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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936510/low-temperature-and-high-pressure-phases-of-a-room-temperature-ionic-liquid-and-polyiodides-1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium-iodide
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Hiroshi Abe, Hiroaki Kishimura, Mayumi Takaku, Mai Watanabe, Nozomu Hamaya
Using simultaneous small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) combined with differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and wide-angle X-ray scattering (WAXS) combined with DSC measurements, low-temperature (LT) solid phases of a room-temperature ionic liquid (RTIL) and its mixtures were examined at ambient pressure. The considered RTIL was 1-methyl-3-propylimidazolium iodide ([C3mim][I]), and the mixtures could be expressed as [C3mim][Im]. Under high-pressure (HP), the crystallization of pure [C3mim][I] was suppressed, as a LT-amorphous form of pure [C3mim][I] was formed...
September 22, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935881/directional-beaming-of-light-from-a-subwavelength-metal-slit-with-phase-gradient-metasurfaces
#2
Hua Zhu, Xiang Yin, Lin Chen, Xun Li
In this article, we demonstrate directional beaming of light from a metal nanoslit surrounded with phase-gradient metasurfaces on both sides. Distinct from the grating-based beaming structures, here the momentum mismatch between the surface wave and radiation wave is overcome by the phase-gradient metasurfaces. The deviation angle of the directional beam can be flexibly adjusted by appropriately arranging the phase-gradient of metasurfaces on each side of the nanoslit. The metasurface-based beaming structures also present the ability to operate with high diffraction efficiency and small divergence angle, implying various potential applications in nanophotonics...
September 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934961/area-asymmetry-of-heart-rate-variability-signal
#3
Chang Yan, Peng Li, Lizhen Ji, Lianke Yao, Chandan Karmakar, Changchun Liu
BACKGROUND: Heart rate fluctuates beat-by-beat asymmetrically which is known as heart rate asymmetry (HRA). It is challenging to assess HRA robustly based on short-term heartbeat interval series. METHOD: An area index (AI) was developed that combines the distance and phase angle information of points in the Poincaré plot. To test its performance, the AI was used to classify subjects with: (i) arrhythmia, and (ii) congestive heart failure, from the corresponding healthy controls...
September 21, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933548/investigation-of-structure-and-crystallization-behavior-of-poly-butylene-succinate-by-fourier-transform-infrared-spectroscopy
#4
Shu-Fang Yao, Xiao-Tong Chen, Hai-Mu Ye
The detailed structure and crystallization behavior of poly(butylene succinate) (PBS) have been investigated by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and other methods systematically. For the first time, we confirmed that the C=O stretching modes of PBS can respond to three distinguish absorption bands in the FTIR spectrum, at around 1736, 1720 and 1714 cm-1 respectively. The 1736 cm-1 band is adopted as the stretching mode of C=O groups in free amorphous fraction (MAF); the 1714 cm-1 band which is relevant to more stable structure, displays more anisotropic in polarized FTIR spectra, and has been confirmed as stretching vibrations of hydrogen-bonded C=O groups in the crystalline phase...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933470/sm-ti-co-substituted-bismuth-ferrite-multiferroics-reciprocity-between-tetragonality-and-piezoelectricity
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Pardeep K Jha, Priyanka A Jha, Prabhakar Singh, Rajeev Ranjan, R K Dwivedi
BiFeO3 (BFO) systems co-modified with Ti, Sm and Sm-Ti have been investigated for piezoelectricity together with dielectric and multiferroic properties. Structural studies revealed the coexistence of orthorhombic and rhombohedral (R3c) phases for x > 0.12. Impurity phases were shown to have hardly any effect on the remanent magnetization, which rather depends on the Fe-O-Fe bond angle. The dielectric loss was reduced considerably by substitution. A correlation between the piezoelectric coefficient and tetragonality was observed in these samples...
September 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930473/molecular-insights-into-human-serum-albumin-as-a-receptor-of-amyloid-%C3%AE-in-the-extracellular-region
#6
Tae Su Choi, Hyuck Jin Lee, Jong Yoon Han, Mi Hee Lim, Hugh I Kim
Regulation of amyloid-β (Aβ) aggregation by metal ions and proteins is essential for understanding the pathology of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Human serum albumin (HSA), a regulator of metal and protein transportation, can modulate metal-Aβ interactions and Aβ aggregation in human fluid; however, the molecular mechanisms for such activities remain unclear. Herein, we report the molecular-level complexation between Zn(II), Cu(II), Aβ, and HSA, which is able to alter the aggregation and cytotoxicity of Aβ peptides and induce their cellular transportation...
September 20, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930352/liquid-crystal-order-during-synthesis-affects-main-chain-liquid-crystal-elastomer-behavior
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N A Traugutt, R H Volpe, M S Bollinger, M O Saed, A H Torbati, K Yu, Natalia Dadivanyan, C M Yakacki
This study presents the first direct comparison of the influence of liquid-crystal order during synthesis on the thermo-mechanical behaviors of main-chain liquid-crystal elastomers (LCEs) in thiol-acrylate networks. Six polydomain nematic elastomer (PNE) chemistries were compared directly by synthesizing with the mesogens in either an isotropic state (i-PNE) or a nematic state (n-PNE). The i-PNE networks were created in the presence of solvent, which disrupted any liquid-crystal order during network formation...
September 20, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930098/bioimpedance-technology-for-detection-of-thoracic-injury
#8
Ruben Buendia, Stefan Candefjord, Benjamin Sanchez, Hans Granhed, Bengt-Arne Sjöqvist, Per Örtenwall, Eva-Corina Caragounis
Thoracic trauma is one of the most common and lethal types of injury, causing over a quarter of traumatic deaths. Severe thoracic injuries are often occult and difficult to diagnose in the field. There is a need for a point-of-care diagnostic device for severe thoracic injuries in the prehospital setting. Electrical bioimpedance (EBI) is non-invasive, portable, rapid and easy to use technology that can provide objective and quantitative diagnostic information for the prehospital environment. Here, we evaluated the performance of EBI to detect thoracic injuries...
September 20, 2017: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927586/application-of-cold-plasma-to-develop-carboxymethyl-cellulose-coated-polypropylene-films-containing-essential-oil
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Zohreh Honarvar, Mehdi Farhoodi, Mohammad Reza Khani, Abdorreza Mohammadi, Babak Shokri, Ruhollah Ferdowsi, Saeedeh Shojaee-Aliabadi
This study was aimed to develop and characterize carboxymethyl cellulose-coated polypropylene (PP/CMC) films with Zataria multiflora essential oil (ZEO) as a new antimicrobial food packaging. For better attachment of CMC on polypropylene (PP) film surface, atmospheric plasma pretreatment was used. Results showed the formation of polar groups such as CO and OH in the PP surface following the plasma treatment. Plasma-treated PP had rougher surfaces and their contact angle reduced from 88.92° to 52.15° indicating increased surface hydrophilicity...
November 15, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926262/effect-of-the-incorporation-of-nano-sized-titanium-dioxide-on-the-interfacial-properties-of-dppc-langmuir-monolayers
#10
Eduardo Guzmán, Eva Santini, Michele Ferrari, Libero Liggieri, Francesca Ravera
The effect of the incorporation of hydrophilic titanium dioxide (TiO2) nanoparticles on the interfacial properties of Langmuir monolayers of 1,2-Dipalmitoyl-sn-glycerol-3-phosphocholine (DPPC) has been evaluated combining interfacial thermodynamic studies, dilatational rheology and Brewster Angle Microscopy (BAM). The results show that the TiO2 nanoparticles are able to penetrate into DPPC layers, modifying the organization of the molecules and, consequently, the phase behaviour and viscoelastic properties of the systems...
September 19, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924248/adaptive-pixel-super-resolved-lensfree-in-line-digital-holography-for-wide-field-on-chip-microscopy
#11
Jialin Zhang, Jiasong Sun, Qian Chen, Jiaji Li, Chao Zuo
High-resolution wide field-of-view (FOV) microscopic imaging plays an essential role in various fields of biomedicine, engineering, and physical sciences. As an alternative to conventional lens-based scanning techniques, lensfree holography provides a new way to effectively bypass the intrinsical trade-off between the spatial resolution and FOV of conventional microscopes. Unfortunately, due to the limited sensor pixel-size, unpredictable disturbance during image acquisition, and sub-optimum solution to the phase retrieval problem, typical lensfree microscopes only produce compromised imaging quality in terms of lateral resolution and signal-to-noise ratio (SNR)...
September 18, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922923/interfacial-properties-and-mechanisms-dominating-gas-hydrate-cohesion-and-adhesion-in-liquid-and-vapor-hydrocarbon-phases
#12
Sijia Hu, Carolyn A Koh
The interfacial properties and mechanisms of gas hydrate systems play a major role in controlling their interparticle and surface interactions, which is desirable for nearly all energy applications of clathrate hydrates. In particular, preventing gas hydrate interparticle agglomeration and/or particle-surface deposition is critical to the prevention of gas hydrate blockages during the exploration and transportation of oil and gas subsea flowlines. These agglomeration and deposition processes are dominated by particle-particle cohesive forces and particle-surface adhesive force...
September 18, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28922633/protein-extraction-into-the-bicontinuous-microemulsion-phase-of-a-water-sds-pentanol-dodecane-winsor-iii-system-effect-on-nanostructure-and-protein-conformation
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Douglas G Hayes, Ran Ye, Rachel N Dunlap, Matthew J Cuneo, Sai Venkatesh Pingali, Hugh M O'Neill, Volker S Urban
Bicontinuous microemulsions (BμEs), consisting of water and oil nanodomains separated by surfactant monolayers of near-zero curvature, are potentially valuable systems for purification and delivery of biomolecules, for hosting multiphasic biochemical reactions, and as templating media for preparing nanomaterials. We formed Winsor-III systems by mixing aqueous protein and sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS) solutions with dodecane and 1-pentanol (cosurfactant) to efficiently extract proteins into the middle (BμE) phase...
September 7, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921669/respiratory-variation-in-left-ventricular-cardiac-function-with-3d-double-golden-angle-whole-heart-cine-imaging
#14
Karen Holst, Martin Ugander, Andreas Sigfridsson
PURPOSE: To develop a 3-dimensional free-breathing cardiovascular MR technique for quantifying the variation in left ventricular end-diastolic volume (LVEDV) during the respiratory cycle. METHODS: A 3-dimensional radial trajectory with double golden-angle ordering was used for free-running data acquisition during free breathing in healthy volunteers (N = 8). A respiratory self-gating signal was extracted from the center of k-space, and data were retrospectively binned into eight respiratory phases in end-diastole...
September 17, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920118/hybrid-magnetic-iron-oxide-nanoparticles-with-tunable-field-directed-self-assembly
#15
Vikash Malik, Antara Pal, Olivier Pravaz, Jérôme J Crassous, Simon Granville, Bernard Grobety, Ann M Hirt, Hervé Dietsch, Peter Schurtenberger
We describe the synthesis of hybrid magnetic ellipsoidal nanoparticles that consist of a mixture of two different iron oxide phases, hematite (α-Fe2O3) and maghemite (γ-Fe2O3), and characterize their magnetic field-driven self-assembly. We demonstrate that the relative amount of the two phases can be adjusted in a continuous way by varying the reaction time during the synthesis, leading to strongly varying magnetic properties of the particles. Not only does the saturation magnetization increase dramatically as the composition of the spindles changes from hematite to maghemite, but also the direction of the induced magnetic moment changes from being parallel to the short axis of the spindle to being perpendicular to it...
September 18, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919215/thermo-responsive-in-situ-forming-hydrogels-as-barriers-to-prevent-post-operative-peritendinous-adhesion
#16
Pang-Yun Chou, Shih-Heng Chen, Chih-Hao Chen, Shih-Hsien Chen, Yi Teng Fong, Jyh-Ping Chen
In this study, we aimed to assess whether thermo-responsive in-situ forming hydrogels based on poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) could prevent post-operative peritendinous adhesion. The clinical advantages of the thermo-responsive hydrogels are acting as barrier material to block penetration of fibroblasts, providing mobility and flexibility during application and enabling injection through a small opening to fill spaces of any shape after surgery. The thermo-responsiveness of hydrogels was determined to ensure their clinic uses...
September 12, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918752/correlation-of-csf-flow-using-phase-contrast-mri-with-ventriculomegaly-and-csf-opening-pressure-in-mucopolysaccharidoses
#17
Amauri Dalla Corte, Carolina F M de Souza, Maurício Anés, Fabio K Maeda, Armelle Lokossou, Leonardo M Vedolin, Maria Gabriela Longo, Monica M Ferreira, Solanger G P Perrone, Olivier Balédent, Roberto Giugliani
BACKGROUND: Very little is known about the incidence and prevalence of hydrocephalus in patients with mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS). The biggest challenge is to distinguish communicating hydrocephalus from ventricular dilatation secondary to brain atrophy, because both conditions share common clinical and neuroradiological features. The main purpose of this study is to assess the relationship between ventriculomegaly, brain and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) volumes, aqueductal and cervical CSF flows, and CSF opening pressure in MPS patients, and to provide potential biomarkers for abnormal CSF circulation...
September 18, 2017: Fluids and Barriers of the CNS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918356/what-is-the-price-for-the-duchenne-gait-pattern-in-patients-with-cerebral-palsy
#18
Firooz Salami, Mirjam Niklasch, Britta K Krautwurst, Thomas Dreher, Sebastian I Wolf
Duchenne gait is characterized by trunk lean towards the affected stance limb with the pelvis stable or elevated on the swinging limb side during single limb stance phase. We assessed the relationship between hip abduction moments and trunk kinetics in patients with cerebral palsy showing excessive lateral trunk motion. Data of 18 subjects with bilateral spastic cerebral palsy (CP) and 20 aged matched typically developing subjects (TD) were collected retrospectively. Criteria for patient selection were barefoot walking without aid presenting with excessive lateral trunk motion...
September 7, 2017: Gait & Posture
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918167/different-nutritional-assessment-tools-as-predictors-of-postoperative-complications-in-patients-undergoing-colorectal-cancer-resection
#19
Sílvia Fernandes Maurício, Jingjie Xiao, Carla M Prado, Maria Cristina Gonzalez, Maria Isabel Toulson Davisson Correia
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Malnutrition in patients with colorectal cancer contributes to increased postoperative complications. The aim of the study was to evaluate the prognostic value of several nutritional assessment parameters: body mass index versus percentage of weight loss grading system (BMI/%WL); Patient-Generated Subjective Global Assessment (PG-SGA); standardized phase angle (SPA) by BIA; muscle strength by handgrip strength; muscle mass by computerized tomography; and the combination of muscle mass and strength in patients undergoing resection surgery...
September 4, 2017: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917915/synergistic-effect-of-chitosan-zinc-oxide-hybrid-nanoparticles-on-antibiofouling-and-water-disinfection-of-mixed-matrix-polyethersulfone-nanocomposite-membranes
#20
Iqra Munnawar, Sadia S Iqbal, Muhammad N Anwar, Mehwish Batool, Sheraz Tariq, Nosheen Faitma, Asim L Khan, Asad U Khan, Umair Nazar, Tahir Jamil, Nasir M Ahmad
Antifouling polyethersulfone (PES) membranes for water disinfection were fabricated by incorporating varying concentrations of carbohydrate polymer chitosan and Zinc oxide hybrid nanoparticles (CS-ZnO HNPS). The CS-ZnO HNPS were prepared using chemical precipitation method and were characterized using SEM, XRD and FTIR. The membranes were then fabricated by incorporating nanoparticles of CS-ZnO HNPS with three different concentrations of 5%, 10% and 15% w/w in the casting solution of PES through phase inversion method...
November 1, 2017: Carbohydrate Polymers
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