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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646521/enhancing-perovskite-electrocatalysis-of-solid-oxide-cells-through-controlled-growth-of-nanoparticles
#1
Bin Hua, Meng Li, Yi-Fei Sun, Jian-Hui Li, Jing-Li Luo
Perovskite oxides have received a great deal of attentions as promising electrodes in both solid oxide fuel cells (SOFCs) and solid oxide electrolyzer cells (SOECs) because of their reasonable reactivity, impurity tolerance, tunable property, etc. Particular explorations are still required for advancing the perovskite electrodes, which normally suffer from slow kinetics in electrocatalysis. In the past decades, several experimental studies have developed new classes of perovskites with advanced characteristics and electrode kinetics at technical levels...
June 24, 2017: ChemSusChem
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644821/zirconium-oxocluster-polymer-hybrid-nanoparticles-prepared-by-photoactivated-miniemulsion-copolymerization
#2
Cesare Benedetti, Paraskevi Flouda, Alice Antonello, Christine Rosenauer, Francisco F Perez-Pla, Katharina Landfester, Silvia Gross, Rafael Munoz-Espi
Photoactivated free radical miniemulsion copolymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA) and the zirconium oxocluster Zr4O2(methacrylate)12 is used as an effective and fast preparation method of polymer/inorganic hybrid nanoparticles. The oxoclusters, covalently anchored to the polymer network, act as metal-organic cross-linkers, thus improving the thermomechanical properties of the resulting hybrid nanoparticles. Benzoin carbonyl organic compounds were used as photoinitiators. The obtained materials are compared in terms of cross-linking, effectiveness of cluster incorporation, and size distribution with the analogous nanoparticles produced by using conventional thermally-induced free radical miniemulsion copolymerization...
June 23, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644818/fabrication-and-optical-properties-of-nanostructured-plasmonic-al2o3-au-al2o3-al2o3-metamaterials
#3
Hicham Bakkali, Eduardo Blanco, Manuel Dominguez, Jose S Garitaonandia
Discontinuous multilayer (DML) thin films, which consist of nano-granular metals (NGMs) embedded in a dielectric matrix, have attracted significant interest as engineered plasmonic metamaterials. In this study, a systematic layer-by-layer deposition of three-dimensional sub-wavelength periodic plasmonic DML structures via the radio frequency sputtering of a composite target has been reported. The overall optical response of the DML films composed of AuAl2O3 NGM homogenous layers, which are periodically sandwiched between two amorphous Al2O3 layers, are studied using reflection spectroscopic ellipsometry and transmission spectroscopy techniques...
June 23, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642951/intermix-of-metal-nanoparticles-single-wall-carbon-nanotubes
#4
Feng Xu, Qin Lu, Lin Ye, S C Edman Tsang
Using physical mixtures of Pd/SWNTs (Pd nanoparticles on single-walled carbon nanotubes) and Pt/SWNTs, the composites show electro-catalytic properties comparable to the corresponding alloys: electron exchange readily occurs between the two metal nanoparticles via SWNT support at long ranges without direct atomic contact, which is responsible for the tunable alloy-like properties.
June 23, 2017: Chemical Communications: Chem Comm
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641964/metal-nanoparticles-in-dermatology-and-cosmetology-interactions-with-human-skin-cells
#5
REVIEW
Karolina Niska, Ewelina Zielinska, Marek Witold Radomski, Iwona Inkielewicz-Stepniak
Nanotechnology is a rapidly developing branch of science, which studies control of phenomena and materials sized below 100 nm. Nanotechnology is applicable in many areas of life and medicine including skin care and personal hygiene. The nanoparticles (NPs) of metals and metal oxides are increasingly used in dermatology and cosmetology, especially in prevention and treatment of bacterial and fungal infections, in protection against the harmful effects of the sun and in preparations reducing the visibility of scars by accelerating the repair processes of skin cells...
June 19, 2017: Chemico-biological Interactions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641018/three-dimensional-imaging-of-transparent-tissues-via-metal-nanoparticle-labeling
#6
Abdullah Muhammad Syed, Shrey Sindhwani, Stefan Wilhelm, Benjamin R Kingston, Dennis S W Lee, Jennifer L Gommerman, Warren C W Chan
Chemical probes are key components of the bioimaging toolbox as they label biomolecules in cells and tissues. The new challenge in bioimaging is to design chemical probes for 3-Dimensional (3D) tissue imaging. Here, we discovered that the scattering of metal nanoparticles can provide imaging contrast in intact tissues in 3D. The nanoparticles can act as a template for chemically growing a metal layer to further enhance the scattering signal. The use of chemically-grown nanoparticles in whole tissues can amplify the scattering to produce a 1...
June 22, 2017: Journal of the American Chemical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640625/dust-effects-on-nucleation-kinetics-and-nanoparticle-product-size-distributions-illustrative-case-study-of-a-prototype-ir-0-n-transition-metal-nanoparticle-formation-system
#7
Saim Özkar, Richard G Finke
The question is addressed if dust is kinetically important in the nucleation and growth of Ir(0)n nanoparticles formed from [Bu4N]5Na3(1,5-COD)Ir(I)·P2W15Nb3O62 (hereafter [(COD)Ir·POM](8-)), reduced by H2 in propylene carbonate solvent. Following a concise review of the (often-neglected) literature addressing dust in nucleation phenomena dating back to the late 1800s, the nucleation and growth kinetics of the [(COD)Ir·POM](8-) precatalyst system are examined for the effects of 0.2 μm microfiltration of the solvent and precatalyst solution, of rinsing the glassware with that microfiltered solvent, of silanizing the glass reaction vessel, for the addition of <0...
June 22, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640304/addressing-the-characterisation-challenge-to-understand-catalysis-in-mofs-the-case-of-nanoscale-cu-supported-in-nu-1000
#8
Ana E Platero-Prats, Zhanyong Li, Leighanne C Gallington, Aaron W Peters, Joseph T Hupp, Omar K Farha, Karena W Chapman
We explore the dynamic structure and reactivity of Cu species supported on NU-1000. By combining pair distribution function (PDF) analysis and difference envelope density (DED) analysis of in situ synchrotron-based X-ray scattering data, we simultaneously probe the local structure of supported Cu-species, their distribution within NU-1000 and distortions of the NU-1000 lattice under conditions relevant to catalysis and catalyst activation. These analyses show that atomic layer deposition (ALD) of Cu in NU-1000 (Cu-AIM) leads to the formation of Cu-oxo clusters within the small pores that connect the triangular and hexagonal channels...
June 22, 2017: Faraday Discussions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639851/activated-carbon-of-babassu-coconut-impregnated-with-copper-nanoparticles-by-green-synthesis-for-the-removal-of-nitrate-in-aqueous-solution
#9
Rebecca Manesco Paixão, Isabela Maria Reck, Rosângela Bergamasco, Marcelo Fernandes Vieira, Angélica Marquetotti Salcedo Vieira
The present study was conducted to impregnate the surface of a carbon of vegetable origin with copper nanoparticles using the green synthesis method with the aqueous extract of Hibiscus sabdariffa flowers, rich in phenolic compounds, which are responsible for the reduction and impregnation of metal nanoparticles. Batch adsorption assays were conducted aimed at nitrate removal with pure (GAC) and impregnated (IGAC) carbon, for comparative purposes. It was found that impregnation increases the efficiency of the carbon by 4 times in terms of the maximum adsorption capacity, which was 10...
June 22, 2017: Environmental Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639677/detection-of-single-metal-nanoparticle-collision-events-in-non-aqueous-media
#10
Benjamin H Meekins
In this work, the detection of metal nanoparticle collision events in a non-aqueous solvent-here, toluene and acetonitrile-using gold nanoparticles and a platinum ultramicroelectrode (UME) is reported. The collisions were monitored by the oxidation of tri-n-propylamine (TPrA) under diffusion-dominated conditions. Based on the current response, it was observed that the current steps were indicative of a mediated Faradaic reaction. Current steps as small as 1-2 pA could be clearly observed. Larger current steps were caused by agglomeration of the nanoparticles attributed to the polarity of the mixed solvent...
June 22, 2017: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639669/plasmon-enhanced-fluorescence-spectroscopy
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REVIEW
Jian-Feng Li, Chao-Yu Li, Ricardo F Aroca
Fluorescence spectroscopy with strong emitters is a remarkable tool with ultra-high sensitivity for detection and imaging down to the single-molecule level. Plasmon-enhanced fluorescence (PEF) not only offers enhanced emissions and decreased lifetimes, but also allows an expansion of the field of fluorescence by incorporating weak quantum emitters, avoiding photobleaching and providing the opportunity of imaging with resolutions significantly better than the diffraction limit. It also opens the window to a new class of photostable probes by combining metal nanostructures and quantum emitters...
June 22, 2017: Chemical Society Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639621/electronic-metal-support-interaction-enhanced-oxygen-reduction-activity-and-stability-of-boron-carbide-supported-platinum
#12
Colleen Jackson, Graham T Smith, David W Inwood, Andrew S Leach, Penny S Whalley, Mauro Callisti, Tomas Polcar, Andrea E Russell, Pieter Levecque, Denis Kramer
Catalysing the reduction of oxygen in acidic media is a standing challenge. Although activity of platinum, the most active metal, can be substantially improved by alloying, alloy stability remains a concern. Here we report that platinum nanoparticles supported on graphite-rich boron carbide show a 50-100% increase in activity in acidic media and improved cycle stability compared to commercial carbon supported platinum nanoparticles. Transmission electron microscopy and x-ray absorption fine structure analysis confirm similar platinum nanoparticle shapes, sizes, lattice parameters, and cluster packing on both supports, while x-ray photoelectron and absorption spectroscopy demonstrate a change in electronic structure...
June 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639380/bilayer-pbs-quantum-dots-for-high-performance-photodetectors
#13
Zhenwei Ren, Jiankun Sun, Hui Li, Peng Mao, Yuanzhi Wei, Xinhua Zhong, Jinsong Hu, Shiyong Yang, Jizheng Wang
Due to their wide tunable bandgaps, high absorption coefficients, easy solution processabilities, and high stabilities in air, lead sulfide (PbS) quantum dots (QDs) are increasingly regarded as promising material candidates for next-generation light, low-cost, and flexible photodetectors. Current single-layer PbS-QD photodetectors suffer from shortcomings of large dark currents, low on-off ratios, and slow light responses. Integration with metal nanoparticles, organics, and high-conducting graphene/nanotube to form hybrid PbS-QD devices are proved capable of enhancing photoresponsivity; but these approaches always bring in other problems that can severely hamper the improvement of the overall device performance...
June 22, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638073/plasmon-induced-selective-carbon-dioxide-conversion-on-earth-abundant-aluminum-cuprous-oxide-antenna-reactor-nanoparticles
#14
Hossein Robatjazi, Hangqi Zhao, Dayne F Swearer, Nathaniel J Hogan, Linan Zhou, Alessandro Alabastri, Michael J McClain, Peter Nordlander, Naomi J Halas
The rational combination of plasmonic nanoantennas with active transition metal-based catalysts, known as 'antenna-reactor' nanostructures, holds promise to expand the scope of chemical reactions possible with plasmonic photocatalysis. Here, we report earth-abundant embedded aluminum in cuprous oxide antenna-reactor heterostructures that operate more effectively and selectively for the reverse water-gas shift reaction under milder illumination than in conventional thermal conditions. Through rigorous comparison of the spatial temperature profile, optical absorption, and integrated electric field enhancement of the catalyst, we have been able to distinguish between competing photothermal and hot-carrier driven mechanistic pathways...
June 21, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636321/copper-oxide-nanoparticles-induce-lysogenic-bacteriophage-and-metal-resistance-genes-in-pseudomonas-aeruginosa-pao1
#15
Jianhua Guo, Shu-Hong Gao, Ji Lu, Philip L Bond, Willy Verstraete, Zhiguo Yuan
The intensive use of metal-based nanoparticles results in their continuous release into the environment, leading to potential risks for human health and microbial ecosystems. Although previous studies have indicated that nanoparticles may be toxic to microorganisms, there is a scarcity of data available to assess the underlying molecular mechanisms of inhibitory and biocidal effects of nanoparticles on microorganisms. This study used physiological experiments, microscopy, Live/Dead staining and the genome-wide RNA sequencing to investigate the multiple responses of Pseudomonas aeruginosa to the exposure of copper oxide nanoparticles (CuO NPs)...
June 21, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636112/fluorescent-carbon-nanoparticles-obtained-from-charcoal-via-green-methods-and-their-application-for-sensing-fe-3-in-an-aqueous-medium
#16
Rajesh Patidar, Babulal Rebary, Dhruti A Sanghani, Gopala Ram Bhadu, Parimal Paul
Two green methods (microwave and hydrothermal) were employed for the preparation of water dispersible fluorescent carbon nanoparticles (CNPs) from activated charcoal. Microwave and hydrothermally synthesized carbon nanoparticles, (MW-CNPs) and (HT-CNPs), respectively were characterized by microscopic and spectroscopic techniques. A detailed study of their fluorescence characteristics was made. MW-CNPs and HT-CNPs were tested for metal ion selectivity in aqueous medium. MW-CNPs showed selectivity for Fe(3+) among the tested metal ions and important studies such as for interference, linear range and limit of detection were carried out...
June 21, 2017: Luminescence: the Journal of Biological and Chemical Luminescence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635285/triazole-triazine-functionalized-mesoporous-silica-as-a-hybrid-material-support-for-palladium-nanocatalyst
#17
Ali Saad, Christian Vard, Manef Abderrabba, Mohamed Mehdi Chehimi
Noble and precious metal catalysts are sought for their remarkable efficiency in catalyzing numerous reactions in heterogeneous phase. However, they are costly and request the development of high surface area supports that favor their strong immobilization, dispersion and stability. Towards this end, mesoporous silica-based materials can be regarded as unique supports for nanometric-sized noble metal catalysts provided they are functionalized with appropriate ligands. In this work, mesoporous silica SBA-15 was prepared and modified with 3-azidopropyltriethoxysilane then clicked with alkyne derivatives of 1,3,5-triazines complex ligand...
June 21, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635068/selective-growth-of-metal-free-metallic-and-semiconducting-single-wall-carbon-nanotubes
#18
Lili Zhang, Dong-Ming Sun, Peng-Xiang Hou, Chang Liu, Tianyuan Liu, Jianfeng Wen, Nujiang Tang, Jian Luan, Chao Shi, Jin-Cheng Li, Hong-Tao Cong, Hui-Ming Cheng
A major obstacle for the use of single-wall carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs) in electronic devices is their mixture of different types of electrical conductivity that strongly depends on their helical structure. The existence of metal impurities as a residue of a metallic growth catalyst may also lower the performance of SWCNT-based devices. Here, it is shown that by using silicon oxide (SiOx ) nanoparticles as a catalyst, metal-free semiconducting and metallic SWCNTs can be selectively synthesized by the chemical vapor deposition of ethanol...
June 21, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634499/three-input-gate-logic-circuits-on-chemically-assembled-single-electron-transistors-with-organic-and-inorganic-hybrid-passivation-layers
#19
Yutaka Majima, Guillaume Hackenberger, Yasuo Azuma, Shinya Kano, Kosuke Matsuzaki, Tomofumi Susaki, Masanori Sakamoto, Toshiharu Teranishi
Single-electron transistors (SETs) are sub-10-nm scale electronic devices based on conductive Coulomb islands sandwiched between double-barrier tunneling barriers. Chemically assembled SETs with alkanethiol-protected Au nanoparticles show highly stable Coulomb diamonds and two-input logic operations. The combination of bottom-up and top-down processes used to form the passivation layer is vital for realizing multi-gate chemically assembled SET circuits, as this combination enables us to connect conventional complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) technologies via planar processes...
2017: Science and Technology of Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633838/sonochemically-preparation-and-characterization-of-bimetallic-ni-co-al2o3-zro2-nanocatalyst-effects-of-ultrasound-irradiation-time-and-power-on-catalytic-properties-and-activity-in-dry-reforming-of-ch4
#20
Salar Mahboob, Mohammad Haghighi, Farhad Rahmani
The catalytic performance of nanostructured Ni-Co/Al2O3-ZrO2 catalysts, prepared by ultrasound-assisted impregnation method was examined in the dry reforming of methane. The effect of irradiation power and irradiation time have been studied by changing time (0, 20, 80min) and power of the sonication (30, 60, 90W) during the synthesis which resulted in different physiochemical properties of the nanocatalyst. The nanocatalysts were characterized by XRD, FESEM, PSD, EDX, TEM, TPR-H2, BET, FTIR and TG analyses...
September 2017: Ultrasonics Sonochemistry
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