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Lei Tao, Sreeprasad Theruvakkattil Sreenivasan, Rouzbeh Shahsavari
Improving heat transfer in hybrid nano/microelectronic systems is a challenge, mainly due to the high thermal boundary resistance (TBR) across the interface. Herein, we focus on gallium nitride (GaN)/diamond interface-as a model system with various high power, high temperature, and optoelectronic applications-and perform extensive reverse nonequilibrium molecular dynamics simulations, decoding the interplay between the pillar length, size, shape, hierarchy, density, arrangement, system size, and the interfacial heat transfer mechanisms to substantially reduce TBR in GaN-on-diamond devices...
January 11, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Dinesh Kumar Mishra, Neelam Balekar, Pradyumna Kumar Mishra
The promise of RNA interference (RNAi) technology in cancer therapeutics aims to deliver small interfering RNA (siRNA) for silencing of gene expression in cell type-specific pathway. However, the challenge for the delivery of stable siRNA is hindered by an immune-hostile tumor microenvironment and physiological barriers of the circulatory system. Therefore, the development and validation of safe, stable, and efficient nanoengineered delivery systems are highly essential for effective delivery of siRNA into cancer cells...
January 3, 2017: Drug Delivery and Translational Research
Pranjal Nautiyal, Benjamin Boesl, Arvind Agarwal
Graphene foam-based hierarchical polyimide composites with nanoengineered interface are fabricated in this study. Damping behavior of graphene foam is probed for the first time. Multiscale mechanisms contribute to highly impressive damping in graphene foam. Rippling, spring-like interlayer van der Waals interactions and flexing of graphene foam branches are believed to be responsible for damping at the intrinsic, interlayer and anatomical scales, respectively. Merely 1.5 wt% graphene foam addition to the polyimide matrix leads to as high as ≈300% improvement in loss tangent...
December 27, 2016: Small
Aashir Waleed, Mohammad Mahdi Tavakoli, Leilei Gu, Ziyi Wang, Daquan Zhang, Arumugam Manikandan, Qianpeng Zhang, Rongjun Zhang, Yu-Lun Chueh, Zhiyong Fan
Organometal halide perovskite materials have triggered enormous attention for a wide range of high-performance optoelectronic devices. However, their stability and toxicity are major bottleneck challenges for practical applications. Substituting toxic heavy metal, that is, lead (Pb), with other environmentally benign elements, for example, tin (Sn), could be a potential solution to address the toxicity issue. Nevertheless, even worse stability of Sn-based perovskite material than Pb-based perovskite poses a great challenge for further device fabrication...
December 30, 2016: Nano Letters
Xiaoda Sun, Konrad Rykaczewski
Inhibition of frost formation is important for increasing efficiency of refrigeration systems and heat exchangers, as well as for preventing the rapid icing over of water-repellant coatings that are designed to prevent accumulation of rime and glaze. From a thermodynamic point of view, this task can be achieved by either increasing hydrophobicity of the surface or decreasing the concentration of water vapor above it. The first approach has been studied in depth, but so far has not yielded a robust solution to the problem of frost formation...
December 29, 2016: ACS Nano
Shu J Lam, Edgar H H Wong, Neil M O'Brien-Simpson, Namfon Pantarat, Anton Blencowe, Eric C Reynolds, Greg G Qiao
'Structurally nanoengineered antimicrobial peptide polymers' (SNAPPs), in the form of star-shaped peptide polymer nanoparticles, have been recently demonstrated as a new class of antimicrobial agents with superior in vitro and in vivo efficacy against Gram-negative pathogens, including multidrug-resistant species. Herein, we present a detailed bionano interaction study on SNAPPs by assessing their antimicrobial activities against several Gram-negative bacteria in complex biological matrices. Simulated body fluid and animal serum were used as test media to reveal factors that influence the antimicrobial efficacy of SNAPPs...
December 14, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Jolly Xavier, Jürgen Probst, Christiane Becker
Exotic manipulation of the flow of photons in nanoengineered materials with an aperiodic distribution of nanostructures plays a key role in efficiency-enhanced broadband photonic and plasmonic technologies for spectrally tailorable integrated biosensing, nanostructured thin film solarcells, white light emitting diodes, novel plasmonic ensembles etc. Through a generic deterministic nanotechnological route here we show subwavelength-scale silicon (Si) nanostructures on nanoimprinted glass substrate in large area (4 cm(2)) with advanced functional features of aperiodic composite nanophotonic lattices...
December 12, 2016: Scientific Reports
Julia A Braunger, Mattias Björnmalm, Nathan A Isles, Jiwei Cui, Timothy M A Henderson, Andrea J O'Connor, Frank Caruso
The extracellular matrix (ECM) that surrounds cells in vivo represents a biological barrier for nanomaterials in biomedicine. Herein, we present a system for investigating the interactions between circulating polymer particles and ECM components in vitro using a commercially available flow-based device. We use this system to show how material-dependent interactions of two different particle types-one assembled using poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) and one prepared using poly(methacrylic acid) (PMA)-affect their interactions with basement membrane extracts during in vitro circulation, with PEG particles remaining in circulation longer than PMA particles...
December 9, 2016: Biomaterials Science
Alexander S Yersak, Ryan J Lewis, Li-Anne Liew, Rongfu Wen, Ronggui Yang, Yung-Cheng Lee
Two-phase liquid-cooling technologies incorporating micro/nanostructured copper or silicon surfaces have been established as a promising thermal management solution to keep up with the increasing power demands of high power electronics. However, the reliability of nanometer-scale features of copper and silicon in these devices has not been well investigated. In this work, accelerated corrosion testing reveals that copper nanowires are not immune to corrosion in deaerated pure hot water. To solve this problem, we investigate atomic layer deposition (ALD) TiO2 coatings grown at 150 and 175 °C...
November 30, 2016: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Sankalp A Gharat, Munira Momin, Chintan Bhavsar
Oral squamous cell carcinoma (OSCC) is the most common type of oral cancer; it involves damage to oral epithelial cells due to accumulation of multiple genetic mutations in the cells. OSCC remains major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with head and neck cancers. Tobacco, smoking, alcohol consumption alone or with chewing tobacco, and betel quid are potential carcinogens contributing to the high occurrence of OSCC. Current treatment modalities for OSCC like chemoradiotherapy, surgery, EGFR inhibitors and COX-2 inhibitors, and photodynamic therapy have led to the major problems related to non-specific cell death...
2016: Critical Reviews in Therapeutic Drug Carrier Systems
Ying Pan, Giulia Tagliabue, Hadi Eghlidi, Christian Höller, Susanne Dröscher, Guo Hong, Dimos Poulikakos
Light detection and quantification is fundamental to the functioning of a broad palette of technologies. While expensive avalanche photodiodes and superconducting bolometers are examples of detectors achieving single-photon sensitivity and time resolutions down to the picosecond range, thermoelectric-based photodetectors are much more affordable alternatives that can be used to measure substantially higher levels of light power (few kW/cm(2)). However, in thermoelectric detectors, achieving broadband or wavelength-selective performance with high sensitivity and good temporal resolution requires careful design of the absorbing element...
November 22, 2016: Scientific Reports
Thomas Vasileiou, Julia Gerber, Jana Prautzsch, Thomas M Schutzius, Dimos Poulikakos
Inspired by manifestations in nature, microengineering and nanoengineering of synthetic materials to achieve superhydrophobicity has been the focus of much work. Generally, hydrophobicity is enhanced through the combined effects of surface texturing and chemistry; being durable, rigid materials are the norm. However, many natural and technical surfaces are flexible, and the resulting effect on hydrophobicity has been largely ignored. Here, we show that the rational tuning of flexibility can work synergistically with the surface microtexture or nanotexture to enhance liquid repellency performance, characterized by impalement and breakup resistance, contact time reduction, and restitution coefficient increase...
November 22, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Jiao Shi, Kun Cai, Qing-Hua Qin
A conceptual design is presented for a nanoengine governor based on the end interfacial effect of two rotary nanotubes. The governor contains a thermal-driven rotary nanomotor made from double-walled carbon nanotubes (DWCNTs) and a coaxially laid out rotary nanotube near one end of the nanomotor rotor. The rotation of the rotor in the nanomotor can be controlled by two features. One is the stator (the outer tube of DWCNTs) which has some end atoms with inward radial deviation (IRD) on the stator. The other is the relative rotation of the neighboring rotary tube of the rotor...
November 9, 2016: Nanotechnology
Nü Wang, Yuan Gao, Yun-Xiao Wang, Kai Liu, Weihong Lai, Yemin Hu, Yong Zhao, Shu-Lei Chou, Lei Jiang
Nanoengineering of electrode materials can directly facilitate sodium ion accessibility and transport, thus enhancing electrochemical performance in sodium ion batteries. Here, highly sodium-accessible carbon coated nanoporous TiO2 microfibers have been synthesised via the facile electrospinning technique which can deliver an enhanced capacity of ≈167 mAh g(-1) after 450 cycles at current density of 50 mA g(-1) and retain a capacity of ≈71 mAh g(-1) at the high current rate of 1 A g(-1). With the benefits of their porous structure, thin TiO2 inner walls, and the introduction of conductive carbon, the nanoporous TiO2/C microfibers exhibit high ion accessibility, fast Na ion transport, and fast electron transport, thereby leading to the excellent Na-storage properties presented here...
August 2016: Advanced Science (Weinheim, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany)
Andrew K Wise, Justin Tan, Yajun Wang, Frank Caruso, Robert K Shepherd
Cochlear implants electrically stimulate spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) in order to provide speech cues to severe-profoundly deaf patients. In normal hearing cochleae the SGNs depend on endogenous neurotrophins secreted by sensory cells in the organ of Corti for survival. SGNs gradually degenerate following deafness and consequently there is considerable interest in developing clinically relevant strategies to provide exogenous neurotrophins to preserve SGN survival. The present study investigated the safety and efficacy of a drug delivery system for the cochlea using nanoengineered silica supraparticles...
2016: PloS One
Dongliang Chao, Pei Liang, Zhen Chen, Linyi Bai, He Shen, Xiaoxu Liu, Xinhui Xia, Yanli Zhao, Serguei V Savilov, Jianyi Lin, Ze Xiang Shen
The abundant reserve and low cost of sodium have provoked tremendous evolution of Na-ion batteries (SIBs) in the past few years, but their performances are still limited by either the specific capacity or rate capability. Attempts to pursue high rate ability with maintained high capacity in a single electrode remains even more challenging. Here, an elaborate self-branched 2D SnS2 (B-SnS2) nanoarray electrode is designed by a facile hot bath method for Na storage. This interesting electrode exhibits areal reversible capacity of ca...
November 22, 2016: ACS Nano
Chuanrui Chen, Fangzhi Mou, Leilei Xu, Shaofei Wang, Jianguo Guan, Zunpeng Feng, Quanwei Wang, Lei Kong, Wei Li, Joseph Wang, Qingjie Zhang
Intelligent photoresponsive isotropic semiconductor micromotors are developed by taking advantage of the limited penetration depth of light to induce asymmetrical surface chemical reactions. Independent of the Brownian motion of themselves, the as-proposed isotropic micromotors are able to continuously move with both motion direction and speed just controlled by light, as well as precisely manipulate particles for nanoengineering.
October 17, 2016: Advanced Materials
Christopher F Adams, Andrew W Dickson, Jan-Herman Kuiper, Divya M Chari
Tissue engineering studies are witnessing a major paradigm shift to cell culture on biomimetic materials that replicate native tissue features from which the cells are derived. Few studies have been performed in this regard for neural cells, particularly in nanomedicine. For example, platforms such as magnetic nanoparticles (MNPs) have proven efficient as multifunctional tools for cell tracking and genetic engineering of neural transplant populations. However, as far as we are aware, all current studies have been conducted using neural cells propagated on non-neuromimetic substrates that fail to represent the mechano-elastic properties of brain and spinal cord microenvironments...
October 6, 2016: Nanoscale
Pere R Ramel, Edmund D Co, Nuria C Acevedo, Alejandro G Marangoni
In this review, recent advances in the characterization of the nanoscale structure of fat crystal networks are outlined. The effect of different factors on the properties of crystalline nanoplatelets (CNPs) is comprehensively described. These are discussed together with the observed changes in polymorphism and micro- or mesostructural properties so as to have a complete understanding of the influence of different internal and external factors on the material properties of fats. The relationship between the nanostructure and the material properties of fats (i...
October 1, 2016: Progress in Lipid Research
Rowan K Leary, Anjli Kumar, Patrick J Straney, Sean M Collins, Sadegh Yazdi, Rafal E Dunin-Borkowski, Paul A Midgley, Jill E Millstone, Emilie Ringe
Catalytic and optical properties can be coupled by combining different metals into nanoscale architectures in which both the shape and the composition provide fine-tuning of functionality. Here, discrete, small Pt nanoparticles (diameter = 3-6 nm) were grown in linear arrays on Au nanoprisms, and the resulting structures are shown to retain strong localized surface plasmon resonances. Multidimensional electron microscopy and spectroscopy techniques (energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, electron tomography, and electron energy-loss spectroscopy) were used to unravel their local composition, three-dimensional morphology, growth patterns, and optical properties...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Physical Chemistry. C, Nanomaterials and Interfaces
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