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Lu-Nan Zhang, Siheng Li, Hua-Qiao Tan, Shifa Ullah Khan, Yuan-Yuan Ma, Hong-Ying Zang, Yonghui Wang, Yang-Guang Li
During the exploration of highly efficient noble-metal-free electrocatalysts for hydrogen evolution reaction (HER), a promising and challenging strategy is to fabricate composite nanocatalysts by finely tuning metal and/or non-metal element components. Herein, we report a new HER electrocatalyst, which is composed of molybdenum phosphide and molybdenum carbide composite nanoparticles (NPs) coated by few-layer N-doped graphitic carbon shells (denoted as MoP/Mo2C@C). Such a new combination mode of electrocatalysts is realized by a one-step annealing route with the mixture of a Mo/P-based polyoxometalate (POM) and dicyandiamide...
April 26, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Sung Hoon Ahn, Xingwen Yu, Arumugam Manthiram
This study presents a novel metal-organic-framework-engaged synthesis route based on porous tellurium nanotubes as a sacrificial template for hierarchically porous 1D carbon nanotubes. Furthermore, an ultrathin Fe-ion-containing polydopamine layer has been introduced to generate highly effective FeNx C active sites into the carbon framework and to induce a high degree of graphitization. The synergistic effects between the hierarchically porous 1D carbon structure and the embedded FeNx C active sites in the carbon framework manifest in superior catalytic activity toward oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) compared to Pt/C catalyst in both alkaline and acidic media...
April 24, 2017: Advanced Materials
Xiaohu Li, Xiangdan Jin, Nannan Zhao, Irini Angelidaki, Yifeng Zhang
Aniline-containing wastewater can cause significant environmental problems and threaten the humans's life. However, rapid degradation of aniline with cost-efficient methods remains a challenge. In this work, a novel microbial electrolysis cell with bipolar membrane was integrated with Fenton reaction (MEC-Fenton) for efficient treatment of real wastewater containing a high concentration (4460 ± 52 mg L(-1)) of aniline. In this system, H2O2 was in situ electro-synthesized from O2 reduction on the graphite cathode and was simultaneously used as source of OH for the oxidation of aniline wastewater under an acidic condition maintained by the bipolar membrane...
April 19, 2017: Water Research
Kontad Ounnunkad, Hollie V Patten, Matěj Velický, Anna K Farquhar, Paula A Brooksby, Alison J Downard, Robert A W Dryfe
We have recently reported that reversible electrowetting can be observed on the basal plane of graphite, without the presence of a dielectric layer, in both liquid/air and liquid/liquid configurations. The influence of carbon structure on the wetting phenomenon is investigated in more detail here. Specifically, it is shown that the adsorption of adventitious impurities on the graphite surface markedly suppresses the electrowetting response. Similarly, the use of pyrolysed carbon films, although exhibiting a roughness below the threshold previously identified as the barrier to wetting on basal plane graphite, does not give a noticeable electrowetting response, which leads us to conclude that specific interactions at the water-graphite interface as well as graphite crystallinity are responsible for the reversible response seen in the latter case...
April 24, 2017: Faraday Discussions
Minjie Zhou, Zhaohui Hou, Xiaobo Chen
The increasing concern about environmental pollution and fossil fuel energies have urged researchers to seek renewable energy sources and methods for pollutant decomposition. Photocatalysis seems to be one of the most promising approaches, which uses natural sunlight to produce hydrogen from water and removes organic pollutants from the environment. Among the various photocatalysts, graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) has recently attracted much attention as a metal-free photocatalyst; however, it did not give a satisfactory performance...
April 24, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Feng Yin, Kuan Hu, Yangzi Chen, Mengying Yu, Dongyuan Wang, Qianqian Wang, Ken-Tye Yong, Fei Lu, Yongye Liang, Zigang Li
Since the successful exfoliation of graphene from graphite in 2004, graphene and graphene oxide (GO) have been considered the most promising two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterials with distinguished physical and chemical characteristics and have attracted great attention in many different fields. Graphene oxide is well-known for its distinct physiochemical properties and shows only minimal cytotoxicity compared to carbon nanotubes. Until now, only limited efforts have been invested in utilizing GO for gene therapy in pancreatic cancer treatments...
2017: Theranostics
Natalia Kurantowicz, Ewa Sawosz, Gabriela Halik, Barbara Strojny, Anna Hotowy, Marta Grodzik, Radosław Piast, Wanvimol Pasanphan, André Chwalibog
In the present study, the toxicity of six different types of carbon nanoparticles (CNPs) was investigated using a chicken-embryo model. Fertilized chicken eggs were divided into the following treatment groups: placebo, diamond NPs, graphite NPs, pristine graphene, small graphene oxide, large graphene oxide, and reduced graphene oxide. Experimental solutions at a concentration of 500 μg/mL were administrated into the egg albumin. Gross pathology and the rate of survival were examined after 5, 10, 15, and 20 days of incubation...
2017: International Journal of Nanomedicine
Sedigheh Asgary, Ahmad Movahedian, Mahtab Keshvari, Mahsa Taleghani, Amirhossein Sahebkar, Nizal Sarrafzadegan
BACKGROUND: There is a continuing attempt to identify novel factors that can predict the risk of cardiovascular disease beyond the established coronary risk factors. It has been suggested that serum levels of lead, mercury and cadmium are associated with the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD). In the present study, we aimed to evaluate serum concentrations of lead (s-Pb), mercury (s-Hg) and cadmium (s-Cd) in patients with CAD in comparison with those of healthy individuals. The correlation between serum levels of these heavy metals and lipid profile parameters was also investigated...
March 29, 2017: Chemosphere
Kanika Gupta, Om P Khatri
Efficient removal of malachite green (MG) dye from simulated wastewater is demonstrated using high surface area reduced graphene oxide (rGO). The plausible interaction pathways between MG dye and rGO are deduced from nanostructural features (HRTEM) of rGO and spectroscopic analyses (FTIR and Raman). The high surface area (931m(2)⋅gm(-1)) of rGO, π-π interaction between the aromatic rings of MG dye and graphitic skeleton, and electrostatic interaction of cationic centre of MG dye with π-electron clouds and negatively charged residual oxygen functionalities of rGO collectively facilitate the adsorption of MG dye on the rGO...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Zhiguo Wang
Self-charging lithium ion batteries (SCLIBs) that hybridize mechanical energy harvesting and storage processes into one process can be fabricated using a piezoelectric polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) film as a separator in lithium ion batteries. In this paper, the deintercalation reaction at LiCoO2 and intercalation reaction at graphite were studied under an internal piezoelectric field using density functional theory. It was found that the internal piezoelectric field applied on the anode can increase intercalation energies and diffusion behavior, at the same time, the internal piezoelectric field facilitates the deintercalation reaction at the cathode...
April 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Amir Hossein Farhadian, Masoud Kavosh Tehrani, Mohammad Hossein Keshavarz, Seyyed Mohammad Reza Darbani
In this study, for the first time to the best of our knowledge, a combination of the laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) technique and artificial neural network (ANN) analysis has been implemented for the identification of energetic materials, including TNT, RDX, black powder, and propellant. Also, aluminum, copper, inconel, and graphite have been used for more accurate investigation and comparison. After the LIBS test and spectrum acquisition on all samples in both air and argon ambient, optimized neural networks were designed by LIBS data...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
Giorgia La Barbera, Anna Laura Capriotti, Chiara Cavaliere, Patrizia Foglia, Carmela Maria Montone, Riccardo Zenezini Chiozzi, Aldo Laganà
Mycotoxins can contaminate various food commodities, including cereals. Moreover, mycotoxins of different classes can co-contaminate food, increasing human health risk. Several analytical methods have been published in the literature dealing with mycotoxins determination in cereals. Nevertheless, in the present work, the aim was to propose an easy and effective system for the extraction of six of the main mycotoxins from corn meal and durum wheat flour, i.e., the main four aflatoxins, ochratoxin A, and the mycoestrogen zearalenone...
April 21, 2017: Toxins
Neha Agarwal, Ruma Bhattacharyya, Narendra K Tripathi, Sanjay Kanojia, Debmalya Roy, Kingsuk Mukhopadhyay, Namburi Eswara Prasad
The interfacial debonding of graphite lattices using iron (Fe) nanoparticles and Fenton's reagent is reported, towards the scalable production of few-layer graphene flakes. Acoustic cavitation via a sonochemical route was adapted to produce iron and iron oxide nanoparticles in the graphite matrix. The oxygenated species were introduced into the graphite lattice using a physical method, and then Fenton chemistry was utilized to generate localized hydroxyl radicals at the Fe nanoparticle-graphite interfaces for zipping and self-exfoliation of the defected graphite lattices...
April 21, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
C Hermida-Merino, M Pérez-Rodríguez, M M Piñeiro, M J Pastoriza-Gallego
The electrical conductivity of exfoliated graphite in water nanofluids has been experimentally determined, and compared with the same property when the dispersed nanosheets have been oxidized. The effect of oxidation on this property is different if compared with the case of sintered dry nanosheets. In any case, for the sintered raw material the conduction behaves as expected in a metal, while for the nanofluid it shows values and trends typical of a weak electrolyte solution. The effect of oxidation on the electrical conductivity of exfoliated graphite can be explained as being caused by the dissociation in the fluid phase of the moieties resulting from the chemical functionalization process...
April 21, 2017: Soft Matter
Hanyang Gao, Chen Xue, Guoxin Hu, Kunxu Zhu
In this research, three kinds of graphene quantum dots (GQDs)-pristine graphene quantum dots (PGQDs), expanded graphene quantum dots (EGQDs) and graphene oxide quantum dots (GOQDs)-were produced from natural graphite, expanded graphite, and oxide graphite respectively in an ultrasound-assisted supercritical CO2 (scCO2)/H2O system. The effects of aqueous solution content ratio, system pressure, and ultrasonic power on the yields of different kinds of GQDs were investigated. According to these experiment results, the combination of the intense knocking force generated from high-pressure acoustic cavitation in a scCO2/H2O system and the superior penetration ability of scCO2 was considered to be the key to the successful exfoliation of such tiny pieces from bulk graphite...
July 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
Xing Li, Ning Li, Hua Lei Sun, Jun Yin, Yu Chang Tao, Zhen Xing Mao, Zeng Li Yu, Wen Jie Li, John D Bogden
Lead exposure is a known potential risk factor for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease (AD). Exposure to lead during the critical phase of brain development has been linked with mental retardation and hypophrenia in later life. This study was aimed to investigate the effects of lead exposure of pregnant mice on the expressions of insulin-degrading enzyme (IDE) and nerve growth factor (NGF) in the hippocampus of their offspring. Blood samples were collected from the tail vein, and after anesthetizing the pups, the brain was excised on postnatal day 21...
March 2017: Biomedical and Environmental Sciences: BES
Martin Schade, Steffen Franzka, Nils Hartmann
Laser microprocessing of highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) in conjunction with chemical functionalization routines are used to fabricate functional micro-sized domains. Infrared and Auger electron spectroscopy, contact angle measurements and electron microscopy are used for characterization of laser-fabricated structures. HOPG samples are coated with alkylsiloxane monolayers. Laser-induced bromination of coated HOPG samples in gaseous bromine is carried out using a microfocused laser beam at a wavelength of 514 nm and 1/e2 laser spot diameter of about 3 µm...
April 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
Xinquan Wang, Peipei Qi, Xiangyun Wang, Qian Zhang, Zhiwei Wang, Xiahong Xu, Hao Xu, Hu Zhang, Qiang Wang
We aimed to develop an efficient cleanup method for multi-pesticides residue analysis in complex plant matrices, shallot, ginger, garlic, onion, leek and celery. Column chromatography was used as the cleanup method and fabricated with florisil and graphitized carbon black as the adsorbents. The amount of the graphitized carbon black adsorbent and the choice of the elution solvent were systematically investigated for exploring the best combination. The target pesticides covered organochlorine, pyrethroid and organophosphorus pesticides, and were 38 in total...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Separation Science
Rong An, Liangliang Huang, Kenneth P Mineart, Yihui Dong, Richard J Spontak, Keith E Gubbins
In this work, we present a statistical mechanical analysis to elucidate the molecular-level factors responsible for the static and dynamic properties of polymer films. This analysis, which we term conformal sites theory, establishes that three dimensionless parameters play important roles in determining differences from bulk behavior for thin polymer films near to surfaces: a microscopic wetting parameter, αwx, defined as the ratio of polymer-substrate interaction to polymer-polymer interaction; a dimensionless film thickness, H*; and dimensionless temperature, T*...
April 19, 2017: Soft Matter
Xiang Chen, Huanlin Chen, Jian Guan, Jieming Zhen, Zijun Sun, Pingwu Du, Yalin Lu, Shangfeng Yang
Graphitic carbon nitride (g-C3N4) as an emerging two-dimensional (2D) nanomaterial has been commonly used as a metal-free photocatalyst with potential applications in visible light photocatalytic water-splitting. However, the photocatalytic activity of g-C3N4 is quite low due to its relatively large band gap and the existence of contact resistance between the nanosheets. Herein we report for the first time the facile synthesis of a covalently bonded g-C3N4/C60 hybrid via a solid-state mechanochemical route and its application in photocatalytic hydrogen production under visible light...
April 19, 2017: Nanoscale
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