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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440658/revealing-large-scale-homogeneity-and-trace-impurity-sensitivity-of-gaas-nanoscale-membranes
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Zhuo Yang, Alessandro Surrente, Gözde Tütüncüoglu, Krzysztof Galkowski, Melanie Cazaban-Carrazé, Francesca Amaduzzi, Pierre Leroux, Duncan K Maude, Anna Fontcuberta I Morral, Paulina Plochocka
III-V nanostructures have the potential to revolutionize optoelectronics and energy harvesting. For this to become a reality, critical issues such as reproducibility and sensitivity to defects should be resolved. By discussing the optical properties of MBE grown GaAs nanomembranes we highlight several features that bring them closer to large scale applications. Uncapped membranes exhibit a very high optical quality, expressed by extremely narrow neutral exciton emission, allowing the resolution of the more complex excitonic structure for the first time...
April 25, 2017: Nano Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440336/ultrahigh-energy-density-harvested-from-domain-engineered-relaxor-ferroelectric-single-crystals-under-high-strain-rate-loading
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Sergey I Shkuratov, Jason Baird, Vladimir G Antipov, Evgueni F Talantsev, Jay B Chase, Wesley Hackenberger, Jun Luo, Hwan R Jo, Christopher S Lynch
Relaxor ferroelectric single crystals have triggered revolution in electromechanical systems due to their superior piezoelectric properties. Here the results are reported on experimental studies of energy harvested from (1-y-x)Pb(In1/2Nb1/2)O3-(y)Pb(Mg1/3Nb2/3)O3-(x)PbTiO3 (PIN-PMN-PT) crystals under high strain rate loading. Precise control of ferroelectric properties through composition, size and crystallographic orientation of domains made it possible to identify single crystals that release up to three times more electric charge density than that produced by PbZr0...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439415/stretchable-biofuel-cells-as-wearable-textile-based-self-powered-sensors
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Itthipon Jeerapan, Juliane R Sempionatto, Adriana Pavinatto, Jung-Min You, Joseph Wang
Highly stretchable textile-based biofuel cells (BFCs), acting as effective self-powered sensors, have been fabricated using screen-printing of customized stress-enduring inks. Due to synergistic effects of nanomaterial-based engineered inks and the serpentine designs, these printable bioelectronic devices endure severe mechanical deformations, e.g., stretching, indentation, or torsional twisting. Glucose and lactate BFCs with the single enzyme and membrane-free configurations generated the maximum power density of 160 and 250 µW cm(-2) with the open circuit voltages of 0...
December 21, 2016: Journal of Materials Chemistry. A, Materials for Energy and Sustainability
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432400/-the-intestinal-microbiome-and-metabolic-diseases-from-obesity-to-diabetes-and-nonalcoholic-steatohepatitis
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S C Bischoff
BACKGROUND: The intestinal microbiome consists of about 10 million genes, many of which encode digestive enzymes. This explains why animal and human experiments revealed that the intestinal microbiome adapts to food intake and optimizes energy harvest from food. This function is considered beneficial in states of lack of food, but following overnutrition, it might support the development of obesity. OBJECTIVES: The relevance of the intestinal microbiome for the pathogenesis of obesity and associated metabolic diseases such as fatty liver disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus and for the clinical management of such diseases shall be discussed...
April 21, 2017: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430410/modelling-and-simulation-of-piezoelectrically-driven-self-charging-lithium-ion-batteries
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430208/illumination-data-transmission-and-energy-harvesting-the-threefold-advantage-of-vlc
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Harilaos G Sandalidis, Alexander Vavoulas, Theodoros A Tsiftsis, Nicholas Vaiopoulos
Visible light communication (VLC) is a promising technology that meets illumination and information transmission requirements in an indoor environment. Because light waves convey energy, a VLC link may exploit that fact for energy harvesting purposes. In this context, a single light emitting diode lamp located at a close distance over a tablet or laptop PC can potentially offer simultaneous lighting, Internet access, and battery recharging without cables. The present study introduces this threefold role of VLC systems by properly adapting some energy harvesting receiver architectures recently launched for usage in RF communications...
April 20, 2017: Applied Optics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429324/photomovement-in-euglena
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Donat-P Häder, Mineo Iseki
Motile microorganisms such as the green Euglena gracilis use a number of external stimuli to orient in their environment. They respond to light with photophobic responses, photokinesis and phototaxis, all of which can result in accumulations of the organisms in suitable habitats. The light responses operate synergistically with gravitaxis, aerotaxis and other responses. Originally the microscopically obvious stigma was thought to be the photoreceptor, but later the paraxonemal body (PAB, paraflagellar body) has been identified as the light responsive organelle, located in the trailing flagellum inside the reservoir...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429322/photo-and-nutritional-regulation-of-euglena-organelle-development
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Steven D Schwartzbach
Euglena can use light and CO2, photosynthesis, as well as a large variety of organic molecules as the sole source of carbon and energy for growth. Light induces the enzymes, in this case an entire organelle, the chloroplast, that is required to use CO2 as the sole source of carbon and energy for growth. Ethanol, but not malate, inhibits the photoinduction of chloroplast enzymes and induces the synthesis of the glyoxylate cycle enzymes that comprise the unique metabolic pathway leading to two carbon, ethanol and acetate, assimilation...
2017: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428141/temporal-impact-of-the-vascular-wilt-pathogen-verticillium-dahliae-on-tomato-root-proteome
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Katja Witzel, Anja Buhtz, Rita Grosch
The soil-borne fungus Verticillium dahliae is the causal agent of wilting disease and affects a wide range of plant species worldwide. Here, we report on the time-resolved analysis of the tomato root proteome in response to fungal colonization. Tomato (Solanum lycopersicum cv. Hildares) was inoculated with V. dahliae at the two-leaf stage and roots were harvested at 7, 14 and 21 days post inoculation (dpi). In order to identify proteins related to the fungal spread at the different time points, a subsequent proteome analysis by two-dimensional differential gel electrophoresis (2D-DIGE) was conducted on samples from three independent experiments...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Proteomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426035/hierarchical-bioi-nanostructures-supported-on-a-metal-organic-framework-as-efficient-photocatalysts-for-degradation-of-organic-pollutants-in-water
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M Jahurul Islam, Hyun Kook Kim, D Amaranatha Reddy, Yujin Kim, Rory Ma, Heehyun Baek, Joonghan Kim, Tae Kyu Kim
Semiconductor-based photocatalysis is a green method for the removal of toxic organic pollutants by decomposition into harmless products. However, traditional single-component semiconductors are unable to reach high degradation efficiencies due to excessive photo charge carrier recombination. The use of hybrid nanocomposite photocatalysts is a promising strategy for overcoming this problem by reducing recombination as well as ensuring that large amounts of solar energy are harvested. Herein, a novel visible-light-active hybrid nanocomposite, BiOI/MIL-88B(Fe), was successfully synthesized through a simple precipitation method...
April 20, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425532/emerging-tellurium-nanostructures-controllable-synthesis-and-their-applications
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REVIEW
Zhen He, Yuan Yang, Jian-Wei Liu, Shu-Hong Yu
Tellurium (Te) is a rare element in trace amounts of about one part per billion, comparable to that of platinum and ranked 75th in the abundance of the elements in the earth crust. Te nanostructures, as narrow bandgap semiconductors, have numerous potential applications in the fabrication of many modern devices. The past decades have witnessed an explosion in new strategies for synthesizing diverse emerging Te nanostructures with controlled compositions, sizes, shapes, and structures. Their structure-determined nature makes functional Te nanomaterials an attractive candidate for modern applications...
April 20, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425488/an-analytic-approach-for-optimal-geometrical-design-of-gaas-nanowires-for-maximal-light-harvesting-in-photovoltaic-cells
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Dan Wu, Xiaohong Tang, Kai Wang, Xianqiang Li
Semiconductor nanowires(NWs) with subwavelength scale diameters have demonstrated superior light trapping features, which unravel a new pathway for low cost and high efficiency future generation solar cells. Unlike other published work, a fully analytic design is for the first time proposed for optimal geometrical parameters of vertically-aligned GaAs NW arrays for maximal energy harvesting. Using photocurrent density as the light absorbing evaluation standard, 2 μm length NW arrays whose multiple diameters and periodicity are quantitatively identified achieving the maximal value of 29...
April 20, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425293/cosensitized-porphyrin-system-for-high-performance-solar-cells-with-tof-sims-analysis
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Wenjun Wu, Huaide Xiang, Wei Fan, Jinglin Wang, Haifeng Wang, Xin Hua, Zhaohui Wang, Yi-Tao Long, He Tian, Wei-Hong Zhu
Up to date, development of organic sensitizers has been predominately focused on light harvesting, HOMO and LUMO energy levels, and electron transferring process. In contrast, their adsorption mode as well as dynamic loading behaviour onto nanoporous TiO2 is rarely considered. Herein we have employed the time of flight secondary ion mass spectrometry (TOF-SIMS) to take insight into the competitive dye adsorption mode and kinetics in cosensitized porphyrin system. Using the novel porphyrin dye FW-1 and D-A-π-A featured dye WS-5, the different bond-breaking mode in TOF-SIMS and dynamic dye-loading amount during the coadsorption process are well compared with two different anchoring groups such as benzoic acid and cyanoacrylic acid...
April 20, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425028/energy-harvesting-from-cerebrospinal-fluid-pressure-fluctuations-for-self-powered-neural-implants
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Levent Beker, Arnau Benet, Ali Tayebi Meybodi, Ben Eovino, Albert P Pisano, Liwei Lin
In this paper, a novel method to generate electrical energy by converting available mechanical energy from pressure fluctuations of the cerebrospinal fluid within lateral ventricles of the brain is presented. The generated electrical power can be supplied to the neural implants and either eliminate their battery need or extend the battery lifespan. A diaphragm type harvester comprised of piezoelectric material is utilized to convert the pressure fluctuations to electrical energy. The pressure fluctuations cause the diaphragm to bend, and the strained piezoelectric materials generate electricity...
June 2017: Biomedical Microdevices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422085/resonant-rectifier-ics-for-piezoelectric-energy-harvesting-using-low-voltage-drop-diode-equivalents
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Amad Ud Din, Seneke Chamith Chandrathna, Jong-Wook Lee
Herein, we present the design technique of a resonant rectifier for piezoelectric (PE) energy harvesting. We propose two diode equivalents to reduce the voltage drop in the rectifier operation, a minuscule-drop-diode equivalent (MDDE) and a low-drop-diode equivalent (LDDE). The diode equivalents are embedded in resonant rectifier integrated circuits (ICs), which use symmetric bias-flip to reduce the power used for charging and discharging the internal capacitance of a PE transducer. The self-startup function is supported by synchronously generating control pulses for the bias-flip from the PE transducer...
April 19, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420467/-study-of-plasma-amino-acid-related-metabolites-of-septic-rats-using-gas-chromatography-mass-spectrometry
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Jin Su, Yimin Zhu, Yu Jiang, Lianhong Zou, Xiaoliang Liu, Yixiao Xu
OBJECTIVE: To reveal the pathophysiological changes of sepsis, the plasma metabonomics of septic rats was determined and differential metabolites were determined by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). METHODS: Male Spraguee-Dawley (SD) rats about 8 weeks were randomly divided into sham group (n = 18) and sepsis group (n = 24). Cecal ligation and puncture (CLP) was used to build sepsis model, while cecum was kept intact only in the sham group. 6 hours after the operation, rats were anesthetized, and blood was harvested through heart thoracotomy...
April 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419348/litchi-fruit-lcnac1-is-a-target-of-lcmyc2-and-regulator-of-fruit-senescence-through-its-interaction-with-lcwrky1
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Guoxiang Jiang, Huiling Yan, Fuwang Wu, Dandan Zhang, Wei Zeng, Hongxia Qu, Feng Chen, Li Tan, Xuewu Duan, Yueming Jiang
Senescence is a key factor resulting in deterioration of non-climacteric fruit. NAC transcription factors are important regulators in plant development and abiotic stress responses, yet little information regarding the role of NACs in regulating non-climacteric fruit senescence is available. In this study, we cloned 13 NAC genes from litchi (Litchi chinensis) fruit, and analyzed subcellular localization and expression profiles of these genes during postharvest natural and low-temperature-delayed senescence...
April 13, 2017: Plant & Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419325/dissecting-molecular-and-physiological-response-mechanisms-to-high-solar-radiation-in-cyanic-and-acyanic-leaves-a-case-study-on-red-and-green-basil
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Massimiliano Tattini, Federico Sebastiani, Cecilia Brunetti, Alessio Fini, Sara Torre, Antonella Gori, Mauro Centritto, Francesco Ferrini, Marco Landi, Lucia Guidi
Photosynthetic performance and the expression of genes involved in light signaling and the biosynthesis of isoprenoids and phenylpropanoids were analysed in green ('Tigullio', TIG) and red ('Red Rubin', RR) basil. The aim was to detect the physiological and molecular response mechanisms to high sunlight. The attenuation of blue-green light by epidermal anthocyanins was shown to evoke shade-avoidance responses with consequential effects on leaf morpho-anatomical traits and gas exchange performance. Red basil had a lower mesophyll conductance, partially compensated by the less effective control of stomatal movements, in comparison with TIG...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Experimental Botany
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418646/the-influence-of-nanostructure-on-the-exciton-dynamics-of-multichromophore-donor-acceptor-block-copolymers
#19
Jianlong Xia, Erik Busby, Samuel N Sanders, Clarion Tung, Angelo Cacciuto, Matthew Y Sfeir, Luis M Campos
We explore the synthesis and photophysics of nanostructured block copolymers that mimic light harvesting complexes. We find that the combination of a polar and electron rich block with a non-polar electron poor block yields a polymer which self-assembles into ordered "nanoworms". Numerical simulations are used to determine optimal compositions to achieve robust self-assembly. Photolumi-nescence spectroscopy is used to probe the rich exciton dynamics in these systems. Using controls, such as homopolymers and random copolymers we analyze the mechanisms of the photoluminescence from these polymers...
April 18, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411604/ultrafast-coherent-energy-transfer-with-high-efficiency-based-on-plasmonic-nanostructures
#20
Jun Ren, Tian Chen, Bo Wang, Xiangdong Zhang
The theory of energy transfer dynamics of a pair of donor and acceptor molecules located in the plasmonic hot spots is developed by means of the master equation approach and the electromagnetic Green's tensor technique. A nonlocal effect has been considered by using a hydrodynamic model. The coherent interaction between the two molecules in plasmonic nanostructures is investigated, and we find that the coupling strength between two molecules can be larger than dissipation. It is shown that the energy transfer efficiency of a pair of molecules can be improved largely and the transfer time decreases to dozens of femtoseconds when the contribution of quantum coherence is considered...
April 14, 2017: Journal of Chemical Physics
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