Ellen M Mikkelsen, Anne Z Steiner, Kenneth J Rothman, Henrik T Sørensen, Thala M Snerum, Lauren A Wise
OBJECTIVE: To assess the extent to which lubricant use during intercourse is associated with time-to-pregnancy (TTP). DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. SETTING: Denmark and North America. POPULATION: 6,467 women aged 18-49 years who were not using contraception or fertility treatment. METHODS: We pooled data from two ongoing prospective cohort studies of pregnancy planners in Denmark (2011-2017) and North America (2013-2017)...
March 15, 2018: BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Shimao Li, Yunhong Ding, Xiaowei Guan, Heyun Tan, Zhichao Nong, Lin Wang, Lin Liu, Lidan Zhou, Chunchuan Yang, Kresten Yvind, Leif Katsuo Oxenløwe, Siyuan Yu, Xinlun Cai
Photonic integrated devices that emit vortex beam carrying orbital angular momentum are becoming key components for multiple applications. Here we propose and demonstrate a high-efficiency vortex beam emitter based on a silicon micro-ring resonator integrated with a metal mirror. Such a compact emitter is capable of generating vortex beams with a high efficiency and small divergence angle. Vector vortex beams of various topological charges are selectively generated by the emitter at different wavelengths with an emission efficiency of up to 37%...
March 15, 2018: Optics Letters
Lu Cai, Kaikai Du, Yurui Qu, Hao Luo, Meiyan Pan, Min Qiu, Qiang Li
Polar crystals can enable strong light-matter interaction at an infrared regime and provide many practical applications including thermal emission. However, the dynamic control of thermal emission based on polar crystals remains elusive as the lattice vibrations are solely determined by the crystal structure. Here, a nonvolatile tunable midinfrared thermal emitter enabled by a phase-changing film Ge2 Sb2 Te5 on silicon carbide polar crystal is demonstrated. By controlling the state of Ge2 Sb2 Te5 from an amorphous to a crystalline state, the emissivity of the thermal emitter is tuned from a low value to near unity with a maximum change in peak emissivity exceeding 10 dB over the Reststrahlen band of SiC (11...
March 15, 2018: Optics Letters
Zengkai Shao, Jiangbo Zhu, Yanfeng Zhang, Yujie Chen, Siyuan Yu
Cylindrical vector vortex (CVV) beams, complex light fields that exhibit a vector nature and carry quantized orbital angular momentum (OAM) states, have been widely investigated due to their rich applications. Current technologies to generate CVV beams using individual polarization and spatial phase manipulations suffer from bulky size and low configurability. In this Letter, we propose and experimentally demonstrate an approach to generate CVV beams with a single integrated device based on a silicon nitride microring resonator and embedded top-gratings...
March 15, 2018: Optics Letters
Wanfu Shen, Chunguang Hu, Shuchun Huo, Zhaoyang Sun, Shuangqing Fan, Jing Liu, Xiaotang Hu
We report on both the theoretical and experimental design of a black phosphorus (BP)-based reflective linear polarizer on Si/SiO2 substrate in visible range using the Fabry-Perot cavities method. Thanks to the optical anisotropy of BP, polarization wavelength regulation and a high extinction ratio are achievable via optimizing the thickness of BP. Using azimuth-dependent reflectance difference microscopy, we directly measured a huge optical anisotropy of 1.58, corresponding to an extinction ratio of ∼9  dB, from a 96 nm BP on a silicon substrate capped by 260 nm thermally oxidized silicon at a wavelength of 690 nm for the first time, to the best of our knowledge...
March 15, 2018: Optics Letters
Thalía Domínguez Bucio, Ali Z Khokhar, Goran Z Mashanovich, Frederic Y Gardes
We report the design and fabrication of a compact angled multimode interferometer (AMMI) on a 600 nm thick N-rich silicon nitride platform (n=1.92) optimized to match the International Telecommunication Union coarse wavelength division (de)multiplexing standard in the O telecommunication band. The demonstrated device exhibited a good spectral response with Δλ=20  nm, BW3 dB ∼11  nm, IL<1.5  dB, and XT∼20  dB. Additionally, it showed a high tolerance to dimensional errors <120  pm/nm and low sensitivity to temperature variations <20  pm/°C, respectively...
March 15, 2018: Optics Letters
Bo-Jun Huang, Jun-Han Lin, H H Cheng, Guo-En Chang
We report GeSn p-i-n resonant-cavity-enhanced photodetectors (RCEPDs) grown on silicon-on-insulator substrates. A vertical cavity, composed of a buried oxide as the bottom reflector and a deposited SiO2 layer on the top surface as the top reflector, is created for the GeSn p-i-n structure to enhance the light-matter interaction. The responsivity experiments demonstrate that the photodetection range is extended to 1820 nm, completely covering all the telecommunication bands, because of the introduction of 2...
March 15, 2018: Optics Letters
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