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Chiu-Yen Wang, Yu-Chen Hong, Zong-Jie Ko, Ya-Wen Su, Jin-Hua Huang
In this study, defect-free zinc blende GaAs nanowires on Si (111) by molecular beam epitaxy (MBE) growth are systematically studied through Au-assisted vapor-liquid-solid (VLS) method. The morphology, density, and crystal structure of GaAs nanowires were investigated as a function of substrate temperature, growth time, and As/Ga flux ratio during MBE growth, as well as the thickness, annealing time, and annealing temperature of Au film using scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffraction (XRD), cathodoluminescence (CL), and Raman spectroscopy...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
Xiaojing Huang, Weihe Xu, Evgeny Nazaretski, Nathalie Bouet, Juan Zhou, Yong S Chu, Hanfei Yan
We report scanning hard x-ray imaging with a monolithic focusing optic consisting of two multilayer Laue lenses (MLLs) bonded together. With optics pre-characterization and accurate control of the bonding process, we show that a common focal plane for both MLLs can be realized at 9.317 keV. Using bonded MLLs, we obtained a scanning transmission image of a star test pattern with a resolution of 50 × 50 nm<sup>2</sup>. By applying a ptychography algorithm, we obtained a probe size of 17 × 38 nm<sup>2</sup> and an object image with a resolution of 13 × 13 nm<sup>2</sup>...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
Makoto Hirose, Kei Shimomura, Nicolas Burdet, Yukio Takahashi
Coherent diffraction imaging (CDI) is a method for reconstructing the complex-valued image of an object from diffraction intensities by using iterative phasing methods. X-ray ptychography is a scanning type of CDI using X-rays, allowing us to visualize the complex transmission function of an extended specimen. We here propose the use of the Kramers-Kronig relation (KKR) as an additional constraint in phase retrieval algorithms for multiple-energy X-ray ptychography using the absorption edge of a specific element...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
Zaifa Yang, Denghui Xu, Jiayue Sun
A series of Ba<sub>3</sub>Lu(PO<sub>4</sub>)<sub>3</sub>:Sm<sup>3+</sup> phosphors were prepared by traditional high temperature solid-state reaction methods. The site-preferred occupancy of Sm<sup>3+</sup> in Ba<sub>3</sub>Lu(PO<sub>4</sub>)<sub>3</sub> and the luminescence properties of Ba<sub>3</sub>Lu(PO<sub>4</sub>)<sub>3</sub>:Sm<sup>3+</sup> were studied combined with X-ray diffraction, photoluminescence excitation (PLE) spectra, and emission (PL) spectra as well as temperature-dependent PL and decay curves...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
Bo Meng, Wenxiang Cong, Yan Xi, Bruno De Man, Jian Yang, Ge Wang
Contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CECT) helps enhance the visibility for tumor imaging. When a high-Z contrast agent interacts with X-rays across its K-edge, X-ray photoelectric absorption would experience a sudden increment, resulting in a significant difference of the X-ray transmission intensity between the left and right energy windows of the K-edge. Using photon-counting detectors, the X-ray intensity data in the left and right windows of the K-edge can be measured simultaneously. The differential information of the two kinds of intensity data reflects the contrast-agent concentration distribution...
April 17, 2017: Optics Express
Shafiullah Khan, Wang Runguo, Kamran Tahir, Zhang Jichuan, Liqun Zhang
A simple, green method is described for the synthesis of Gold (Au) nanoparticles (NPs) using Cotoneaster horizontalis extract as a phyto-reducer and capping agent with superior photo inhibition activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Different from the other methods used elevated temperatures for nanoparticles synthesis, the novelty of our method lies in its energy saving process and fast synthesis rates (~5min for AuNPs), and its potential to tune the nanoparticles size and afterward their catalytic activity...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology. B, Biology
Yujiao Guo, Kuixin Cui, Mingyi Hu, Shengming Jin
The wire-like Fe(3+)-doped (BiO)2CO3 photocatalyst was synthesized by a hydrothermal method. The photocatalytic property of Fe(3+)-doped (BiO)2CO3 nanowires was evaluated through degradation of sodium isopropyl xanthate under UV-visible light irradiation. The as-prepared Fe(3+)-doped (BiO)2CO3 nanowires were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscope (SEM), UV-visible diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (UV-vis DRS), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) in detail...
April 17, 2017: Chemosphere
Ali Akbar Bazrafshan, Mehrorang Ghaedi, Shaaker Hajati, Reza Naghiha, Arash Asfaram
Undoped and Au-doped ZnO-nanorods were synthesized in the presence of ultrasound and loaded on activated carbon following characterization by X-ray diffraction (XRD), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmittance electron microscopy (TEM), UV-vis spectrophotometry and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The Au-doped ZnO-nanorod-loaded activated carbon (Au-ZnO-NRs-AC) was used for the simultaneous removal of methylene blue (MB) and auramine O (AO) from aqueous solutions. Central composite design (CCD) under response surface methodology (RSM) was applied to model and optimize the dyes removal versus adsorbent mass, pH, and initial dyes concentration and sonication time as well as to investigate the possible interaction between these variables...
April 21, 2017: Ecotoxicology and Environmental Safety
Kokulnathan Thangavelu, Nehru Raja, Shen-Ming Chen, Wei-Cheng Liao
Amalgamation of noble metal nanomaterials on graphene flakes potentially paves one way to improve their physicochemical properties. This paper deals with the simultaneous electrochemical deposition of gold and palladium nanoparticles on graphene flakes (Au/PdNPs-GRF) for the sensitive determination of caffeic acid (CA). The physiochemical properties of the prepared Au/PdNPs-GRF was characterized by using numerous analytical techniques such as scanning electron microscopy, electron dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray powder diffraction, Raman spectroscopy and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy...
April 13, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
Bahattin Gullu, Yusuf Kagan Kadioglu
Tourmaline defines a group of complex borosilicate forms as accessory mineral in igneous and metamorphic rocks and they act an important role in the interpretation of the chemical composition changes of the composition of the host fluid of the magma. The variety of tourmaline can be identified by using optical microscopy, X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) and by determining its chemical composition through Polarized Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (PED-XRF) methods. However, microscopic investigations and XRD analyses are not quite adequate for detailed determination of tourmaline sub-groups...
April 19, 2017: Spectrochimica Acta. Part A, Molecular and Biomolecular Spectroscopy
Ziling Peng, Chunmei Xiong, Wei Wang, Fatang Tan, Yang Xu, Xinyun Wang, Xueliang Qiao
In this study, a highly stable nanoscale zero-valent iron composite (HS-NZVI) was obtained via modifying nanoscale zero-valent iron (NZVI) with tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS) and hexadecyltrimethoxysilane (HDTMOS), and used for Cr(VI) remediation in aqueous solution. The obtained HS-NZVI remained stable in water without being oxidized for over 12h. After four consecutive runs, the Cr(VI) removal efficiency of HS-NZVI maintained a value of more than 82%. Moreover, the Cr(VI) removal capacity per unit weight of NZVI in HS-NZVI reached 292...
April 21, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
Federica Gallocchio, Giancarlo Biancotto, Veronica Cibin, Carmen Losasso, Simone Belluco, Ruud Peters, Greet van Bemmel, Claudia Cascio, Stefan Weigel, Peter Tromp, Federica Gobbo, Salvatore Catania, Antonia Ricci
Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are of interest due to their antimicrobial activity and are seen as potential candidates to replace antibiotics in animal husbandry. A few studies have focused on this new application, but they lack any considerations about residual accumulation of AgNPs in edible animal tissues and animal products. In this research a 22-days in vivo study was carried out by oral administration of 20 nm spherical PVP coated AgNPs to hens. Six doses of approximately 1 mg kg-1 of AgNPs-PVP each were administered to animals throughout the experimentation...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry
Rosemberg F N Rodrigues, Leonardo R Almeida, Florisberto G Dos Santos, Paulo S Carvalho, Wanderson C de Souza, Kleber S Moreira, Gilberto L B de Aquino, Clodoaldo Valverde, Hamilton B Napolitano, Basílio Baseia
In this work we determine the linear and non-linear optical properties of a Fluoro-N-Acylhydrazide derivative (FBHZ), using a combined supermolecule approach and an iterative scheme of electrostatic polarization, where the atoms of neighbouring molecules are represented by point charges. Our results for non-linear optics (NLO) are comparable to those found experimentally, suggesting that FBHZ constitutes an attractive object for future studies and for use as an interesting material for third-order NLO applications...
2017: PloS One
Naobumi Hosogane, Kota Watanabe, Mitsuru Yagi, Shinjiro Kaneko, Yoshiaki Toyama, Morio Matsumoto
STUDY DESIGN: A prospective observational study. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate whether scoliosis is a risk factor for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in elderly patients. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Sagittal spinal deformities are reported to cause GERD, but its association with spinal deformity in the coronal plane is not well studied. METHODS: We examined 190 patients with spinal disorders (mean age 70.6±8.6 y) who underwent standing whole-spine x-rays in the coronal and sagittal planes...
May 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
Jun Qiao, Feng Zhu, Zhen Liu, Leilei Xu, Zezhang Zhu, Bangping Qian, Xu Sun, Qing Jiang, Yong Qiu
STUDY DESIGN: A retrospective radiographic study. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the reliability of using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to measure thoracic outlet parameters and whether supine MRI could supersede upright x-ray in measuring these parameters. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: On x-ray, overlapped soft and bony tissues make sternum contour invisible. Thus, measuring thoracic inlet (TI) alignment on x-ray may be inaccurate. MRI could clearly show anatomy around TI...
May 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
Venugopal K Menon, Naveen Tahasildar, Haroon M Pillay, Anbuselvam M
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective observational study. OBJECTIVE: To study axial plane deformation of the shoulder in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS) and try to correlate it with curve type and surgical correction. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: It is established that AIS is a 3-dimensional deformity. The rib hump is the most common manifestation of axial plane deformations; the least common manifestation seems to be upper trunk and shoulder rotation, which has been hitherto undescribed...
May 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
Ashish Chhaganlal Gandhi, Jauyn Grace Lin
Finite sized Ni/NiO nanoparticles (NPs) are prepared by oxidizing pure Ni-NPs in an ambient atmosphere with varying annealing time (t A). A synchrotron radiation x-ray diffraction technique was used to estimate the grain size, weight fraction and lattice parameters of Ni and NiO. The temperature (T) dependencies of effective g-factor and line-width of ferromagnetic resonance (FMR) spectra for a series of Ni/NiO NPs are determined. Three T-regions with different FMR behaviors T  >  200 K, 200  >  T  >  130 K and T  <  130 K are identified...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Physics. Condensed Matter: An Institute of Physics Journal
Jing Xiang, Yongjie Chen, Yupeng Wang, Shaofei Su, Xinyu Wang, Biao Xie, Qiuju Zhang, Meina Liu
BACKGROUND: The relationship between physical activity (PA) and bone health is well known, but the role of lean mass (LM) and fat mass (FM) in this relationship remains uncertain. Therefore, the aim of this study was to examine the mediating effect of LM and FM on the relationship between PA and bone mineral density (BMD) in postmenopausal women. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This cross-sectional study involved 282 postmenopausal women aged between 50 and 65 year, who were randomly selected from Hongqi community of Harbin City in China...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Women's Health
Joseph R Dynlacht, Joy Garrett, Rebecca Joel, Katharina Lane, Marc S Mendonca, Christie M Orschell
There continues to be a major effort in the United States to develop mitigators for the treatment of mass casualties that received high-intensity acute ionizing radiation exposures from the detonation of an improvised nuclear device during a radiological terrorist attack. The ideal countermeasure should be effective when administered after exposure, and over a wide range of absorbed doses. We have previously shown that the administration of a subcutaneous incision of a defined length, if administered within minutes after irradiation, protected young adult female C57BL/6 mice against radiation-induced lethality, and increased survival after total-body exposure to an LD50/30 X-ray dose from 50% to over 90%...
April 24, 2017: Radiation Research
Hiroki Ogawa, Yukihiro Nishikawa, Mikihito Takenaka, Akihiko Fujiwara, Yohei Nakanishi, Yoshinobu Tsujii, Masaki Takata, Toshiji Kanaya
Using grazing-incidence small-angle scattering (GISAXS) with computed tomography (CT), we have reconstructed the spatial distribution of a thin gold (Au) layer buried under a thin poly(styrene-b-2-vinylpyridine) (PS-b-P2VP) layer. Owing to the difference between total reflection angles of Au and PS-b-P2VP, the scattering profiles for Au nanoparticles and self-assembled nanostructures of PS-b-P2VP could be independently obtained by changing the X-ray angle of incidence. Reconstruction of scattering profiles allows to separately characterize spatial distributions in Au and PS-b-P2VP nanostructures...
April 24, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
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