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Ilhwan Park, Yeonhee Hong, Young-Hoo Jun, Ga-Yeon Lee, Hee-Sook Jun, Jae-Chul Pyun, Jeong-Woo Choi, Sungbo Cho
Electrical cell-substrate impedance sensing is increasingly being used for label-free and real-time monitoring of changes in cell morphology and number during cell growth, drug screening, and differentiation. In this study, we evaluated the feasibility of using ECIS to monitor C2C12 myoblast differentiation using a fabricated indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode-based chip. C2C12 myoblast differentiation on the ITO electrode was validated based on decreases in the mRNA level of MyoD and increases in the mRNA levels of myogenin and myosin heavy chain (MHC)...
December 5, 2016: Sensors
Suresh Kumar Raman Pillai, Jing Wang, Yilei Wang, Md Moniruzzaman Sk, Ari Bimo Prakoso, Rusli, Mary B Chan-Park
There is a great need for viable alternatives to today's transparent conductive film using largely indium tin oxide. We report the fabrication of a new type of flexible transparent conductive film using silver nanowires (AgNW) and single-walled carbon nanotube (SWCNT) networks which are fully embedded in a UV curable resin substrate. The hybrid SWCNTs-AgNWs film is relatively flat so that the RMS roughness of the top surface of the film is 3 nm. Addition of SWCNTs networks make the film resistance uniform; without SWCNTs, sheet resistance of the surface composed of just AgNWs in resin varies from 20 Ω/sq to 10(7 )Ω/sq...
December 8, 2016: Scientific Reports
Gonzalo Ramírez-García, David O Oluwole, Siphesihle Robin Nxele, Fanny d'Orlyé, Tebello Nyokong, Fethi Bedioui, Anne Varenne
In this work, we characterized different phtalocyanine-capped core/shell/shell quantum dots (QDs) in terms of stability, ζ-potential, and size at various pH and ionic strengths, by means of capillary electrophoresis (CE), and compared these results to the ones obtained by laser Doppler electrophoresis (LDE) and dynamic light scattering (DLS). The effect of the phthalocyanine metallic center (Zn, Al, or In), the number (one or four), and nature of substituents (carboxyphenoxy- or sulfonated-) of functionalization on the phthalocyanine physicochemical properties were evaluated...
December 7, 2016: Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
Christopher Benndorf, Sebastian Stein, Lukas Heletta, Marcel Kersting, Hellmut Eckert, Rainer Pöttgen
Yttrium-transition metal-magnesium (indium) Heusler phases YPd2Mg, YPd2In, YAg2Mg, YAg2In, YAu2Mg, and YAu2In and their quaternary compounds (solid solutions) Y(Pd0.5Ag0.5)2Mg, Y(Pd0.5Ag0.5)2In, Y(Pd0.5Au0.5)2Mg, Y(Pd0.5Au0.5)2In, Y(Ag0.5Au0.5)2Mg and Y(Ag0.5Au0.5)2In were synthesized from the elements in sealed niobium ampoules in a high-frequency furnace or by arc-melting, respectively. All compounds crystallize with the cubic MnCu2Al type structure (Heusler phase), space group Fm3[combining macron]m. The structure of Y(Ag0...
December 7, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Liqiang Guo, Juan Wen, Jianning Ding, Changjin Wan, Guanggui Cheng
The excitatory postsynaptic potential (EPSP) of biological synapses is mimicked in indium-zinc-oxide synaptic transistors gated by methyl cellulose solid electrolyte. These synaptic transistors show excellent electrical performance at an operating voltage of 0.8 V, Ion/off ratio of 2.5 × 10(6), and mobility of 38.4 cm(2)/Vs. After this device is connected to a resistance of 4 MΩ in series, it exhibits excellent characteristics as an inverter. A threshold potential of 0.3 V is achieved by changing the gate pulse amplitude, width, or number, which is analogous to biological EPSP...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
Ingrid J G Burvenich, Fook-Thean Lee, Nancy Guo, Hui K Gan, Angela Rigopoulos, Adam C Parslow, Graeme J O'Keefe, Sylvia J Gong, Henri Tochon-Danguy, Stacey E Rudd, Paul S Donnelly, Masakatsu Kotsuma, Toshiaki Ohtsuka, Giorgio Senaldi, Andrew M Scott
Background: DS-8273a, an anti-human death receptor 5 (DR5) agonistic antibody, has cytotoxic activity against human cancer cells and induces apoptosis after specific binding to DR5. DS-8273a is currently being used in clinical Phase I trials. This study evaluated the molecular imaging of DR5 expression in vivo in mouse tumor models using SPECT/CT and PET/MRI, as a tool for drug development and trial design. Methods: DS-8273a was radiolabeled with indium-111 and zirconium-89. Radiochemical purity, immunoreactivity, antigen binding affinity and serum stability were assessed in vitro...
2016: Theranostics
R Pruna, F Palacio, M Martínez, O Blázquez, S Hernández, B Garrido, M López
Fabrication and organosilane-functionalization and characterization of nanostructured ITO electrodes are reported. Nanostructured ITO electrodes were obtained by electron beam evaporation, and a subsequent annealing treatment was selectively performed to modify their crystalline state. An increase in geometrical surface area in comparison with thin-film electrodes area was observed by atomic force microscopy, implying higher electroactive surface area for nanostructured ITO electrodes and thus higher detection levels...
December 6, 2016: Interface Focus
Laura B Hoch, Paul Szymanski, Kulbir Kaur Ghuman, Le He, Kristine Liao, Qiao Qiao, Laura M Reyes, Yimei Zhu, Mostafa A El-Sayed, Chandra Veer Singh, Geoffrey A Ozin
In2O3-x(OH)y nanoparticles have been shown to function as an effective gas-phase photocatalyst for the reduction of CO2 to CO via the reverse water-gas shift reaction. Their photocatalytic activity is strongly correlated to the number of oxygen vacancy and hydroxide defects present in the system. To better understand how such defects interact with photogenerated electrons and holes in these materials, we have studied the relaxation dynamics of In2O3-x(OH)y nanoparticles with varying concentration of defects using two different excitation energies corresponding to above-band-gap (318-nm) and near-band-gap (405-nm) excitations...
November 28, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Tetsuya Sengoku, Kana Kokubo, Masami Sakamoto, Masaki Takahashi, Hidemi Yoda
A highly enantioselective amide allylation of α-iminoamides has been achieved using catalytic amounts of InCl3, ZnCl2 and a BINOL derivative. This reaction allowed facile access to a variety of amide functionalised α-methylene-γ-butyrolactams in excellent yields with high enantioselectivities.
December 2, 2016: Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry
Yao-Tang Chang, Sunil Sharma, Miao-Ken Hung, Yu-Hsuan Lee, Show-An Chen
σ-π conjugated polymer strategy is proposed for designing electroluminescent host polymers with silylene-diphenylene as the backbone repeat unit giving a high triplet energy (ET = 2.67 eV). By incorporation of high ET (3.0 eV) electron (oxadiazole, OXD) and hole (triphenyl amine, TPA) transport moieties, or TPA alone (in this case, the main chain acts as electron transport channel) as side arms on the silylene, the high ET bipolar and unipolar polymers are formed, allowing a use of iridium green phosphor (Ir(ppy)2(acac), Ir-G) (ET = 2...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
Jungmin Jo, MunSeong Cheon, Jun Young Kim, T Rhee, Junghee Kim, Yue-Jiang Shi, M Isobe, K Ogawa, Kyoung-Jae Chung, Y S Hwang
Measurements of the time-integrated triton burnup for deuterium plasma in Korea Superconducting Tokamak Advanced Research (KSTAR) have been performed following the simultaneous detection of the d-d and d-t neutrons. The d-d neutrons were measured using a (3)He proportional counter, fission chamber, and activated indium sample, whereas the d-t neutrons were detected using activated silicon and copper samples. The triton burnup ratio from KSTAR discharges is found to be in the range 0.01%-0.50% depending on the plasma conditions...
November 2016: Review of Scientific Instruments
J H Du, H Jin, Z K Zhang, D D Zhang, S Jia, L P Ma, W C Ren, H M Cheng, P L Burn
The large surface roughness, low work function and high cost of transparent electrodes using multilayer graphene films can limit their application in organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells. Here, we develop single layer graphene (SLG) films as transparent anodes for OPV cells that contain light-absorbing layers comprised of the evaporable molecular organic semiconductor materials, zinc phthalocyanine (ZnPc)/fullerene (C60), as well as a molybdenum oxide (MoOx) interfacial layer. In addition to an increase in the optical transmittance, the SLG anodes had a significant decrease in surface roughness compared to two and four layer graphene (TLG and FLG) anodes fabricated by multiple transfer and stacking of SLGs...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
Luca La Notte, Enrica Villari, Alessandro Lorenzo Palma, Alberto Sacchetti, Maria Michela Giangregorio, Giovanni Bruno, Aldo Di Carlo, Giuseppe Valerio Bianco, Andrea Reale
A five-layer (5L) graphene on a glass substrate has been demonstrated as a transparent conductive electrode to replace indium tin oxide (ITO) in organic photovoltaic devices. The required low sheet resistance, while maintaining high transparency, and the need of a wettable surface are the main issues. To overcome these, two strategies have been applied: (i) the p-doping of the multilayer graphene, thus reaching 25 Ω □(-1) or (ii) the O2-plasma oxidation of the last layer of the 5L graphene that results in a contact angle of 58° and a sheet resistance of 134 Ω □(-1)...
December 1, 2016: Nanoscale
A-L Robisch, J Wallentin, A Pacureanu, P Cloetens, T Salditt
We have performed near-field x-ray imaging with simultaneous object and probe reconstruction. By an advanced ptychographic algorithm based on longitudinal and lateral translations, full-field images of nanoscale objects are reconstructed with quantitative contrast values, along with the extended wavefronts used to illuminate the objects. The imaging scheme makes idealizing assumptions on the probe obsolete, and efficiently disentangles phase shifts related to the object from the imperfections in the illumination...
December 1, 2016: Optics Letters
Mohsen Nami, Rhett F Eller, Serdal Okur, Ashwin K Rishinaramangalam, Sheng Liu, Igal Brener, Daniel F Feezell
Controlled bottom-up selective-area epitaxy (SAE) is used to tailor the morphology and photoluminescence properties of GaN/InGaN core-shell nanowire arrays. The nanowires are grown on c-plane sapphire substrates using pulsed-mode metal organic chemical vapor deposition. By varying the dielectric mask configuration and growth conditions, we achieve GaN nanowire cores with diameters ranging from 80 to 700 nm that exhibit various degrees of polar, semipolar, and nonpolar faceting. A single InGaN quantum well (QW) and GaN barrier shell is also grown on the GaN nanowire cores and micro-photoluminescence is obtained and analyzed for a variety of nanowire dimensions, array pitch spacings, and aperture diameters...
December 1, 2016: Nanotechnology
Zachary A Lamport, Angela D Broadnax, David Harrison, Katrina J Barth, Lee Mendenhall, Clayton T Hamilton, Martin Guthold, Timo Thonhauser, Mark E Welker, Oana D Jurchescu
We report on the synthesis and electrical properties of nine new alkylated silane self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) - (EtO)3Si(CH2)nN = CHPhX where n = 3 or 11 and X = 4-CF3, 3,5-CF3, 3-F-4-CF3, 4-F, or 2,3,4,5,6-F, and explore their rectification behavior in relation to their molecular structure. The electrical properties of the films were examined in a metal/insulator/metal configuration, with a highly-doped silicon bottom contact and a eutectic gallium-indium liquid metal (EGaIn) top contact. The junctions exhibit high yields (>90%), a remarkable resistance to bias stress, and current rectification ratios (R) between 20 and 200 depending on the structure, degree of order, and internal dipole of each molecule...
November 29, 2016: Scientific Reports
Shengjun Liu, Wei Hu, Jayanta Kr Nath, Jing Tong, Xudong Hou, Wenlong Liu, Jinlong Yang, Bo Liu
We present a novel strategy to improve the stability and optical absorption of polyoxotitanates (POTs) via concurrently fully carboxylate-coordinating and hetero-metal-doping, and illustrate the strategy by an indium doped hetero-polyoxotitanate (h-POT) of a [Ti12In6O18(OOCC6H5)30] (POTi12In6) nanocluster, which possesses ultrahigh stability in both acid and base aqueous solutions. The nanocluster structurally features a core-shell double wheel structure and a polar cavity. Both experiments and theoretical calculations confirm the semiconductive properties of the nanocluster...
November 28, 2016: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
Feng Zhang, Masao Ikeda, Shu-Ming Zhang, Jian-Ping Liu, Ai-Qin Tian, Peng-Yan Wen, Yang Cheng, Hui Yang
The polarization fields in c-plane InGaN/(In)GaN multiple quantum well (MQW) structures grown on sapphire substrate by metal-organic chemical vapor deposition are investigated in this paper. The indium composition in the quantum wells varies from 14.8 to 26.5% for different samples. The photoluminescence wavelengths are calculated theoretically by fully considering the related effects and compared with the measured wavelengths. It is found that when the indium content is lower than 17.3%, the measured wavelengths agree well with the theoretical values...
December 2016: Nanoscale Research Letters
Xue Yu, Menglu Li, Tianrui Li, Shuo Zhou, Hongyun Liu
In this work, electrochromic Prussian blue (PB) films were electrodeposited on the surface of indium tin oxide (ITO) electrodes, and a dispersion mixture of glucose oxidase (GOD), chitosan (CS) and gold nanoclusters (AuNCs) was then cast on the PB surface to form CS-AuNC-GOD/PB nanocomposite film electrodes. The blue PB component in the films could be changed into its colourless reduced form of Prussian white (PW) upon application of -0.2 V. The addition of glucose to the solution would produce H2O2 with the help of GOD in the films and oxygen in the solution, which could oxidize PW back to PB...
November 24, 2016: Nanoscale
Anupam Srivastav, Anuradha Verma, Anamika Banerjee, Saif A Khan, Mukul Gupta, Vibha Rani Satsangi, Rohit Shrivastav, Sahab Dass
The present study investigates the effect of gradient doping on modifying the photoelectrochemical response of Ti-doped Fe2O3 photoanodes for their use in sunlight based water splitting for hydrogen evolution. The deposition of a thin film over the ITO (tin doped indium oxide) substrate was carried out using a spray pyrolysis method. The concentration of dopant was varied from 0.5-8.0 at% and two sets of samples were also prepared with low to high (0.5-8%) and high to low (8-0.5%) dopant concentrations in the direction towards the substrate...
November 23, 2016: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics: PCCP
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