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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334654/phbv-polymer-supported-denitrification-system-efficiently-treated-high-nitrate-concentration-wastewater-denitrification-performance-microbial-community-structure-evolution-and-key-denitrifying-bacteria
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Zhongshuo Xu, Liyan Song, Xiaohu Dai, Xiaoli Chai
Biodegradable polymer supported denitrification (BPD) system shows good denitrification performance for the wastewater with low nitrate concentrations. In this study, a BPD system using Poly (3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) polymer as carbon source was developed to treat the wastewater with high nitrate concentrations. The denitrification performance, utilization ratio of PHBV polymers, and microbial community structure evolution and key denitrifying bacteria were comprehensively studied. Results indicated that an average nitrate removal efficiency of 99% could be achieved with an influent NO3--N concentration of 100 mg L-1 and a hydraulic retention time (HRT) of 7...
January 8, 2018: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334588/molecular-wire-effects-in-phenyleneethynylene-oligomers-surprising-insights
#2
Uwe Heiko Bunz, Marcel Hergert, Markus Bender, Kai Seehafer
We report the synthesis and quenching behavior of a series of water soluble, carboxylate-carrying phenyleneethynylene oligomers - monomer to tetramer - and their polymers and investigate their quenching behavior with different test analytes (paraquat, lead salts, mercury salts, picric acid, methylpyridinium iodide) in water and compare the results to that of the conjugated polymer. We find significant but analyte-dependent enhancement effects. For monovalent quenchers only the molecular wire effect applies but for divalent quenchers multivalency effects are also important...
January 15, 2018: Chemistry: a European Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334482/carbon-nanotubes-within-polymer-matrix-can-synergistically-enhance-mechanical-energy-dissipation
#3
Taimoor Ashraf Ashraf, Meelad Ranaiefar, Sumit Khatri, Jamshid Kavosi, Frank Gardea, Bryan Glaz, Mohammad Naraghi
Safe operation and health of structures relies on their ability to effectively dissipate undesired vibrations, which could otherwise significantly reduce the life-time of a structure due to fatigue loads or large deformations. To address this issue, nanoscale fillers, such as carbon nanotubes (CNTs), have been utilized to dissipate mechanical energy in polymer-based nanocomposites through filler-matrix interfacial friction by benefitting from their large interface area with the matrix. In this manuscript, for the first time, we experimentally investigate the effect of CNT alignment with respect to reach other and their orientation with respect to the loading direction on vibrational damping in nanocomposites...
January 15, 2018: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334456/building-ion-conduction-highways-in-polymeric-electrolytes-by-manipulating-protein-configuration
#4
Xuewei Fu, Chunhui Li, Yu Wang, Lucas Paul Kovatch, Louis Scudiero, Jin Liu, Wei-Hong Zhong
Solid polymer electrolytes play a critical role in the development of safe, flexible and all-solid-state energy storage devices. However, the low ion-conductivity has been the primary challenge impeding them from practical applications. Here, we propose a new biotechnology to fabricate novel protein-ceramic hybrid nanofillers for simultaneously boosting the ionic conductivity, mechanical properties and even adhesion properties of solid polymer electrolytes. This hybrid nanofiller is fabricated by coating ion-conductive soy-proteins onto TiO2 nanoparticles via a controlled denaturation process in appropriate solvent and conditions...
January 15, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334384/micrometer-sized-dihydrogenphosphate-intercalated-layered-double-hydroxides-synthesis-selective-infrared-absorption-properties-and-applications-as-agricultural-films
#5
Yixuan Guo, Jing Wang, Dianqing Li, Pinggui Tang, Fabrice Leroux, Yongjun Feng
High-performance heat-retention agents for multifunctional green agricultural films are today largely suitable to increase the production yield as well as to save energy. Here, an adapted ammonia releasing hydrothermal method was used to produce a series of micrometer-sized carbonate-layered double hydroxide (CO3-LDH) precursors of sizes ranging from 1.32 μm to 8.64 μm by simply adjusting the feeding Mg2+ concentration from 0.80 mol L-1 to 0.20 mol L-1. From these pristine LDH materials, μm-sized dihydrogenphosphate-intercalated LDHs (H2PO4-LDHs) were prepared by an anion-exchange method...
January 15, 2018: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334225/the-fate-of-poly-3-octylthiophene-transducer-in-solid-contact-ion-selective-electrodes
#6
Ewa Jaworska, Maciej Mazur, Krzysztof Maksymiuk, Agata Michalska
An experimental approach allowing visualization and quantification of underestimated spontaneous process of partition of conducting polymer transducer material to the ion-selective membrane phase is proposed. The approach proposed is based on optical properties of the transducer material applied, using polythiophene as a model system. It is shown that this process occurs not only during sensor preparation step but also during pretreatment of the sensor before use. As shown, this uncontrolled partition of the transducer to the receptor leads to conducting polymer contents in the membrane phase reaching 0...
January 15, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334219/mussel-inspired-conductive-polymer-binder-for-si-alloy-anode-in-lithium-ion-batteries
#7
Hui Zhao, Yang Wei, Cheng Wang, Rui-Min Qiao, Wanli Yang, Phillip B Messersmith, Gao Liu
The excessive volume changes during cell cycling of Si-based anode in lithium ion batteries impeded its application. One major reason for the cell failure is particle isolation during volume shrinkage in delithiation process, which makes strong adhesion between polymer binder and anode active material particles a highly desirable property. Here, a biomimetic side-chain conductive polymer incorporating catechol, a key adhesive component of the mussel holdfast protein, was synthesized. Atomic force microscopy (AFM) based single molecule force measurements of mussel-inspired conductive polymer binder contacting a silica surface revealed similar adhesion toward substrate when compared with an effective Si anode binder, homo-polyacrylic acid (PAA), with the added benefit of being electronically conductive...
January 15, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334184/ph-responsive-peg-doxorubicin-encapsulated-aza-bodipy-nanotheranostic-agent-for-imaging-guided-synergistic-cancer-therapy
#8
Dapeng Chen, Qianyun Tang, Jianhua Zou, Xiaoyan Yang, Wei Huang, Qi Zhang, Jinjun Shao, Xiaochen Dong
Synergistic cancer therapy is of great interest for multiple advantages, such as excellent targeting accuracy, low side effects, and enhanced therapeutic efficiency. Herein, a near-infrared photosensitizer aza-BODIPY (AB) with high singlet oxygen quantum yield (ΦΔ = 82%) is designed and synthesized. With Schiff's base obtained from condensation reaction between doxorubicin (DOX) and polyethylene glycol-benzaldehyde (PEG-CHO) as the polymer matrix, aza-BODIPY is encapsulated to afford hydrophilic nanoparticles (DAB NPs)...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334183/engineering-polymersomes-for-diagnostics-and-therapy
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Jiayu Leong, Jye Yng Teo, Vinay K Aakalu, Yi Yan Yang, Hyunjoon Kong
Engineered polymer vesicles, termed as polymersomes, confer a flexibility to control their structure, properties, and functionality. Self-assembly of amphiphilic copolymers leads to vesicles consisting of a hydrophobic bilayer membrane and hydrophilic core, each of which is loaded with a wide array of small and large molecules of interests. As such, polymersomes are increasingly being studied as carriers of imaging probes and therapeutic drugs. Effective delivery of polymersomes necessitates careful design of polymersomes...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Healthcare Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334160/fine-tuning-of-molecular-packing-and-energy-level-through-methyl-substitution-enabling-excellent-small-molecule-acceptors-for-nonfullerene-polymer-solar-cells-with-efficiency-up-to-12-54
#10
Zhenghui Luo, Haijun Bin, Tao Liu, Zhi-Guo Zhang, Yankang Yang, Cheng Zhong, Beibei Qiu, Guanghao Li, Wei Gao, Dongjun Xie, Kailong Wu, Yanming Sun, Feng Liu, Yongfang Li, Chuluo Yang
A novel small molecule acceptor MeIC with a methylated end-capping group is developed. Compared to unmethylated counterparts (ITCPTC), MeIC exhibits a higher lowest unoccupied molecular orbital (LUMO) level value, tighter molecular packing, better crystallites quality, and stronger absorption in the range of 520-740 nm. The MeIC-based polymer solar cells (PSCs) with J71 as donor, achieve high power conversion efficiency (PCE), up to 12.54% with a short-circuit current (JSC ) of 18.41 mA cm-2 , significantly higher than that of the device based on J71:ITCPTC (11...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334152/dynamic-coordination-of-eu-iminodiacetate-to-control-fluorochromic-response-of-polymer-hydrogels-to-multistimuli
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Gengsheng Weng, Srinivas Thanneeru, Jie He
New fluorochromic materials that reversibly change their emission properties in response to their environment are of interest for the development of sensors and light-emitting materials. A new design of Eu-containing polymer hydrogels showing fast self-healing and tunable fluorochromic properties in response to five different stimuli, including pH, temperature, metal ions, sonication, and force, is reported. The polymer hydrogels are fabricated using Eu-iminodiacetate (IDA) coordination in a hydrophilic poly(N,N-dimethylacrylamide) matrix...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334135/liquid-letters
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Shaowei Shi, Xubo Liu, Yanan Li, Xuefei Wu, Dong Wang, Joe Forth, Thomas P Russell
Using the interfacial jamming of cellulose nanocrystal (CNC) surfactants, a new concept, termed all-liquid molding, is introduced to produce all-liquid objects that retain the shape and details of the mold with high fidelity, yet remain all liquid and are responsive to external stimuli. This simple process, where the viscosity of the CNC dispersion can range from that of water to a crosslinked gel, opens tremendous opportunities for encapsulation, delivery systems, and unique microfluidic devices. The process described is generally applicable to any functionalized nanoparticles dispersed in one liquid and polymer ligands having complementary functionality dissolved in a second immiscible liquid...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334097/artificial-light-harvesting-supramolecular-polymeric-nanoparticles-formed-by-pillar-5-arene-based-host-guest-interaction
#13
Cai-Li Sun, Hui-Qing Peng, Li-Ya Niu, Yu-Zhe Chen, Li-Zhu Wu, Chen-Ho Tung, Qing-Zheng Yang
Artificial light-harvesting nanoparticles were prepared from supramolecular polymers comprised of pillar[5]arene with anthracene-derived donors and acceptors through host-guest interactions. The resulting water-dispersible nanoparticles displayed efficient energy transfer and excellent light harvesting ability in part because the steric bulk of pillar[5]arene suppressed the self-quenching of the chromophores.
January 15, 2018: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334019/chemical-stabilization-of-polymers-implications-for-dermal-exposure-to-additives
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N Bartsch, M Girard, L Schneider, V Van De Weijgert, A Wilde, O Kappenstein, B Vieth, C Hutzler, A Luch
Technical benefits of additives in polymers stand in marked contrast to their associated health risks. Here, a multi-analyte method based on gas chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry (GC-MS/MS) was developed to quantify polymer additives in complex matrices such as low-density polyethylene (LDPE) and isolated human skin layers after dermal exposure ex vivo. That way both technical aspects and dermal exposure were investigated. The effects of polymer additivation on the material were studied using the example of LDPE...
January 15, 2018: Journal of Environmental Science and Health. Part A, Toxic/hazardous Substances & Environmental Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333859/chromatographic-separation-and-visual-detection-on-wicking-microfluidic-devices-quantitation-of-cu2-in-surface-ground-and-drinking-water
#15
Gayan C Bandara, Christopher Heist, Vincent T Remcho
Copper is widely applied in industrial and technological applications, and is an essential micro nutrient for humans and animals. However, exposure to high environmental levels of copper, especially through drinking water, can lead to copper toxicity, resulting in severe acute and chronic health effects. Therefore, regular monitoring of aqueous copper ions has become necessary as recent anthropogenic activities have led to elevated environmental concentrations of copper. On-site monitoring processes require an inexpensive, simple, and portable analytical approach capable of generating reliable qualitative and quantitative data efficiently...
January 15, 2018: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333852/synthesis-of-mip-nanoparticles-for-%C3%AE-casein-detection-using-spr-as-a-milk-allergen-sensor
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Jon Ashley, Yunus Shukor, Roberta D'Aurelio, Linda Trinh, Thomas Lawrence Rodgers, Jeff Temblay, Mike Pleasants, Ibtisam E Tothill
Food recalls due to undeclared allergens or contamination are costly to the food manufacturing industry worldwide. As the industry strives for better manufacturing efficiencies over a diverse range of food products, there is a need for the development of new analytical techniques to improve monitoring the presence of unintended food allergens during the food manufacturing process. In particular, the monitoring of wash samples from cleaning in place systems (CIP), used in the cleaning of food processing equipment, would allow for the effective removal of allergen containing ingredients in between food batches...
January 15, 2018: ACS Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333848/highly-stable-and-luminescent-perovskite-polymer-composites-from-a-convenient-and-universal-strategy
#17
Yumeng Xin, Hongjie Zhao, Jiuyang Zhang
Extensive attention has been received in recent years for perovskite-polymer composites due to their combination of properties from polymers and perovskites. In this work, a convenient and universal strategy is reported to prepare cesium lead bromide (CsPbBr3) or organolead halide CH3NH3PbBr3 polymer composites. This technique integrates the formation of perovskite crystals and polymer matrix in a one-pot reaction, avoiding the tedious separation and preparation of perovskites. The method is universal for most of commercially available monomers and polymers, which has been verified in this report by poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), poly(butyl methacrylate) (PBMA) and polystyrene (PS)...
January 15, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333763/polymer-passivated-inorganic-cesium-lead-mixed-halide-perovskites-for-stable-and-efficient-solar-cells-with-high-open-circuit-voltage-over-1-3-v
#18
Qingsen Zeng, Xiaoyu Zhang, Xiaolei Feng, Siyu Lu, Zhaolai Chen, Xue Yong, Simon A T Redfern, Haotong Wei, Haiyu Wang, Huaizhong Shen, Wei Zhang, Weitao Zheng, Hao Zhang, John S Tse, Bai Yang
Cesium-based trihalide perovskites have been demonstrated as promising light absorbers for photovoltaic applications due to their superb composition stability. However, the large energy losses (Eloss ) observed in inorganic perovskite solar cells has become a major hindrance impairing the ultimate efficiency. Here, an effective and reproducible method of modifying the interface between a CsPbI2 Br absorber and polythiophene hole-acceptor to minimize the Eloss is reported. It is demonstrated that polythiophene, deposited on the top of CsPbI2 Br, can significantly reduce electron-hole recombination within the perovskite, which is due to the electronic passivation of surface defect states...
January 15, 2018: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333750/hydroperoxide-traces-in-common-cyclic-ethers-as-initiators-for-controlled-raft-polymerizations
#19
Steffen Eggers, Volker Abetz
Herein, a reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization is introduced for reactive monomers like N-acryloylpyrrolidine or N,N-dimethylacrylamide working without a conventional radical initiator. As a very straightforward proof of principle, the method takes advantage of the usually inconvenient radical-generating hydroperoxide contaminations in cyclic ethers like tetrahydrofuran or 1,4-dioxane, which are very common solvents in polymer sciences. The polymerizations are surprisingly well controlled and the polymers can be extended with a second block, indicating their high livingness...
January 15, 2018: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333747/rapid-regioselective-living-ring-opening-metathesis-polymerization-of-bio-derivable-asymmetric-tricyclic-oxanorbornenes
#20
Mohamed Naguib, Tara L Schiller, Daniel J Keddie
The synthesis of a range of alkyl esters (methyl, n-butyl, and n-decyl) prepared via Steglich esterification of the thermodynamically controlled exo, exo Diels-Alder adduct of furfuryl alcohol and maleic anhydride is reported. Subsequent ring-opening metathesis polymerization of these bio-derivable tricyclic oxanorbornene analogs delivers polymers with targeted molar mass and low molar mass dispersity. The polymerizations are rapid with complete monomer conversion achieved within 15 min. Significantly, the presence of the cyclic lactone at the bridgehead of these monomers leads to polymers with high regioregularity (>85% head-to-tail) and high stereoregularity (>75% trans)...
January 15, 2018: Macromolecular Rapid Communications
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