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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535603/realizing-full-coverage-of-stable-perovskite-film-by-modified-anti-solvent-process
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Long Ji, Ting Zhang, Yafei Wang, Peng Zhang, Detao Liu, Zhi Chen, Shibin Li
Lead-free solution-processed solid-state photovoltaic devices based on formamidinium tin triiodide (FASnI3) and cesium tin triiodide (CsSnI3) perovskite semiconductor as the light harvester are reported. In this letter, we used solvent engineering and anti-solvent dripping method to fabricate perovskite films. SnCl2 was used as an inhibitor of Sn(4+) in FASnI3 precursor solution. We obtained the best films under the function of toluene or chlorobenzene in anti-solvent dripping method and monitored the oxidation of FASnI3 films in air...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534908/phase-evolution-of-lithium-intercalation-dynamics-in-2h-mos2
#2
Juan Xia, Jin Wang, Dongliang Chao, Zhen Chen, Zheng Liu, Jer-Lai Kuo, Jiaxu Yan, Ze Xiang Shen
Due to the easy intralayer gliding and weak interlayer van der Waals interaction in transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs), ion (particularly Li(+)) intercalation has been used to modify and tune their atomic structures to obtain the desired optical, electronic and chemical properties for future optoelectronics and energy storage applications. A good understanding of the transformative structures during intercalation is critical. In this paper, we investigate the structural transformation dynamics of 2H-MoS2 using electrochemical Li(+) intercalation for 2H-MoS2...
May 23, 2017: Nanoscale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533064/strategies-for-design-of-improved-biocatalysts-for-industrial-applications
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REVIEW
Aravind Madhavan, Raveendran Sindhu, Parameswaran Binod, Rajeev K Sukumaran, Ashok Pandey
Biocatalysts are creating increased interest among researchers due to their unique properties. Several enzymes are efficiently produced by microorganisms. However, the use of natural enzymes as biocatalysts is hindered by low catalytic efficiency and stability during various industrial processes. Many advanced enzyme technologies have been developed to reshape the existing natural enzymes to reduce these limitations and prospecting of novel enzymes. Frequently used enzyme technologies include protein engineering by directed evolution, immobilisation techniques, metagenomics etc...
May 8, 2017: Bioresource Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532072/new-bioactive-bone-like-microspheres-with-intrinsic-magnetic-properties-obtained-by-bio-inspired-mineralisation-process
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Tatiana Marisa Fernandes Patrício, Silvia Panseri, Monica Sandri, Anna Tampieri, Simone Sprio
A bio-inspired mineralisation process was investigated and applied to develop novel hybrid magnetic materials by heterogeneous nucleation of Fe(2+)/Fe(3+)-doped hydroxyapatite nanocrystals onto a biopolymeric matrix made of a Type I collagen-based recombinant peptide (RCP). The effect of the synthesis temperature on the phase composition, crystallinity and magnetic properties of the nucleated inorganic phase was studied. The as-obtained magnetic materials were then engineered, by using a water-in-oil emulsification process, into hybrid magnetic microspheres, which were stabilized by de-hydrothermal treatment yielding cross-linking of the macromolecular matrix...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532060/design-and-characterization-of-biodegradable-macroporous-hybrid-inorganic-organic-polymer-for-orthopedic-applications
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Sunita PremVictor, Jibin Kunnumpurathu, M G Gayathri Devi, K Remya, Vineeth M Vijayan, Jayabalan Muthu
We have engineered hybrid polymer products based on a hybrid inorganic-organic comacromer consisting of hydroxyapatite (HA), carboxyl terminated polypropylene fumarate (CTPPF), PEG300 and ascorbic acid (AA) as a bone graft material. The integration and the spatial distribution of HA in the polymer backbone were facilitated by silanisation and 1-ethyl-3-(-3-dimethylaminopropyl) carbodiimide hydrochloride (EDC) coupling technique. These comacromers and crosslinked polymer products were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Raman mapping techniques...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532021/nanosecond-laser-ablation-enhances-cellular-infiltration-in-a-hybrid-tissue-scaffold
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S Jahnavi, N Arthi, S Pallavi, C Selvaraju, G S Bhuvaneshwar, T V Kumary, R S Verma
Hybrid tissue engineered (HTE) scaffolds constituting polymeric nanofibers and biological tissues have attractive bio-mechanical properties. However, they suffer from small pore size due to dense overlapping nanofibers resulting in poor cellular infiltration. In this study, using nanosecond (ns) laser, we fabricated micro-scale features on Polycaprolactone (PCL)-Chitosan (CH) nanofiber layered bovine pericardium based Bio-Hybrid scaffold to achieve enhanced cellular adhesion and infiltration. The laser energy parameters such as fluence of 25J/cm(2), 0...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532019/characterization-of-bladder-acellular-matrix-hydrogel-with-inherent-bioactive-factors
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Dan Jiang, Jianwen Huang, Huili Shao, Xuechao Hu, Lujie Song, Yaopeng Zhang
Bladder acellular matrix (BAM) hydrogel may have great potential in tissue engineering due to outstanding biocompatibility and the presence of inherent bioactive factors in BAM. In this study, we prepared the BAM hydrogel by the method of enzymatic solubilization with pepsin and characterize the microrheological properties of the BAM precursor solution. The structures of the BAM hydrogel were characterized by scanning electron microscope (SEM), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)...
August 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531185/thermal-stability-and-kinetic-constants-for-129-variants-of-a-family-1-glycoside-hydrolase-reveal-that-enzyme-activity-and-stability-can-be-separately-designed
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Dylan Alexander Carlin, Siena Hapig-Ward, Bill Wayne Chan, Natalie Damrau, Mary Riley, Ryan W Caster, Bowen Bethards, Justin B Siegel
Accurate modeling of enzyme activity and stability is an important goal of the protein engineering community. However, studies seeking to evaluate current progress are limited by small data sets of quantitative kinetic constants and thermal stability measurements. Here, we report quantitative measurements of soluble protein expression in E. coli, thermal stability, and Michaelis-Menten constants (kcat, KM, and kcat/KM) for 129 designed mutants of a glycoside hydrolase. Statistical analyses reveal that functional Tm is independent of kcat, KM, and kcat/KM in this system, illustrating that an individual mutation can modulate these functional parameters independently...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531126/the-impact-of-halloysite-on-the-thermo-mechanical-properties-of-polymer-composites
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REVIEW
Tayser Sumer Gaaz, Abu Bakar Sulong, Abdul Amir H Kadhum, Ahmed A Al-Amiery, Mohamed H Nassir, Ahed Hameed Jaaz
Nanotubular clay minerals, composed of aluminosilicate naturally structured in layers known as halloysite nanotubes (HNTs), have a significant reinforcing impact on polymer matrixes. HNTs have broad applications in biomedical applications, the medicine sector, implant alloys with corrosion protection and manipulated transportation of medicines. In polymer engineering, different research studies utilize HNTs that exhibit a beneficial enhancement in the properties of polymer-based nanocomposites. The dispersion of HNTs is improved as a result of pre-treating HNTs with acids...
May 20, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530710/engineering-protein-stability-with-atomic-precision-in-a-monomeric-miniprotein
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Emily G Baker, Christopher Williams, Kieran L Hudson, Gail J Bartlett, Jack W Heal, Kathryn L Porter Goff, Richard B Sessions, Matthew P Crump, Derek N Woolfson
Miniproteins simplify the protein-folding problem, allowing the dissection of forces that stabilize protein structures. Here we describe PPα-Tyr, a designed peptide comprising an α-helix buttressed by a polyproline II helix. PPα-Tyr is water soluble and monomeric, and it unfolds cooperatively with a midpoint unfolding temperature (TM) of 39 °C. NMR structures of PPα-Tyr reveal proline residues docked between tyrosine side chains, as designed. The stability of PPα is sensitive to modifications in the aromatic residues: replacing tyrosine with phenylalanine, i...
May 22, 2017: Nature Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530556/antibacterial-electrospun-zein-nanofibrous-web-encapsulating-thymol-cyclodextrin-inclusion-complex-for-food-packaging
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Zeynep Aytac, Semran Ipek, Engin Durgun, Turgay Tekinay, Tamer Uyar
Thymol (THY)/γ-Cyclodextrin(γ-CD) inclusion complex (IC) encapsulated electrospun zein nanofibrous webs (zein-THY/γ-CD-IC-NF) were fabricated as a food packaging material. The formation of THY/γ-CD-IC (1:1 and 2:1) was proved by experimental (X-ray diffraction (XRD), thermal gravimetric analysis (TGA), (1)H NMR) and computational techniques. THY/γ-CD-IC (2:1) exhibited higher preservation rate and stability than THY/γ-CD-IC (1:1). It is worth mentioning that zein-THY/γ-CD-IC-NF (2:1) preserved much more THY as observed in TGA and stability of THY/γ-CD-IC (2:1) was higher, as shown by a modelling study...
October 15, 2017: Food Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28530247/long-range-ferrimagnetic-order-in-a-two-dimensional-supramolecular-kondo-lattice
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Jan Girovsky, Jan Nowakowski, Md Ehesan Ali, Milos Baljozovic, Harald R Rossmann, Thomas Nijs, Elise A Aeby, Sylwia Nowakowska, Dorota Siewert, Gitika Srivastava, Christian Wäckerlin, Jan Dreiser, Silvio Decurtins, Shi-Xia Liu, Peter M Oppeneer, Thomas A Jung, Nirmalya Ballav
Realization of long-range magnetic order in surface-supported two-dimensional systems has been challenging, mainly due to the competition between fundamental magnetic interactions as the short-range Kondo effect and spin-stabilizing magnetic exchange interactions. Spin-bearing molecules on conducting substrates represent a rich platform to investigate the interplay of these fundamental magnetic interactions. Here we demonstrate the direct observation of long-range ferrimagnetic order emerging in a two-dimensional supramolecular Kondo lattice...
May 22, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529754/chitosan-poly-caprolactone-nanofibers-for-skin-repair
#13
Sheeny Lan Levengood, Ariane E Erickson, Fei-Chien Chang, Miqin Zhang
Dermal wounds, both acute and chronic, represent a significant clinical challenge and therefore the development of novel biomaterial-based skin substitutes to promote skin repair is essential. Nanofibers have garnered attention as materials to promote skin regeneration due to the similarities in morphology and dimensionality between nanofibers and native extracellular matrix proteins, which are critical in guiding cutaneous wound healing. Electrospun chitosan-poly(caprolactone) (CPCL) nanofiber scaffolds, which combine the important intrinsic biological properties of chitosan and the mechanical integrity and stability of PCL, were evaluated as skin tissue engineering scaffolds using a mouse cutaneous excisional skin defect model...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Materials Chemistry. B, Materials for Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528863/cross-linking-of-a-biopolymer-peptide-co-assembling-system
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Karla E Inostroza-Brito, Estelle C Collin, Anna Poliniewicz, Sherif Elsharkawy, Alistair Rice, Armando E Del Río Hernández, Xin Xiao, José Rodríguez-Cabello, Alvaro Mata
The ability to guide molecular self-assembly at the nanoscale into complex macroscopic structures could enable the development of functional synthetic materials that exhibit properties of natural tissues such as hierarchy, adaptability, and self-healing. However, the stability and structural integrity of these kinds of materials remains a challenge for many practical applications. We have recently developed a dynamic biopolymer-peptide co-assembly system with the capacity to grow and undergo morphogenesis into complex shapes...
May 18, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528777/fcab-her2-interaction-a-m%C3%A3-nage-%C3%A3-trois-lessons-from-x-ray-and-solution-studies
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Elisabeth Lobner, Anne-Sophie Humm, Kathrin Göritzer, Georg Mlynek, Martin G Puchinger, Christoph Hasenhindl, Florian Rüker, Michael W Traxlmayr, Kristina Djinović-Carugo, Christian Obinger
The crystallizable fragment (Fc) of the immunoglobulin class G (IgG) is an attractive scaffold for the design of novel therapeutics. Upon engineering the C-terminal loops in the CH3 domains, Fcabs (Fc domain with antigen-binding sites) can be designed. We present the first crystal structures of Fcabs, i.e., of the HER2-binding clone H10-03-6 having the AB and EF loop engineered and the stabilized version STAB19 derived by directed evolution. Comparison with the crystal structure of the Fc wild-type protein reveals conservation of the overall domain structures but significant differences in EF-loop conformations...
May 18, 2017: Structure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527595/metal-dielectric-transition-in-sn-intercalated-graphene-on-sic-0001
#16
Y R Niu, A A Zakharov, R Yakimova
The Sn intercalation into a buffer layer graphene grown on 4H-SiC(0001) substrate has been studied with spectroscopic photoemission and low energy electron microscope. Both SnSix and SnOx interfacial layers are found to form below the buffer layer, converting it into a quasi-free-standing monolayer graphene. Combining the various operation modes of the microscope allows a detailed insight into the formation processes of the interlayers and their thermal stability. In particular, at the interface we observed a reversible transition from silicide to oxide after exposure to ambient pressure and subsequent annealing...
May 10, 2017: Ultramicroscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525712/engineering-hydrogen-bonding-interaction-and-charge-separation-in-bio-polymers-for-green-lubrication
#17
Liwen Mu, Yijun Shi, Jing Hua, Wei Zhuang, Jiahua Zhu
Synthetic additives are widely used in lubricants nowadays to upgrade lubrication properties. The potential of integrating sustainable components in modern lubricants has rarely been studied yet. In this work, two sustainable resources lignin and gelatin have been synergistically incorporated into ethylene glycol (EG) and their tribological properties were systematically investigated. The abundant hydrogen bonding sites in lignin and gelatin as well as their inter-chain interaction via hydrogen bonding play the dominating roles in tuning the physicochemical properties of the mixture and improving lubricating properties...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Physical Chemistry. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525643/synthetic-mrna-devices-that-detect-endogenous-proteins-and-distinguish-mammalian-cells
#18
Shunsuke Kawasaki, Yoshihiko Fujita, Takashi Nagaike, Kozo Tomita, Hirohide Saito
Synthetic biology has great potential for future therapeutic applications including autonomous cell programming through the detection of protein signals and the production of desired outputs. Synthetic RNA devices are promising for this purpose. However, the number of available devices is limited due to the difficulty in the detection of endogenous proteins within a cell. Here, we show a strategy to construct synthetic mRNA devices that detect endogenous proteins in living cells, control translation and distinguish cell types...
May 19, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525394/modified-denatured-lysozyme-effectively-solubilizes-fullerene-c60-nanoparticles-in-water
#19
Marialuisa Siepi, Jane Politi, Principia Dardano, Angela Amoresano, Luca De Stefano, Daria Maria Monti, Eugenio Notomista
Fullerenes, allotropic forms of carbon, have very interesting pharmacological effects and engineering applications. However, a very low solubility both in organic solvents and water hinders their use. Fullerene C60, the most studied among fullerenes, can be dissolved in water only in the form of nanoparticles of variable dimensions and limited stability. Here the effect on the production of C60 nanoparticles by native and denatured hen egg white lysozyme, a highly basic protein, has been systematically studied...
May 19, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525361/engineering-of-biodegradable-magnesium-alloy-scaffolds-to-stabilize-biological-myocardial-grafts
#20
Tobias Schilling, Michael Bauer, Christian Biskup, Axel Haverich, Thomas Hassel
OBJECTIVE: Regenerative bioprostheses are being investigated for replacement of dysfunctional myocardium worldwide. The aim of this study was to develop a degradable magnesium structure to mechanically support the delicate biological grafts during the early remodeling phase. METHODS: Sheets of magnesium alloys (LA33, LA63 and AX30) were manufactured into scaffolds by abrasive water jet cutting. Thereafter, their surface properties, corrosion kinetics, and breakage behaviors were investigated...
May 19, 2017: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
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